Principal Planner
Job Description and Requirements:
    Under direction, performs complex work in administering all aspects of the County’s transportation planning program to include conducting transportation studies and analyses and the preparation and presentation of transportation plans and reports.

    1. Conduct presentations to various committees and coordinate with the State, local and regional agencies.
    2. Review land development proposals and determine compliance with county regulations. Evaluate project proposals against adopted standards, plans and programs; recommend viable alternatives when required. Transmit actions and recommendations of development proposals to municipalities, applicants and other representatives.
    3. Under supervision, lead grant management responsibilities including researching grant sources, preparing and reviewing grant applications and administering project grants.
    4. Participate in public outreach activities including representing the County and the Monmouth County Transportation Council in meeting with other agencies and community groups.
    5. Advise the Monmouth County Transportation Council on issues that affect the County.
    6. Assist in the development of planning studies, documents and maps.
    7. Provide assistance to Municipalities with issues including but not limited to transportation, mobility and safety.
    8. Prepare and update elements of the County’s Transportation Plan, programs and reports required by the State or Federal agencies or directed by the Monmouth County Transportation Council.
    9. Conduct investigations, traffic monitoring activities, user surveys, field surveys and studies.
    10. Write reports and create presentations for planning projects.
    11. Monitor and analyze legislation for impact on County interests, activities and funds.
    12. Prepare correspondence and respond to requests for information on regional transportation issues and programs.
    13. Monitor and participate in transportation planning activities of public and private providers of transit and specialized transportation services.
    14. Serve as a liaison and technical expert to local, regional, State and Federal agencies, community groups, business groups, major employers and elected officials on regional planning issues, projects and programs.
    15. Input, access and analyze data using a computer.
    16. Gather, analyze and evaluate data related to regional transportation planning issues.
    17. Develop policy recommendations and resolutions for the Monmouth County Transportation Council, Development Review Committee, Monmouth County Planning Board and Board of County Commissioners.
    18. Support other sections of the Division of Planning and other County offices as required.



    • Bachelor’s degree including or supplemented by twenty-one semester hour credits in professional planning subjects such as the principles of land use planning, history of city planning, planning project design, planning law and administration, transportation planning, and geographic information systems or a Master’s degree in Planning.
    • A minimum of two years of experience in municipal, county, regional or state planning with a preference of four years or more.

    NOTE: Possession of a current and valid license as a Professional Planner
    in New Jersey issued by the New Jersey Board of Professional Planners
    may be substituted for the educational requirement.

    NOTE: Possession of a current and valid credential as a Certified Planner
    Issued by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) may be
    Substituted for the educational requirement.

    • Proficient in ESRI GIS (Desktop, Pro or Online)
    • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite or similar graphic programs (Photoshop, Illustrator)
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office or similar office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


    • AICP Certification and New Jersey Professional Planner License preferred.
    • Valid New Jersey driver’s license.


    • An effective communicator with strong writing skills for a variety of audiences including planners, the general public and officials.
    • Ability to work diplomatically with the public and as part of a complex organizational structure.
    • Ability to create presentation materials and conduct public speaking.
    • Knowledge of current trends of thought and significant developments in present day planning activities including technical advances and innovative approaches to problem solving.
    • Knowledge of the varied planning and transportation problems occurring with the growth of vehicle miles traveled, increased freight related activity, the social and economic considerations attendant with a modal choice, the barriers to adoption for electric vehicles, issues related to human services transportation and other contemporary conditions affecting the transportation status of the state.
    • Knowledge of transportation demand modeling, SQL or other data analysis methods.
    • Knowledge of survey development and results analysis.
    • Knowledge of principles related to the movement of people within and outside of urban areas and transportation as a factor in community growth and physical structure.
    • Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret basic laws and regulations.
    • Ability to organize and execute designated planning projects and studies.
    • Ability to review, interpret and transpose statistical data of varied type in appropriate visual form for use in planning and publicity activities.
    • Knowledge of the theories, practices and procedures of the State, municipal and regional planning.
    • Knowledge of the problems associated with the growth of urban centers, suburban sprawl and movements of population; the changing character of individual urban, suburban and rural areas; the location, relocation, development and/or loss of industrial opportunities; traffic conditions; housing shortages; and other contemporary conditions affecting the social and economic status of the State or local government.
    • Ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.


    To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential function as well as possess the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required for the position. Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible if they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

    Please be advised, all Monmouth County positions are on site. There are no provisions to work remotely.

How to apply:
  • Individuals will only be considered if they possess the minimum requirements listed above.
  • All applicants: In order to be considered for a job opening, an Application for Employment must be completed for each position. Resumes may be attached but are not considered as substitution for a fully completed job application form.
  • Mail: Completed applications referencing the job title code on the application to: County of Monmouth, Human Resources Department, 1 East Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
  • Phone: To request a Job Application be mailed to you, call 732-431-7300
  • In Person: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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