City Planner for the City Manager’s Office – The City of Vandalia, Ohio

Apr 28, 2021 | Jobs

The City of Vandalia, Ohio seeks a visionary, who is customer service oriented, with exceptional attention to detail and a background in municipal planning & zoning. The City recently completed both a Zoning Code Rewrite (2018) and our Vision Vandalia Comprehensive Plan (2020). The next City Planner will play a critical role in implementing this Plan that will propel Vandalia into the future.

The City of Vandalia has 140 full-time employees and an annual operating and capital budget of $45M. The organization serves a community of approximately 15,000 residents across 12.39 square miles. Vandalia is a progressive community situated in the northeastern portion of Montgomery County, adjacent to Interstates 70 and 75 and the Dayton International Airport.

City Planner performs a variety of professional work in short-range and long-range planning; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations; elicits citizens’ input on a variety of community issues related to physical and economic development; participates in community engagement events; responds to questions of a basic zoning and planning nature; and administers the Zoning Code. The City Planner reviews a variety of zoning permit applications and completes site plan review. The City Planner prepares and maintains the Vandalia Comprehensive Plan and related Policy Plans. The City Planner acts as the Staff liaison to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in planning, public administration, geography, architecture, landscape architecture or other related field; two (2) years of related experience and/or training; or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must possess a valid State of Ohio driver’s license and must remain insurable under the City’s vehicle insurance plan.

American Institute of Certified Planners certification desirable.

The starting salary for this position is $55,000 – $72,000 depending on education and experience.
Work hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and may require occasional evening meetings and travel. The City of Vandalia provides full-time employees with a wide range of benefits including health, dental, life / accidental death and dismemberment; paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and floating holidays; a 14% contribution to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS); and free memberships to the Vandalia Recreation Center, Cassel Hills Pool, and Cassel Hills Golf Course.

To be considered for this job, please visit our website at; click on “jobs” to view the position and see details. Page down and you will see the “apply” button. Once you hit that button, the system will prompt you to create a Username and Password. Complete the application including a resume and cover letter.
Application packets will be accepted through May 12, 2021 at 5pm. Final candidates must pass a criminal background and credit check, physical exam and drug screen.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. The City of Vandalia is most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience to meet minimum qualifications. The City encourages interested candidates in applying, and encourages them to think broadly about their background and skill sets for the role.

Vandalia is an Equal Opportunity Employer; ADA compliant. The City of Vandalia is firmly committed to equal employment opportunity based on merit and service to the public that does not discriminate based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression. This includes all City programs, activities, and hiring practices. The City does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation and takes steps to ensure that the public, employees, and stakeholders are not subject to a hostile environment because of any City service.

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