Senior Planner
Metropolitan Council - Saint Paul, MN

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Recruitment Type: This position is open to internal and external candidates.

Hiring Salary Range: $59,466 - $72,816
WHO WE ARE: The Metropolitan Council is made up of several divisions including Community Development, responsible for helping the Council shape Thrive MSP 2040 (the regional plan) and the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), that provides affordable housing programs in the region; Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) which manages seven wastewater treatment plants and the regional wastewater collection system for the seven county metropolitan region; Metro Transit, providing public transportation for the greater metropolitan area; and Regional Administration, housing the support services for the Council.

Local Planning Assistance is primarily responsible for the implementation of the Metropolitan Land Planning Act. This unit coordinates the review of local comprehensive plans, amendments to those plans, and environmental reviews. These reviews deal with land use, transportation, housing, parks, and other issues. This unit also provides planning technical assistance to Metropolitan Council Members and to communities in the local implementation of regional policies.

A Senior Planner is responsible for collecting, maintaining, and presenting data in support of the department's responsibility for the preparation and maintenance of the 2030 Development Framework and Regional Systems Policy Plans which includes review of local comprehensive plan amendments, environmental reviews, watershed district plans, housing reviews and other planning types of reviews.

The Council offers an excellent benefits package, a stable work load, and a great work-life balance.

Examples of Duties:
Provides liaison and technical assistance to local units of government to enable them to implement their comprehensive plans to further Council goals; coordinates meetings, makes presentations and provides information to the Council on issues and opportunities in the region from a local governmental perspective.
Coordinates reviews of local comprehensive plan amendments, environmental reviews and other referrals. Represents the Council on a continuing basis in dealings with officials of other organizations whose decisions and activities have important implications for the program and the Council.
Communicates daily with local officials, staff, developers, federal and state agencies, the press and general public regarding specific referral issues and Council policies.
Analyzes existing policies, plans and implementation programs. Contribute to regional planning update efforts internally and as a liaison to local communities.
Prepares plans; relates plans to goals and policies and analyzes possible conflicts or contradictions; prepares graphic material and prepares summary reports.
Develop scopes of work for various levels of plans, projects, and guidance documents and manage assigned projects.
May oversee the work of sub-professional planning staff, technicians, and student interns on project basis.

Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree in city, urban or environmental planning, or a related field - and - five (5) years of planning related experience.

Equivalency: A Master's degree in a related field will be considered as two (2) years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desirable Qualifications :
Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
At least two (2) years of experience in development review and permitting, ordinance writing, planning implementation, or long-range planning in an urban community.
Extensive proficiency in communicating and presenting reports to decision-making bodies.
AICP certification preferred.
Demonstrated ability to use GIS to perform geographic analyses. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :

Advanced skills in MS Word and Excel, ability to perform technical analysis using spreadsheet and database programs.
Extensive knowledge of policy analysis and planning principles, methods, and theory.
Extensive knowledge of Council policies, practices, and operational procedures.
Basic knowledge of the governmental environment in which the Council works, as it applies to the policy area of the position.
Ability to lead a team of staff professionals to accomplish an assigned project.
Abilty to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, to internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to exercise sound professional judgement and consistently and effectively apply the policy guidelines of the Council.
Abilty to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant Council stakeholders.
Abiltiy to analyze, interpret and apply Council policy effectively in the policy analysis or development process.

Supplemental Information:
Union : AFSCME Grade H
FLSA Status : Exempt

Selection Process: The selection process for this position will consist of a review of application materials submitted; your education and experience; and your answers to the supplemental questions. Applications will then be forwarded to the hiring manager for further review and consideration. Those who best meet the qualifications for the position(s), will be considered for an interview and the finalist(s) will be invited back for a selection interview.

All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check which includes verification of education and work history, a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug screen.

Work Environment: Work is performed in a standard office setting. Some positions may require travel between primary work sites to other sites. Ability and willingness to travel in metro area occasionally, and to attend some early morning, evening, and weekend meetings related to Council events.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612/349-7558.

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