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Town Planner, Town of Warren, RI

Town Planner

The Town of Warren is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Town Planner. The Planner will play a key role in advancing economic and community development in the Town of Warren, while preserving the Town’s resources and unique character. The Planner will work closely with the town manager, department heads and several boards and commissions, and communicate regularly with members of the town council, the business community and the public, as well as state and federal agencies.

We are looking for candidates with solid experience in traditional municipal planning as well as a proven ability to be creative and flexible in addressing new challenges and opportunities; to provide timely and effective customer service to a range of constituencies; and to contribute both support and leadership to our team efforts. The Planner is appointed by the Town Manager with Town Council approval.

More detailed application information and description of duties and qualifications is available on the town’s website, www.townofwarren-ri.gov, or in the Town Clerk’s Office, 514 Main St., Warren, RI 02885, between the hours of 9:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

Applications must be received by 4:00 P.M. on January 4, 2016

The Town of Warren is an equal opportunity employer and provider.



The Town Planner reports directly to the Town Manager. Proactive and regular communication with the Town Manager, Planning Board Chairman, Planning Board Secretary and, as needed, the Town or Board’s solicitor, is essential. The Town Planner interacts on a regular basis with other Departments and staff, members of the Town Council, professional community and the general public; responsiveness and courtesy in all such interactions is critically important, both to individual job performance and to the success of town government in providing public services.

Duties will include:

  • maintaining and facilitating implementation of, and compliance with, the Town’s Comprehensive Community Plan;
  • evaluating subdivision applications for conformance with the Town’s Land Development and Subdivision Regulations;
  • reviewing design and site plan applications for conformance with the Town’s Development Plan Review regulations;
  • examining and processing other monthly applications and referrals submitted to the Warren Planning Board;
  • conducting site visits and conferring with applicants and consultants as needed;
  • attending monthly meetings of the Planning Board
  • assisting the Town’s Administrative Officer for the Planning Board in the processing of applications (or serving as the Administrative Officer if so appointed by the Town Council);
  • developing and overseeing implementation of planning initiatives for the Town;
  • providing general technical support in the areas of community and environmental planning as needed or directed;
  • Pursuing, in a timely manner, financial and technical assistance as needed and available from other government entities or institutions, preparing applications and managing grants that are received, including Community Development Block Grants (with assistance from); this includes
  • supervising staff and/or interns in the Planning Department;
  • coordinating proactively with the Town Administrator, Department Heads, other Town staff, local organizations, State and Federal agencies as needed or directed;
  • preparing monthly and annual reports; and
  • making presentations as directed or invited by the Town Council, Town Manager, and community organizations.

Note: assistance with grant application and management will be available from a part- time Grant Writer/Project Manager in the Town Manager’s office.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four (4) year Accredited College required; advanced degree in Planning or related field preferred;
  • Eight (8) or more years experience in a Planning Department, preferably Municipal Planning;
  • At least two (2) years experience managing major projects involving oversight and coordination of/with multiple parties (as described above); experience as department or program director preferred;
  • Membership in good standing with the American Planning Association and Certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred;
  • Demonstrated knowledge, and experience with application, of zoning ordinances, related ordinances, subdivision regulations, other land use and community development regulations;
  • Demonstrated grant management experience, including but not limited to government grants, including Community Development Block Grants;
  • Demonstrated ability to read/review engineering plans and surveys, and to interpret statistical data;
  • Excellent computer skills, including ability to effectively use GIS and other planning tools and applications; demonstrated ability to stay up to date; experience with internet-based technologies and applications, in particular effective use of web sites, preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to prepare and present clearly written review letters and reports;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with others, and to contribute to team

Note: Applicants need not be residents of the Town of Warren.

To Apply:

Submit resume, cover letter and references by mail or email to:

Jan H. Reitsma
Interim Town Manager Town Hall
514 Main Street
Warren, RI 02885 or
Applications must be received by 4:00 P.M. on January 4, 2016.

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