Principal Planner - Grade 25

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The City of Mandan North Dakota is currently accepting applications for the position of: 

Principal Planner - Grade 25 - $29.46 to $45.29

Applications without a resume will be disqualified.

The position will remain open until 5:00 pm, February 11, 2018.

Description of Work:

General Statement of Duties:  

The Principal Planner performs work for the Planning and Engineering Department which primarily includes the managing, evaluating and making recommendation on items that are required go before the Planning and Zoning Commission before City Commission. Part of the requirements also include presenting the items at both the Planning and Zoning Commissions as well as City Commission. Examples of items and actions included under the Principal Planner’s direct oversight include platting, zoning, annexations and related variance requests. The position is also responsible for recommending rule and policy changes related to all Planning and Zoning items. The Principal Planner is to set up and participate in meetings with those individuals looking to carry out the aforementioned actions as appropriate to ensure comfort and confidence in their recommendations to commissions. Other duties of the Principal Planner include participating in planning of city’s infrastructure expansion and reconstruction projects as assigned by the Planning and Engineering Director.       

Supervision Received:

Under direct supervision of the Planning and Engineering Director.

Supervision Exercised:

Position has authority to direct the Planning and Engineering Department Administrative Assistant.


Functions of the job are as listed below along with approximate percentage of time each is expected to demand.


D  = Daily Y     = Yearly
W = Weekly Y/D = Yearly Daily
M = Monthly  


D-35% Leading role in assisting applicants, coordinating, compiling and organizing presentation information for Planning and Zoning Commission meetings. Presents the information compiled and includes their recommendation for each item. Items include platting, zoning, annexations and related variance requests. Takes items to City Commission for consideration after Planning and Zoning.   

D-20%  Acts as the city’s staff expert in Planning and Zoning related requests for information and advisement. Impart knowledge and opinion onto requestors of such information.      

D-15% Assists the Planning and Engineering Director to develop appropriate master-planning for all of the city’s infrastructure improvements, both new and existing.  

Y/D-10%  Develops and recommends rule and policy changes related to all Planning and Zoning items. Changes typically in reaction to issues with current rules and policy.    

Y/D-10% Engages in and acts as the main point of contact for planning studies, typically led by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), as assigned by the Planning and Engineering Director.   

D- 10% Performs, as required, clerical duties such as printing, compiling data, data input, photocopying, phone answering, scanning and filing.  

Performs other duties of a comparable level/type as required.  

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university required. A Bachelor’s Degree in a major with course work in a Planning or Engineering preferred. Experience working in a city planning related field for a minimum of three years required. Experience working in a city planning related field for a minimum of five years preferred.  

Required Knowledge and Abilities:

Extensive knowledge of best practices in Planning and Zoning. 

Knowledge of computers and job related software programs including Microsoft standard suite and mapping programs such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

Knowledge of standard construction practices.

Knowledge in mathematics, especially geometry, and ability to apply to problem solving.

Knowledge of applicable codes, standards, and laws.

Knowledge of survey methods, tools, and instruments.

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public.

Ability to communicate with co-workers, supervisor, general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to provide and/or receive work direction.

Valid North Dakota Driver’s license or ability to attain upon hire.

The physical activities of this position are:

Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, and the like, using feet and legs, and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.

Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. This factor is important if the amount and kind of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance or body equilibrium.

Stooping:  Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.

Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.

Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.

Reaching:  Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.

Walking:  Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.

Talking:  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Hearing:  Perceiving the nature of sound with no more than a 40 db loss @ 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz and 2,000 Hz with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making the fine adjustments on machined parts.

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 physical requirements of this position are:

Moderate Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision for this position are:

INSPECTION, CLERICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE:  This is a minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small parts, operation of machines (including inspection), using measurement devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position are:

The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside. The work occasionally requires the use of protective devices such as hard hats. 

The worker may be subject to extreme cold: Temperatures below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour.

The worker may be subject to extreme heat: Temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour.

The worker is subject to noise:  There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.

The worker is subject to hazards:  Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals, human waste or other body fluids.  

The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.  

Location: Mandan, ND
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