Digital Equity Fellowship - Planning Specialist 1-2 (Unclassified)
Other Digital Equity Fellowship - Planning Specialist 1-2 (Unclassified) at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $64,688.00 - $103,771.20 Annually
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
E-Verify: Yes
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The Ramsey County Information Services Department is seeking candidates for a limited duration Digital Equity Fellowship opportunity (up to one year). The Digital Equity Coordinator Fellow will be responsible for coordinating digital equity program activities, assisting in the development of digital equity policy, strengthening local digital equity ecosystems, performing digital equity focused research and data use, and piloting scalable digital equity models. Provide program coordination in addressing functional broadband affordability and ensuring residents have access to internet-enabled devices, digital literacy training, and quality technical support.  Coordinate and collaborate with internal, state, city and community leaders and champions to increase digital equity throughout the county. 

To view or download more detailed information for this position, go to: Digital Equity Planning Fellowship (Download PDF reader).
  This is an unclassified, limited-term duration appointment. There is no guarantee of employment beyond the one-year term. This position will remain open for application until filled: applicants should respond promptly as initial screening of application materials will begin on March 20, 2023.
  Basic Function of a Planning Specialist 1-2:  To develop comprehensive long and short-range plans, projects and programs in the area assigned; to develop recommendations on policies, procedures, or services in response to specific issues, problems or disputes; to provide leadership and coordination  of projects, procedures and plans in the area of specialization or department assigned; to review, services and programs to develop recommendations for service changes or to make budget recommendations; and to perform related duties as assigned.   

Flexible Workplace
 This position is identified under the designation of ‘flex work eligible’, meaning that the employee can formally opt to be in-office full-time or work a flex schedule in which at least two-days per week are performed in office and other days can be performed in a remote-first environment. Regardless of selection, the position carries expectations regarding on-site responsibilities and will require schedule flexibility beyond the minimum expectations set forth in the county’s flexible workplace policy. To view Ramsey County’s Flexible Workplace policy, go to: Flexible Workplace policy (Download PDF reader).
 Covid 19
 All job offers are conditioned on the candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized for emergency use or FDA-approved.  You will be required to show proof of vaccination on or before your first day of employment and complete a form certifying that you are vaccinated.  Religious and medical exemptions or reasonable accommodations will be considered upon request as required by applicable law.
 This position will remain open for application until filled.  Applicants should respond promptly as initial screening of resumes and letters of interest will occur tentatively during on Monday, March 20th, 2023.  
 If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).
 To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description.

  • Hourly Salary Range for Planning Specialist 1:  $31.10 - $46.18
  • Hourly Salary Range for Planning Specialist 2: $33.65 - $49.89   


Examples of Work Performed
  1. Conduct studies, needs assessments and special projects, to determine the need for and type of changes required in services in response to changes in the environment and make recommendations for departmental implementation.
  2. Coordinate the work of county and applicable community groups to develop, implement, plan and structure to carry out strategies and action steps.
  3. Analyze trends, research data, changes in laws, rules and regulations to determine impact on the county or department and make recommendations for response.
  4. Participate with other staff in developing and implementing long and short range plans to address changing service needs, changes in legislation, and to respond to specific problem areas.
  5. Coordinate with state and regional planning and implementation efforts related to the targeted population.
  6. Develop recommendations to integrate and coordinate county efforts across departments to improve the response to the needs of the target population.
  7. Develop recommendations regarding the level and distribution of funding necessary to meet the needs of the target population.
  8. Develop and implement targeted fundraising strategies to raise private and public non-county resources to help meet the needs of the target population.
  9. Analyze evaluation data on services provided or purchased by the county or department for compliance with goals and objectives and recommend corrective action where necessary.
  10. Represent the county or department at community and government meetings to explain department policies, programs and services as they relate to a target population or specific projects, and to participate in problem-solving meetings.
  11. Prepare plans, charts, reports, and other documents for use by other persons or groups affected by or involved in planning functions.
  12. Analyze proposals submitted to the department for funding and make recommendations based on needs, appropriateness of service, and availability of funding.
  13. Facilitate, on an ongoing basis, the work of a planning team of professionals from the operating departments or divisions to review problems and service needs to establish an appropriate course of action.
  14. Prepare legislative proposals in response to the needs identified for target populations or in order to meet other needs identified to more effectively serve county residents.
  15. Provide planning, coordination, and ongoing implementation of services and programs assigned.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.


Minimum Qualifications

Planning Specialist 1
Education:  Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Technology or related field.
Experience: Four years of experience in planning, service delivery, or experience related to community planning or equity work.
Substitution:  Any combination of education and experience that equates to eight years can be substituted for bachelor’s degree and required experience.
Certifications/Licensure: None. 

Planning Specialist 2

Education:  Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Technology or related field.

Experience:  Six years of experience in planning, service delivery, or a related function appropriate to the department assigned.

Substitution: Any combination of education and experience that equates to ten years can be substituted for bachelor’s degree and required experience. 

Certifications/Licensure:  None.

Exam/Screening Process Information

This position will remain open for application until filled.  Applicants should respond promptly as initial screening of application materials will occur on March 20, 2023. 

This is an unclassified, at-will position, holding a confidential relation to the department head or elected official.  This position requires an open screening and selection process.  There is no exam for this unclassified, at-will, position.  All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the department for consideration.  Please read below for further instructions.

Definition of Unclassified from the Ramsey County Personnel Act:
 Subdivision 1. General. "The appointing authority may discharge employees in the unclassified service with or without cause. Employees in the unclassified service have no right to a grievance appeal from discharge or other disciplinary action under sections 383A.281 to 383A.301. An employee in an unclassified position shall not have tenure but shall be entitled to all benefits associated with tenure such as vacation leave, sick leave, health insurance, and other benefits as determined by the county board."

Interested candidates may apply by completing the online application and resume.  The resume and the application may be sent electronically by attaching the materials to the online posting.  If you have difficulty uploading your materials, you may contact or by phone at (651) 266-2726.

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.
 E-Verify Participation: Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
 Equal Opportunity Employer: Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.
 To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader). You will need to print off this posting and also answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them if you complete a paper application.
 For further information regarding this posting, please contact or by phone at (651) 266-2726.

Ramsey County

Contact: Noelana Gates
121 7th Place E
Saint Paul, MN, MN 55101
United States