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SENIOR PLANNER

DEFINITION

Under the direction of a supervisory official, performs the more complex technical planning work for the development of a master, functional, or project plan intended primarily to guide government policy for the assurance of orderly and coordinated development of municipal, county, regional and metropolitan land areas or portions thereof; does related work as required.

NOTE: The 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.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

  • Takes the lead over major details of planning studies and surveys involving complex technical aspects of the planning field including but not limited to housing, existing and future land uses, resources, and resource needs, utilities and transportation uses.
  • May assign and instruct technical and drafting personnel and supervise the performance of their work.
  • Evaluates project proposals against adopted standards, plans, and programs; recommends viable alternatives when required.
  • Transmits actions and recommendations of development proposals to municipalities, applicants and other representatives.
  • Provides advice and technical assistance.
  • Reviews, interprets and transposes statistical and other data into suitable forms for planning purposes.
  • Assists in designing and drafting proposals and preparing graphic information.
  • Prepares maps representing existing and proposed land use and other data for submission or presentation.
  • Designs and prepares charts representing economic conditions.
  • Prepares various types of reports including graphic, statistical and written presentations.
  • Prepares correspondence.
  • Prepares clear,sound, accurate and informative statistical and other planning reports,studies and surveys containing findings, conclusions and
    recommendations.
  • Maintains the essential records and files, maps, plans, designs and charts.

REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree including or supplemented by 21 semester hour credits in professional planning subjects such as the principles of land use planning, history of city planning, planning project design, and planning law and administration.

EXPERIENCE:

Two (2) years of experience in municipal, county, regional, or state planning.

NOTE: Possession of a current and valid license as a professional planner in New Jersey issued by the New Jersey Board of Professional Planners may be substituted for the educational requirement.

NOTE:  Possession of a current and valid credential as a Certified Planner Issued by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) may be Substituted for the educational requirement.

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.

LICENSE:

Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the theories, practices and procedures of State, municipal and regional planning.
  • Knowledge of the problems associated with the growth of urban centers, movements of population; the changing character of individual urban, suburban, and rural areas; 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 the varied factors to be considered in the planning process.
  • Knowledge of the statistical procedures and devices and of the methods and procedures used in transposing statistical data into visible form.
  • Knowledge of the terrain and the varied actual and potential natural and other resources of the State or local government.
  • Knowledge of factors that determine the development, location, form, growth or decline of cities.
  • Knowledge of the impact of land use on 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 the advantages and disadvantages of alternative uses for land.
  • Knowledge of the interrelationship of housing, utilities, and facilities for shopping, recreation, education and health, and the implication of construction codes and standards.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of drafting and the preparation of large scale maps.
  • Knowledge of the techniques used in modern graphic art activities.
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret basic laws and regulations.
  • Ability to provide guidance and instruction to technical and drafting employees.
  • Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of maps, charts, graphs and plans.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret drafting, designing and planning problems, organize assigned work and develop effective work methods.
  • Ability to provide professional advice and guidance on planning matters.
  • Ability to organize and execute designated planning projects and studies.
  • Ability to evaluate programs and the measures used to implement them.
  • Ability to identify social, economic and industrial conditions and trends.
  • Ability to review, interpret and transpose statistical data of varied type in appropriate visual form for use in planning and publicity activities.
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, interpret, and use land use information including statistical material.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain maps, charts, graphs, and plans.
  • Ability to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate and informative planning reports, studies and surveys containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ability to speak with officials and groups to explain and discuss individual planning projects.
  • 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 prepare correspondence.
  • Ability to maintain records, reports, maps, plans, charts 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.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:

This job specification is for local government use only.

Salary range is only applicable to state government.

Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

Send resumes to Director Allison Ladd ladda@ci.newark.nj.us