DEADLINE PASSED: Deputy Commissioner of Planning, Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability

Tompkins County, NY is centrally located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York which has a culturally, economically and civically engaged population of over 100,000 residents. Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca sits at the southern tip of beautiful Cayuga Lake, in an area surrounded by dramatic gorges and waterfalls. It has a small-town atmosphere while showcasing the qualities of a larger city through an incredibly diverse and active arts and culture scene. The city is surrounded by a rolling landscape of forests and farms with remarkable views, several vibrant, picturesque villages, and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

It is an exciting time for the Department of Planning and Sustainability. Recent retirements and promotions have created career opportunities and served as a catalyst for change and innovation within the Department. The next Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability will have an opportunity to help lead the Department through this period of growth and transformation while working with a remarkable team of motivated professional planners, elected and appointed officials who appreciate the importance of planning, and a civically engaged population. The successful candidate will have a passion for creating both rural and urban communities with opportunities for people to live meaningful and rewarding lives. We are looking for a qualified experienced planner with a broad knowledge of planning across a number of specialty areas that may include housing, energy, climate adaptation, land and water conservation, land use, and community development.

Applications accepted through January 8, 2018. A full description of the position and required minimum qualifications and application for employment may be found online. Please visit: To learn more about the Department, visit

Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), as such, we strive to cultivate an inclusive and diverse workplace; individuals who can contribute to the diversity and inclusivity of our organization and the communities we serve, are particularly of interest and are encouraged to apply.