Principal Planner – City of Providence Department of Planning and Development

The City of Providence seeks a motivated planner to join the Special Projects team within the Department of Planning and Development as a Principal Planner. This is a unique opportunity to join a motivated team of professional planners working on innovative community engagement, policy, and implementation related to a wide variety of projects involving comprehensive planning, neighborhood and corridor planning, multi-modal transportation, streetscapes, urban design and redevelopment planning, affordable housing, environmental planning, and resilience. Under general supervision of the Deputy Director of Planning and Development or Designee, the Principal Planner performs responsible administrative, technical planning, and urban redevelopment work of a complex and professional nature in assisting the Deputy Director for Planning and the Associate Director of Special Projects in the conduct of the department work program in all its phases; and related work as required. Work assignments are received from a superior and are usually general in nature and afford a certain amount of latitude in the exercise of independent judgment in planning work details and assigning work to subordinates. Work elements include writing, public speaking, and the use of various types of computer software and programs including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation, mapping, and graphic design. Work is reviewed in its broader aspects for compliance with the standards and principles of community planning.

For more information, including how to apply online, please visit The City of Providence formally invites historically underrepresented groups, such as women and minorities to apply for its open positions. Applications will be accepted until Monday, December 6, 2021.

Salary and Hours

$55,222.15 starting salary; increases to $64,967.24 on 7/1/22 with annual step increases thereafter to a maximum of approximately $77,000.

35 hours per week (8:30 AM-4:30 PM with one hour lunch; occasional evening or weekend meetings with compensatory time). Excellent benefits.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Undertakes planning projects from inception through completion.
  2. Participates in the organization and development of the planning and urban redevelopment program.
  3. Supervises and coordinates various staff activities of the Department in the completion of assigned projects with special emphasis on urban design or on research and analysis.
  4. Assigns work and supervises staff planners, consultants, and support staff in the compilation and interpretation of physical, social, and economic data used in the analysis of planning and urban redevelopment problems and in the design of the solutions to these problems.
  5. Prepares written and graphic reports using computerized word processing, graphic design, presentation, mapping, spreadsheet, database software, and other software devices.
  6. Staffs and delivers presentations to City boards, technical and neighborhood groups on planning and redevelopment matters.
  7. Acts as technical advisor to the staff on planning-related issues and urban redevelopment studies.
  8. Assists in the evaluation of data affecting location and design of projects.
  9. Represents the Department at conferences and work-related meetings as required.
  10. Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications 

  1. Master’s degree in planning from a college or university accredited by the American Planning Association and three (3) years experience in planning, or a Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban design, urban affairs, or related field with five (5) years experience in planning.
  1. Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners is desirable.
  1. Detailed and demonstrable knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques involved in city planning including, but not limited to, preparing capital improvements, comprehensive plans, urban redevelopment programs, zoning ordinances and land development regulations; administering planning projects; assigning and supervising the work of technical staff; and giving presentations to technical groups on general planning and urban redevelopment matters.
  1. Ability to perform complex technical research and analysis, compile comprehensive reports, work with computers and computer programs, and make recommendations for the practicable applications of findings.
  1. Ability to communicate effectively and courteously.
  1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials and the general public.
  1. Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Adobe Creative Suite. Experience or interest in web design, graphic design, and ARC GIS is desirable.
  1. Must be able to perform all essential functions of the job.