Associate Planner

Associate Planner

The purpose of the Associate Planner is to perform a variety of general and specialized professional planning functions, including conducting studies, analyzing data, and preparing reports and materials on current planning projects to coordinate and manage all activities related to assigned projects; to design and implement civic engagement activities; and to provide information and assistance to local communities, partners, and the public on planning related matters.

Essential Duties

  • Perform professional level planning functions in support of assigned projects including conducting studies, analyzing data and preparing reports.
  • Conduct a variety of current and long-range planning studies; research, analyze, and interpret social, economic, land use and population data; identify trends; prepare written reports and materials on planning related activities.
  • Serve as project manager for complex advanced planning projects, as assigned.
  • Support Long Range Planning projects including the development of comprehensive plans, park and recreation plans, township plans, redevelopment plans and studies.
  • Participate in community engagement activities to support planning projects. This includes attending meetings, conducting stakeholder interviews, and using email and social media to share and solicit information.
  • Coordinate planning activities with other departments, service areas, and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Monitor and control expenditures related to park and planning programs as well as apply for and manage park and planning grants.

Additional Tasks

  • Create visual aids such as maps, charts, graphs, etc., to assist in the administration and communication of the Department’s activities and programs.
  • Assist with drafting ordinance updates and development of zoning program processes and procedures.
  • Attend and participate in meetings that are associated with assigned projects, which may occur on evenings or weekends.
  • And other duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Training and Education

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Planning or another related field
4 years of related experience

Preferred: Master’s degree in Planning or Geography or another related field
Certified Planner certification issued by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.