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Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability

Department of Planning and Sustainability, Tompkins County, NY

The Tompkins County is actively recruiting for the Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability. This is a leadership role in the management class and is charged with the responsibility to maintain good and effective public relations to promote comprehensive land use planning, public infrastructure development and maintenance, housing planning, tourism development, energy planning, land and water conservation, open space planning, smart growth and community sustainability in Tompkins County.

Position Overview:  The Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability is a key administrative position involving the responsibility for the Department of Planning and Sustainability. The Commissioner is empowered to prepare and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan, which guides the Department's work and informs many County policies. This position also provides professional planning and management oversight on all matters relating to Development, Housing, Conservation, Tourism, Climate Change, Energy and Community Sustainability. This position also advises on the preparation of the Twenty Year Capital Improvement Plan for the development and maintenance of County facilities and infrastructure.

The Commissioner oversees a budget of $1.13 million and manages a staff of 8.8 full-time equivalent positions that report directly to the Commissioner, including the Tourism Program Director. The Commissioner is a member of the organization’s most senior executive group, i.e., Department Heads, who along with the County Administrator and the County Legislature collectively ensures the well-being of County operations. Therefore, the Commissioner role will support a number of County priorities, such as the County Compliance Committee and Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability

Pay Range:  $106,475 to $115,669

We offer a competitive benefit package which includes health and wellness plans, leave and fringe benefits, enrollment in the New York State and Local Retirement System pension plan, and more. 

Position Qualifications and Requirements: 

(a) Graduation from an accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, or related field AND nine years of professional experience in municipal, community or regional planning, five years of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity; AND demonstrated experience with planning, administration and/or management of public infrastructure projects or programs; OR

(b) Graduation from an accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, or related field AND eleven years of professional experience in municipal community or regional planning five years of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity AND demonstrated experience with planning, administration and/or management of public infrastructure projects or programs; OR

(c) Any combination of education and experience equal to or greater than that defined by the limits of (a) and (b) above.

Residency Requirement: The Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability is currently a competitive class Department Head who is considered to be a public officer. The candidate must be either a natural born or naturalized citizen of the United States and must establish residency within Tompkins County within a reasonable period of time.

The position announcement, including a full description of the position and required minimum qualifications, and application for employment may be found online at Tompkins County Human Resources. Please visit: www.tompkinscountyny.gov/personnel to complete the application and upload a cover letter, CV or résumé, and list of professional references, additional information may be requested throughout the process. Applications must be submitted no later than August 4th, 2017.  If you need assistance with this process, please contact the Office of Human Resources (607) 274-5526 or personnel@tompkins-co.org

Tompkins County 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.  Ithaca is a unique community which sits at the southern tip of majestic 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 abundance of restaurants, theatre, arts, shopping, cultural, and recreational activities. The city possesses compact, connected, and walkable neighborhoods and is surrounded by a suburban core, which is then further surrounded by a rolling landscape with many remarkable viewsheds and several vibrant, picturesque villages.

Our county features three institutions of higher learning – Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, as well as a strong human services sector, local medical center, transportation network, regional airport, and four state parks.

Tompkins County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO), 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.