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Job Specification

SENIOR PLANNER

DEFINITION

Under the direction of a Supervising Planner or other supervisor in 
a state or local government agency, performs the more complex 
technical planning work for the development of a master, functional, 
or project plan for the development of municipal, county, regional and 
metropolitan land areas or portions thereof; does related work as required.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes 
only.  A particular position using this title may not perform all duties 
listed in this job specification.  Conversely, all duties performed on the 
job may not be listed.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Takes the lead over major details of planning studies and surveys involving 
complex technical aspects of land use planning.

Reviews land development proposals and determines, compliance with 
state, county, and/or municipal regulations.

Evaluates project proposals against adopted standards, plans, and 
programs; recommends viable alternatives when required.

Transmits actions and recommendations of development proposals 
to municipalities, applicants and other representatives.

Develops tentative plans for planning projects identifying proposed 
land use.

Assumes responsibility for major details of planning studies of physical 
development, economic growth, or recreational needs of the community, 
or of other programs involving the application of general planning principles.

Conducts surveys to gather information used in planning studies.

Provides advice and technical assistance.

Prepares maps representing existing and proposed land use and other 
data for submission or presentation.

Designs and prepares charts representing economic conditions.

Prepares various types of reports including graphic, statistical and
 written presentations.

Prepares correspondence.

Prepares clear, sound, accurate and informative statistical and other 
planning reports, studies and surveys containing findings, conclusions 
and recommendations.

Maintains the essential records and files, maps, plans, designs and 
charts.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, 
or related units.

REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's 
degree including or supplemented by 21 semester hour credits in professional 
planning subjects such as the principles of land use planning, history of 
city planning, planning project design, and planning law and administration. 

EXPERIENCE:

Two (2) years of experience in municipal, county, regional, or state planning.

NOTE: Possession of a current and valid license as a professional planner 
in New Jersey issued by the New Jersey Board of Professional Planners 
may be substituted for the educational requirement.

NOTE:  Possession of a current and valid credential as a Certified Planner
Issued by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) may be 
Substituted for the educational requirement.

NOTE: Possession of a Master's degree in Planning from an accredited 
college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of indicated experience.

LICENSE:

Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey 
only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary 
to perform the essential functions of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the theories, practices, and procedures of land use planning.

Knowledge of the problems associated with the growth of urban centers, 
movements of population; the changing character of individual urban, 
suburban, and rural areas; the location, relocation, development and/or 
loss of industrial opportunities; traffic conditions;  and 
other contemporary conditions affecting land use and development.

Knowledge of the varied factors to be considered in the process of land 
use planning.

Knowledge of factors that determine the development, location, form, 
growth or decline of cities.

Knowledge of the impact of land use on community development.

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of drafting used to 
prepare maps.

Ability to gather and analyze data.

Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret basic laws and regulations.

Ability to prepare the prepare maps, charts, graphs and plans.

Ability to analyze and interpret drafting, designing and planning 
problems, organize assigned work and develop effective work methods.

Ability to provide professional advice and guidance on planning matters.

Ability to organize and execute designated planning projects and studies.


Ability to identify social, economic and industrial conditions and trends 
as they relate to land use planning.

Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret, land use information. 

Ability to prepare and maintain maps, charts, graphs, and plans.

Ability to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate and informative 
planning reports, studies and surveys containing findings, conclusions 
and recommendations.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with 
those involved in the work of the unit.

Ability to keep current with land use planning practices.

Ability to prepare correspondence.

Ability to maintain records, reports, maps, plans, charts and files.

Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
recording and information systems used by the agency, office or 
related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.  American Sign 
Language, or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms 
of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long 
as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without 
reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be 
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, 
such persons may not be eligible

This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
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16473SCNE22N/AP22-
16490CC402225P23-

This job specification is for state and local government use.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

2/17/2018