Town of Niskayuna Planner Position Available

The position of Town Planner is a competitive Schenectady County Civil Service position that will ultimately require the successful applicant to pass a Civil Service examination.  The job description below lists the distinguishing features, typical work activities and minimum qualifications of the position.

The Town Planner is responsible for directing and administering the policies, procedures and regulations of the town planning and building departments.  Professional planning work involving responsibility to perform limited office and field assignments in connection with municipal, regional or community planning projects.  Responsibilities include collecting and analyzing data, preparing charts and other graphic materials and assisting with community planning projects and programs.  Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, technical and clerical personnel.  Work is performed under the general direction of the Town Board and Town Supervisor.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:  

  • Collect data and participate in studies involving research,  investigation and analysis of sociological, economic and environmental factors related to municipal, regional, and community planning;
  • Collect, analyze and tabulate statistical data for use in population, housing, community development and land use reports;
  • Prepare charts, drafts, working drawings, designs, layouts to scale and other graphic materials to aid in the planning function;
  • Prepare annual budget for approval of the Town Board;
  • Attend neighborhood, community development and housing meetings to offer staff assistance relative to community planning projects and programs;
  • Serve as an advisor to the Town Board, Planning Board, Conservation Advisory Council and Economic Development Committee;
  • Work in conjunction with engineering department and report directly to the Town Supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Possession of a Master’s degree in Planning, Civil Engineering, Urban Geography, Landscape Architecture, Government, Public Administration, Economics or a related field OR;
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Civil Engineering, Urban Geography, Landscape Architecture, Government, Public Administration, Economics, or a related field and one (1) year of experience in municipal, community or regional planning; OR
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associate’s Degree in Planning, Civil Engineering, Urban Geography, Government, Public Administration, Economics, Landscape Architecture, or a related field; and three (3) years of experience in municipal, community or regional planning; OR
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B) and (C) above.

Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology and practices employed in municipal planning;  working knowledge of the sociological, economic, environmental, engineering, design and research factors in problems involved in community planning;  ability to understand and follow detailed oral or written instructions;  physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Compensation

Salary range of $70,855 to $86,721 based upon qualifications.  Town of Niskayuna residency is preferred.

Send letter of interest and resume by January 15, 2015 to psebesta@niskayuna.org

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