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Senior Community Planner

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Allentown, PA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
Economic Development
GIS / Technology
Infrastructure Planning
Land-Use Management
Planning Law
Public Health
Public Policy
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$60,697 - $88,010 per annum; plus excellent benefits, including but, not limited to: paid time off, health, dental, and retirement.

The Senior Community Planner provides regional and community planning services for the Lehigh Valley community.  The Senior Community Planner will assist with comprehensive and subarea planning projects addressing complex, sometimes politically sensitive issues and serves as the lead planner for subdivision, land development, community ordinances and plans review.  The Senior Planner also serves as advisor to the Director of Community Planning and stands-in for the Director at the Director’s request.   The LVPC Community Planning Section is responsible for FutureLV: The Regional Comprehensive Plan, multi-municipal comprehensive planning, specific community plans, municipal planning services and special planning projects, subdivision and land development review, community ordinance analysis, supports the Planning Commission and leads cross-departmental planning and policy efforts.

Team members act as project leads managing projects, and act as community consultants with a high degree of independence and provide direct guidance to the LVPC leadership, other LVPC sections, boards and commissions, and the public. Team members are expected to be highly capable communicators and collaborators that work well with complex, multifaceted problems that require innovative solutions.  The LVPC Team is entrepreneurial, innovative, highly motivated, cross-disciplinary and committed to effectively planning for and responding to 21st century needs.    


Working under the general direction of the Director of Community Planning, the Senior Community Planner:

  • Advises the Director of Community Planning on section projects, plans, reviews and related matters. 
  • Stands in for the Director of Community Planning as needed.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with local, state and federal laws.
  • Oversees specialized planning functions such as large-scale new development proposals and environmental studies.
  • Acts as project manager for reports, projects and plan research, development and publication as assigned
  • Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities.
  • Prepares reports on operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications.
  • Manages and carries out planning projects involving complex technical analysis and policy development for a broad spectrum of interested parties.
  • Plans, develops and executes work programs for projects that have a high level of impact on the organization and the region as a whole.
  • Works constructively in teams that span multiple LVPC sections and, at times, outside agencies, using communication and shared leadership skills to successfully collaborate and achieve multiple objectives.
  • Reviews subdivision and land development plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision and land development ordinances, street vacation requests, local comprehensive plans and associated planning and engineering documents for the broader implications as they pertain to land use planning. 
  • Coordinates and oversees Community Planning Section activities as it relates to subdivision and land development plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision and land development ordinances, street vacation requests, local comprehensive plans and associated planning and engineering documents for the broader implications as they pertain to land use planning. 
  • Conducts research, prepares and presents reports that clearly communicate technical analyses and make the case for policy and other recommendations, as appropriate. Utilizes geographic information systems (GIS), computer modeling and other technical tools, and works as part of  GIS team.
  • Communicates effectively with peers, Planning Commission, local governments and other stakeholders on planning issues in a manner that develops and maintains positive relationships and advances the understanding of the issues at hand.
  • Represents the LVPC on various committees, at neighborhood organizations and community meetings, at public hearings, and before governmental bodies.
  • Prepares and implements community engagement strategies, including development of innovative collaborative methods for the greatest collective community impact.
  • Constructively reviews planning studies, reports, presentations and other products completed by consultants, communities and other staff members and provides guidance and mentorship to less experienced staff members.
  • Evaluates program accomplishments against established goals and timetables, and makes recommendations based upon evaluation, concerning future plans.
  • The candidate will be responsible for project outcomes and is expected to work independently when executing project plans, while receiving overall guidance from the Director of Community Planning.
  • Other duties as assigned.


General Knowledge of: Principles of land use and long-range planning; regional comprehensive planning; city, county, state and federal laws, codes and regulations pertaining to community planning; real estate markets, national and international trends; research techniques for land use trends and regulations; nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices, techniques, and computer software used in planning, drafting, mapping, and statistical analysis as applied to land use; principles of record keeping and records management.

Skills in: Researching and analyzing the factors affecting community planning projects; organizing, evaluating, analyzing and presenting data and information; preparing reports and checking designs, details, estimates, plans, and specifications of planning projects; use and interpretation of national economic data sets for supplementing existing research to write clearly and concisely; analyzing planning issues, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings; maintaining accurate and interrelated technical records.

Ability to: Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands; communicate effectively in verbal written, and graphic forms; establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, community groups and the public; understanding and interpreting land use regulations, comprehensive planning processes, community engagement and state and Federal laws.


  • Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in urban planning, architecture, environmental studies or closely related field. A Master's degree or equivalent experience.
    • Three to five years of experience. 
    • Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners is preferred or the ability to seek certification within two years of employment.
  • Ability to utilize Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook) and various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn).  Those with GIS, REMI, Sketch-Up, Adobe Creative Suite and other specialty skills are encouraged to apply. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Refined organizational skills, including time-management abilities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work within and contribute to a team structure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people and in diverse environments.
  • Participation in early morning, evening and weekend meetings and events required. 
  • Possess or immediately obtain a driver’s license. 


  • $60,697 - $88,010 per annum; plus excellent benefits, including but, not limited to: paid time off, health, dental, and retirement. 
  • The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission also, budgets for training and membership.  The LVPC is active in the American Planning Association (national, state and regional) National Association of Regional Councils, Urban Land Institute, Green Building United/US Green Building Council, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, among other local, regional, state and national allied organizations and initiatives.  Team members are encouraged to participate with partner entities.    


Only e-mail submissions to [email protected] will be accepted and must include:

  1. Current resume detailing your education and experience.
  2. Letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for this position and why you would like to be considered.  Please address this letter to, Becky Bradley, AICP, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, 961 Marcon Blvd, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109.  
  3. Minimum of three (3) professional references with contact information.  

Application materials must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on September 16, 2019.


The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Published on:
August 19, 2019 - 8:44am
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