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Posted: 01/28/2015

City of Allentown
City Planning

Senior Planner-Historic Preservation
Professional Opportunity
Allentown, PA


Senior Planner is a mid-level planning position involving the analysis of technical data and major project work in the field of city planning and community development. This position is responsible for the relatively independent performance of planning functions or projects requiring various combinations of skill in research, analysis, development, presentation or interpretation of concepts and data pertaining to planning and implementation of plans. Work is performed according to general instructions with considerable latitude for independent initiative and judgment on assigned major projects which are not of a policymaking nature. An emphasis of this particular senior planner position is the implementation of the bureau's historic preservation program. 


Work is subject to technical review through the evaluation of reports and through conferences. General supervision is usually received from the Chief Planner.


Supervision may be exercised over field and office personnel engaged in inspecting, collecting, analyzing and presenting data. 


Responsible for the administration of the Historic District Ordinance and serves as Secretary to the Historical Architectural Review Board.

Performs other duties related to Historic Preservation including Section 106 reviews and consultation with State Historic Preservation Officer.

Conducts studies related to comprehensive planning, housing and community development.

Gathers and interprets socio-economic, housing, and physical data on comprehensive planning issues and based on an analysis of this information prepares reports and makes recommendations with regard to projects and programs.

Works with maps, charts, graphs, and other visual aids including data processing; may work with contiguous and larger jurisdictions on common problems or conflicts in assigned area of responsibility.

Develops creative concepts for long range plans and makes studies of cost, ownership and other factors affecting feasibility.

Researches and drafts legislation, such as zoning amendments.

Conducts rezoning and street vacation reviews.

Interacts with citizen groups, community based organizations and public boards, councils and commissions.

Utilizes computerized mapping software to prepare base maps, thematic maps and individual parcel maps.

Assists in securing funds for programs and projects such as the preparation of state applications for grants-in-aid and administrating the funds.

Performs related work in the fields of city planning and community development.

Provides quality and effective customer service with courtesy and understanding to our customers, citizens, and internal departments.


Education and Experience: 

(A) Graduation from a four year college or university with a degree in urban planning or related field, preferably possession of a master's degree in planning or other job-related discipline; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities;
(B) Knowledge of and/or experience in historic preservation or architecture preferred;
(C) Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(A) Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of City planning and community development; 
(B) Ability to analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information and to prepare technical reports; 
(C) Ability to develop creative approaches to and concepts for planning and community development problems; 
(D) Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, other agencies, other jurisdictions and the general public;
(E) Ability to evaluate planning proposals; 
(F) Ability to communicate ideas both in writing and orally; 
(G) Knowledge of research methodology and statistical procedures;
(H) Ability to drive and to walk for several hours at one time to conduct field research;
(I) Ability to undertake major assignments, such as project administration and monitoring, preparation of legislation or the design of new programs;
(J) Ability to work with computers; proficient with standard data and word processing software;
(K) Experience in using GIS software such as Arc GIS;

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