PAE Planning Advisor

London (Central), London (Greater)
£36,250 per annum pro rata
31 Aug 2018
26 Sep 2018
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About the RTPI

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. Our 25,000 members are from the private, public and voluntary sectors. Using our expertise and research we bring evidence and thought leadership to shape public policy and thinking, putting the profession at the heart of society’s big debates. We set the standards of planning education and professional behaviour that give our members, wherever they work in the world, a unique ability to meet complex economic, social and environmental challenges. We are the only body in the United Kingdom that confers Chartered status to town and spatial planners – the highest professional qualification sought by employers.

Planning Aid England

Planning Aid England (PAE) is part of the RTPI. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be actively involved in planning their local area. PAE staff work in close partnership with a network of member volunteers to deliver a range of services. The PAE Direct work stream provides expert, free and independent planning advice via the Planning Aid web resource and our e-mail advice service. The PAE Support work stream offers a programme of proactive advice and support to help individuals and communities to engage with the planning system, with further bespoke support for eligible individuals and communities. PAE also undertakes small amounts of consulting activity where this is consistent with our overall objectives.

This opportunity

This is a rare opportunity to help shape and deliver the RTPI’s commitment to empowering communities to engage in the planning system. You will be involved in all aspects of the PAE work programme including working to support regional volunteer task groups to deliver support to individuals and communities to take an active role in the planning system. You will also help in the provision of user friendly expert advice and guidance and contribute to continuing improvement of the volunteer and user experience of PAE.

You will have excellent up to date knowledge of the English planning system and practical experience of the full range of planning issues. This should include knowledge of development management, plan making and the planning process in general.

You will already be a Chartered member of the RTPI.

Job Purpose             

A flexible role supporting the Planning Aid England (PAE) service including: Planning Aid Direct services, community planning, volunteer training, supervision and administration, business development and involvement in Planning Aid Consulting projects. The proportion of time spent on each area of the PAE service will vary at the discretion of the Planning Aid England Manager. The ordering of the responsibilities below is an approximate guide to the emphasis given to each area of responsibility. The primary focus for this position will be the Planning Aid Direct service and volunteer management.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To facilitate the delivery of PA Direct services including giving professional planning advice to members of the public who contact Planning Aid England by e-mail.
  2. To produce a variety of professional materials about planning matters such as advice notes, content for the website and PAD and training materials for volunteers or other clients.
  3. To work with colleagues to implement the volunteer plan including attracting, recruiting and operating the appropriate support and administration of volunteers.
  4. To work with colleagues to ensure volunteers are appropriately equipped to deliver planning support e.g. preparation and delivery of volunteer training.
  5. To assist with allocating, organising, co-ordinating and monitoring volunteer activities in support of PAE activity.
  6. To undertake relevant administration work to ensure up to date records of volunteer activity and advice, accurate and timely reports on deliverables and PAE advice service and efficient processing of volunteer expense claims.
  7. To establish and develop contacts with stakeholders, potential clients and communities and individuals interested in planning and in particular, disadvantaged and marginalised groups engaged in community planning, and raise awareness of PAE and the support which it can offer.
  8. To provide direct planning support when it is needed (e.g. fee-earning work).
  9. To represent PAE at external meetings and events as required e.g. meetings with partners, joint events, workshops and conferences.
  10. To seek opportunities for Consultancy projects and provide assistance with preparation of bids for work if required.
  11. Undertake such other duties, commensurate with the post, as may be directed by the Director of Professional Standards.

Person Specification

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following attributes, skills and experience:


  • Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI).
  • Good up-to-date knowledge of the English planning system.
  • Experience of a full range of planning matters including development management, plan making and the planning process.
  • Experience of providing planning advice to the general public with high professional credibility.
  • Experience of working with volunteers.
  • Experience of liaising effectively with stakeholders both internally and externally
  • Knowledge of the needs of diverse groups and disadvantaged members of the community and the ability to deal sensitively with them.
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Good interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.
  • Good IT skills including Microsoft Office and CRM systems.
  • A positive and pro-active approach.
  • A strong commitment to and ability to provide outstanding customer service.


  • Experience of community development work with hard to reach groups.
  • Experience of financial and project management.
  • Experience of supervising volunteers.
  • Good knowledge of Neighbourhood Planning and the provisions contained within relevant legislation, regulations, guidance and policy.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities, and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Closing Date for Applications: 09.00 26th September 2018

Interview Dates: 24th and 25th October 2018

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