Associate Planner
City of Janesville
Janesville, WI
Objective & Relationships

The citizens of Janesville choose this community, not just as a place to live, but as a place to realize life's opportunities. We strive to sustain a community culture where differences are recognized, understood, and appreciated. As such, the City of Janesville recognizes the importance of developing an environment where diversity is not merely accepted but embraced and celebrated. As public servants, we believe everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. To this end, we will diligently recruit and retain the most talented employees in an environment that fosters maximizing one's potential. Therefore, we encourage individuals from all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to consider employment with the City of Janesville and serve the residents of "Wisconsin's Park Place".

Under general supervision of the Senior Planner, this position performs professional and technical planning functions for the City of Janesville, including general short and long range planning, and transportation planning.

Reports to: Senior Planner

Has no regular supervisory duties, but may delegate work to other Associate Planners, GIS Analysts, Interns, and Administrative Assistants. May manage consultant contracts and direct consultants.

Has work contacts with City elected and appointed officials, City Department and Division heads, co-workers, City employees, consultants, members of the Plan Commission, members of the Janesville Historic Commission, members of the Sustainable Janesville Committee, other City commissions and committees as necessary, outside government agencies, transportation advocates, developers, surveyors, realtors and the general public.
Essential Duties
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Organizes and prepares professional and technical studies; analyzes, and makes recommendations in connection with the current and long-range physical, social, and economic development of the City.
May be assigned specific program duties within a department such as: review of site plans, land development proposals (conditional use permits, rezonings, survey maps, plats, etc.), site plan and concept design preparation for other City departments (i.e. public facility projects), preparation of neighborhood plans, and special project graphic and design support.
Prepares technical and professional planning reports, analyzes and summarizes existing conditions, reaches conclusions, and makes recommendations on the Comprehensive Plan, Transportation Plan, land development proposals, site plan review, and other short and long range planning activities.
Assists in preparing and administering grant funding proposals.
Researches and collects data and prepares related charts, graphs, and maps related to projects using ESRI's mapping software, or other software provided by the City of Janesville.
Responds to inquiries and informational requests by developers, realtors, media, business community, and the general public regarding application and interpretation of City development codes and ordinances, including zoning, floodplain, subdivision regulations, future locations of streets, parks, schools, greenbelts, and other community facilities. Provides information related to census and socio-economic data.
Acts as technical advisor within field of specialization to other planners within the department, to other City departments and the administration.
Provides general technical and maintenance support for the Plan Commission, Janesville Historic Commission, Sustainable Janesville Committee, City Council and other boards or committees as instructed.
Performs other special projects and other duties as assigned or required during regular and non-business hours, including providing support as a part of any City response to essential or emergency operations.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform the essential duties of the position.

Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Urban/Regional Planning, Public Administration, Geography, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Studies, or a closely related field and six (6) months of professional planning experience, or a Master's Degree in Urban/Regional Planning, is required. Candidates currently enrolled in a Master's Degree program in Urban/Regional Planning with a completed planning internship and an anticipated graduation date within three (3) months of hire will also be considered.

Knowledge of:
Knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning and design, including modern land use and transportation planning concepts.
Knowledge or skills in physical planning, spatial analysis, and design.
Knowledge of standard analytical and research methodologies and statistical procedures.
General knowledge of zoning and subdivision regulations.

Skill in:
Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Excel, Word, Power Point, Access, and Outlook. Proficient in Adobe Acrobat.
Proficient in the use of ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Suite of products (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox).
Effective interpersonal skills.

Ability to:
Ability to systematically compile and analyze technical and statistical information and reports and present the results in a clear and concise manner to the general public.
Ability to interpret and explain applicable City codes and ordinances.
Ability to research, collect and analyze data.
Ability to develop, coordinate, plan, and prioritize projects and programs.
Ability to prepare maps, charts, sketches, and complex graphics.
Ability to effectively organize and speak at public meetings.
Ability to interpret and understand blueprints, plats, and other development documents.
Ability to communicate effectively, both in verbal and written form and to follow verbal and written instructions with minimum supervision.
Ability to work with minimal supervision and within the boundaries of responsibility.
Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with fluid priorities, frequent interruptions, and multiple, sometimes competing work assignments, with accuracy and attention to detail.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City appointed officials, Department and Division Heads, various City commissions and committees, staff members, consultants, co-workers, other governmental agencies, developers, surveyors, realtors, residents, and the general public.
Maintain a positive behavior and professional demeanor at all times; address resident and customer concerns in a helpful, courteous manner.
Must be reliable, steady, timely, and proactive in completion of duties.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Ability to interact with a diverse group of individuals.
Ability to maintain confidential information, must possess a high level of integrity, and adopt a professional work ethic.
Ability to comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures, and report all unsafe activities or conditions to supervisor.
Have, or ability to obtain, a valid state-issued driver's license.
Supplemental Information

Machinery and equipment including a personal computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, copier, scanner, audio-visual equipment, and other standardized or specialized office equipment. Occasional use of City-owned passenger vehicle may be required.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office environment. An individual in this position is frequently involved in sedentary work, which requires sitting for the majority of the time. This position occasionally walks, stands, stoops, kneels, crouches, crawls, and exerts up to 25 pounds of force by lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling objects. The employee is frequently required to see/observe, talk/speak, and listen/hear; use their hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects and equipment; repetitive arm, wrist, hand, and eye movements are included. There is frequent twisting, reaching, wrist turning, and grasping. The employee may be required to climb or balance.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of equipment. Employee is required to use cognitive ability to reason, analyze, and verbalize thoughts and ideas. Requires the ability to recognize and identify similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, and sounds associated with job-related objects, materials or tasks.

The employee may, on occasion, be exposed to outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and extreme cold. The employee may work near moving mechanical parts in precarious places; and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic, or caustic chemicals, and vibration. The working conditions in the office environment are comfortable. The noise level in the office environment is generally quiet to moderately noisy.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position, or is responsive to the needs of the City of Janesville.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

The City of Janesville, Wisconsin is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.