Current Opportunities

Duvall Decker is a multi-disciplinary design and planning firm located in Jackson, Mississippi.   Duvall Decker is a recognized design and planning leader in the region dedicated to advancing public health and environmental quality. Since 2006 the firm’s work has received 32 state, regional and national awards for design excellence. The firm’s work includes community planning, k-12 schools, state institutions, university and college buildings, and affordable housing. 


Community Planner / Architectural Associate

Duvall Decker is a collaborative studio. All planning and architectural staff contribute to every project in the office whether led by themselves or others.  Every project is a collaborative effort and a learning experience.  All of us are teachers and students.

Duvall Decker’s planning practice is founded on community engagement and research.  Our work is often focused on failing neighborhoods or disadvantaged communities.  Our approach is comprehensive, attempting to understand the complex variables that play into the life of a community or institution. Planning analysis is the work to find the assets and liabilities, the conditions or issues that can be affected to facilitate community health and growth.  The outcomes of our work are not always land use and zoning instruments but more often include community organizing initiatives and strategic interventions to serve critical needs and or instigate growth in depressed economic circumstances.

Job Description


Duvall Decker is seeking a highly organized planner to join our team of professionals.  We currently need a planner to support multi-disciplinary community-engaged planning projects, including both long-range community planning and current focused project planning.  The planning work is dedicated to community involvement, accurate research and analysis leading to implementable interventions and initiatives that can facilitate community growth.


• Serve as a project team member and project manager for comprehensive planning projects, planning studies, and other planning projects.

• Complete data collection and analysis for a comprehensive community profile.

•  Prepare text for comprehensive community plans, zoning ordinances, planning studies, and other planning documents.

• Preparation of land use and value assessments and zoning analyses

• Analysis of a community’s economic circumstance, its local market, industry, tax base and other resources or limitations.

• Facilitation of public meetings, including community meetings, visioning exercises, character preference surveys.

• Preparation and high quality graphic presentation of information to elected and appointed boards and authorities, local government staff, and citizens.

• Coordination of planning and related activities with community groups, school districts, and local, and regional government staff.

Required Skills and Qualifications

• Masters Degree in urban and regional planning, with a Bachelor's degree in architecture.

• 2+ years of public or private sector planning experience

• AICP certification preferred – willingness to obtain one as a requirement.

• Strong project management and leadership skills.

•  A working knowledge of planning and zoning principles and practices.

• Ability to comprehend and interpret, federal, state, and local regulations.

• Excellent analytical and research skills.

• A general knowledge of real estate and public finance economies.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

• Proficiency in GIS software (ARCGIS).

• Proficiency in graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign).

• Experiences with Sketch-up, Auto-Cad and/or Revit a plus.

• Strong writing, specifically technical writing, and communication skills will be critical for successful candidates.

• Strong graphic information presentation skills will be critical for successful candidates.

• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to lead group discussions.

• Ability to manage multiple tasks and schedules

• Exemplary work ethic and ability to work independently.

Salary & Benefits

Competitive Salary and Benefits

How to Apply

1. Provide a cover letter presenting your background, (educational and professional), and a proposal why you would be a successful community planning team member in the Duvall Decker office. 

2. Provide a resume with two recommendation contacts (at least one from a former employer or supervisor).

3. Provide at least two examples of planning work completed by the candidate.  Describe the issues, successes, and challenges and define your role in each example.

Send Single PDF file with all items above, not exceeding 5MB to Please put “PLANNER/INTERN ARCHITECT” in the subject line.


Open until filled

Equal Opportunity

Duvall Decker and its companies provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, veteran status, sex, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetics, sexual orientation or any other characteristics protected by the law.

We prohibit expressly prohibit any form of discrimination or harassment of any kind, including discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, veteran status, sex, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetics, sexual orientation or any other characteristics protected by law. We also make all reasonable accommodations to meet our obligations under laws protecting the rights of the disabled. Improper interference with the ability of Duvall Decker’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Singular Employment for Full Time Employees.  Full time employment is an agreement for the employee to devote their full professional effort toward the work assigned.  Due to the detailed nature and responsibilities of the work, full attention is a requirement of employment.  Outside employment, even outside normal work hours or beyond the time required to maintain project schedules, can and often does, create a conflict of interest or a distraction that undermines the employee’s ability to fulfill his or her responsibilities to the level expected.  For these reasons, no moonlighting or outside employment of any kind is allowed. Exceptions to this provision are on a case-by-case basis as determined by Management.