Planner I/II

Charles County Government

La Plata, MD

Experience Level: Entry Level

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: $54,631.00 - $75,860.00 Annually

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Charles County is seeking a Planner in the Preservation and Long Range Planning Section which includes land preservation, comprehensive and sub-area planning, transportation, and cultural resources. The ideal candidate for this position would have expertise in transportation, urban design, housing, and community revitalization and would assist with administering programs and policies in these areas. Examples of typical projects that this position would work on include the Waldorf Urban Redevelopment Corridor and the Indian Head Rail Trail (IHRT) Feasibility Study linking the IHRT to the Three Notch Trail. 

 

**Position will be filled at the Planner I or Planner II level. The level and salary offer will be dependent upon education and experience. 

The Planner performs professional land use planning and related work for the County.  Applies land use and environmental principles and concepts to planning projects.  Works within a defined planning area. 

 Essential Job Functions:
PLANNER I
 
  • Reviews and evaluates projects for conformance with environmental regulations, development and subdivision requirements, zoning conformance and other policies and regulations as assigned.
  • Meets with parties involved to discuss and clarify issues and explain requirements; advises and assists parties on how to achieve compliance with applicable rules and regulations.
  • Applies various specialized analysis including environmental, land use, area and structure, economic and/or demographic, and statistical analysis as appropriate to projects to discern relevant issues and facts and formulate appropriate recommendations.
  • Maintains project files and records and prepares related reports including graphic materials, maps and other illustrative materials as necessary; submits study reports and recommendations for review and presentation to various boards and committees.
  • Coordinates studies and project with other division functions and departments as necessary; makes referrals and follows through on actions with agencies as necessary.
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, developers, landowners, attorneys and others involved in land use matters regarding procedures, compliance issues and related matters.
  • Performs field visits and site inspections, as necessary.
  • Serves on committees and work groups as assigned, providing technical support and assistance.
  • Compiles and disseminates information on planning related matters to the public.
  • Prepares and modifies documents including correspondence, letters, forms, reports, memos, presentations, and emails. Performs other related job duties as assigned. 

PLANNER II
 

  • Performs specialized planning work in an assigned project or functional area.
  • Reviews and evaluates projects for conformance with environmental regulations, development and subdivision requirements, zoning conformance and other policies and regulations as assigned.
  • Meets with parties involved to discuss and clarify issues and explain requirements; advises and assists parties on how to achieve compliance with applicable rules and regulations.
  • Applies various specialized analysis including environmental, land use, area and structure, economic and/or demographic, and statistical analysis as appropriate to projects to discern relevant issues and facts and formulate appropriate recommendations.
  • Maintains project files and records and prepares related reports including graphic materials, maps and other illustrative materials as necessary; submits study reports and recommendations for review and presentation to various boards and commissions.
  • Coordinates studies and project with other division functions and departments as necessary; makes referrals and follows through on actions with agencies as necessary.
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, developers, landowners, attorneys and others involved in land use matters regarding procedures, compliance issues and related matters.
  • Performs field visits and site inspections as necessary.
  • Serves on boards and committees and work groups as assigned, providing technical support and assistance, often representing the County on a state-wide or regional basis.
  • Manages contracts, grants, writing proposals for awards, scope of work and implementation.
  • Administers long range comprehensive planning projects or policies.
  • Uses ordinances and regulations in association with other mapping and location tools to review and provide comments for various plans and permits.
  • Coordinates review of plans, write reports and make presentations to specific boards as the lead person on projects. Attend meetings to provide professional knowledge on planning topics.
  • Assists with developing and implementing a variety of Sub Area, Master Plan, and Comprehensive planning documents, as assigned.
  • Supports, serves on, and presents to a variety of boards, commissions and other entities on current planning efforts. 
  • Provides guidance and recommendations for developing and updating County ordinances, manuals, regulations, and policies.
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned. 
 Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

PLANNER I

 

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Planning, or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training. 

Licenses or Certifications:

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

Work is subject to frequent interruptions.

This position is required to receive climate competency training level 2.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts and practices of land use planning and allied disciplines.
  • Ability to Perform technically sound land use and related studies and formulate appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to conduct on-site inspections.
  • Ability to interpret and apply applicable ordinances and rules and regulations to varied land use and related situations.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare related reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, including public presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.
  • Ability to carry out assignments on own, follow through on matters, and use independent judgment and training to take appropriate actions to deal with standard recurring situations.

 

PLANNER II

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Planning. Two (2) years of professional planning experience, or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training. 

Licenses or Certifications:

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

Work is subject to frequent interruptions.

This position is required to receive climate competency training level 2.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts and practices of land use planning and allied disciplines.
  • Ability to determine specific tasks and assignments to be performed, independently handling new, unusual problems and deviations encountered in the work.
  • Ability to perform specialized planning work within an assigned project or functional area.
  • Ability to perform technically sound land use and related studies and formulate appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to conduct on-site inspections.
  • Ability to interpret and apply applicable ordinances and rules and regulations to varied land use and related situations.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare related reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally, including making effective public presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.
 Additional Information:

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work is sedentary with frequent periods of light physical activity and is performed in office and field surroundings.  Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for long periods; walk over uneven terrain; lift and carry up to 20 pounds; climb stairs, bend, reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards.  The work requires the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision and hearing.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Principal duties of this job are performed in a general office environment.

PLANNER I
 

Department/Division:     Planning and Growth Management/Planning

Pay Grade:                           113

FLSA Status:                        Exempt

Telework Eligible:              Yes     

Reports to:                          Planning Supervisor or Engineering Supervisor

Supervises:                          None

 

 PLANNER II

Department/Division:     Planning and Growth Management/Planning

Pay Grade:                           114

FLSA Status:                        Exempt

Telework Eligible:             Yes

Reports to:                          Planning Supervisor or Engineering Supervisor

Supervises:                          None 

Posted July 9, 2021, 9:05 AM PDT


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