Senior Planner, Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability

A Unique Opportunity during a Time of Transformation

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 Senior Planner will have an opportunity to work 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. The Senior Planner will focus on housing issues in the community and will work directly with developers, municipal officials, and other community organizations to implement the County’s 2017 Housing Strategy to create safe, affordable and desirable housing in the County. It is a time of great challenges and opportunities within the housing sector in Tompkins County and we are looking for a dynamic planner to implement creative solutions.

Applications accepted through February 20, 2018. A full description of the position and required minimum qualifications and application for employment may be found online. Please visit:

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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.