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Planning Director

Posted on May 18, 2019 by CITY OF FLAGSTAFF

Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Engineering
17 May 2019
Annual Salary
Full-Time
Actively supports and upholds the City's stated mission and values. Under direct supervision of the Community Development Director, employees of this class are expected to exercise considerable independent judgment, initiative, and professional expertise in the day-to-day administration, management, and supervision of the Planning and Development Services Section programs. This position provides visionary, innovative leadership, which encourages and recognizes creativity, risk-taking, flexibility and facilitation of the highest level of service to the Section's customers; both internal and external. Manages the programs associated with the City's Current Planning, Building Safety, Comprehensive Planning and Zoning Code programs. Duties also include program management and development tracking of complex, multi-disciplinary proposals requiring judgment and coordination of a very high degree. Important aspects of this position are its leadership, management and administrative expertise requirements. The Planning Director is responsible for the day-to-day functions of reviewing private development proposals, setting work priorities, establishing and interpreting codes, policies and standards, developing and managing budgets, and disseminating public information. ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES Supervisory: This job has full responsibility for supervision (hires, directs, schedules, transfers, promotes, rewards, disciplines, and terminates other employees) at the section level. The following Program Managers/Programs report directly to the Planning Director:Building Official (Building Plan Review, Building Inspection and Code Compliance)Current Planning Manager (Current Planning and Development Service Counter)Comprehensive Planning ManagerZoning Code ManagerBudgetary: This job has full responsibility for budgeting (prepares, implements, and manages) at the section level.Strategic Planning: This job has full responsibility for strategic planning (develops, implements, interprets, and manages long and short-term goals) at the section level.Policies/Procedures: This job has full responsibility for policies and procedures (develops, implements, and interprets) at the section level.Compliance: This job has full responsibility at the section level for overseeing staff guidance of applicants through the development process to ensure compliance with all applicable City codes and ordinances, Federal and State laws.Council Communications: This job has full responsibility for Council communication (makes recommendations and presentations, writes staff summaries, ensures Performance Measures are met, and balances needs with Council's adopted priorities and direction) at the section level.Reporting: This job has full responsibility for reporting to Federal/State/Local agencies (ensures reporting requirements are met, trains others on reporting requirements and methods, and addresses discrepancies in reporting). EXAMPLES OF THE WORK PERFORMED (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY) Provides excellent customer service to both internal and external customers.Serves as Chairman of the City Staff Inter-Divisional Staff Review Board (Development Review Board).Directs the administration and amendments to the City's General Plan (Regional Plan).Oversees the review and analysis of development applications, site plans and related planning developments with developers and the general public.Leads negotiations on large and/or complex development proposals.Communicates and manages organizational changes.Facilitate the highest level of quality customer service possible for Section customers, insuring they are provided service in the most courteous, friendly, and professional manner.Monitors project/permit tracking systems to ensure timely and effective project implementation.Provides visionary leadership, which encourages and recognizes creativity, innovation and flexibility by Section Staff.Establishes measures to improve methods, changes in operations, working conditions, quality of work, and any necessary changes to increase efficiency. Evaluates special needs, unusual problems, and assesses the general quality of work projects.Serves as liaison to the Arizona State Land Department for all planning issues.Ensures citizen and regulatory agency complaints and suggestions are acted upon and resolved.Keeps the Community Development Director and City Manager advised of activities through written, oral, and statistical reports.Represents Section matters and concerns before the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Inter-Divisional Staff Review Board, and other City Boards and Commissions.Serves as liaison to local development and building community.Serves as Community Development Director, as needed.Other duties as assigned. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture or related field.Eight years of recent and responsible experience in managing and leading professional, technical and clerical personnel in development, urban planning, or a related field including customer service management experience and/or a combination of experience and training which indicates a demonstrated ability to successfully fulfill the required knowledge, skills and abilities.Six years of progressively responsible supervisory experience.Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).Or any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the above Minimum Requirements. DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING Master's Degree in Planning, Public Administration or Business Administration or related field. OTHER REQUIREMENTS Must possess, or obtain upon employment, a valid Arizona driver's license.Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY) Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.Perceive and interpret customer needs (internal and external) and translate them into effective solutions and operational policy.Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, building safety and public administration, especially as they pertain to Development Services program delivery.Demonstrated ability and previous experience in reviewing plans, ability to write technically oriented reports and correspondence clearly and concisely, and represent Section matters to council members, the City Manager, the media, the public, and governmental regulatory agencies.Ability to coordinate and communicate with other Divisions, governmental agencies, developers, contractors, consultants, and individuals involved in Section matters.Working knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.Ability to research, prepare, and present comprehensive written and oral reports to City CouncilAbility to establish and maintain effective relationships with employees, officials, other agencies, the media, and the general public. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger/handle/feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop/kneel/crouch/crawl, taste or smell.The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.Vision requirements for this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.Working conditions include occasional exposure to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; outdoor weather conditions; and risk of electrical shock.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS There are no pre-employment physical requirements for this position.There are no pre-employment testing requirements for this position.There are no pre-employment vaccination requirements for this position. CLASSIFICATION INFORMATION Range 117, D-6-1, FLSA exempt Qualifications • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture or related field. • Eight years of recent and responsible experience in managing and leading professional, technical and clerical personnel in development, urban planning, or a related field including customer service management experience and/or a combination of experience and training which indicates a demonstrated ability to successfully fulfill the required knowledge, skills and abilities. • Six years of progressively responsible supervisory experience. • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Category: Engineering , Keywords: Community Development Director

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