Senior Planner – Norwalk, CT

SALARY Hourly $48.82 – $59.35 Annually $95,563.00 – $116,172.00

OPENING DATE: 01/20/21 CLOSING DATE: 02/10/21 11:59 PM


Position Definition: Performs professional planning services in the functional areas of land use, economic development, housing, the environment, community engagement, population analysis, transportation and related planning areas.

General Duties: Receives oral or written direction from Director and the Assistant Director. Plans and organizes work according to Department or standard procedures. Establishes work priorities. Compiles and analyzes data on economic, social and physical factors affecting land use. Reviews economic base and employment data, demographic, housing and income data for economic development. Contributes to establishing procedures and techniques for gathering, analyzing and compiling statistics on community socio-economic data, census information, land use patterns, demographic data, population statistics, housing information, land ownership, and other planning issues. Coordinates program assignments with Regional, State, Federal planning agencies. Confers with attorneys, builders, developers and members of the public regarding planning and development matters. Provides professional input and leadership in the process of reviewing applications and plans for residential and commercial developments. Represents the City in a manner that promotes positive communication with, and fosters positive engagement of, community residents in community planning and development. Works with the Norwalk Public School System as well as with neighborhood and local groups on community planning and outreach in conjunction with neighborhood planning studies and the Plan of Conservation and Development. Participates in the updating of the City Plan of Conservation and Development and related planning documents. Provides technical assistance to City departments, Boards and Commission concerned with land use, conservation and economic development. Prepares studies and/or reports upon request of Commission. Administers and makes recommendations for land use regulations, including text and map amendments. Prepares statistical and narrative reports of some complexity for the Director. Reports work accomplished to the Director.

Additional Duties: Addresses public and private groups on planning and development matters. Provides direction to the technical staff as needed and instructed. Supervised By: Receives general supervision from the Director of Planning and Zoning. Note: The above is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task or responsibility.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of the principles and procedures of municipal planning, including its physical, social and economic aspects. Ability to communicate and interact positively with the public, applicants, and other staff. Knowledge of research techniques involved in municipal planning, including problem solving, data collection and analysis. Ability to apply principles of urban planning to solve practical planning problems. Ability to work professionally and collaboratively with diverse groups. Ability to make decisions in accordance with policy. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic or schedule form. Ability to analyze complex data and develop alternative solutions to planning problems. Ability to research issues and report findings effectively. Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally. Ability to conduct presentations before large groups.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Urban/City Planning or a closely related field with concentrated coursework in Urban/City Planning, a Master’s degree is preferred, and three years of public sector planning experience.

SPECIAL LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS AND/OR SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: License or Certificate: Certification as a Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners is desirable

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer