Planner or Assistant Director

Organization: Village of Port Chester, Department of Planning & Economic Development
Website: http://www.portchesterny.com/planning-economic-development

Posted: January 18, 2019 | Closing: February 15, 2019


Job Description

POSITION:

If you are looking for a challenge and enjoy working with others to participate in the dynamic renewal of one of the best small villages in America, then the Village of Port Chester has an opportunity for you! The Village of Port Chester Department of Planning & Economic Development is currently seeking a Planner to join its Planning & Economic Development team.

WHO WE ARE:

Port Chester is located in Westchester County along the Long Island Sound Shore at the border between New York and Connecticut. The Village has a population of approximately 30,000 and has been identified as the “Restaurant Capital” of Westchester County. With a strong local economy, diverse mix of cultures, and proximity to New York City, the Village is on the cusp of a major revitalization.

The Department of Planning & Economic Development works to allow that revitalization to be realized. The goals of the Department include:

  • Redeveloping the Village’s Euclidean-based Zoning Code into a new Form-Based Code
  • Redeveloping the downtown into a walkable, transit-oriented destination
  • Increasing economic opportunities within the Village
  • Preserving, enhancing and creating new public and open space, especially along the Byram River waterfront
  • Improving the aesthetics of the downtown area through streetscaping, public art, bicycle and pedestrian enhancements and the creation of plazas and public spaces.
  • Encouraging equitable mobility throughout the Village by supporting public transit and other complete streets initiatives
  • Obtaining grant funding for major planning and capital improvement initiatives

The principles of smart growth and sustainability are the cornerstones of our efforts.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

The Department of Planning & Economic Development seeks a Planner or Assistant Director to help guide the redevelopment of the Village, especially its downtown and waterfront areas.

Working under the general supervision of the Director of Planning & Economic Development and as a fundamental member of a relatively small planning team, the Planner / Assistant Director positions offer an opportunity for the successful candidate to build skills in a wide variety of areas. The Planner / Assistant Director will help with long-range planning (especially the adoption and implementation of a form-based code), help guide development reviews, identify and manage grants and other funding opportunities, manage redevelopment and project studies, examine zoning, and provide project support to the rest of the Department, the Planning Commission, other Village advisory bodies and staff, and the Board of Trustees.

The ideal applicant will have strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to interact positively with the public and fellow staff members, and should be interested and well-versed in contemporary planning issues and concepts, including new urbanism, sustainability, transit-oriented development, planning for resiliency, and zoning. Experience in grant administration is strongly preferred. Working knowledge of GIS and the Adobe Design Suite, as well as urban design skills are a plus. As we are a majority Latino community; the ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.

The position includes the following specific duties:

  • Processing of site plans, zoning requests, special exception permits
  • Grants preparation, management, and administration
  • Economic and statistical analysis
  • Environmental review
  • GIS mapping and preparation of graphics
  • Knowledge of infrastructure and capital improvement projects
  • Coordination with other municipal agencies, commissions and governing bodies

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

The Planner position requires graduation from an accredited college with either:

(a) Bachelor’s Degree and three (3) years of experience in which the primary function of the position was urban or regional planning, architecture, engineering, or a related field;

(b) Bachelor’s Degree in City, Urban or Regional Planning, Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Traffic, or similar), Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography or related field and two (2) years of experience as described in (a);

(c)  Master’s Degree in City, Urban or Regional Planning, Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Traffic, or similar), Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography or related field and one (1) year of experience as stated in (a); or

(d) AICP Certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners.

The Assistant Director position requires graduation from an accredited college with either:

(a) Bachelor’s Degree in City, Urban or Regional Planning; Engineering, (Civil, Environmental, Traffic or similar); Architecture; Landscape Architecture; or Geography and three (3) years of experience where the primary function of the position was planning, architecture, engineering or a related field; at least two (2) years of which was in the field of city, state or municipal planning and/or the administration of community and economic development programs; or

(b) Bachelor’s Degree and AICP certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners.

(c) Master’s Degree in City, Urban or Regional Planning; Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Traffic or similar); Architecture; Landscape Architecture or Geography may be substituted for one year of the work experience described above.

SALARY:

Planner: The starting salary range is $61,582 to $66,171, depending on qualifications.

Assistant Director: The starting salary range is $83,066-$88,960, depending on qualifications.


How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Eric Zamft, AICP, Director of Planning & Economic Development at ezamft@portchesterny.com. Please indicate which position you are applying for.

Open until filled, but applications are encouraged on or before February 15, 2019.

Note that only one of the Planner or Assistant Director positions will be filled.



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