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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
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    Planner vs senior planner

    is there an industry standard for the difference between a Planner and a Senior Planner? obviously experience is one aspect. what are there others?

    in our town there are two Town Planners. though to distinguish herself from me, the Other Planner has given herself the title of Senior Planner. besides that our job description is the same.
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    The positions are usually subject to the description given them by the employer.

    In New York State, the local and county public sector position descriptions are done by the local or regional civil service department.
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    Well, if she just made up a title there is no distinction.

    "Senior" however can be construed a zillion different ways.

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    I would not be concerned about it, unless it is a designation created by your employer...but if you want to be a jerk you can call yourself a "Principal Planner" just to get under her skin
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    No, and in reality and depending on your workplace there may be no difference in the work done, expected or responsibility given to staff.

    The only difference may be pay and respect that accompany the title.

    If it is a made up title, I'd call BS.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Senior Planner: Is the level of work and responsibilty I have in my daily office life.
    Planner: Is the level at which I get paid.


    Yeah, love to be me right now... Human Resources in neither human, nor a resource...
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    Like others say, it all depends.
    Here, we have

    -Planner I
    -Planner II
    and Senior Planner (Project Manager)

    It doesn't go above that. As a senior planner I'm the group manager, and I have another senior planner that "technically" reports to me although he functions without supervision.

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    In my neck of the woods (which I believe is also basically your neck of the woods), the title is all about the pay -- and nothing else. In fact, when I was hired, I basically took over the job of the assistant director and my title was planner trainee. Yep, doesn't matter what they call me, I will still do the same work.
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    Quote Originally posted by zmanPLAN View post
    Senior Planner: Is the level of work and responsibilty I have in my daily office life.
    Planner: Is the level at which I get paid.


    Yeah, love to be me right now... Human Resources in neither human, nor a resource...
    Welcome to my department. I was almost given budgeting/purchasing duties as well this last year.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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