CHEMUNG COUNTY, NEW YORK:  COMMISSIONER OF PLANNING

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASSThis position will open in September of 2017 in the Chemung County Planning Department.  Responsibilities will include the direct supervision and coordination of all operations and programs of the County Planning Department and of the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC).  The position plans, organizes, and produces major planning and research projects delegated by the County Executive and/or the County Legislature and it administers all operations of the County Planning Board.  The position also directs all operations of the metropolitan transportation planning organization (the ECTC).  In this role the position is responsible to the State Department of Transportation and to Federal transportation agencies for reaching consensus among all local chief elected officials regarding the programming of all Federal funds for highway, bridge, and public transit projects within Chemung County.  This is high-level professional planning and administrative work requiring leadership skills and the exercise of independent judgment in conducting current and future planning studies for the County.  Close supervision is exercised over professional and clerical employees.  Performs related work as required.   

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES (Illustrative Only):

  • Prepares applications for Federal or State funding of economic development, public facilities improvements, and governmental service-sharing projects;
  • Conducts and/or coordinates environmental and fiscal impact analyses, land development project reviews, and comparable research tasks delegated by the County Executive;
  • Prepares and presents background information and action recommendations to the County Legislature, the County Planning Board, the ECTC's Planning and Policy Committees, and other project oversight bodies;
  • Represents the County Executive and/or County Planning Board in cooperative programs with other public bodies and organizations, and serves as the Planning Officer in the County's Incident Command Structure during area wide emergency events;
  • Responsible for achieving voting consensus among the ECTC's local elected leaders (County Executive, Elmira City Mayor, et al.) to determine which transportation projects and studies are to be Federally and State funded;
  • Prepares and administers the ECTC's annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP);
  • Coordinates and develops, with NYSDOT regional staff, the five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Chemung County, which authorizes and programs Federally-funded transportation capital projects and public transit operations within Chemung County;
  • Develops and implements the ECTC's 20-year long range transportation plan for Chemung County every five years;
  • Supervises the Planning Department's and the ECTC's professional and clerical employees and periodically oversees contractual consultants for special projects;
  • Develops and manages the Planning Department's and the ECTC's annual operating budget by authorizing all departmental purchases and expenditures;
  • Maintains all vital departmental records;
  • Provides in-service training for the Planning Department and ECTC employees and provides annual training opportunities for members of the County Planning Board and for local zoning, planning, and governing board members.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Thorough knowledge of the theory, principles, and techniques of urban and transportation planning and analysis; good knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, and codes governing land use, public facilities, and transportation systems; good knowledge of the principles of personnel management, budgeting, grants administration, and public finance; good knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office, GIS, and internet applications; good knowledge of methods and techniques of research and analysis; and good knowledge of basic cartography, orthoimagery, and spatial analysis concepts and applications.  Experience in preparing and delivering presentations before groups of people is highly desirable.  The position requires some travel and occasional evening or weekend work. AICP certification is desirable but not required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Either:

(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, or a field closely related to urban or regional planning and six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience in municipal, community, transportation, or regional planning work, of which four (4) years must have been in a supervisory capacity; OR

(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, or a field closely related to urban or regional planning and seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in municipal, community, transportation, or regional planning work, of which four (4) years must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Applications for this position must include a cover letter, professional resume, and three professional references.

Applications should be submitted to Randy J. Olthof, Commissioner of Planning, 400 East Church Street, Elmira, N.Y. 14901 or by email to rolthof@co.chemung.ny.us.