The Strategic Planner identifies projects and funding necessary to implement the long-range planning program for Blair County, and its constituent municipalities. The scope of duties of the Strategic Planner includes assistance to local units of government, public and private non-profit groups, and associated publicly supported entities in their planning & development efforts which directly implement the goals and objectives outlined in the County's Comprehensive plan, including development of projects, identification of both public and private funding sources, assistance in preparing applications for such funding sources and tracking projects to completion.
Identify opportunities to implement the projects of the Planning Program
Assist local units of government, public & private non-profits and associated publicly supported entities in development of grant proposals related to community planning.
Monitor availability of relevant grant programs and manages on-going funded projects.
Research and identify new government and private funding proposals.
Maintain and implement funding calendar activities, including cultivation activities.
Monitor community efforts throughout the County for effective coordination of planning
Provide educational, technical and planning assistance.
Assist local units of government resolve problems in a timely manner using creative solutions and by setting attainable goals.
Serve as a liaison to funding agencies or organizations.
Identify additional planning funding sources that complement the existing program
Prepare and maintain progress reports on planning activities within the County
Attend a substantial number of meetings at times
Maintain professional currency via professional development activities and networking
Other duties as assigned
Theory, principles and techniques of the planning profession and development process
Federal and State programs and requirements relative to public sector planning
Grant writing, administration, monitoring, and reporting
Mathematics and bookkeeping
Planning terminology, laws, practices, principles, and regulations
General understanding of the capabilities and functions of computer applications including basic office productivity software, modeling, database management, graphic design/publishing, and GIS
Communicate in American English both orally and in writing
Interpersonal and public relations
Apply a systematic approach
Strong problem-solving skills balancing all interest in the public interest
Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment within general policy guidelines
Effective utilization of standard office equipment such as telephone, computer, typewriter, and productivity software.
Education & Experience
Bachelor's degree in planning, geography, public administration, or a related field.
Five years' experience, depending on education, qualifications, and demonstrated ability
AICP Certification is preferred and is encouraged when employee becomes eligible
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