Associate Planner

$51,347 - $65,467 yearly
  • Town of Carrboro
  • Town of Carrboro, West Main Street, Carrboro, NC, USA
  • Jan 23, 2020
Full time Engineering Government Strategy-Planning

Job Description

General Definition and Conditions of Work

The position of Associate Planner requires professional planning work of moderate difficulty. It is characterized by increasingly specialized knowledge of the planning field and is expected to possess in-depth knowledge in one or more planning specialties such as economic development, land use, comprehensive planning, environmental planning, etc.

Assistance with development of a comprehensive plan will be a significant focus of the individuals holding this position over the next two years. Local government experience with current as well as longer-range planning is of interest. See Position Description for all information. This position requires availability for attendance at public meetings, both in the evenings, and on weekends, throughout the year.

This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects; work requires reaching, fingering, grasping, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, operation of machines, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is not subject to adverse environmental conditions.

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Interprets and applies applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations

Assists with updates and maintenance of Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations

Conducts extensive research in specific or general project areas

Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence

Identifies, or assists in identifying, community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning

Writes, or assists in writing, a variety of plans, ordinances and regulations relating to development controls

Develops strategies to promote efficient land use, consistent with community goals

Reviews various development applications including plats, permits, site plans, variance requests and re-zoning

Initiate actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations

Evaluates adequacy of community facilities in meeting current and projected needs

Supports community outreach and engagement, including agendas and minute-taking for advisory boards. 

Attends regularly scheduled evening meetings

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Well-developed knowledge of planning principles and practices
In-depth knowledge of one or more planning specialization, such as economic development, transportation planning, or environmental planning
Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research, data collection, and data utilization (e.g. Census, American Community Survey)
Knowledge and demonstrated skill in effective writing techniques
Knowledge of or experience in community remediation and redevelopment, and knowledge of relevant Federal programs
Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply such knowledge in practical situations
Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, database management, or GIS
Oral communication and interpersonal skills to present research findings to various boards and committees
Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined practical problems
Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions
Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops
Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind

Education and Experience

Master's degree with a minimum of two years of experience in the planning profession preferred. Will consider a bachelor's degree and four years of professional planning experience, or other qualifying combination of education and experience.