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Planning Director / Assistant Director of Community Development

Department of Job Listing: 
Community Services
Salary Range: 

Salary Range $76,897.00 - $103,480.00

General Function: 

This is a job of a professional and technical nature responsible for the operations of the Planning Division and for providing overall management of the entire department. 

Essential Duties: 

Responsible for operation of Planning division.  Supervises planning and permitting personnel.

Acts as liaison to the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment and other city boards and commissions as assigned.  Prepares agendas, researches cases, ensures that notification requirements are met, attends meetings, and drafts minutes.  Maintains case files and minute books.  Responds to requests for information from board and commission members, receives and addresses citizen inquiries and protests, and briefs management about pending cases.

Answers inquiries related to zoning, planning and development from the public by letter, telephone, or in person.

Conducts research and prepares maps, reports and other documents.

Develops, maintains and updates computer databases and systems, including Geographic Information System and department file management system.

Conducts field work as needed.

Reviews proposed development for compliance with floodplain management and drainage regulations.  Responds to inquiries related to floodplain zoning.

Reviews permit and occupancy applications for zoning compliance.  Supervises permitting and plan review and interfaces with inspection division, Fire Department and Public Works Department.

Responsible for day to day operations of the Code Enforcement division, including supervising personnel, managing workload, and ensuring policies and procedures are followed.

Serves as first point of contact for citizen inquiries and complaints related to planning, permitting and Code Enforcement.  When possible, resolves these matters without further management involvement.

Coordinates with and assists personnel in other areas of this department and in other city departments.

Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Minimal Acceptable Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s degree from an approved college or university in urban planning, political science, public administration, geography or a related field.

Five (5) years progressively responsible experience in planning, code enforcement or community development.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of City Planning.

Knowledge and understanding of theory and application related to code enforcement.

Understanding of the basics of applicable law, including administrative procedures and prosecution of municipal offenses. 

Ability to understand the City’s overall redevelopment goals and ensure that Department operations are working to achieve those goals.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including making regular presentations to the City Council and other public bodies, speaking at community meetings, interacting with officials at all levels of government, drafting official correspondence, conducting training classes and working with other city staff members.

Appropriate discretion and decision-making ability necessary to balance the needs of various stakeholders while working toward the City’s overall redevelopment goals.

Ability to conduct planning studies, including undertaking research, analyzing data and formulating substantive policy alternatives.  Ability to design implementation strategies that account for intended and unintended consequences.

Skill in accurately recording and organizing information, including proactive work to establish and maintain files and file systems and in effective and efficient manner.

Ability to review permit and other applications for compliance with zoning ordinances and other municipal codes. 

Initiative and judgment in performing duties and meeting responsibilities.

Willingness to work to develop employees, including creating and following up on development plans, seeking out training opportunities and conducting meaningful performance evaluations.

Ability to effectively use appropriate technology, including common productivity software. 

Possession of a valid Oklahoma State Driver License and a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.

Ability to present a neat and professional appearance.

 

Additional Desirable Qualifications: 

Masters degree from an approved college or university in urban planning, political science, public administration, geography or a related field or Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

Coursework, preferably at the graduate level, in statistics and quantitative analysis and /or research design and methods.

Hold or be able to obtain Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Certified Building Official (CBO) or other similar professional designation. 

Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including ArcGIS Online. 

Supervision Given and Received: 

Reports to the Community Development Director.

 As Assistant Director, provides management-level supervision for the entire department.  Directly supervises all planning and code enforcement staff.

 

Education and Experience: 

Bachelor’s degree from an approved college or university in urban planning, political science, public administration, geography or a related field.

Five (5) years progressively responsible experience in planning, code enforcement or community development.