Planning Specialist/ Program Coordinator II, Texas A&M University (TAMU) Sea Grant – Corpus Christi


Job Summary
The Program Coordinator II, under general supervision, works collaboratively with leadership to plan, develop and implement programs. This position is located in Corpus Christi.

Required Education and Experience
Master’s degree in planning or closely aligned field with two years of relevant experience working in urban planning, land use planning, or related field. Or, bachelor’s degree in planning or closely aligned field with four years of relevant experience working in urban planning, land use planning, or related field.

Preferred Education and Experience
Master’s degree in urban planning or related field. Two or more years experience working as a planner along the Texas Coast or other coastal area.

Preferred Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations
American Institute of Certified Planners, Certified Floodplain Manager, Geographic Information Systems Professional.

Required Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others. Good public speaking/presentation skills. Strong quantitative skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience with conflict resolution. Experience with hazard mitigation and working with coastal communities. Experience with facilitating meetings and working with diverse stakeholders.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Interdisciplinary thinking and successful track record working in areas that complement the research and outreach interests of Texas Target Communities, the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the Center for Housing and Urban Development, the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores, and the Harte Research Institute; experience with facilitating community meetings. Experience with community outreach and education on community or environmental planning issues; working knowledge of Texas coastal planning issues. Demonstrated ability to leverage resources of coastal universities; and demonstrated ability to interact with coastal communities, resource managers, policy and decision-makers.

Duties Performed
Translate research that supports Community Resilience Collaborative efforts within the Healthy Coastal Ecosystems and Resilient Communities and Economies focus areas by partnering with both academia and planning practitioners working along the Texas Coast. Identify pertinent peer-reviewed literature that supports the efforts of Texas Sea Grant Extension as well as meets the needs of coastal communities that lack planning capacity to adequately address coastal issues that impact economies, environments, and communities. Conduct resiliency assessments of coastal communities to assist with the identification of planning needs for coastal communities.

Lead and facilitate the implementation of outreach activities and provide technical assistance that supports the goals of the Community Resilience Collaborative (technical assistance includes but is not limited to: plan, ordinance and regulation review and writing; assistance in geographic information systems; data collection, analysis and interpretation; working with the Texas Target Communities Program and affiliated partners; educating and training Community Planners and Extension Agents; providing hands-on technical assistance to coastal communities; leading the planning processes for communities that lack planning capacity; and networking with Gulf organizations regarding similar efforts, including Gulf Sea Grant and National Estuarine Research Reserve programs.) Duties require operating a motor vehicle to travel to various work locations.

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