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Employment

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Accepting Applications for the Position of:

CITY PLANNER

STATUS:                            Full-time regular position
SALARY:                           $26.46-29.11/hour.
BENEFITS:                        Qualifies for full-time benefits

OPENING DATE:              8/16/17
CLOSING DATE:              9/1/17

JOB TITLE:                       City Planner
DEPARTMENT:                 Planning
ACCOUNTABLE TO:        Reports to Planning Director

 

Position Details/Essential Functions:

Under limited supervision, this position is to complete professional planning and administrative work directing and coordinating the development of the City. This position serves as the City’s principal planner and advises the Department in land use issues affecting redevelopment and economic development. This position is to be a resource to residents, developers, Planning Commission, City Council, Economic Development Authority and co-workers on land use and redevelopment matters. This position is responsible for coordinating housing redevelopment programs and serving as a resource for commercial redevelopment activities. This position performs under the general supervision of the Planning Director and is responsible, but not limited to the following duties:

 

Planning Projects:

  • Responsible to manage all aspects of planning projects, including community engagement, consultant oversight, and approvals
  • Answer questions and provide general planning-related information to the public, interprets overall plans, City projects, and ordinances
  • Analyzes and reviews variance requests and special-use/conditional use permits and make  recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council
  • Coordinates the intake and review of planning and zoning applications and monitors applications for compliance with state-mandated review schedules

 

Comprehensive Plan:

  • Review public projects and private developments proposals for conformance with the Comprehensive Plan

 

Stakeholder Management:

  • Effectively identify and organize resident groups, coordinate input, arrange and facilitate public meetings, prepare and present information and identify community needs by collecting, verifying and compiling data from a variety of sources
  • Develop quality Planning Commission, Parks Commission and City Council actions and/or study items and present strategy plans, agreements, new initiatives, contracts and community recommendations
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of customers and planning staff
  • Make presentations to committees, City Council, public or other agencies on all areas of planning, housing/redevelopment, code enforcement and parks and recreation
  • Attend Planning Commission, Parks Commission, City Council meeting and other meetings as needed, which may include night and weekend meetings

 

Project Management:

  • Provide customer service on-site, front counter, e-mail inquiries and phone calls
  • Act as project manager to manage project process, communication, expectations, risk and issue resolution
  • Foster and demonstrate effective relationship building in a collaborative environment including working across departments, with regional and state agencies to form partnerships

While these are the primary focus of the position, we believe strongly in teamwork and employees will be called upon to perform a variety of duties as part of their role with the City.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four-year degree in Planning, Urban Studies, Geography, Landscape Architect, or related field
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in public sector position
  • Fully capable in word processing, spreadsheet, Geographic Information System (GIS) and other computer software
  • Knowledge of principles of city planning and urban design
  • Knowledge of techniques of problem solving, research procedures, and public relations
  • Valid MN State Driver’s License

 

Desired Qualifications:

Formal training on project management or certify.

 

Physical and Mental Requirements:

Work is performed in both office and field settings. Some of the employee’s time is spent in field inspection associated with code enforcement and development cases. Sufficient mobility is necessary to navigate natural terrain and construction sites. Visual acuity sufficient to evaluate field conditions, plans and drawings is necessary. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance, vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear, use hands to finger, handle, feel and operate objects, tools or controls. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds.

 

PLEASE APPLY BY CLOSING DATE: 9/1/17 at 4:00 PM

SEND COVER LETTER, RESUME, LAKE ELMO APPLICATION AND REFERENCES TO:

CITY OF LAKE ELMO
ATTN: Julie Johnson, CITY CLERK
3800 LAVERNE AVENUE NORTH, LAKE ELMO, MN 55042

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.LAKEELMO.ORG
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/APPLICATION CONTACT US AT 651.747.3900

CITY OF LAKE ELMO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

City Planner Job Description
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