The Planner II provides professional planning services and technical assistance for local and county planning purposes on projects and programs that implement the County’s Comprehensive plan. The Planner II is distinguished from a Planner I by the size, complexity, creative demands, and the independent performance required of an assigned project.
- Communicate the plans, policies and programs of the Planning Commission to the County Commissioners, State agencies, local government, organizations and the general public. Acts as the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners representative on task forces and committees.
- Completes technical reviews of subdivision and land development plans and municipal zoning ordinance amendments in accordance with the Municipalities Planning Code.
- Assists with implementation of the Department’s environmental and open space programs.
- Assists municipalities and planners with outreach and coordination of environmental and open space programs.
- Present at Planning Commission board meetings and other public meetings to inform people of activities, issues, and trends within the County.
- Serve on in-house project teams, as needed
- Conducts field work, including but not limited to land use surveys, stormwater data collection and face-to-face interviews.
- Under direction, prepares grant applications, grant accounting and progress reporting.
- Conducts research for specific planning projects by using library reference sources, the internet, interviews, and telephone surveys.
- Collaborate with planning partners to address planning issues facing the county
- Attend and participate in professional conferences and seminars and review professional literature to remain up to date on current planning issues.
- Handle requests for information over the telephone, via email or from persons visiting the office.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a specialization in land use or environmental planning or closely related field.
- Must have five (3) years’ experience with a Bachelor’s Degree with regional and environmental planning issues.
- Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Thorough working knowledge of the principles and practices of regional planning, environmental planning.
- Good working knowledge of research techniques and reporting methods. Ability to prepare questionnaires and surveys.
- Ability to compile technical information and prepare technical reports
- Ability to make effective oral presentations.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing clearly and concisely with coworkers, developers, public officials, and the general public.
- Advanced computer literacy including ability to use standard personal computer and office software, spreadsheet programs, desktop publishing software, GPS devices and software, and GIS software.
- Ability to perform work with only general instructions from the Executive Director and Assistant Director.
- Ability to facilitate meetings and group discussions effectively in a public forum.
- Thorough knowledge of local municipal services and local government operation.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
- Demonstrates creative approaches to planning and specialized issues that require a combination of knowledge, independent judgment, and experience.
- Must be able to work diplomatically and within the limits of County policy.
- Ability to handle stress.
- Physical presence in the office is required.
Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds a distance of fifteen (15) feet or less.
The position involves occasional attendance at off-site evening meetings, periodic overnight travel, and periodic weekend meetings. The working environment will also include occasional field work that is commonly associated with the planning profession such as site reviews, confirmation, and mapping of environmental features at remote locations within the County, monitoring traffic conditions, and completing existing land use surveys.
This position description serves as a guideline for communicating the essential functions and other information about the position to the applicant/employee. It is not intended to create a binding employment contract nor cover every detail of the position and may be changed where appropriate.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
The County of Berks provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion,
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