Planner (Community and Economic Development)

City of Bentonville

Bentonville, AR United States


Responsible for the administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program including preparation of federally required plans and reports, management of all projects with CDBG funding; management of the CDBG budget through IDIS, and coordination and oversight of grant sub-recipients. Serves as a point of contact for the operation of businesses in the City of Bentonville, new and old.

Essential Duties:

Ensures compliance with all regulations and requirements of the CDBG program with an approximate annual allocation of $35,000, which requires monitoring of the program, projects and sub-recipients with regard to all federal, state, and local regulations.

Coordinates the citizen participation process of the program.

Coordinates a grant award and monitoring program for sub-recipients.

Manages all program financial elements, including internal control auditing.

Provides training and one-on-one technical assistance to sub-recipients.

Maintain Housing and Urban Development (HUD) IDIS accounting system and drawdown procedures.

Serves as a point of contact to businesses wishing to do business within the City of Bentonville, existing and new.

Implements the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Workgroup Final Report and all affordable housing programs in the City of Bentonville.

Actively seeks and coordinates grant applications for programs aimed at delivering affordable housing.

Confers with personnel affected by proposed programs to develop program goals and objectives, outline how funds are to be used, and explain procedures necessary to obtain funding.

Writes grant applications, according to the format required, and submits applications to funding agencies or foundations.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university and two (2) to Five (5) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of planning administration and laws; including forecasting and feasibility analysis; and knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and “ESRI” GIS.

Experience in various creative software such as Canva and Adobe programs.

Knowledge in marketing such as social media marketing, communications, press releases, etc.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Community or Neighborhood Development
Salary Range
$21.70 - $23.87/hour starting

Contact Information

Tyler Overstreet
305 SW A Street
Bentonville, AR
United States
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