Lackawanna County seeking Senior Planner

Department/Office: Planning and Economic Development
Job Title: Senior Planner
Reports to: Planning Department Manager

Job Purpose/Overview: The Senior Planner is responsible for all work tasks assigned pertaining to: review of subdivision and land development plans, review of other land-use regulations related to land-use planning, environmental planning, preparation of planning reports, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) use, and to
assist the Transportation Planning Manager in undertaking field work regarding data collection as required.

Job Duties:

  • Recognizes the community, economic, environmental and transportation impacts of land use decisions; advocates land use considerations in issues of a different functional nature or separate jurisdiction.
  • Provides specialized technical assistance to the general public, other staff elements, County agencies, and local governments in land use planning and other related functions which require similar skills.
  • Prepares reviews of subdivision and land development applications, reviews applications to amend municipal zoning and subdivision/land development ordinances and reviews of Act 67 and 68 applications.
  • Works with subdividers and developers, their agents, engineers, surveyors, lawyers, and lending institutions, providing site plan design advice where needed, to achieve voluntary compliance with applicable laws and regulations, to upgrade the quality of development, and to accomplish orderly and effective use of land.
  • Works with municipal officials to maintain and develop a strong subdivision/land development partnership; including municipal training, municipal comments on subdivision and land development applications including consistency with municipal zoning and other ordinances, and feedback about SLDO regulations and administration.
  • Develops and maintains a detailed working knowledge of state and/or federal sewage, storm water, flood plain, wetlands and highway access laws, facility design standards, and administrative procedures established
    by state and local agencies and officials.
  • Develop a scope of work for Federal and State grant requests when applicable for special planning studies.
  • Provide administrative support and research assistance to the Regional Planning Manager and the department to facilitate the planning process.
  • Provide assistance to the GIS Coordinator in the development and production of map products.
  • Provide assistance to the Transportation Planning Manager in data collection and transportation planning as required
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field.
  • Two years of planning experience (internship time at a planning agency is acceptable).
  • Must possess the ability to learn laws underlying comprehensive plans,
    zoning, and subdivision and land development regulations; knowledge of applicable environmental laws and regulations; ability to interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public; interpret and utilize current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of urban, transportation and environmental planning; perform basic land use plan checking activities; understand and execute oral and written directions; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to read maps, topography and planimetric, surveys, engineering cross-sections and profiles, aerial photos and any plan or drawings pertinent to evaluation of proposed subdivisions and land developments is essential.
  • Proficient in the use of laptop/tablet/other mobile computing equipment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and familiarity with GIS programs.
  • Valid Driver’s License and accessibility to a vehicle.


  • This position requires travel in the area for field work, meetings and training sessions.
  • This position requires occasional overnight travel for meetings and training.
  • Some minor lifting of equipment (under twenty pounds) may be required.


  • An advanced degree or professional certification.

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Salary: $45,000