Planning Administrator
CenterCenter for Livable Communities
GroupCommunity Development
Salary Range$74,063-$125,908

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is seeking a skilled and motivated individual with knowledge, experience and interest in helping transform communities into vibrant, thriving, and inclusive places for all. This position will lead the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program along with other local planning initiatives undertaken by the Community Development Group. Are you passionate about creating thriving communities that reduce our reliance on single-occupancy vehicles? Do you have outreach and organizing experience to ensure everyone’s voice is heard? Are you driven to connect land use, transportation, and environmental issues in a holistic way? The Planning Administrator (LCI Program Manager) must have an excellent grasp of land use policies and challenge both LCI applicants and the consultant community on a regular basis to create more inclusive and impactful outcomes. This is a perfect role for a leader with a collaborative work style that can translate concepts into actions. 

  • Manage all aspects of the LCI program that include the annual call for projects, project selection process, execution of contracts, monitoring for compliance, and oversight of invoicing and billing process;
  • Collaborate with selected applicants to develop scope of services and participate in selection process;
  • Deliver presentations and information to communities and organizations about the program;
  • Engage with potential applicants to develop catalytic and impactful LCI studies;
  • Organize events that inform applicants, partners and stakeholders about the program and expand their understanding of its potential;
  • Develop and execute planning processes from project design to implementation including developing local comprehensive plans;
  • Manage full-time and part-time employees including creation of work plans, annual reviews, and professional development;
  • Collaborate with the finance team on contracting and procurement processes;
  • Collaborate with the communications team to help produce communications, newsletters, and blog posts;
  • Update websites and databases that disseminate information about the program;
  • Manage and support the development of local technical assistance efforts through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP);
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support agency goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge and understanding of land use and transportation policies, local planning decisions how they impact people and communities;
  • Knowledge and understanding of what constitutes inclusive and equitable community engagement;
  •  Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and techniques;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Ability and desire to connect with leaders, advocates, and practitioners engaged in policy issues for advocacy purposes;
  • Ability to work successfully independently and within a team;
  • Possess strong time management and organizational skills;
  • Possess excellent written, verbal and research skills, and attention to detail;
  • Possess interpersonal skills and comfort working in a collaborative team environment;
  • Exceptional time management, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong collaboration and partnership development skills with internal and external partners;
  • Proficient in database technology and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams and PowerPoint).
  • Master’s degree in urban or regional planning, economics, architecture, landscape architecture or related field
  • Four (4) years of professional planning experience
  • Two (2) years of supervisory or project management experience.

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.


  • At least 5-7 years of work experience in planning, public policy, transportation, or community engagement
  • Experience working on outreach at an issue-based advocacy nonprofit organization
  • Previous experience in local, state, or federal policy as it relates to our subject matter
  • Experience working with diverse population and working on issues of equity as it relates to land use and transportation policy


In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:

  1. Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines;
  2. Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency;
  3. Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals;
  4. Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact, and;
  5. Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues' Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues' success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.