Metropolitan Council, St. Paul MN
Closing date: 8/28/2016
The Community Development Division of the Metropolitan Council has one vacancy for a Senior Planner to support the department's responsibility for the implementation of the regional plan (Thrive MSP 2040) and Regional Systems Policy Plans which includes review of local comprehensive plan amendments, environmental reviews, watershed district plans, housing, reviews and other planning types of reviews.
As a Senior Planner you will serve as a Sector Representative, providing planning technical assistance to Metropolitan Council Members and to local governments. As Senior Planner you will also lead the development of resources and technical assistance for local governments related to regional economic competitiveness and incorporating economic development considerations into local comprehensive plans.
The Council offers an excellent benefits package, a stable work load, and a great work-life balance.
Local Planning Assistance is the land use planning and technical resource in the Council's implementation of the Metropolitan Land Planning Act and its metropolitan development guide and policy plans. This work unit implements the Act through the Sector Representative Program and reviews of comprehensive plans, amendments to those plans, and environmental reviews, which deal with an array of land use, transportation, housing, parks, and other issues. This unit also provides planning technical assistance to Metropolitan Council Members and to communities in the local implementation of regional policies.
The Community Development Division is responsible for the Council's regional growth strategy, planning and technical assistance to local communities, and parks and open space. This division also includes the Metropolitan Housing and Redevelopment Authority (Metro HRA) and the Livable Communities program.
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- Bachelor's degree in city, urban, or environmental planning, or a related field AND a minimum of four (4) years of planning related experience.
- Must have two (2) years of experience in development review and permitting, ordinance writing, planning implementation, or long-range planning for an urban or suburban city.
- Must be familiar with the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and its planning structures.
- Must be proficient in communicating and presenting reports to decision-making bodies.
- Must be able to interpret and communicate complex or technical information to lay audiences.
Equivalency: A Master's degree in a related field will be considered as two (2) years OF related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Master’s degree in urban and regional planning AND three (3) years or more of planning related experience.
- Bachelor’s degree AND five (5) years or more of planning related experience.
- Experience/ability to work with a range of suburban to rural communities.
- Experience in local economic development efforts, such as an economic development authority, business attraction/retention, brownfield redevelopment, or other similar work in a city.
- Experience incorporating economic development or business considerations into local planning efforts.
- Demonstrated ability in leading/managing projects and completing deliverables within allotted timeframes.
- Demonstrated ability to use GIS to perform geographic analyses.
- AICP certification preferred.
Applicants MUST submit the Metropolitan Council’s online employment application no later than AUGUST 28 - more information and application instructions at www.metrocouncil.org.