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Under direction, has complete charge of a planning agency and all of  its  personnel, and is responsible for organizing, promoting, and  administering a comprehensive planning service  including preparation and making of surveys; collection and compilation  of data; conduct of investigations and  analyses of this  data; drawing  and drafting of maps and charts; and interpretation  and transposition of statistical data into visual form; does other related duties as required.

NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title are for illustrative  purposes only.  A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.


  • Carries out policies of the planning board or other  authority responsible for the planning agency.
  • Prepares or supervises the preparation of a master plan.
  • Plans, promotes, organizes, and administers a comprehensive long- term planning service.
  • Establishes administrative procedures to ensure maximum  service provided at a reasonable cost.
  • Studies planning needs to develop immediate and long-range  plans to meet these needs.
  • Interprets the  planning organization, and its philosophy and objectives.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with other agencies and interested individuals.
  • Organizes, trains, and supervises subordinates, and provides them with needed advice and assistance when difficult and unusual problems arise.
  • Prepares budget estimates and keeps records of expenditures.
  • Prepares suitable and comprehensive reports.
  • Interprets and stimulates public interest in planning activities.
  • Directs the establishment and maintenance of complete records of planning activities, maps, plans, designs, and charts.
  • Will  be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual  recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.



Six (6) years  of  professional experience in  municipal, county, regional, or state planning, three (3)  years  of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.

NOTE: Possession of a Master's degree in Planning from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of indicated experience.


Possession of a current, valid license as a Professional Planner in New Jersey issued by the State Board of Professional Planners. Appointees will be required to possess a drivers license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.


  • Knowledge of theories, practices, and  procedures of state, municipal, and regional planning.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with varied problems brought  about by growth of urban centers, movements of population, and changing character of individual urban, suburban, and rural areas.
  • Knowledge of  the location, relocation, development, and/or loss of industrial opportunities, traffic conditions, housing shortages, and other contemporary conditions affecting the social and economic status of the state or local government.
  • Knowledge of social, economic, industrial, and other  conditions within the state, and of probable economic trends.
  • Knowledge of the terrain and varied actual and potential natural and other resources of the state or local government.
  • Knowledge of  facts, values, priorities, research  requirements, and  standards to be considered, sequence to follow, judgments involved, and limitations  to be  considered  in the planning process.
  • Knowledge of  supervisory  principles and techniques, and of management process and organizational structures.
  • Knowledge of the use of computers in the planning process.
  • Knowledge of management techniques and principles, and of the general management of an organization.
  • Knowledge of  factors that determine the development,  location, form, growth, or decline of cities.
  • Knowledge of how land use influences community development.
  • Knowledge of principles related to the movement of people within and outside of urban areas, and transportation as a factor  in community growth and physical structure.
  • Knowledge of advantages and disadvantages of alternative uses for land.
  • Knowledge of the interrelationship of housing, utilities, and facilities for shopping, recreation, education, health, and so forth, and the implication of construction codes and standards.
  • Ability to use analytical methods and tools.
  • Ability to analyze planning problems.
  • Ability to identify and define planning goals and objectives.
  • Ability to evaluate programs and measures used to implement them.
  • Ability to express ideas orally, in writing, or by means of graphics and sketches.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with others.
  • Ability to function under pressure such as time limitations or intense public interest.
  • Ability to organize designated planning projects and studies  and to carry these to completion.
  • Ability to prepare technically competent, feasible, and realistic plans  and  details of plans for the further development of the economic, recreation, and other resources of the state or local government.
  • Ability to keep current with literature in the field of planning and with current trends of thought and significant developments in present day planning activities.
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret  basic law and regulations.
  • Ability to assign and instruct technical and other employees, and supervise the performance of their work.
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret land  use information including statistical material.
  • Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of maps, charts, graphs, and plans.
  • Ability to plan, organize,  and  coordinate the work of an organization in situations where there are numerous  and  diverse demands.
  • Ability to provide professional advice and guidance on planning matters.
  • Ability to analyze  organizational  and  administrative work problems.
  • Ability to talk with officials and groups and to interpret  the meaning of individual planning projects.
  • Ability to prepare correspondence in the course of official duties.
  • Ability to  prepare clear, technically sound, accurate, and informative planning  reports, studies, and surveys containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Ability to supervise the maintenance of the essential records, reports, maps, plans, and files.
  • Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual  recording and information systems used  by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Ability to read,  write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this  position. American Sign Language or Braille may also  be considered as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it  would  cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

Please send resumes to Allison Ladd, Deputy Mayor/Director at