Planner III

Sussex County Government
Georgetown, DE
United States
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level
AICP Certification: 
Preferred

SC - PAY GRADE 20

PLANNER III

DUTIES AND FEATURES OF THE CLASS:

Performs professional level planning work involving the application of planning principles and theory to various planning and zoning issues. The incumbent assists in the overall administration of a comprehensive planning and land development regulation process in accordance with Federal, State and local laws.  Assists with overseeing development and maintenance of a county-wide geographic information system.  Assists the County on matters relating to development issues under the general policy direction of the Director and Managers of Planning and Zoning.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Instrumental in providing input to professional planning, vision and development advice to the County government; reviews any or all of the following: site plans, subdivisions, conditional use and/or change of zone applications for compliance with County regulations; assists in providing information to departments, outside agencies and elected officials; assists in explaining, justifying and defending departmental programs, policies and activities; assists in negotiating and resolving sensitive, significant and controversial issues; participates in the evaluation of land use proposals for conformity to established plans and ordinances; provides input to the direction in the development of short and long range plans and projects; coordinates activities with other departments and agencies as required; assists in monitoring the administration and enforcement of a variety of zoning codes; communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff, County Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and the general public; participates in the development, maintenance and integration of a geographic information system; evaluates information to determine feasibility of proposals and identifies factors requiring amendment on a frequent basis; assists with processing applications to the Board of Adjustment; attends evening meetings and performs meeting related duties; may serve in a lead capacity or serve as a technical expert in a particular area; incumbent may also serve as staff liaison to boards and commissions and represent the County through direct participation in local or regional committees or forums; performs related work as required. 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Extensive knowledge of community development, planning and zoning administration, and comprehensive plans including the formulation, process for adoption and enforcement; strong knowledge of planning programs and processes; working knowledge of inspection, codes and code enforcement; thorough knowledge of mapping and geographic information systems; ability to comprehend, interpret and apply complex regulations, procedures and related information; ability to prepare and present planning reports and projects; ability to establish and maintain effective relationship with staff, department heads, contractors, County officials, Federal and State agencies and the public; good professional judgment; performance of duties in a professional manner; ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in land-use planning, urban planning, public administration or closely related field with a minimum of seven (7) years of related experience, preferably in a local government, or any equivalent combination of experience, education and training, Master’s Degree preferred.  Designation as a “Certified Planner” from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred; excellent customer service and organizational skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint). 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Minimum 35-hour work week (Monday - Friday)
  • Pre-Employment Background Screening
  • Pre-Employment Drug/Alcohol Testing
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
Published on:
July 17, 2018 - 9:33am
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