City of Providence

Job Type: Union

Job No.: P-94-23

Salary: $68,423 – $78,003

Department: Planning and Development

Grade: 34

Posting Dates: 08/23/2023 – 10/04/2023

New employees will be compensated at a wage rate of fifteen percent (15%) below the contractual rate of pay for the period of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025. Wages for new employees will be increased in five percent (5%) increments annually on the anniversary of the date of hire. On June 30, 2025, new employees shall receive the full contractual rate. This rate does not apply to IT Department positions.

The City of Providence welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce at all levels of the organization. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit hiring discrimination of any type. All City hiring decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

All persons employed by the City of Providence are required to have achieved a fully vaccinated status against the COVID-19 virus. “Fully vaccinated status” shall be defined as having received the full number of doses required to complete the vaccination series of one of the currently recognized COVID-19 vaccines. Proof of vaccination completion will be required before beginning employment with the City.

Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Deputy Director or Designee, the Principal Planner performs responsible administrative, technical planning, and urban redevelopment work of a complex and professional nature in assisting the Deputy Director for Planning in the conduct of the department work program in all its phases; and related work as required. Work assignments are received from a superior and are usually general in nature and afford a certain amount of latitude in the exercise of independent judgment in planning work details and assigning work to subordinates. Work elements include writing, public speaking, and the use of various types of computer software and programs including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation, mapping, and desktop publishing. Work is reviewed in its broader aspects for compliance with the standards and principles of community planning.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Undertakes planning projects from inception through completion.
  1. Participates in the organization and development of the planning and urban redevelopment program.
  1. Supervises and coordinates various staff activities of the Division in the completion of assigned projects with special emphasis on urban design or on research and analysis.
  1. Assigns work and supervises staff planners, consultants, and support staff in the compilation and interpretation of physical, social, and economic data used in the analysis of planning and urban redevelopment problems and in the design of the solutions to these problems.
  1. Prepares written and graphic reports using computerized word processing, desktop publishing, presentation, mapping, spreadsheet, database software, and other software devices.
  1. Prepares and delivers presentations to City boards, technical and neighborhood groups on planning and redevelopment matters.
  1. Acts as technical advisor to the staff on planning and urban redevelopment studies.
  1. Assists in the evaluation of data affecting location and design of projects.
  1. Represents the Department at conferences and work related meetings as required.
  1. Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in planning from a college or university accredited by the American Planning Association and three (3) years experience in planning, or a Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban affairs, or related field with five (5) years experience in planning.
  1. Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners is desirable.
  1. Detailed and demonstrable knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques involved in city planning including, but not limited to, preparing capital improvements, comprehensive plans, urban redevelopment programs, zoning ordinances and land development regulations; administering planning projects; assigning and supervising the work of technical staff; and giving presentations to technical groups on general planning and urban redevelopment matters.
  1. Ability to perform complex technical research and analysis, compile comprehensive reports, work with computers and computer programs, and make recommendations for the practicable applications of findings.
  1. Ability to communicate effectively and courteously.
  1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials and the general public.
  1. Must be able to perform all essential functions of the job.

Training Requirements

The term “limited” means that the successful candidate will perform the job for an undetermined length of time. The position may or may not become permanent.



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