Blair Planning Seeking a Regional Planner

Job Position

 

Regional Planner

Description 

 

The Regional Planner conducts the research necessary to develop and implement a long-range planning program for Blair County, and – when requested – any constituent municipalities. Included in the scope of duties of the Regional Planner are the development and promotion of the County Comprehensive Plan and related projects. Such long range planning shall take into consideration the programmatic planning requirements of any entitlement funding sources. The Regional Planner will also be given responsibility for other mid- to long-term planning projects as they may arise.

Primary Duties
– Development and coordination of the County Comprehensive Plan
– Research and Development on any issue of long-term or regional concern
– Coordination with other planning agencies to ensure synchronized planning efforts
– Preparation of plans and studies focused on a particular location or specific topic
– Planning support to the various municipalities of Blair County

Other Duties
– Monitor other community efforts throughout the County for effective coordination of planning
– Promote planning to government officials and the general public
– Engage the public in planning
– Identify additional planning funding sources that complement the existing program
– Assist in the development of the budget based on expected funding and other income
– Attend a substantial number of meetings at times
– Maintains professional currency through professional development activities and networking
– Other duties as assigned

Requirements

 

Knowledge
– Theory, principles and techniques of the planning profession and development process
– Federal and State programs and requirements relative to regional and municipal planning
– Methods and techniques of research and analysis
– Spatial relationships as applied to community vitality and character
– Planning terminology, laws, practices, principles, and regulations
– General understanding of the capabilities and functions of computer applications including basic office productivity software, modeling, database management, graphic design/publishing, and GIS

Skills
– Coordinating multiple projects within overlapping time frames
– Communicate in American English both orally and in writing
– Interpersonal and public relations
– Apply a systematic approach
– Strong problem-solving skills balancing all interest in the public interest
– Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment within general policy guidelines
– Effective utilization of standard office equipment such as telephone, computer, typewriter, and productivity software.

Education & Experience
– Bachelor’s degree in community planning, geography, or a related field.
– Two to five years’ experience, depending on education, qualifications, and demonstrated ability
– AICP Certification is preferred and is encouraged when employee becomes eligible

How to Apply

 

Address a cover letter and resumé to Rhonda Kelly at rkelly@blairplanning.org or Blair Planning, 423 Allegheny Street, Suite 046, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

Questions may be directed to David McFarland at dmcfarland@blairplanning.org