City Planner

City of Johnstown

Pay Range: $48,000 - $74,000

NATURE OF WORK: This position is of a professional planner expected to complete a full spectrum of planning activities, research and analysis. Work involves analyzing data and issues, preparing reports, coordinating between all City departments, making presentations to members of the public, boards and commissions and City Council.

SUPERVISION: Work is performed under the general direction of the Development Director or City Manager. Employee must be able to interpret the Johnstown Codified Ordinances, gather reliable information, and interact effectively with the public and other City departments. Work is reviewed through regular meetings for adherence to policies and procedures as well as annual performance evaluations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF WORK (May not include all duties performed.)

1. Responds to inquiries from the public regarding ordinances and subdivision regulations; interacts and communicates regularly with the public.

2. Develops recommendations, correspondence, presentations and reports regarding planning and development issues, to help guide board and commission decision‐making and overall community development. Recommendations will be based upon data gathered, trend analysis, design solutions and best practices.

3. Coordinates the directives of the City Manager's office, City Council and City Boards and Commissions with the capabilities of the department's staff; assigns staff members to projects; monitors projects' progress and prepares staff presentations for public meetings and work sessions.

4. Responds to inquiries and complaints from the public, other departments, outside organizations, developers etc. Inquiries and complaints are resolved via telephone, email, and/or in-person meetings.

5. Prepares annual work program, budget, and five-year plan; ensures proper budgeting of resources; responds to questions regarding same.

6. Represents the department and the City at various meetings; prepares and presents reports at City Council meetings; responds to questions.

7. Communicates development standards to landowners and developers.

8. Communicates zoning and property maintenance standards to property owners and the public.

9. Performs other related work as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration or closely related field and either: (a) five (5) years’ experience in the field of public administration; or (b) Master's Degree in Public Administration or a closely related field and three (3) years’ experience in the field of public administration; or (c) a satisfactory equivalent combination of the foregoing training and experience.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings at various sites within and away from the City; strength to lift and carry materials weighing up to 10 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.

Must be physically capable of successfully performing the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation and be free of medical conditions that would preclude one from successfully performing said functions or that would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of oneself or others.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attributes:

Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and organization of municipal government administration; thorough knowledge of principles of public administration; thorough knowledge of the concepts and techniques of municipal operational planning; good knowledge of research methods and fundamentals of statistics; ability to interpret and make clear and concise analyses of facts, figures, and processes; ability to prepare and present oral and written reports; ability to direct and oversee the work of others; ability to meet and deal with the public effectively; honesty; integrity; sound judgment; resourcefulness; dependability; physical condition commensurate with the duties of the position.

Application Materials and Deadline

Applicants interested in this position may submit a resume, and three professional references to Sean Staneart, Assistant City Manager, at or submit written materials (in person or via mail) to the City of Johnstown, ATTN: Sean Staneart, Asst. City Manager, 599 S. Main St., Johnstown, OH 43031.

The City offers equal opportunity and equal consideration to all persons who seek employment with the City and to those who are already employed by the City. No applicant or employee will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, veteran status and/or disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

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