Job Description

Job Summary
Performs the most highly skilled professional planning and development work in such areas as long range land use planning, zoning, water quality and various other specialty areas such as transportation modeling, watershed planning, and wildlife habitat planning. Planner III’s are assigned to the most challenging projects and assignments, measured by a combination of the project’s complexity, scope, impact on the community or other relevant considerations. Examples would include major project, controversial developments, those with the highest and most complex environmental implications or those representing the greatest cost to the developer or revenue source to the county. Employees in this classification act in a lead capacity within area(s) of expertise and may direct the work of others within the Department that assist with assigned project(s). Being a highly competent journey level planner with emphasis in a specific area is not sufficient alone to warrant classification at this level.

This is a Local 307 union position.


Education and Experience:


Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in planning, architecture or a related field; AND two (2) years experience in a planning position comparable to a Planner II




A Master’s Degree in urban planning (or other discipline appropriate to the assignment) AND one (1) year experience in planning in a position comparable to a Planner II




Substituting, on a month-for-month basis, experience related to the duties of the position for the required education.





If you wish to upload a resume or other documents: Resumes and documents must be attached together in the ‘Resume Upload’ section of the application.  Multiple files are allowed, but all applicant attachments must be uploaded simultaneously, as there is no way to edit or append uploaded materials after submitting the application.


Application Review (Pass/Fail) – An online application is required.  Attaching a resume does not substitute for a completed application; incomplete applications will not pass the application review. Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.


Practical Exam (Pass/Fail) – This recruitment may require a practical exam which will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement. Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.


Oral Interview – The interview will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Top candidate(s) will continue in the process.


Employment References will be conducted for the final candidates and may include verification of education.


It is the general policy of the County that new employees should be hired at the lower steps of the applicable range and advance through the range at the normal progression.


Position will remain open until filled.





Examples of Duties
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Plans, develops and executes work programs, objectives, strategies and budgets for assigned programs and or projects where success or failure can affect general County activities, public concern, or the work of other Planners within and outside the Department.
Interprets, applies, and thoroughly understands planning principles and practices, County code and state laws,  and the development review process.  Utilizes this knowledge within area(s) of expertise and provides highly technical advice and assistance to subordinates, other sections, County officials and staff.
Possesses, applies, and thoroughly understands design skills within area(s) of expertise to provide highly technical advice and assistance to subordinates, other sections, County officials and staff.
Manages major project(s) with broad public impact or  highly controversial with the public/outside agencies or manages multiple projects that require a high level of proficiency within area(s) of expertise.  Projects managed may or may not require management of grants or funds.
Recommends Department policy within area(s) of expertise.
Communicates both verbally and in writing highly complex planning issues in a professional and concise manner that is easily understood by all interested parties, i.e. peers, Board of County Commissioners, neighborhood associations, general public, etc.  Able to maintain this level of communication and maintain composure i.e. not take criticism personally, in a variety of controversial and emotionally charged situations.
Develops and maintains effective relations with the public.  Represents Community Development on various committees; at neighborhood organization and community meetings; public hearings; before governmental bodies and in legal process.
Prepares complex technical planning and administrative reports, special studies; conducts assessments; prepares inventories and statistical information necessary for future planning; develops critical correspondence an comprehensive reports in support of planning projects and decisions.
Prepares graphic presentations and comprehensive reports on community characteristics relative to zoning problems.
Participates in securing Federal and State grants.
Prepares recommendations relative to departmental policy; assists supervisor in reviewing planning studies completed by other staff members and provides guidance and assistance to less experienced staff members.
Prepares and completes reports in response to local, State and Federal requirements.
Plans special projects; researches, develops, designs and writes proposals;  prepares and implements “proposals” and/or “bid” processes.
Participates in Citizen Task Force and public meetings; participates in defining project goals and objectives, implementing strategies and/or alternatives, and formulation of priorities for development of projects within own area of expertise.
Evaluates program accomplishments against established goals and timetables and makes recommendations based upon evaluation, concerning future plans.
Responds orally or in writing to inquiries of a routine to highly complex nature concerning land use codes.
May plan, schedule, assign and supervise the work of subordinate Planners, trainees and clerical personnel.
Performs other related duties as assigned.


Salary Grade
Local 307.12A


Salary Range
$36.15 – $52.85- per hour


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