Planner I

Recruitment #19-1042-002


Wright-Dunbar Historic Business District


Researches, collaborates with the community, and prepares plans and guidelines for improving the City's physical, social, cultural, and economic environment in order to promote optimum utilization of land and urban design. Gathers, analyzes and interprets social, economic, and engineering data for planning and community development programs; creates maps and reports for planning purposes. Establishes reports and plans regarding urban and community issues; prepares cases for the Plan Board, Board of Zoning Appeals and Landmarks Commission. Incumbent works independently or as a team member with a wide variety of neighborhood and community groups, City staff and agencies. Must have a working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems; use of ESRI products is desired.

This specific Planner I position is for a Preservation Professional. As such, the incumbent will evaluate alterations to historically designated buildings for appropriateness, and maintain a list of designated properties including additional nominations as necessary. Will serve as the primary staff to the City’s Landmarks Commission, and perform other preservation-related duties as assigned. The incumbent must be able to meet the specified qualifications of the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office to be a “Professional Planner” in order for the City to maintain compliance with the Programmatic Agreement.

Minimum Qualifications

Must meet one of the following:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a college approved by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB); OR 

  2. Bachelor's degree in Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geography, or Historic Preservation, or a related field AND 1 year of professional experience with a planning, zoning, development, preservation, architectural or engineering agency or firm. 

Degree must be from a college or university that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission or equivalent region.

License Requirements

Must possess a valid driver's license at time of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.


Applications must specifically address each of the minimum qualifications, directly showing how each is met.

Appointment to positions in this classification will require applicants to pass a police background investigation. Final permanent appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination, including drug screen, and providing documentary evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity. 

Effective July 15, 2019, the City of Dayton adopted the Tobacco and Nicotine Free Hiring Policy (HR 1.03). Applicants offered employment with the City will be required to pass a nicotine screening. Newly hired employees must remain tobacco and nicotine free as a condition of continued employment. 

The Tobacco and Nicotine Free Hiring Policy does not apply to current City employees subsequent to HR Policy 2.09. 

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer