PLANNER III / SENIOR PLANNER, Steinmetz Planning Group

Firm Background

Since our start in April of 2004, the Steinmetz Planning Group (SPG) has become a well-known, award winning community planning consulting firm across upstate and western New York. Our planning and community enhancement services center around comprehensive planning, zoning, transportation planning, farmland planning, municipal assistance, and public engagement. In total the staff at SPG has earned eight project excellence awards from the Upstate New York and Pennsylvania Chapters of the American Planning Association. We are proud to be the only independent planning consultant in the region with offices in both Buffalo and Rochester.

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Job Description

SPG is looking for a creative and motivated planner to begin work immediately with the SPG on a variety of projects, operating mainly out of our Rochester office. SPG offers a dynamic and flexible work environment with opportunity for leadership and growth. Compensation will be dependent on qualifications. This is a lead professional in our firm which involves spearheading and coordinating activities necessary to complete planning efforts.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to The Steinmetz Planning Group is an equal opportunity employer.

Minimum Qualifications

·       Master’s degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study in addition to at least four years of professional planning experience; OR

·       Bachelor's degree in urban planning, architecture, public policy, or related area of study in addition to at least six years of professional planning experience.

·       AICP Certification is preferred.

Preferred Skills

·       Advanced knowledge of the philosophies, principals, practices and techniques of planning.

·       Well-developed knowledge of one or more planning disciplines, such as comprehensive planning, zoning and regulatory techniques, urban design, economic development or land use.

·       Creative problem-solving skills to identify and solve planning related issues that may or may not be well-defined.

·       Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting planning reports and projects.

·       Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with clients, elected/appointed officials, or other decision-makers.

·       Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.

·       Ability to work independently or in a team environment, as needed.

·       Knowledge of principles, methodology, practices of research and data collection.

·       Effective writing techniques.

·       Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include, but is not limited to, Microsoft Office, GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and web and mobile apps.

Typical Functions


·       Assist with updates and maintenance of Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations.

·       Interpret and apply applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations.

·       Identify community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning.

·       Conduct extensive research in specific or general project areas.

·       Conduct field evaluations and assessments of planning project focus areas.

·       Develop long-range plans for communities with common developmental issues.

·       Develop strategies to promote economic and community development or efficient land use consistent with community goals.

·       Initiate actions necessary to correct deficiencies or violations of regulations.

·       Write and present formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence.

·       Recommend priorities, schedules, and funding sources to implement public improvements plan.

·       Write a variety of ordinances and regulations relating to development controls.

·       Prepare funding applications for a wide range of municipal projects and programs.


·       Formulate public participation plans for a variety of planning and regulatory projects.

·       Facilitate public engagement opportunities on planning projects and record feedback.

·       Present reports and other findings to colleagues, client committees, advisory boards, and elected officials.

·       Schedule and conduct meetings with client committees, advisory boards, and elected officials.


·       Complete administrative tasks, as necessary.

·       Attend evening and weekend meetings, as necessary.

·       Develop project budgets, prepare project proposals, and verify contract expenditures and compliance.

·       Conduct research and prepare statistical reports on land use, physical, social, and economic issues.