Assistant Planner (Hudson County)

Assistant Planner
Hudson County Division of Planning Department of Planning and
Business Opportunity

About Hudson County and the Division of Planning

Hudson County, NJ experienced the highest county population increase in the tri-state region, at 14% from 2010 to 2020. Uniquely positioned on the west side of the Hudson River across from Manhattan, (New York, NY), the County is the densest in the State of New Jersey. The county consists of twelve municipalities with a total of 720,000 residents and a robust business sector. The County’s Division of Planning is spearheading multiple planning initiatives and studies including the development of a new Comprehensive Plan, a Public Engagement Plan, a West Hudson Circulation Study, and leads the County’s Vision Zero and Greenway Planning initiatives.

Position Description

Hudson County’s Division of Planning is seeking a motivated, diligent leader and team player to join an exciting group of planners. The Hudson County Division of Planning is accepting applications for an Assistant Planner, with interests in land use planning, long-range comprehensive planning, and public engagement. The Assistant Planner’s core responsibility will be to manage the day-to-day functions of the Hudson County Planning Board, working closely with the Board Secretary/Division Chief and clerical staff for administrative duties. Other duties include collaborative work impactful to the county’s residents and business community as described in the section above. The Assistant Planner would be afforded a flexible work schedule to accommodate the office’s community engagement needs.

Essential Education/Experience Qualifications We’re Looking For:

  • A Bachelor’s degree including or supplemented by 21 semester hour credits in professional urban
    planning subjects.
  • Internship or One (1) year of professional experience in municipal, county, regional or state planning. A Master’s Degree would substitute for 1 year of professional experience.
  • Proficient experience with Microsoft Office. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator) is preferred, but not required.
  • Excellent communication, organization and record keeping skills.
  • Interest and experience in community outreach.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) membership and Professional Planners License for the State of New Jersey (PP), or an interest or goal to obtain them, in which County sponsorship may be available.

Overview of Roles and Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

The Assistant Planner’s main responsibility will be to manage the daily operations of the Hudson County Planning Board. Tasks include: review all site plan and subdivision applications, Facilitate Site Plan Review Meetings, assist with the logistics for Monthly Planning Board meetings; process application fee submissions, monitor escrow fees, draft correspondence to project attorneys, monitor pending application statuses and responding to applicants in a timely order, following up on post-approval conditions; communicate with members of the public about the application process, organize planning board files, understand the Hudson County Land Development Regulations and provide additional administrative support, when necessary. The Assistant Planner will also

  • Work with administrative staff for responses to OPRA Requests
  • Research and conduct preliminary analysis to prepare reports on planning matters, including demographic and economic conditions.
  • Assist in planning and facilitating public stakeholder meetings and engage the public in the field for various planning efforts.
  • Compile necessary materials and information for applications for various grant programs.
  • Assist the Division with the Shade Tree Program, community outreach, stormwater management, and transportation planning, as needed.
  • Design and formulate layouts of planning documents, promotional flyers, and other graphic materials.
  • Collaborate with the planning team on various Division projects and provide administrative, research, and organizational support as needed.
  • Under the direction of the Division Chief and/or Supervising Planners, work with a team of planners to develop the County’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Under the direction of the Division Chief and/or Supervising Planners, work in a team environment to develop the County’s Public Engagement Plan and manage long-term and ongoing public involvement Strategies for the Division, including attending and representing the Division and conducting pop-ups and other engagement activities at Countywide Resource Fairs and other Public Events.

Compensation Package

Salary: $65,907 and County Benefits Package

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume with references, and writing sample to Byron Nicholas, at bnicholas@hcnj.us with a cc to Gina Jaramillo gjaramillo@hcnj.us, Kevin Force kforce@hcnj.us and Samuel Schroeder sschroeder@hcnj.us.

Deadline – 04/30/2024