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Director of Community Development & Planning

Lewis & Clark County
Helena, MT
Director of Community Development and Planning Status: Regular, Full-time, Exempt Pay: $103,334.40 - $115,502.40 per year Closing Date: June 2, 2022. First review of candidates is May 23, 2022. Lewis and Clark County is currently recruiting for Director of Community Development and Planning! Hosting the Capital City, Lewis and Clark County is rich in historic heritage. Our growing community has a lot to offer in the way of outdoor recreation, art, and culture. Under administrative direction of the Chief Administrative Officer, this position manages and directs the day to day activities and operations of Community Development and Planning Department and provides supervision to the department. Required Qualifications The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to BA degree in planning, geography, business, public administration, or related field, plus five (5) years professional experience in planning, grant administration, policy development or related with four (4) years supervisory experience. Master’s degree and public sector planning experience preferred. Duties and Responsibilities • Directs the day to day activities of the Planning Department, including land-use planning, subdivision review and permitting; • Establishes the vision, mission, goals and objectives for the Planning Department; • Develops and implements departmental wide policies based on short and long-term strategic planning goals, management concepts and practices; • Carries out directives of the Board of County Commissioners and the Chief Administrative Officer; • Delivers presentations to supervisor, boards, commissions, and the general public; • Administers land use regulation; • Reviews land use policies to ensure compliance with laws and regulations; • Reviews growth policy and recommends amendments; • Manages Open Lands and historic preservation activities; • Coordinates activities between the Department and other entities, including but not limited to County Commission, planning board, civic organizations, industry/trade organizations, and citizens; • Prepares and monitors implementation of annual budget; assures that department functions are performed within budget; • Develops and administers staff work plans; assigns and schedules personnel; • Supervises and evaluates professional staff; • Handles discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with County policy, state and federal laws; • Monitors staff activities with respect to department work plans, goals and objectives; • Provides technical and professional advice to the planning board and the Board of County Commissioners; • May perform field and site inspections; • Assists in the training of staff. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a complete listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Knowledge Skills & Abilities Examples of Knowledge • Montana Code Annotated and County regulations pertaining to land use and land use planning; • Land use practice; • Planning Department policies, procedures, and programs; • County growth policy, subdivision rules, and land use regulations; • Public sector budgeting policies and procedures; • Supervisory techniques and personnel practices; • Project Management; • Customer Service models/techniques. Examples of Skills and Abilities • Use common office machines; • Understand and interpret statutes, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines;; • Operate computer systems and related software, including word processing, presentation and spreadsheet programs; • Communicate effectively orally and in writing; • Direct, supervise, train, and evaluate professional and support staff; • Establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, elected officials, developers, and citizens; • Create and nurture culture of excellence and superior customer service. Application Instructions Applications for this position must be submitted through our career portal by the listed closing date at For questions on this position or on the application process, please call (406) 447-8317, (406) 447-8316, or e-mail [email protected] The following items are required along with the on-line application: • Resume • Cover letter Disclaimer: Equal Opportunity Employer