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Job Specification


 Under direction, supervises and works with a group of employees
 who are engaged in the development of a master, functional, or
 project plan which is intended primarily to guide government
 policy for the assurance of orderly and coordinated development
 of municipal, county, regional, and metropolitan land areas or
 portions thereof; supervises staff and work activities; prepares 
 and signs official performance evaluations for subordinate staff; 
 does other related duties 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.


 Plans, organizes, and supervises planning projects.

 Supervises studies and surveys involving highly complex technical
 aspects of the planning field, including existing and future land 
 uses, resources and resource needs, utilities and transportation 

 Supervises the preparation of planning reports including graphic,
 statistical, and written presentations.

 Reviews, and  interprets planning data. 

 Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with 
 those involved in the work of then program.

 Supervises the maintenance of essential records and files, maps,
 and charts.
 Supervises and coordinates activities of professional planning
 personnel engaged in various planning work to ensure adherence 
 to planning principles, procedures, and administrative policies.

 Coordinates work activities of the unit with other units.

 Plans, administers, and reviews work which includes
 development and refinement of land program or project review
 procedures and policies, analyses of major impacts of proposals
 affecting the program or project, evaluations of emerging
 legislation and issues relating to the section's activities,
 review of major proposals, presentation before citizen, policy,
 and decision making bodies, and preparation of materials and
 testimony for court proceedings involving development proposals.

 Prepares agendas and progress reports for the planning board;
 recommends revisions to land development regulations.

 Supervises work operations and/or functional programs, and 
 has responsibility for employee evaluations and for effectively 
 recommending the hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, and/or 
 disciplining of employees.

 Coordinates and administers planning programs in accordance with 
 agency rules and regulations.

 Assign projects and monitors workflow.

 Supervises and organizes staff and activities involved in conducting
 highly complex planning surveys, investigations, analyses, public
 needs identification, data interpretation, and transpositions.

 Evaluates project proposals against adopted standards, plans, and
 programs, and recommends viable alternate plans for concerned

 Drafts recommended design changes pertaining to certain aspects
 of development proposals.

 Promotes adopted plans, programs, and projects.

 Proposes amendments to both policy and development regulations.

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

 Conducts meetings with general public and government officials 
 to discuss issues at hand.

 Establishes objectives, procedures and operational methods.

 Coordinates and administers program and project reviews in 
 accord with federal, state, and regional guidelines and requirements.

 Coordinates and administers programs of land development 
 proposals and review with other planning board sections and 
 government agencies.

 Applies an understanding of the elements of transportation, 
 utilities, resources, environment, parks, and land use planning 
 in relation to specific proposals of state, county, and municipal 
 master plans.

 Provides advice and technical assistance to address problems.

 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.



 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.


 Four (4) years of responsible professional experience in municipal, 
 county, regional, or state planning, one (1) year of which shall have 
 included supervisory responsibilities.

 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.


 A license as a Professional Planner, issued by the New Jersey 
 State Board of Professional Planners is required.

 Appointees 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 duties 
 of the position.


 Knowledge of theories, practices, and principles of state,
 municipal, and regional 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. 

 Knowledge of the varied factors, to be considered in the planning

 Knowledge of supervisory principles and techniques.

 Knowledge of the uses of computers in the planning process.

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

 Knowledge of the impact of land use on community development.

 Knowledge of principles related to the movement of people within
 and outside of urban areas and transportation as a factor in
 community growth and physical structure.

 Ability to gather and analyze data.

 Ability to analyze planning problems.

 Ability to identify and define planning goals and objectives.

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

 Ability to organize and execute designated planning projects 
 and studies.

 Ability to prepare technically correct realistic land use plans.

 Ability to keep current with literature in the field of planning
 and with current trends of thought and significant developments
 in present day planning activities.

 Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret basic law and

 Ability to assign and instruct technical and other employees and
 supervise the performance of their work.

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

 Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of maps, charts,
 graphs, and plans.

 Ability to provide professional advice and guidance on planning

Ability to conduct inspections and surveys.

 Ability to prepare correspondence in the course of official

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

 Ability to supervise the maintenance of essential records,
 reports, maps, plans, 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:
Local or
Class of

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.