Centre Region Council of Governments Seeking Senior Land Use Planner



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.

Job Requirements 


•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.

•Ability to cooperate with elected officials, staff, and the public.
•Ability to instruct and train other staff in methods and procedures.
•Ability to respond to complaints and grievances in a professional and courteous manner.
•Advanced ability to prepare reports for publication and presentation.
•Demonstrated consensus building skills in complex situations.
•Ability to perform project management and work independently on complex projects.
•Basic ability to display and analyze data using ESRI ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online.

How to Apply 


To be considered for the position, applications must include the following: cover letter including salary requirements, and resume. Applications should be submitted to:
Contact: Marcella Hoffman, Office Manager
Phone: (814) 231-3050
Email: mhoffman@crcog.net