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Posted on: September 11, 2019

City of Cohoes seeking applicants for City Planner

The City of Cohoes is seeking applicants to fill the position of City Planner. Below is the description and interested candidates should send their cover letters and resumes to Deborah Jacques . Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. 


PLANNER

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Performs limited office and field assignments in connection with municipal, regional or community planning, does related work as required. 

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is the entrance grade position for college graduates who have specialized in their studies as described further in this specification. In addition, appointments to this title may be made of Trainees who have completed their one-year training period. 

The work delegated to employees in this class consists of basic professional assignments in keeping with the job level as well as the limited experience required of incumbents. Within this job concept, however, assignments may increase in complexity and responsibility as employees increase in professional competence. Supervision may be exercised over non-professional help or other planning personnel. 

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Illustrative only):

•    Delegates development project work to Projects Managers and monitors progress;

•    Participates in studies involving research, investigation and analysis of sociological, economic and environmental factors related to municipal, regional or community planning; 

•    Assists in collection, tabulation and analysis of data on census statistics for use in population reports; 

•    Assists in studies relating to parking, traffic and other facilities in a municipality or for subdivisions of government within a given region; 

•    Helps to prepare charts, drafts and other illustrative materials; 

•    Prepares line drawings, charts, designs and layouts to scale; 

•    Obtains and collates statistical data relative to capital improvement programs covering such subjects as tax base, elements of municipal indebtedness and sources of revenue;

•    Performs miscellaneous office work and maintains records of planning unit activities;

•    Acts as the Zoning Officer and interpret the City’s Zoning Code by reviewing incoming development applications and building permit applications to ensure consistency with local, state, and federal regulations;

•    Prepares materials and assist with meetings of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Boards, make referrals to the Albany County Planning Board as required; 

•    Works hand-in-hand with design professionals, developers, residents, and new businesses on proposals for new construction or rehabilitation of existing buildings to ensure concepts are consistent with zoning and community character; 

•    Collaborates with City Departments (such as Fire Department, Engineering, Code Enforcement, Water Department, Comptroller, and Department of Public Works, City Assessor) on the review of incoming development proposals to ensure those proposals meet City expectations and code requirements; 

•    Coordinates with staff in the City’s Economic and Community Development department on ongoing civic projects, grants, and inquiries from business owners; 

•    Assists with the completion and submittal of grants for City projects or programs; 

•    Serves as subject matter expert on SEQR matters for City projects and assist with ushering City Council or other responsible parties through the SEQR review process; 

•    Collaborates with Economic and Community Development as well as Park and Human Services staff on City-focused land-use matters such as acquisition of properties, siting of new infrastructure, or land auctions; 

•    Manages civic projects by coordinating with contractors, assisting with procurement, and reviewing or drafting contracts.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Working knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology and practices employed in municipal, community and regional planning; working knowledge of the sociological, economic, environmental, engineering, designs and research factors in problems involved in community planning; working knowledge of the principles and practices of drafting, mapping and graphic visual methods as applied to community planning; basic knowledge of current accepted methods for data collection analysis and interpretation of statistical data; working knowledge of basic research methods and techniques; ability to understand complex oral and written directions; ability to get along well with others; ability to communicate and deal effectively with others; initiative and resourcefulness; tact; good judgement. 

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: 

Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Engineering; OR 

Satisfactory completion of a recognized bachelor's degree program in Sociology, Economics, Urban Geography, Government, Public Administration, Statistics or other similarly related field; AND 

One year of experience in municipal, community or regional planning or related work; OR Completion of a program leading to a master's degree in Planning. 

A Master's Degree in Sociology, Economics, Urban Geography, Government, Public Administration, Statistics or other similarly related field may be substituted for the Bachelor's Degree and one year experience requirement. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

•    The position is a competitive title. The successful candidate will only receive a provisional appointment and will need to take, pass, and score in the top three of the appropriate exam in order to receive a permanent appointment. 

•    Interested candidates should send their cover letters and resumes to Deborah Jacques  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. 

•    Promotion: One year permanent status as an Assistant Planner. 


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