The City of Oak Ridge is currently accepting applications for Senior Planner or Planner (dependent on experience).
The City of Oak Ridge is seeking a community-minded planner to focus on long range planning and visioning, and assist with current planning activities. The Senior Planner position would be expected to perform with far greater independence and proficiency than a Planner level. While experience is sought, the ideal candidate will fit the needs for Oak Ridge.
Position: Senior Planner. Salary: Pay Grade — P; Step 1 — $59,696.00/annually
The position performs advanced land use planning and project coordination duties managing long-range planning projects, drafting new or revised ordinances, providing communities participating in the program with current and long-range land use planning, and performing current planning efforts. This position also provides grant management and performs extensive project management.
Required Education, Experience, Licensing, and Certifications
- Master’s Degree preferred and five (5) years’ experience in urban planning or closely related experience. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification required within three years of employment.
Position: Planner. Salary: Pay Grade — M; Step 1 — $47,382.40/annually
The position performs entry-level professional planning work involved in researching and developing assigned urban planning projects, assisting in the research and development of major plans and projects, and participating in the processing of zoning requests.
Required Education, Experience, Licensing, and Certifications
- Bachelor’s Degree in Planning and three (3) years’ experience or Master’s Degree and one (1) in urban planning or closely related community development activity.
- Previous experience in urban planning or closely related experience required.
The following duties are common for a Planning position within local government. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be required and assigned.
- Lead staff on creation, maintenance, updates, and administration of comprehensive plan or plan elements including data collection and public input facilitation.
- Oversees creation of special topic or area plans.
- Creates alternative proposals for development or redevelopment at regional, citywide, neighborhood, or site specific scales.
- Leads citizen engagement and communications on planning processes.
- Provides urban design guidance on plans and development proposals.
- Conducts visioning and goal formulation workshops.
- Conducts analysis and forecasting of land use, transportation, socio-economic, and environmental data.
- Collects, compiles, and analyzes data and factual materials in order to prepare studies regarding land use, and zoning, land development, and annexation requests.
- Collaborates with related professionals in architecture, law, economics, engineering, public administration, and others as necessary to enhance the quality of planning proposals and the potential for successful implementation.
- Responds to citizen inquiries and confers with outside consultants in establishing policies.
- Serves as liaison to various Boards and Commissions, including Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Greenways Oak Ridge, and to various City departments.
- Responsible for staff recommendations, field assessments, presentations to Boards and Commissions, and record keeping for meetings.
- Interacts and educates the general public on City, County, and State planning, zoning, and development regulations, rules, and statutes.
- Updates land use database which identifies parcels, zoning, land use, home occupations, Board of Zoning Appeals requests, Planning Commission action, and other relevant land use information.
- Reviews and approves various applications which include home occupations, certificates of occupancy, and zoning and compliance permits.
- Oversees Grant program and strategy development, and writes, approves, and submits grant proposals.
- Administers Grant funds, awards funds to recipients, and writes memos, resolutions, and modifications to contracts, as appropriate.
- Interprets Grant contracts and oversees project management which includes documentation, payment requests, accounting for funds, evaluation, report preparation, and supplying information to auditors.
- Maintains and administers Zoning Ordinances and subdivision regulations including staff recommendations on rezoning requests, field assessments, and ordinance amendments.
- Interprets zoning and development regulations.
- Reviews subdivision plats and site plans for conformance with Subdivision Regulations and Zoning Ordinances.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods used in urban planning.
- Knowledge of data gathering and research methods, data review, reporting, and presentation.
- Knowledge of development issues and concerns, neighborhoods, public participation techniques, and the development process.
- Knowledge of transportation and infrastructure systems and planning.
- Knowledge of project management and organization principles.
- Knowledge of and ability to effectively utilize the principles of strategic and long and short range planning.
- Skill in effective and concise oral, written, and graphic communications.
- Skill in preparing and presenting technical information in a clear and concise manner.
- Skill and experience in using social media tools to communicate with the community.
- Skill in analyzing complex administrative information and issues, defining problems and evaluating alternatives and recommending methods, procedures, and techniques for resolution of issues.
- Ability to research and analyze detailed information, generate reports and make appropriate recommendations.
- Knowledge of design principals to enhance the urban and natural environment.
- Skill packaging and communicating physical design information.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and good communications with associate personnel, other City employees, agencies, and the general public.
- Knowledge of land use law, zoning, and subdivision regulations.
- Proficiency in CAD, Sketchup, or other design software is a plus.
- Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate projects and programs.
- Ability to maintain a professional demeanor when dealing with the public.
- Ability to develop department goals and objectives.
- Ability to perform detailed work accurately and independently in compliance with stringent time limits with minimal direction and supervision.
- Ability to prioritize duties to accomplish a high volume of work product while adapting to constant changes in priority.
- Knowledge of City policies, procedures, and practices.
- Knowledge of local government organization and its departmental operating requirements.
- Ability to analyze and prepare organizational and functional reports from research data.
All interested candidates must have an employment application and/or resume on file with the Personnel Department by 12:00 noon, Friday, April 6, 2018.
See the City of Oak Ridge website for more information and to download an employment application.