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Township of North Fayette Seeking Planner

At the Township of North Fayette, you will have the opportunity to reimagine your career with a growing and flourishing township located in the west suburbs of Pittsburgh. North Fayette is a diversified community consisting of 27 square miles with a mixture of rural and urban lifestyles and located centrally between the Pittsburgh International Airport and Downtown Pittsburgh.

We are seeking an energetic and collaborative Community Planner who will serve as a vital link in furthering the Township’s community development and planning objectives. This position will perform complex professional, technical, and administrative work under the supervision of the Assistant Township Manager. Work is performed during regularly scheduled business hours, and will involve additional hours as needed, such as attending evening meetings as required.

The Community Planner will:
1. Ensure compliance with laws, regulations and permits as they relate to the duties of this job, including preparation and submittal of timely reports to regulatory and other agencies or to the public.
2. Provide advice and information regarding planning and zoning matters to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, Zoning Hearing Board, and appointed Township Officials.
3. Administer and enforce the Township Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, including reviewing zoning applications, subdivision applications, and land development applications.
4. Administer the activities of the Planning Commission, including attendance at meetings and preparation of the annual report of activities.
5. Administer all appeals to the Zoning Hearing Board; including hearing attendance and testimony on compliance with the requirements & standards of the Zoning Ordinance, when required.
6. Provide code interpretations and participate in meetings with citizens, property owners, engineers, architects, attorneys & developers to explain applicable codes, requirements, processes, and procedures.
7. Coordinate the review and approval of all land development application construction cost estimates, and requests for Performance Guarantee Releases/Reductions in accordance with the MPC.
8. Assist in overseeing the preparation, update, implementation, administration, and enforcement of ordinances, plans, and studies related to community development and land use.
9. Prepare grant applications and submit to appropriate agencies; administer state and/or federally funded grant projects and programs.
10. Conduct inspections of field projects and assists and guides staff as necessary on technical issues, techniques, and statutory requirements.
11. Responsible for the management of the Township’s GIS system and the collection and entering of data into the system.
12. Prepare and maintain planning and zoning records, reports, documents, specifications, proposals, and contracts in designated areas; provide manual and electronic tracking/filing systems for the records; certify the date of commencement and of completion of all municipal improvements.

Qualifications and Skills:

• Bachelor’s degree in planning, geography, landscape architecture, engineering, public policy /administration or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.
• AICP Certification is preferred.
• Minimum of 2 years of related experience in municipal planning and zoning enforcement preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
• Demonstrated project management experience and a history of working with members of the public, municipal staff, and elected officials.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Thorough knowledge of the philosophies, principles, laws, regulations, procedures, goals, and priorities of planning and community development programs, including zoning laws, comprehensive plans, and subdivision and land development including the formation, process of adoption and enforcement.
• General knowledge of the scope and functions of municipal government, including knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to a wide variety of planning, zoning, building and land use topics, including, but not limited to, the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code and the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
• Working knowledge of standard office equipment, personal computers, and software products, including Microsoft Office and ArcGIS applications.
• Ability to read site plans and maps as well as the ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive and technical reports and data.
• Knowledge of principles, practices and methods for planning studies, designs, plans, specifications, estimates and reports, and ability to gather, analyze and evaluate facts and to prepare concise and informative reports.
• Knowledge of federal, state and county planning and environmental regulations.
• Knowledge of and experience with the public competitive bidding and purchasing process.
• Ability to work collaboratively with Township staff to ensure effective and efficient operations, including working collaboratively with department staff to prepare department budget and monitor budget expenses.
• Excellent presentation and communication ability to present complex ideas verbally and in writing to developers, elected officials, and staff.
• Ability to interpret a wide variety of technical instructions, in book, manual, mathematical or diagrammatic form.
• Ability to read and understand, project and building plans, technical drawings, and maps from various disciplines.
• Ability to establish and maintain professionally effective relationships with other Township employees, vendors, community agencies, government officials and members of the public.

We offer a full compensation and benefits package, along with the opportunity for professional growth with a leading Township who focuses on serving

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