Community Planner
NYS Office of Storm Recovery - Mineola, NY

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Organization Summary

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) coordinates and implements State programs for Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee housing and small business recovery, as well as community planning and infrastructure redevelopment.

Governor Cuomo created the Office of Storm Recovery in June 2013 to centralize recovery and rebuilding efforts in storm-affected municipalities throughout New York State. In close collaboration with local and community leaders in these areas, the Office, under the NY Rising umbrella, is working to respond to communities’ most urgent rebuilding needs, while also identifying long-term and innovative solutions to strengthen the State’s infrastructure and critical systems for the future. NY Rising programs include: 1) the NY Rising Housing Recovery program, which provides homeowners with assistance for home repairs/rehabilitation, mitigation and elevation, and buyouts; 2) the NY Rising Small Business program, which includes small business grants of $50,000 or more and low-interest loans for businesses recovering from the storms; and 3) the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program, which is a bottom-up planning effort to empower impacted communities to develop locally-oriented strategies to rebuild and better prepare for future extreme weather.

In Phase I of the NYRCR program, more than 102 communities across the state have been represented on 45 Planning Committees comprised of community leaders, experts, and officials who incorporate their community’s unique needs into their reconstruction and resiliency strategies. Phase I of this eight month planning process will culminate in the submission of Final Reconstruction Plans to the State at the end of March 2014. Eligible projects identified in in both phases will be implemented with federal disaster recovery funds and other sources.

Position Summary

The Community Planner will play a critical role in developing and implementing the community-driven projects and programs emerging from several planning committees in the NYRCR Program. An ideal candidate will have good relationships with municipalities, understand which agency/municipal department to engage for different types of projects, and have project management experience, preferably in the public sector, as well as experience managing consultants. The Community Planner will work closely with both GOSR and Department of State senior staff, project and grant management consultants, and local and state officials. The Community Planner reports directly to the Long Island Director.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as primary or supporting manager of project and grant management consultants
  • Provide planning and technical expertise to consultant teams and project execution entities, such as municipalities, local and state agencies, and eligible nonprofit organizations, on a range of topics related to project development, permitting, and implementation
  • Monitor progress of numerous projects across numerous jurisdictions
  • Troubleshoot federal, state, and local permitting and regulatory issues
  • Identify sources of project funding in addition to the funding already allocated to NYRCR Program; assist relevant entities in applying for appropriate state and federal grant and loan programs
  • Facilitate communications with New York State (NYS) agencies and provide knowledge of NYS agency staff, regulations and policies

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and six years of full time experience or a Master’s degree and four years of full time experience in urban or community planning, architecture or landscape architecture, project management, or other related field
  • Experience should include the preparation and implementation of plans and development of projects and/or community development in waterfront areas, and the presentation of these plans to local officials, organizations, and the general public
  • Experience managing projects (particularly capital projects) and managing consultants
  • Established relationships with municipalities, as well as local and state government agencies and departments
  • In-depth understanding of local government operation, planning principles, community economic principles, plan/project development and execution
  • Knowledge of storm damage and flooding, risk reduction measures, and redevelopment issues
  • Well-organized, clear, concise writing and presentation ability for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Efficient use of time and ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks in fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with diverse stakeholders in a professional manner
  • Local knowledge of region preferred
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as programs such as InDesign and ArcGIS
  • Valid driver’s license is required and the successful candidate should be available for travel in the respective region and occasionally throughout New York State

If interested:

All candidates must submit a resume, 3 references, and letter of interest.

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