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Planner III

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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$46,392.00 – $73,896.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,933.00 – $3,079.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is senior-level supervisory or specialized professional work in planning and policy development.  Responsibilities may include serving as a unit chief or independently performing specialized professional work in one or more of the following areas:  natural resources, health and social resources, correctional services, recreation, economics, or public administration.

Job Duties

Serves as a unit chief or specialist developing and/or coordinating comprehensive statewide or regional planning programs, projects, and/or studies.

Supervises and directs professional, technical, and clerical staff engaged in the collection, analysis, and presentation of data.

Provides technical assistance and direction to local, state and federal governments, and private groups regarding present and projected planning needs.

Participates in and/or conducts meetings with groups and officials to facilitate collaboration between federal, state, interstate, and interagency entities, and to improve cooperation.

Provides advice to local and regional planning officials and their staff regarding policies, procedures and planning needs.

Researches and develops, or provides assistance in the formulation of comprehensive planning programs, projects, and/or studies.

Provides recommendations to management regarding strategic planning goals and the establishment of associated implementation procedures and guidelines.

Oversees, or participates in, the review of proposed legislation regarding program priorities, expenditure of funds, and coordination of services; recommends legislative programs and/or projects; prepares testimony for committee hearings.

Serves as technical advisor to staff and provides assistance with difficult assignments; assists with revising projects’ objectives and techniques.

Exercises considerable independence, judgment, and initiative; receives general administrative direction; work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and achieved results.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility, experience and education ratings, and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.  When practical and possible, the Division of Personnel will accept substitution of experience and education on a year-for-year basis.)

One or more years of experience as a Planner II with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; and,

Three or more years of professional experience in research and analysis, program or policy development, management analysis, grant management, budget/fiscal analysis, and/or a closely related area.

(Additional qualifying experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required education.)

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in Planning, Social Sciences, Public or Business Administration, Environmental Sciences, Public Health, Recreation, Engineering, Architecture, or a closely related area may substitute for one year of the required experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of local, regional, and state planning.

Comprehensive knowledge of research methodology.

Comprehensive knowledge of data collection and statistics.

Intermediate knowledge of laws relating to federal, state, and local planning.

Intermediate knowledge of the principles and practices of administration.

Intermediate knowledge of computer software applications

Intermediate knowledge of contracts, grants, and related fiscal documents.

Ability to plan, organize, and complete complex assignments.

Ability to coordinate planning projects.

Ability to supervise professional, technical, and clerical employees.

Ability to organize and present the results of complex research or analysis in a clear and concise manner.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, public officials, and the general public.

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