Office of Planning, Policy and Economic Development

40 hours/week, Full-Time, Exempt

Somerset County is seeking a detail oriented and motivated professional to serve as a Planner in the Office of Planning, Policy and Economic Development.  Somerset County is a recognized leader in planning in New Jersey. 

The Office of Planning, Policy and Economic Development works with the Board of County Commissioners, County departments, divisions and Boards and Commissions, local governments, non-profits, and the business community to coordinate efforts to build a strong economic environment, develop high-wage employment growth, and protect open space and historic resources throughout the County. The Office oversees the Office of Economic Development, Office of County GIS Services and the Office of the Cultural and Heritage Commission.  The Office serves as staff to the Somerset County Planning Board, Somerset County Agriculture Development Board, Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the Somerset County Energy Council, the Open Space Advisory Committee, Green Leadership Hub and the Regional Center Partnership of Somerset County.

Essential Functions

The position provides technical and administrative support to the Land Development Review Section of County Office of Planning, Policy and Economic Development by providing land develop review services and development agreement monitoring for numerous municipalities.
The position provides technical support and expertise on redevelopment and land use planning matters to internal divisions and municipalities.
The position accomplishes its goals by conducting research, supporting public outreach and consensus building meetings, writing reports, oral presentations and by providing planning assistance to various governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and the general public.

Essential Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in planning or a closely related field or five (5) years of demonstrated experience and knowledge of land development review and administration, community and regional planning and county and local master plan development. 
Public outreach and presentation skills.


Professional Planners License and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Experience with or a combination of land use planning, redevelopment planning, transportation planning, and community engagement is desired.
Advanced courses in GIS, with ability to perform analysis, measurements, and map-making layouts. 

To apply for this job email your details to employment@co.somerset.nj.us

About Somerset County

Somerset County does not require their employees to live in Somerset County. We welcome all New Jerseyans to apply! No civil service test required. We have various positions available. Openings can be found in Administration, Finance, Human Services, Public Health and Safety, Department of Public Works and much more. Visit our webpage and see what exciting opportunities wait for you in Somerset County!