Planner I/Assistant Planner

Department of Facilities Services

The Department of Facilities Services at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for an entry level professional position of Planner I, also known as Assistant Planner.  This position reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Facilities Services.

Posting Date: February 11, 2014 

Review Date: Review of applications will begin March 4, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled 

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time UUP professional staff, visit:

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Develop planning studies and reports in support of new and updated plans, programs and regulations
  • Review or assist in the review of moderately complex development proposals and site plans for conformance with codes, plans, and regulations
  • Prepare and present detailed reports on development proposals to government entities and stakeholders
  • Collect a variety of statistical data and prepare reports and maps on topics such as census information, land use, building use/type, tax base data, and occupancy rates
  • Fulfill role of primary responsibly for maintaining records for the physical space inventory, electronic infrastructure model, and property deeds
  • Evaluate or assist in the evaluation of re-zonings, changes of use, ordinance amendments, site plans, special use permits, variances and other proposals;
  • Act as liaison between a variety of stakeholder and interest groups including community groups, government agencies, and developers
  • Coordinate community review of public and private development projects;
  • Provide information to the public and campus community regarding development regulations
  • Assist in design of participative planning processes
  • Assist as a meeting facilitator
  • Assist in resolving citizen and customer issues internal and external to the campus community
  • Oversee the work of consultants and interns
  • Conduct field evaluations and assessments
  • Attend substantial number of evening and weekend meetings as required

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public policy, or related field
  • One year of planning experience
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection
  • Knowledge of effective visual and written communication and presentation techniques
  • Statistical, algebraic, or geometric knowledge and ability to apply computational analysis in practical situations
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which may include GIS, Microsoft Office, and Internet applications
  • Verbal  communication and interpersonal skills required to explain rules, procedures, and technical issues clearly to the public
  • Creative problem-solving skills required to gather relevant information in order to solve  incompletely defined practical problems
  • Ability to review plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance with such regulations
  • Ability to apply regulations and theoretical constructs to field conditions
  • Ability to create graphic materials and presentations of designs and development strategies, as well as render site plans via sketches and/or computer graphics highly desirable
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind
  • Ability to succeed in a variety of work environments including office environment, on-site field work, remote public meeting locations, etc.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master's degree is preferred
  • Demonstrated aptitude in graphic presentations, GIS skills, and/or collegiate planning

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume, a copy of unofficial transcripts (less than 2MB), and contact information for three references electronically to:

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

Michael Lotito, Search Committee Chair

(315) 312-6600

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Files must be complete to be considered.

Description of Department:  Facilities Services is responsible for 3.5 million square feet of facilities at replacement value of over $1 billion. There are 250-300 employees in the Facilities Services Department. The personnel within this department work collaboratively in planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and operating all facets of the facilities. The administration and accounting of funds for the facilities comes from multiple sources. Each funding source has distinct rules, regulations, and procedures governing the location and utilization of the funds.

Description of SUNY Oswego:  Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse.  Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News America's Best Colleges in 2010 and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8300 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in business, teacher education, and the arts and sciences. The College's success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to liberal arts and sciences foundations, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities.  The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects are evidenced by Quest, a College-wide daily spotlighting original student research, a Summer Scholars Program, which awards stipends to students engaged in independent research and creative work at the highest levels, and the Global Laboratory, a STEM based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

SUNY Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity.  SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from professionals of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.  In accordance with INS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States, per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing 

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