Principal Planner

Coastal Zone Act Program Manager

Recruitment #022718-MFEA07-400400

Summary Statement

This position is responsible for all aspects of administering Delaware's Coastal Zone Act and serves as a subject matter expert in natural resources and environmental quality. Job duties include reviewing and issuing environmental permits, tracking environmental permit compliance, providing assistance to applicants, and engaging with landowners, concerned citizens and elected officials. The incumbent will also be responsible for updating regulations for the Coastal Zone Act, supporting a Regulatory Advisory Committee, ensuring program adherence to the Freedom of Information Act and the Administrative Procedures Act, and ensuring continuous process improvement. This position reports to the Division Director and may also supervise technical program staff.

Selective Requirement

Selective Requirements must be met in addition to the job requirements.  Applicants who do not possess the selective requirement will not be qualified.

  • Possession of a Bachelors Degree or higher.

Preferred Qualification

Applicants who do not possess the preferred qualification will still be eligible to compete for this position if job requirements are met.

  • Experience in analyzing and evaluating scientific data
  • Experience with reviewing, evaluating and issuing permits

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Analyze and assess data, problems, and issues and their impact on programs, plans or the current environment.
  • Define and evaluate alternative uses of resources, viable options/approaches and anticipated costs and benefits, consequences and outcomes using present and projected information.
  • Develop recommended course of action for public and private decisions in formal plans and policies including policy statements, budget allocations, regulations and/or legislation to affect and facilitate change and reach objectives.
  • Formulate plans and policies to meet the social, economic, and physical needs of communities.
  • Develop, promote and market strategies for the implementation of plans, policies and programs.
  • Build consensus with community leaders, customers, advocates, and other affected parties via negotiations, mediation and facilitation.
  • Involve and educate special interest groups, customers, and public officials via variety of forums, e.g., seminars, workshops, conferences, newsletters, assessments, and analytical reports. 
  • Coordinate planning activities and policies across state, regional, county and local levels; integrate with other entities outside the state.
  • Provide technical assistance, training and education for understanding and managing change.
  • Design and manage the planning process.
  • Systematically evaluate the impact of plan implementation and incorporate findings with the ongoing planning process.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Principal Planner
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Experience in applying the principles and practices of planning related to natural resources and environmental quality.
  2. Experience in interpreting the laws, rules, regulations and procedures in natural resources and environmental quality.
  3. Experience in planning project management which includes planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating planning projects to ensure objectives are met.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

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