Centre Region Council of Governments Seeking a Planner

Job Position


Senior Land Use Planner



The CRPA is an Agency of the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) serving six municipalities in the State College area of Centre County, PA. The planning area has a population of approximately 95,000 people including Penn State students and a geographic area of 150 square miles. The CRPA is seeking a talented individual to fill a key position in the organization that divides time between regional land use planning projects and local planning projects in Halfmoon Township. The position requires a general knowledge of comprehensive land use planning; principles of sustainability; knowledge of zoning and subdivision ordinances, land development plan review; and some transportation planning issues. Interest in being part of a small team working towards integrating land use, sustainability, transportation, and other infrastructure in the community is valued. There is an expectation that all employees are committed to the mission, vision, and values of the Centre Region Council of Governments and the Centre Regional Planning Agency.

The position works under the general direction of a Principal Land Use Planner and includes:
•Assist with the preparation of major regional and local planning projects.
•A combination of skills in research, analysis, development, presentation, or interpretation of concepts and data pertaining to planning and implementation of plans such as the Regional Comprehensive Plan, Regional Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, and the Long-Range Transportation Plan.
•The ability to carry out research, write reports, or develop draft policies independently and make recommendations to assess and prioritize next steps.
•The ability to present in public to governing bodies, commissions, residents, and other groups.
•The ability to work constructively with external engineers, transportation planners, and other external groups to prepare and implement projects.
•The ability to work collaboratively with municipal engineers and zoning officers to review land development plans for conformance to the zoning ordinance, subdivision ordinance, and other local ordinances and policies.
•Experience working in a complex organizational environment and the ability to build consensus with elected officials, appointed officials, residents, authorities, and other stakeholders in the Centre Region.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban/Regional Planning, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Architecture, Political Science, Public Administration, or a related field.
  • Minimum four (4) years of experience in land use planning, land development plan review, working with subdivision and zoning ordinances or other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
  • Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred. Senior Planners who have obtained their AICP will be moved to the Certified Planner pay grade.

How to Apply


The position is open until filled. The first review of applications will occur on June 12, 2023. The full Job Description can be found online.

Please email your cover letter and resume to Marcella Hoffman at mhoffman@crcog.net or mail to:
Centre Region Council of Governments
ATTN: Marcella Hoffman, Office Manager
2643 Gateway Drive, Suite 4
State College, PA 16801