Class Code:  04023










Performs advanced professional level program planning work of broad technical scope and depth in a comprehensive, statewide, or master plan area; may act as a lead worker; may perform related work as required.


The Work Examples and Competencies listed are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be the primary basis for position classification decisions.



Assists supervisor by performing duties such as instructing employees, answering questions, distributing and balancing the workload and checking work; may make suggestions on selection, promotions, and reassignments.

Provides advanced planning assistance to state and local planning councils in developing area program plans; guides groups in the preparation of program funding applications.

Develops and updates statistics on economic and sociological conditions on a municipality, county and/or statewide basis; designs research projects and conducts field investigations, surveys, and demographic studies.

Reports on specific planning projects and problems on municipal, county or state level; coordinates and administers federal grant-in-aid projects working with local planning units.

Inspects sites under consideration for acquisition; recommends action; supervises related program office work.

Develops resource data and assembles background information for urban, regional or statewide planning; coordinates, reviews, and provides technical assistance to local governments, schools, and community organizations on planning needs and requirements of an assistance program.

Recommends/drafts policies and procedures for carrying out a planning program; provides assistance to local governmental units on policy and technical issues.

Assures conformance with standards in plans developed by other state departments, regional and local planning officials and/or consultants.

Prepares technical reports and public informational materials for other professional planners/organizations, local and state government officials, and the public; performs planning research including legislation analysis.

Coordinates agency objectives and activities with local governments; makes public appearances to represent the agency program.

Develops environmental data used in the analysis of highway construction projects for the ultimate approval of state, federal, and local agencies.



Knowledge of principles, techniques, current trends, laws, policies, and programs concerning all phases of state, local, and community development.

Knowledge of the various methods of financing local and state services and related projects.

Knowledge of the functions and organization of local and state government.

Knowledge of environmental, public health, social, and other problems affecting the development of local and state human and physical resources and projects.

Ability to carry out major project activities.

Ability to interpret and apply agency policy.

Ability to plan work, think conceptually, observe and evaluate trends, analyze data, draw logical conclusions, and make sound decisions and recommendations.

Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Ability to speak before public and private groups.

Ability to plan, organize, and control the work of subordinates.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other people.

Ability to meet customer needs in a consistently helpful and courteous manner.

Ability to work cooperatively with others as part of a team.

Ability to apply personal work attitudes such as honesty, responsibility and trustworthiness required to be a productive employee.

Displays high standards of ethical conduct. Refrains from dishonest behavior.

Works and communicates with all clients and customers providing quality professional service.

Displays a high level of initiative, effort, and attention to detail and commitment by completing assignments efficiently with minimal supervision.

Follows policy, cooperates with supervisors and aligns behavior with the goals of the organization.

Fosters and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, group identity and team spirit throughout the organization.

Exchanges information with individuals or groups effectively by listening and responding appropriately.



The equivalent of seven years of full-time economic, environmental, social, health care or agricultural program experience (at the local, regional, statewide, or national level) requiring knowledge in the following: program content, related community resources, user problems, and program/treatment methods - demonstrated by one of these types of work; program counselor; program administrator; program trainer; technical assistant or program consultant;


an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting  thirty semester hours of accredited college course work for one year of the required experience with a maximum substitution of four years;


an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting thirty semester hours of graduate course work in one of the below listed fields from an accredited college or university for one year of the required experience;




architectural engineering

business administration

civil engineering

computer science

criminal justice












natural science


physical science

political science


public administration

regional planning


special education

traffic engineering

transportation planning

urban planning


graduation from an accredited school of law;


employees with current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to nine months of full-time work as a Program Planner 2;


employees with current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to twenty-seven months of full-time work as a Program Planner 1.



For certain designated positions, the appointing authority, may request those applicants possessing a minimum of twelve semester hours of education or six months of experience or a combination thereof in one of the following:


025       fluency in the American Sign Language system

037       adult nurse practitioner

039       agriculture education, extension services and public awareness

063       business

075       minority studies/community organization

092       emergency exercises (state and local)

107       criminal justice

146       disabilities

179       emergency medical services

184       environmental science

185       epidemiology

187       energy

192       economic development

204       emergency planning, state and local

206       homeland security or emergency management operations

210       finance

214       risk management – homeland security

215       operations security – homeland security

216       financial aid programs

230       geographic information systems

244       gerontology

246       grant writing and management

248       geriatric nurse practitioner

274       health planning

280       human/social service programs

288       horticulture

319       international trade

341       job development

353       law

387       meat inspection

397       mental health

406       mass communications

408       Medicare/Medicaid

449       natural science

450       natural resources

595       regional planning

596       refugee resettlement services

612       experience working with senior adults

655       Masters degree in social work

656       social work

658       integrated solid waste management

663       substance abuse programs

704       senior health insurance

709       transportation planning

713       secondary or higher education (6 months’ only)

731       urban planning

866       ability to speak and write Spanish fluently

872       registered nurse

880       marketing

980       strategic planning


For designated positions, the appointing authority, may request those applicants possessing a minimum of six months of experience in the following area:

064       Medicare – elderly services

546       Intellectual Disability and developmental disabilities


For certain designated positions, the appointing authority, may request applicants possessing a minimum of twelve semester hours of personal computer training, or equivalent contact hours, that includes data base management training, or twelve months of experience operating personal computers to produce work products which includes creating, modifying, or maintaining data bases.


554       database management


Applicants desiring to be considered for these positions should be sure to list related course work and experience on the Experience and Special Requirements section of the application.



Effective Date:  10/13 BR