Chief Planner – City of Youngstown

Aug 18, 2023 | Jobs

The Chief Planner (CP) is responsible for the city’s planning functions and for administering the city’s planning and adhering to zoning codes and procedures. The (CP) supervises and participates in advanced, highly-complex professional planning and development activities. the (CP) manages and supervises the department’s City Planning Division.

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Examples of Duties:

  • Performs and manages complex and sensitive professional planning, research, and analysis on matters related to city and regional planning, zoning, historic preservation, and design review on the city of Youngstown
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with local, state and federal laws, regulations, and judicial decisions pertaining to the functions of the division
  • Collaborates with community planning partners including the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Kent State University Urban Design Center, The Cleveland Restoration Society, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, The Regional Economic Action Group, Youngstown State University and local Community Development Workforce Corporations to meet the needs of the Youngstown community through collaborative interagency partnerships.
  • Identifies, prepares, submits, and administers grants and loans supporting the city’s planning, zoning, historic preservation, and design review programs and priorities
  • Prepares and submits all required monitoring and compliance reports required by federal and state agencies and by philanthropic grantees in a complete and timely manner
  • Supervises projects engaged by the city to assist the department in the areas of city planning and zoning, manages project budgets, and ensures timely completion of work consistent with contract language
  • Provides overall management of divisional responsibilities and programmatic activities
  • Advises various boards, commissions, committees, and elected officials on all matters related to work of the City Planning Division
  • Attends and facilitates evening and weekend meetings
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, remote and share-work conferencing systems, database management or GIS
  • Capable of managing multiple, high-priority projects simultaneously, effectively and meet firm deadlines

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University with major coursework in Urban or Regional Planning, Community Development, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration or related field. Master’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Urban Design, Public Administration or a closely related field preferred.

Minimum of five years of experience in the field of urban planning and development; city and regional planning.

Minimum of two years of supervisory experienced is required. Professional certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or the ability to obtain certification with one years is preferred.

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