Assistant Director of Planning (Monmouth County)

REPORTING: Director of Planning

PURPOSE: Under the direction of the Director of the Monmouth County Department of Planning, assists in the management and supervision of a high performing County planning office. With minimal supervision, assists in directing and performing highly technical planning work involved in preparing and conducting surveys, compiling data, conducting investigations, and analyses of data, drawing and drafting maps and charts, and interpreting and transposing statistical data into visual form. Responsible for overseeing various sections and professional, technical and administrative staff, daily operations of the office, the preparation of plans and reports and other administrative and organizational duties as assigned.


  1. Serves as an integral part of the management team for the Division of Planning.
  2. Assists the Director of Planning with implementing the Division’s work program as well as directly managing and leading senior staff assignments.
  3. Inform and advise the Monmouth County Planning Board, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and County Administration on matters that may affect the growth and future well-being of the County and make recommendations as appropriate.
  4. Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with other County departments, with outside individuals and with other agencies at all levels of government.
  5. Supervise the preparation and implementation of the County master plan.
  6. Implement policies and regulations established by the Monmouth County Planning Board and Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
  7. Review and study the planning needs of the county in order to develop immediate and long- range plans and programs to meet those needs.
  8. Administer all aspects of the NJ County Planning Act and the NJ Municipal Land Use Law on behalf of the County.
  9. Establish administrative procedures to ensure maximum service to the public at a reasonable cost.
  10. Establish and maintain a complete record of planning activities, maps, plans, designs and reports.
  11. Experience with preparing annual budgets, monitoring expenses, and reviewing purchases.
  12. Organize, train and supervise staff and provide the necessary support and encouragement so that the division’s (as well as the individual’s) goals are achieved.
  13. Prepare an annual work program for the office that is designed to carry out mandated activities and other principal activities.
  14. Serve as an alternate voting member on various committees including the Development Review Committee, the Amendment Review Committee (Water Quality Management Plan), the Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee and Community Development Committee.
  15. Attend meetings, conferences and workshops to represent the planning interests of the County.
  16. Maintain professional licenses and certifications through continual training and education.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university required, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering or related field required.
  • Master’s Degree in Planning from an accredited college or university required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in municipal, county, regional or state planning required, at least 2 of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners preferred.


  • Professional Planner license issued by the NJ State Board of Professional Planners required.
  • Valid New Jersey driver’s license.


  • Knowledge of theories, practices, and principles of state, municipal, and regional planning.
  • Knowledge of the problems brought about by the growth of urban centers, movements of population, factors impacting the development, location, form, growth, or decline of cities, changing character of individual urban/suburban/rural areas, the location, relocation, development, and/or loss of industrial opportunities, traffic conditions, housing shortages, and other contemporary conditions affecting the social/economic status of the Sate.
  • Knowledge of social, economic, industrial, terrain and resources, and other conditions within the State of New Jersey, and of probable economic trends.
  • Knowledge of management principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the use of technology in the planning process; specifically knowledge of and ability to work with GIS applications.
  • Knowledge of the impact of land use, redevelopment, affordable housing and infill on community development.
  • Experience with coastal flood hazard mitigation planning, NFIP community rating system, and community sustainably initiatives preferred.
  • Adept at understanding the applicability of new technology to improve existing programs and systems.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact positively and professionally with elected officials, appointed board and committee members, staff members and the public.
  • Ability to identify and analyze planning problems and provide professional advice and guidance on planning matters.
  • Ability review and evaluate plans and proposals as well as organize and administer designated planning projects and studies.
  • Ability to prepare plans for the development of economic, recreation, and other resources of state/local government.
  • Ability to keep current with current trends of thought and significant developments in the field of planning.
  • Ability to analyze, and interpret basic law and regulations and apply them to specific situations.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate the work of an organizational unit as well as supervise the activities of professional and technical staff.
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, interpret, land use information including statistical material.
  • Ability to prepare and supervise preparation of maps, charts, graphs, and plans.
  • Ability to analyze organizational and administrative work problems.
  • Ability to prepare correspondence in the course of official duties and speak with officials and groups and explain planning projects.
  • Ability to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate, and informative planning reports, studies, and surveys containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Ability to oversee the maintenance of records, reports, maps, plans, and files.
  • Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.


To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential function as well as possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for the position. Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible if they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

How to Apply

Individuals will only be considered if they possess the minimum requirements listed above.
All applicants: In order to be considered for a job opening, an Application for Employment must be completed for each position. Resumes may be attached but are not considered as substitution for a fully completed job application form.

Mail: Completed applications referencing the job title code on the application to:

County of Monmouth, Human Resources Department
1 East Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone: To request a Job Application be mailed to you, call 732-431-7300
In Person: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Deadline – 03/13/2020