2522 Planner


TITLE Planner




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Center for Resource Planning and Management

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Department Head, Geography, Geology, and Planning


The Planner assists in long-range planning for rural/small town communities by providing technical and advisory assistance regarding transportation planning, comprehensive planning, and land development regulations. The Planner conducts plan preparation and related research for assigned projects and coordinates planning activities with elected official and citizen advisory committees and the general public. The Planner also assists in the analysis of census and other statistical data and in the preparation of reports for local governments and community organizations.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning or a related field is required. A Master’s degree in city and regional planning or a related field is preferred.

Experience: At least one year of responsible practical experience in planning is required and must include a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning and a strong research background. Experience in transportation planning is preferred, however, experience in rural/small town planning, regional planning, economic and/or community development will be considered.

Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills, computer skills, including word processing, database management, graphic design, and presentation software, and the ability to compile and analyze technical and statistical data are required. The ability to work with minimum supervision, meet deadlines, and work efficiently in non-routine situations is required. The ability to work effectively with the public and elected officials is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The position requires occasional day travel (150 mile radius) and may include occasional overnight stays. The position requires attending occasional evening meetings. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is preferred.


1. Assists communities in planning by providing technical and advisory assistance to local governments and other public entities regarding transportation planning, comprehensive planning, community development, resource management programs and activities, and land development regulations and participating in and directing the preparation of plans, programs, technical reports, and land development regulations.

2. Develops and makes recommendations to local/regional government entities by participating in and coordinating planning activities with citizen advisory committees and the general public.

3. Facilitates the development of potential sources of contracts for the Center for Resource Planning and Management by assisting in the preparation and presentation of project proposals to local, state, and federal governments, and other public entities.

4. Represents the Center for Resource Planning and Management to other government jurisdictions on transportation planning and community development matters by attending meetings, workshops, seminars, and other similar activities as may be assigned.

5. Assists in the compilation and analysis of census data and other statistical data and prepares projections and reports on data analysis.

6. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

7. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director of the Center for Resource Planning and Management.

8. Contributes to the overall success of the Center for Resource Planning and Management by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Planner is supervised by the Director of Resource Planning and Management and assists with the supervision of student planning interns.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 2 - 900 Points: Entry-level professional knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of non-technical administrative and managerial functions. Knowledge permits the employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in areas including communications, social sciences, art and design, education, and related functions while gaining in familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in an unspecified field or a specific background in a non-technical area. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.