City of Binghamton, New York


April 25, 2019 - 2:57pm -- jlallen
Date Posted: 
Planning, Housing and Community Development
$40,000.00 per year
Last Date To File: 
Distinguishing Features Of The Class: 

This is professional planning work in a municipal planning department with assignments and responsibilities in support of the development and implementation of the comprehensive plan, as well as the boards and commissions of the City. Work is performed under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Planning, with leeway for independent judgment. Does related work as required. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

a) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree* in planning, environmental studies, urban geography, or similar related field.

*An individual will be accepted if they have a Master’s Degree in one of the areas described in option a.

Typical Work Activities: 
  • Interprets and applies applicable state, county and local codes, ordinances and regulations.
  • Assists with updates and maintenance of Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations.
  • Conducts review of various development applications including site plan review, variance requests, administrative planning review, subdivision plat review, and rezoning.
  • Conducts extensive research in specific or general project areas.
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports, working papers, and correspondence.
  • Identifies community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning.
  • Writes, or assists in writing, ordinances and regulations relating to development controls.
  • Writes, or assists in writing, grant applications for federal, state, and private funding, as well as helping ensure compliance with the environmental regulations associated with grants.
  • Attends substantial number of evening and weekend meetings.
  • Performs miscellaneous office work, maintains division records, and provides office coverage.


  • Oral communication and interpersonal skills to present research findings to boards and committees
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance, and to apply regulations to field conditions
  • Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind
  • Good knowledge of the principles, terminology and practices employed in urban planning
  • Good knowledge of current methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting economic, environmental and sociological data
  • Working knowledge of Federal programs related to planning
  • Working knowledge of the sociological, economic, environmental, engineering, design and research factors in problems involved in community planning and development.
  • Ability to plan, train and supervise the work of others