City of Bridgeport
Bridgeport, CT United States
The City of Bridgeport is searching for a dynamic Planner to join the Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED).
The Planning Office, a division of OPED, works collaboratively to establish policy, conduct community outreach, implement projects, and identify and remove barriers to development and tax growth.
The Planner II position is in regular contact with the general public and business community, and therefore requires a candidate who has strong verbal and written communication skills. Availability to attend evening meetings is required.
This position will be responsible for tracking implementation progress on Bridgeport’s POCD, Plan Bridgeport, as well as updating neighborhood Plans to include issues such as resiliency. Working closely with the Economic Development office, the Planner II will also be involved in parcel reclamation and redevelopment efforts, as well as overall quality of life improvement projects.
The selected candidate will possess the ability to manage projects, analyze data, conduct research, and think comprehensively and creatively. The office pace is deliberate and driven, and the culture is collaborative.
Job Title: PLANNER II
Department: Office of Planning and Economic Development
Reports To: Director of Planning
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Professional work involving short and long term city planning activities of a highly technical nature. Requires extensive knowledge of comprehensive land use and urban planning principles and practices. The ability to be flexible, to be accurate, to manage multiple projects, and to interact and communicate with the public and private sectors is required.
Supervision provided by the Director of Planning; and/or department authority or designee
SUPERVISION EXCERCISED: None
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The essential functions or duties described below are the primary functions and duties of the position. There may be other types of work that may be performed and the omission of a particular duty or function does not exclude that duty or function from the position provided the duty or function is similar in work, related to the work or logically assigned to the position.
- Research, analyze, and report on various social, economic, regulatory, and environmental data associated with a variety of city projects.
- Find creative solutions to complex problems and present them in a clear and concise manner as required.
- Update and maintain the city’s Master Plan of Development and various other databases associated with the City Planning Department.
- Review planning issues and documents for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with established city policy, ordinances, and plans.
- Make recommendations as to the relevance and applicability of various city proposals to established city plans, regulations, and goals.
- Write local, state, and federal grants and permit applications; assemble a wide variety of neighborhood and project plans; and research and respond to requests for information from the general public, businesses, and other governmental entities.
- Understand and utilize mapping software (ESRI) to accomplish required tasks specific to each project.
- Performs other duties as required.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Other administrative and management tasks may be assigned as appropriate.
- Attend meetings on nights and weekends
MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree in Planning or a closely related field. Master’s degree in an appropriate field is preferred.
Two to four (2-4) years of direct planning experience in a professional environment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Ability to read and comprehend architectural, site, and construction plans and specifications, as well as research and analyze technical reports, plans, regulations, etc.
- Must be able to interact professionally and communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of government as well as the public.
- Ability to create reports, graphs, charts, maps, etc. of a technical and complex nature in a format capable of being understood by a targeted audience.
- Must be proficient in a variety of computer software applications: Microsoft Word, Excel and other Office applications as necessary, GIS experience a plus.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Valid Connecticut Drivers License