Organization: City of Peekskill

Posted: July 3, 2024 | Closing: July 12, 2024

Job Description


The City of Peekskill is experiencing unprecedented activity and investment and is about to engage in a Comprehensive Plan. The City is implementing a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award and a 2024 $10 million Empire State Development Momentum award. The Department of Planning seeks a Planner to fulfill this capital work, build on its success, and support comprehensive planning work. The Planner will manage at least one City Board and implement planning and construction projects for the City of Peekskill.  The Planner will be an experienced project manager and be self-organized, a strong communicator, well-grounded in planning principles and zoning, and adept at technical aspects of planning.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, under general direction of Director of Planning or designee. Other duties may be assigned.

Capital projects:  Oversee preparation of bid documents and advertise bidding.  Conduct site visits, answer questions, hold bid opening, review bids, prepare contracts, and obtain required bonds and insurance.  Monitor construction, process change orders, and evaluate progress of construction and compliance with plan.  Obtain State approvals, file status reports and submit drawdown documentation for reimbursement, and closeout documentation and budget reconciliation for final payment; manage grant budget. Ensure City follows required oversight and reporting responsibilities.

 Historic and Landmarks Preservation Board (HLPB): Oversee and advise the HLPB. Provide direction to applicants and consultants, analyze plans and conduct site visits. Prepare Staff reports and agenda. Conduct meetings, provide recommendations, and prepare minutes and approvals.

Comprehensive Plan:  Provide staff-level management and support of the comprehensive plan process. Assist in the consultant oversight and the organization, outreach, editing and review of the comprehensive plan.

 Policy: Under direction of the Director of Planner or designee, lead the City’s policy research, analysis, and proposals on one or more significant areas of urban planning including resiliency, sustainability, energy efficiency; housing; community engagement; economic development.

Grant Projects: Research and identify federal, state and privately funded grant opportunities; strategize how to formulate the project application and budget; determine amount and source of City’s funding match; present grant opportunity to the Common Council and request authorization to submit the grant application and commit the funding match.  Research and collect the information needed to submit the grant application:  Obtain letters of support, prepare narrative, maps, photographs, budget and technical information for application. If grant is awarded, negotiate contract, create scope of work, and obtain all signatures on grant contract

Technical: GIS and FEMA floodplain mapping; website updates; graphic production; site-plan and public space design; data analysis and US Census and data analysis and mapping; topic-specific planning studies.


Oversee and manage projects and Boards and Commissions; directly supervise consultants and interns on specific projects.


(As adopted by the Westchester County Human Resources Department)

Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and either: (a) Bachelor’s Degree and three (3) years of experience in planning, architecture, engineering, or closely allied field; or (b) Bachelor’s Degree in City, Urban or Regional Planning, Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Traffic, or similar), Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography or allied field and two (2) years of experience in planning, architecture, engineering, or closely allied field; or (b) Master’s Degree in a field stated in (a) and one (1) year of experience as stated in (a); or (c) AICP Certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners; or d) a satisfactory equivalent combination of the foregoing training and experience.

NOTE: Education beyond the secondary level must be from an institution recognized or accredited by the Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department as a post-secondary degree granting institution.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger or grasp, reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.

The physical requirements of this position also require the ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or regularly to move objects.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not subject to substantial exposure to adverse environmental conditions.


  • All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.
  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee holding this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as required by the applicable Department Head/supervisor and/or City Manager.
  • This job description is intended for the internal use by the City of Peekskill and does not replace the job specification that has been adopted by the Westchester County Human Resources Department.
  • This job description does not create a contract of employment, express or implied.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a Letter of Interest, City of Peekskill Application, and Resume to the City of Peekskill Human Resources Department, 840 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. You may also submit this material via e-mail ( and Employment Applications can be obtained from the Human Resources page on the City’s website (

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