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Since its inception in 1912, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future. Are you ready to join us in our mission?

Please apply today!

For general information, visit our website: www.azland.gov

1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007



Posting Details:

Salary: Annual Salary Range $60,000 - $65,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open Until Business Needs Are Met  


Job Summary:

The Arizona State Land Department manages more than 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.

Reporting to the Planning and Engineering Division Director, the Planner III position at ASLD is unlike most public-sector planning positions. Planners at ASLD are not regulatory gatekeepers, but instead serve as both a guardian and advocate, working on behalf of the State Trust beneficiaries to protect and enhance the value of their Trust land assets. We seek candidates with experience acting as a landowner’s representative to obtain land use entitlements and planning infrastructure solutions. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator in all modes. The ability to quickly produce maps and graphics that communicate complex technical concepts to public stakeholders and local officials is required. The successful candidate will also be a leader – able to convene and direct the work of consultants and other ASLD staff.

Job Duties:

● Perform public relations activities.
● Evaluate and resolve sensitive planning related file issues.
● Assist in providing formal and informal training to professional staff.
● Prepare and verbally present graphics and written materials to convey complex technical issues to non-technical stakeholders and decision-makers.
● Interface and coordinate with outside consultants, appraisers, and staff from local jurisdictions as well as Federal, State and tribal governments.
● Attend public meetings, open houses and hearings as the Department's representative, on occasion outside of regular business hours.
● Review planning documents and coordinate agency responses to external requests for comment.
● Coordinate the efforts of internal teams consisting of staff professionals, providing technical guidance as needed.
● Determine plan or project objectives and goals.
● Assist in the development and implementation of rules, policies and procedures.
● Function as a Planning & Engineering Division liaison with local jurisdictions on planning and zoning issues.
● Assist other agency sections with presentations before local boards, committees, councils, and the ASLD Board of Appeals.
● Provide planning support and performs information gathering for sales and lease analyses.
● May assist the Commissioner's Office and other ASLD divisions when departmental needs require planning-related activities including, but not limited to inter/intra-agency coordination, conceptual planning, and annexation issues.
● Submit project development and implementation plans in compliance with state/federal laws and regulations and in alignment with overall Department strategic goals and objectives.
● Evaluate existing conditions; resolve land management problems; prepare documentation of activities and findings; and coordinate project activities.

• Manage a portfolio of complex files and manages planning related efforts for land sales, leases and/or right of way dispositions. Makes recommendations to supervisor relative to disposition alternatives and specific elements of each disposition. (35%)

• Manage interdisciplinary projects of the high complexity with internal and external customers. Present the Department's planning perspective to internal and external customers which increase value and benefits to the Trust. (30%)

• Represent the Department at planning and siting stakeholder meetings. Conduct formal and informal training, including presentations of planning projects, and attend industry related seminars. Perform field visits/inspections of projects. (10%)

• Review, prepare and make recommendations to Management of effective planning of projects. Determine project objectives and goals. (5%)

• Assist in the evaluation, drafting and implementation of new rules, procedures, policies, reports and documents. (5%)

• Apply the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; actively participating in group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identifying areas for process and quality improvement; adhering to established standard work and procedures. (10%)
• Other related duties as assigned. (5%)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
● Familiarity with the basic concepts of land use law, planning and civil engineering and an ability to read and comprehend topographic maps, schematic drawings and engineering plans
● Familiarity with alternative selection analysis for roads and utility infrastructure pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or similar state and local processes

Skill in:
● Strong comprehension and written, verbal and graphic communication skills and familiarity with related software programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ArcViewGIS, etc.)

Ability to:
● Ability to work independently and problem-solve and develop options for management consideration
● Ability to conduct a land parcel opportunities and constraints analysis
● Ability to locate information and conduct research of assessor’s records, title reports and ALTA Surveys, long-range and current planning documents, zoning ordinances and ASLD electronic file contents (OASIS, PALMS, View Center, Salesforce)
● Ability to present complex planning and engineering concepts in written, verbal or graphic format to small groups, neighborhood meetings and public hearings
● Ability to develop a project scope of work and procure outside consultants, track milestones and work product deliveries, manage project budgets, coordinate internal and external team members
A cover letter is required for this position in addition to a complete resume at the time of application. The cover letter should concisely highlight experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the job posting. The cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

Selective Preference(s):

● Master’s degree in Planning or closely related field or bachelor’s degree in same, and 3-5 years’ experience in urban land management, construction and land development, utility, circulation and drainage infrastructure financing and development, entitlement, site planning, etc.
● Professional registration (AICP, ASLA, LEED, etc.) or willingness to work toward achieving professional credential within two years of hire.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

● Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
● Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


● Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
● ASRS is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
● Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
● The current contribution rate is 12.22%

Contact Us:

If you have trouble applying for this position, please email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov for assistance.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting AZSLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.