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MSD seeking to hire Part-Time Long-Range Planner

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Part-Time Long-Range Planner

JOB TYPE: Non-Exempt/Part-Time

PAY – $24.00 per hour based on 25 hours per week

JOB SUMMARY
Under the general guidance and direction of the Senior Long-Range Planner, the PDS Community Liaison Long-Range Planner performs professional planning and community engagement work including but not limited to collaborating with community organizations and partners to facilitate PDS education and outreach efforts, providing Spanish translation services for planning events and materials, organizing community engagement events, creating resources designed to help residents navigate planning and development processes, collecting and presenting data, and preparing reports for Planning Commissions and Metro Councils in support of urban and regional planning, development and zoning activities for the Municipal Service District (MSD).

This is a part-time, 25 hour per week position.

MINIMUM EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
Bachelor’s Degree from and accredited college or university in Urban Planning, Public Administration, or other closely related field, plus (1) year of increasingly responsible experience; or a master’s degree in Planning, Public Administration, or other closely related field; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. 

Special Requirements

  • Must possess a valid and unencumbered Utah driver license.
  • This position requires the ability to communicate in both English and Spanish.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The following duties and responsibilities are intended to be representative of the work performed by the incumbent(s) in this position and are not all-inclusive. The omission of specific duties and responsibilities will not preclude it from the position. Applicants must be prepared to demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Assists with coordination of long-range planning events, including advertising and content creation assist with noticing to meet state requirements. 
  • Provides Spanish translation services for long-range planning and other MSD teams. 
  • Assists in developing physical and online resources and guides to improve customer service – including helping residents understand processes like building an accessory dwelling unit, applying for a business license, requesting an ordinance change, etc.
  • Expands long-range planning capacity by building and managing tools and databases such as the community contact database and grant calendar.
  • Builds and maintains partnerships with community organizations and underrepresented populations; helps various PDS teams engage with the public and improve community relations.
  • Provides support to long range planners in grant management and meeting facilitation, as directed by staff.
  • Attends substantial number of evening meetings/conducts meetings with advisory boards and elected officials.
  • Delivers quality customer assistance by providing information, technical assistance and responding to phone and e-mail contacts; preparing staff report packets; and providing planning assistance to member communities regarding various land use projects.
  • Provides insight and analysis of special studies or plans to solve issues relating to long-range planning, general plans, and land use development and/or regional planning.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Knowledge and understanding of Urban Design & Principles utilized in the planning profession.
  • Performs other duties as needed or assigned by supervisor and/or other leadership.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of:

  • Planning and development and local government policies and procedures
  • Local government functions and local and state legislative processes
  • Principles, practices and theories of Urban Planning, Community Development, as well as principles and practices of zoning and subdivision design
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation
  • Business computers, copy machines, phones, and other typical business electronic equipment
  • Adobe applications, Sketch-UP, GIS or other similar applications
  • Word processing, spreadsheet, calendaring, scheduling, and publishing software applications
  • Communication and public relations concepts, community engagement best practices, outreach principles, and strategies
  • Project Management

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Use and understand Geographic Information System (GIS), Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Webex
  • Perform effective graphic design of various planning materials, products, and resource guides
  • Use and understand Urban Design & Principles utilized in the planning profession
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and collaborations with internal staff and external agencies, partners, and community organizations
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Read and interpret codes, and be able to effectively communicate those codes back to the public through graphics and informational guides
  • Demonstrate ability to meet required deadlines
  • Perform effectively in stressful situations

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position requires work in a wide variation of conditions, from a typical office setting to field work.  Must be able to attend evening meetings and some weekend events.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk, move, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
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