skip to main content
The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5214 - Principal Planner

Job Description

GRADE: 314

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in the development of comprehensive plans and planning programs; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class manages a major section of the Planning division which includes project management, budget preparation and recommendations for future planning projects. This position does not supervise a staff; however it does provide direction to staff on various projects. Work is performed under the direction of the Planning Division Manager.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Organizes and coordinates the activities of staff engaged in the compilation, analysis and interpretation of data used in the preparation of regional studies and plans with a possible emphasis on regional transit planning
• Administers all elements of the work program for services related to the development of comprehensive plans and administration of related federal grant programs
• Analyzes long range transit needs and issues
• coordinate the analysis of traffic impact on land use, planning and zoning; may make recommendations to transit needs
• Prepares work program, costs, schedule of completion
• Schedules personnel and products needed to complete the work
• Determines graphics needs
• Gathers and analyzes data on all aspect of county development and makes projections for future comprehensive land uses, population, and employment
• Conducts studies, writes proposals, contracts and related reports
• Prepares goals and policy statement for communities
• Prepares sketch plans and final general development plans
• Prepares new ordinance standards
• Reviews proposed subdivisions, site plans, rezoning requests
• Attend meetings of the Transit Committee and Planning Commission to present advice on short and long range planning needs
• Staff’s a special committees providing technical input on specific county development issues
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs, evaluates and appeals of employment decisions for all assigned positions.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning, community development and zoning
• Techniques of planning research and how to apply them to general and specific urban planning studies and projects
• County, state, and federal laws pertaining to community planning, industrial development, and community conservation
• Project management economics
• Building and zoning codes
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Application of the principles and practices of city or regional planning, conservation and urban design
• Interpretation and application of county, state, and federal laws pertaining to county planning
• Formulating effective plans for urban development, renewal and conservation
• Interpreting planning requirements and objectives to interested groups and the general public
• In supervising assigned subordinate personnel engaged in planning activities
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a related field; five to seven years of experience in urban planning work, including one year of supervisory or administrative experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.