Planning Director

Routt County   Steamboat Springs, CO   Full-time     Management
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Posted on November 2, 2020

Planning Director
$98,720 - $112,675/year

Under general administrative direction, provides overall management, supervision, and administration of the operations and programs of the County’s Planning Department; directs and administers county land development and planning programs and activities in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, rules, and standards; provides staff support and serves as a technical advisor to the County Planning Commission, Board of County Commissioners (BCC), and the Board of Adjustment; coordinates planning and development issues and concerns with all incorporated cities, towns and communities within Routt County; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.
• Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, community development, or a related field. A master’s degree is desirable.
• Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible experience supervising or managing complex administrative programs or operations, including five years of land use planning management experience.

• Plans, organizes, directs, staffs, and controls planning department programs, projects, functions, activities, and services; develops and establishes the department’s vision, goals, objectives, and critical tasks; directs departmental operations to maximize efficiency, improve service levels, reduce administrative, and service provision costs, and ensure effective utilization of available resources; exercises good judgment and makes sound business decisions in managing Department activities; provides strategic department leadership through communication, demonstration, and accomplishment of the county’s overall mission, vision, and values.
• Directs the development and implementation of departmental policies, procedures, work systems, funding initiatives and cooperative agreements; administers, enforces and ensures the compliance of planning department policies, operations, and programs with applicable county, state, and federal laws, regulations, orders, and standards; analyzes and interprets existing and proposed legislation as well as applicable laws, regulations, and directives to determine impact on Department operations.
• Directs and manages the development, interpretation, implementation and amendment of the county master and comprehensive plans; administers the zoning resolution, subdivision regulations and other land use regulations and statutes; directs and manages the development and implementation of departmental policies, procedures, work systems, contracts and cooperative agreements; prepares and presents plans, contracts and agreements for approval by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), Planning Commission, and Board of Adjustment.
• Directs and manages the preparation of agendas for regular and special Planning Commission and/or planning-related BCC meetings, hearings, and work sessions; reviews all planning matters being heard; provides staff support and serves as a technical advisor; participates in hearings regarding the more complex and difficult zoning and subdivision hearings.
• Develops and maintains cooperative and collaborative working relationships with federal, state, and county officials, other counties, community groups, and the public; conducts difficult negotiations, presentations, and interpretations of county planning policies, rules and regulations.
• Directs and manages the preparation, review and maintenance of complex and specialized planning records and reports.
• Directs and manages departmental personnel matters including employee selection, training, evaluation, and discipline; establishes standards of work production and performance; manages and supervises the work activities and responsibilities of subordinate staff; plans, procures, directs and oversees the work of contractors and consultants; administers employee and customer safety policies; responds appropriately to inquiries and/or complaints regarding departmental activities.
• Directs the development and administration of departmental budget(s) including the establishment of appropriate budgetary controls; ensures that budget expenditures conform with approved funding; determines appropriate levels of service; analyzes fiscal and service data to develop cost efficiencies while maintaining program effectiveness and superior customer service.
• Identifies and pursues special funding opportunities, including grants and awards; directs and participates in the design, development, and submission of funding plans and proposals; oversees special fund administration and reporting.
• Communicates and confers with county management staff, the County Manager, and the BCC on departmental policies, procedures, workload standards, and other matters germane to areas of assignment; attends BCC meetings, makes presentations and requests, responds to feedback and implements changes as directed.
• Directs and oversees departmental quality control and quality improvement programs and initiatives, as well as the analysis and monitoring of performance indicators; directs process improvements and the effective development and utilization of technology and other systems to ensure operational effectiveness and efficiency.
• Analyzes complex narrative, financial, statistical, and technical information; prepares and/or directs the preparation of complex reports, records, and correspondence, including BCC transmittals, resolutions, and related documents; makes complex presentations to groups and individuals.
• Attends meetings, conferences, and training; supports and/or serves on boards, commissions, committees, teams, and task forces as required.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

• A valid license to drive a vehicle in Colorado and safe driving record is required.
• Possession of a valid certificate from the American Institute of Certified Planners is desirable.

Deadline: November 16th, 2020
Routt County is an EOE

Routt County

Steamboat Springs , CO