Assistant Planner

Posted: 05/15/2023

Notice of Job Opportunity
Date Opened:      April 25, 2023                          
Date Closed:        UNTIL FILLED

Position:               Assistant Planner                   
Agency:      Planning & Development

Works closely with senior planning staff conducting research, preparing written documents, assisting with the review of development proposals and addresses many of the less technical day-to-day administrative functions of the planning staff.
Minimum Qualifications:
Associate’s degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school and six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or a related field is preferred.
Additional Qualifications (Agency/Dept. Qualifications):
Licking County Planning & Development is a great team of people that have the privilege of guiding a growing central Ohio community in various facets of development, infrastructure, and quality of life.  Our team consists of multiple planning professionals that have the opportunity to impact our community through housing programs, transportation planning, land use & environmental controls, and community planning.  We achieve results through a variety of short-term projects and long-term planning efforts.  We currently have a professional planning position open and welcome your interest in joining our talented team.
The Assistant Planner position is an entry level position that requires a basic understanding of planning principles.  As part of our team the Assistant Planner provides support to the senior planning staff on a variety of projects, with varying levels of ownership.  In addition, the Assistant Planner will have a focus on customer service. 
The job duties include executing and supporting assigned planning tasks which may include research of best practices, data collection, analysis, visualization, plan review, site inspections, and investigations, and report writing. This position may also assist in formulating comprehensive and functional land use plans/studies and countywide plan work.
The ideal candidate will possess the following: excellent written & verbal communication skills (reports, regulations, note-taking, etc.); proficiency in GIS (ArcMap, Web Maps, etc.); a cursory knowledge of construction and development terms, methods, and practices; the ability to maintain complete, accurate, and organized records; a basic knowledge of land planning principles and tools; ability to research, collect data, and apply information; and strong interpersonal skills with a respectful attitude for fostering positive interaction with various customers, property owners, and staff.
The ideal candidate will possess experience in the following areas:  Adobe Creative Suite; regulatory documents (i.e. zoning, subdivision, stormwater, floodplain); assisting local communities, boards and committees; interaction with residents, property owners and business leaders.
Hours:          Full-Time, 35 hours per week with a typical 4-day work week schedule
Salary:           $19.78 - $24.18 per hour, depending on qualifications

  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
  • Promotes and maintains positive and effective working relationships and promotes good public relationships as a representative of Licking County Government.
  • Will represent themselves, the department, and the county in a professional manner at all times.
  • Will manage and complete tasks, assignments, and/or projects on time and provide complete, accurate, well-organized product.
  • Maintains complete, accurate, and well-organized records at all times.
  • Operates as a team and as such may require a team effort to complete tasks in a timely manner.  This may require staff to assist in duties that are otherwise not considered a part of that individual’s duties in order to ensure this office functions properly and work is completed on time.  (Examples may include covering for other staff when they are out of the office, completing large mailings, assisting customers at the counter if other staff is otherwise detained, etc.)
  • Assembles, collates, collects, and processes data into reports concerning population, resources, economy, transportation, health, utilities, pollution, and other subjects pertinent to land use, transportation and environmental planning studies and reports; provides relevant research and data for use in evaluation and presentation of planning problems, preparation of land use plans; prepares maps for comprehensive plans, zoning documents and other planning functions. 
  • Responds to customer inquiries about current zoning and zoning contact information.  Provides maps for customers and addresses general planning inquiries.
  • Works closely with senior planning staff.
  • Conducts research, prepares written documents, assists with the review of development proposals, provides customer service, provides educational resources to other government entities and citizenry, conducts site inspections and fact gathering, maintains records and databases, and other duties as assigned. 
  • Addresses many less technical day-to-day administrative functions of the planning staff and will refer more technical and non-administrative tasks to a senior planning staff member and provide assistance to that staff member as directed. 
  • Coordinates work with the Administrative Assistant in the preparation of all meetings, uploading, and distributing of materials to LCPC and LCATS.
  • Participates in planning projects for local jurisdictions; provides planning-related research as required.
  • Participates in public and private meetings concerning planning.
  • Serves as the planning department’s geographic information system (GIS) technician for the creation of maps, and entering of data; the above items are conducted under the supervision and direction of the GIS Lead.
  • Assists senior planning staff with conducting public meetings, hearings, presentations and workshops.  The assistant planner may present at these events as they develop skills, knowledge and overall planning experience.  This may, on rare occasion, require attending meetings after normal business hours and on weekends at locations off site. 
  • Enters and maintains data, and produces reports from various databases maintained by the Licking County Planning Commission.  (Examples of these include the Minor Subdivision/Lot Split Database, Major Subdivision and Development Database, application databases, Flood Hazard Permit Database, Library Database and the like). 
  • The employee is encouraged to further their education and understanding of the planning field, process, tools, theories, laws, legal tests, and principals to assist them of developing a well rounding set of knowledge and skills to allow them to do their job well and advance within the organization. 
  • Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable PERRP safety standards that pertain to the essential functions of the position and all agency safety procedures.
  • Remains informed of current developments and procedures pertinent to duties; may be required to attend seminars/training. Said seminars and trainings may be out-of-town and require travel, overnight stays and weekend time. 
  • Complies with and promotes the Licking County Personnel, Licking County Planning Commission, and the Licking County Planning Department policies and procedures at all times. 
Application Procedures:  Submit completed application, resume and cover letter to the Licking County Human Resources Department, 20 South Second Street, 3rd Floor, Newark, Ohio 43055.  Applications can be obtained in person in the Human Resources Department between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily or printed from the web site at
Successful candidates will be subject to Licking County’s pre-employment drug screen.
Licking County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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