Senior Planner Town Hall

Senior Planner

Full Time • Town Hall

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES AND CULTURAL VALUES

The mission of every employee at the Town of Frederick is to “Foster an Exceptional and Inclusive Community that is Built on What Matters.”  Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the Town’s core values of Family, Respect, Empowerment and Dedication.

This position supports the goals of the Community and Economic Development Department, which plans, promotes and sustains an attractive and high-quality living and working environment by facilitating appropriate planning policies and decisions, ensuring that the community continues to develop in a safe, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable manner.


NATURE OF WORK  

The Senior Planner will primarily process development applications submitted to the Planning Department and work in coordination with the Planning Manager on all long-range planning activities. Work assignments require the application of fundamental planning principals.  A reasonable degree of independent and mature judgment is required to perform job tasks at an acceptable level.  This position will require work both in the office as well as outside at various locations.  This position may direct the work of other planners on staff, and will serve as a back-up for the Planning Manager in his/her absence.     


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed herein are illustrative of the essential duties of the job, and do not include all duties that may be required.

  • Provides exceptional customer service through careful listening and understanding of customer issues; uses personal initiative to resolve issues in a manner consistent with adopted policies, regulations, and procedures. 
  • Functions as a case manager for a multi-agency review team.
  • Reviews and evaluates the following:
    • Development applications, including building permits 
    • Administrative reviews
    • Use and site reviews
    • Subdivisions
    • Zoning
    • Annexations
    • Metropolitan Districts
  • Analyzes and prepares information regarding development review projects:
    • Researches background information
    • Performs site visits
    • Analyzes site and landscape plans, architectural plans, floor plans 
    • Writes memos and reports to other staff, applicants, review boards, and Board of Trustees
    • Presents information and recommendations in public meetings and hearings 
  • Analyzes data and prepares reports to address long-range planning topics.
  • Provides support for all long-range planning activities including review and coordination of all policy planning efforts and implementation.
  • Uses Accela automated software, GIS applications, word processing, and spreadsheet software.
  • Coordinates the work of project managers with regard to the design and construction of parks and open space.
  • Performs site visits as needed. 
  • Continuously updates skills, knowledge of planning methods, and Town codes and policies.
  • Will attend evening meetings, including, planning commission and Board meetings, as needed.  Some schedule flexibility is required, so that evening meetings can be accommodated when necessary. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Planning Manager.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Principles and practices of urban planning, economics, and statistics.
  • Research methods and sources of information related to urban growth and development.
  • Laws underlying general plans, environmental matters, zoning, and land divisions.
  • Principles of architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate.
  • General computer principles and applications; computer operations including spreadsheet, database, and project management software applications.
  • Knowledge of newly emerging attitudes and trends in environmental and economic impact of urban planning.
  • Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Identify, coordinate, and resolve a wide variety of interests in the development of land use policy.
  • Set up and perform basic spreadsheet and database functions on a personal computer.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with Town officials, other governmental agencies, and the public.
  • Operates at an advanced level of independence and is able to use professional judgment in decision making. 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

  • Bachelor's degree in urban / regional planning, architecture, public management, or related field required.  Master's degree may substitute for one year of professional experience.
  • Five to seven years of professional experience in the areas of planning and development review.
  • AICP certification is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of economic development funding mechanisms.
  • Ability to create maps and manipulate data in GIS.
  • Knowledge of urban design and architectural design principles.
  • Excellent customer service skills. 
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills. 
  • Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of the community, including its geography, politics, laws and codes. 

PHYSICAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands listed herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  This list may not be all-inclusive.

  • Use of personal computers, printers, telephone, fax machine, photocopier, digital camera and other office equipment.
  • Work is generally performed in an office environment that may require bending, kneeling, reaching, standing, and sitting for extended periods of time.  Work may include meetings in locations other than the Town offices. 
  • Work may include field inspection work requiring the ability to traverse through various terrains, as well as work in traffic or construction areas, and undeveloped sites containing significant slopes and undulating terrain.
  • Work may require lifting or handling objects up to 30 pounds.
  • The incumbent must be able to work in a busy office environment with frequent interruptions and inflexible deadlines.  The incumbent must be able to handle the stress associated with a widely varying work load and the implementation of standards.
Compensation: $77,054.00 - $96,318.00 per year




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