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Full-Time Community Planner

Salary range:  $52,715 to $68,745 (Hiring Range: $52,715 to $60,490)

General Duties and Job Requirements: 

Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) is a regional development organization that serves stakeholders and residents of the four Minnesota counties of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville. MMDC is currently seeking a full-time Community Planner with the skills necessary to provide technical assistance to local units of government while leading MMDC’s ordinance, comprehensive planning, and other project-focused work. This Community Planner will also promote MMDC services throughout the region and may participate in grant-writing or other activities that support improved quality of life for our stakeholders.

The right applicant will have extensive knowledge of current planning and zoning regulations and practices. They will have a thorough knowledge of community planning principles and be comfortable facilitating small and large group meetings, including public hearings, with a wide variety of people and personalities. Technical planning experience, including experience working on ordinance and/or comprehensive planning projects, or a bachelor’s or master’s degree in planning, urban studies, public administration, or a closely-related field, from an accredited institution, is necessary for consideration.

MMDC is headquartered less than two hours west of Minneapolis, in the heart of the Willmar Lakes Area, on the beautiful and historic MinnWest Technology Campus ( MMDC offers competitive pay and benefits, as well as a professional but “family-first” and relatively-casual environment (e.g., dress as appropriate for your day). Productivity is rewarded with flexibility. Some remote work is permitted, based on output, and MMDC employees have ample opportunity to pursue areas of interest within the course of their work. We like to hire good people who want to do good things for the people of their region. As such, we find that micromanagement is rarely if ever, warranted.

The MMDC is a great place to work and grow as a professional. Staff are encouraged to focus on their strengths and given the opportunity for training and other professional development. While we acknowledge that work is important, a “family-first” culture is emphasized.

Other MMDC benefits include:

  • Flexible scheduling (based on staff and team needs, and contingent upon productivity)
  • Support of remote work (based on staff and team needs, and contingent upon productivity)
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Ten paid holidays per year
  • Competitive medical benefits
  • Public employee retirement benefits
  • Deferred compensation plans
  • Life insurance (basic coverage provided with the opportunity to purchase additional)
  • Access to other supplemental insurance coverages (e.g. AFLAC)
  • Cell phone reimbursement (Up to $50 monthly)
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