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Montgomery County Seeking Planner

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION, P.O. BOX 311, NORRISTOWN, PA 19404-0311
The Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) is located in a diverse and historic suburban community of over 856,000+ people located directly northwest of Philadelphia. The county is home to a variety of communities, including revitalizing boroughs and villages as well as scenic, rural townships. We are an award-winning agency with a well-earned reputation as an innovator of cutting edge planning concepts and strategies. Our mission is to provide professional planning services that provide effective solutions to community challenges. We are looking for an outgoing, technically proficient, and highly motivated individual to join our dynamic team of professional planners.

POSITION TITLE: PLANNER
EXEMPT: YES
DEPARTMENT: PLANNING COMMISSION – TRANSPORTATION SECTION
POSITION REPORTING: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – TRANSPORTATION/LONG RANGE PLANNING
SALARY RANGE: $45,629 – $46,770 (depending on experience)
REMOTE WORK ELIGIBLE: YES

SUMMARY: Reporting to the Assistant Director – Transportation/Long Range Planning, the Transportation Planner provides technical assistance to the team and spearheads entry-level transportation planning initiatives. The employee performs various professional transportation related tasks including the preparation of specialized transportation analysis; external coordination with stakeholders such as DVRPC (regional MPO), transit agencies, transportation management associations (TMAs), municipalities, and PENNDOT staff on various projects and regional transportation programs and policies; review of land development and subdivision plans; and oversight responsibility of various multimodal transportation initiatives. The transportation planner should have a well-rounded knowledge of planning concepts and be able to communicate well with the public. The employee in this position will attend and make presentations at various night meetings to local appointed and elected officials.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES shall include the following:

  • Manage and perform work tasks for short and long range transportation planning projects that implement the goals of the County Comprehensive Plan, Montco2040.
  • Collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data on planning trends affecting Montgomery County.
  • Review subdivisions and land developments.
  • Conduct in-depth research of current planning trends to draft informative articles and reports.
  • Present reports and planning topics to the County Planning Commission Board, municipal governing bodies, and the general public.
  • Interact with the public and engage in community outreach efforts.
  • Represent the Planning Commission to professional, service, and community organizations and provide them with analysis on county-wide trends

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES in addition to all of the above shall include some combination of the following dependent upon stated position:

  • Represent the county and work cooperatively with municipal staff, governing boards, and public agencies such as DVRPC, SEPTA, PENNDOT, GVFTMA, Partnership TMA, Turnpike Commission, and internal county departments such as Assets and Infrastructure
  • Contribute to technical analysis and the formation of county transportation policy on all aspects of transportation modes
  • Oversee efforts to implement the county’s bicycle plan, Bike Montco
  • Assist in the management of the County Transportation Program (CTP)
  • Assist in the delivery of the county’s road, bridge, and trail capital projects
  • Organize and manage tasks for official boards such as the Montgomery County Transportation Authority
  • Author and produce specialized planning study reports and policies
  • Track transportation grants, issue consistency letters, and provide guidance to municipalities and other partners
  • Track the effectiveness of the county’s Complete Streets Policy
  • Assist in conducting community walk audits and writing Safe Routes to School plans

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform all essential and specific duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Master’s Degree in Planning or related field
  • Up to two (2) years of relatable work experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to be successful in the position
  • Knowledge of federal, state, regional and local transportation policies, funding, and current issues
  • Must have evidence of work experience that includes examples of data analysis, writing, mapping, and project management capabilities.
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Excellent written communication skills and public speaking ability
  • Knowledge of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code Act 247 preferred
  • Good analytical, organizational, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and organize information
  • Have a valid driver’s license and ready access to a motor vehicle
  • Proficient in desktop computing, including Microsoft Office Suite, emphasizing Excel and Access, and ArcMap GIS
  • Proficiency in design software, such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and SketchUp preferred but not required

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear. Walking is required in field conditions with uneven terrain to perform site visits, acquire information, and perform inspections or to attend meetings. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to handle or feel objects. The employee is also required to kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and depth perception.

The employee must be able to drive to various locations during the day or night and attend meetings that may last several hours.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

TO APPLY ONLINE: Go to https://www.montcopa.org/Jobs.aspx – fill out the application form under the job posting. Please submit a cover letter with your application