Principal Planner

Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments
November 16, 2022
Huntsville, Alabama
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The Principal Planner is responsible for the administration of the Rural Planning Organization (RPO) and related regional transportation planning efforts; facilitation of local comprehensive plans, downtown revitalization plans, zoning code updates, and other local and regional planning technical assistance; and the solicitation, preparation, and submission of community and economic development grant applications.  Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, local government assistance and resource development; GIS mapping; administration of ARC, CDBG, EDA, and other state or federally funded projects; and related tasks as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in Planning, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, or Political Science, and at least two years of related post-graduate work experience.
  • Local planning experience preferred.
  • GIS mapping experience preferred.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting plans, grant reports, and other related projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with local government officials and other regional stakeholders.
  • Capacity to work on several projects or issues simultaneously while maintaining a high level of attention to detail and time management.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
  • Driver's license and good driving record required.

Salary (based upon qualifications and experience): $55,000 - $60,000; Full benefits package.

To apply, submit a résumé and brief cover letter to TARCOG’s HR Manager at [email protected].TARCOG is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).  Position is full-time on-site in Huntsville, AL with flexibility to work remotely on occasion.



Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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