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Planning & Community Development Director

City of Great Falls
Great Falls, MT
VIEW POSITION BROCHURE: Managerial responsibility for directing projects and employees engaged in current, long-range and transportation planning, zoning review, building plan review and inspections, permitting, licensing, code enforcement, CDBG and HOME programs, parking program, and managing capital projects and real estate appraisals and contracts. Work is performed under the general direction of the City Manager. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF WORK Plans, directs and manages the activities of the Department to ensure the effective development of all planning reports, documents and elements in accordance with federal and state laws, local codes and ordinances, and current planning principles and practice. Further ensures that all other program services are administered effectively, efficiently and in a timely manner. Prepares and directs comprehensive planning programs comprised of policy statements, goals, objectives and formal program schedules. Directs the preparation, maintenance and implementation of the City Growth Policy to ensure comprehensiveness, completeness, continuity and accuracy. Provides and directs staff services to assist the Planning Advisory Board/Zoning Commission in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Provides information and services to officials, the public and groups on planning activities within the community. Coordinates with other public agencies and jurisdictions in priority and policy setting activities in support of the local transportation planning process. Directs staff to ensure the issuing of building permits, building inspections, development plan review, zoning review and design review are conducted properly and in a timely manner. Directs code enforcement activities relative to the Land Development Code. Ensures a high degree of customer service for all planning, building, and code enforcement from beginning through completion. Directs administration and issuance of licenses (home occupation licenses, contractor licenses, etc.). May be called upon to direct the management of capital improvement projects so that the project timetables and budget constraints are followed by the respective contractor. Directs the operations and maintenance of the city’s downtown parking facilities, including the administration of a parking services vendor contract and the collection of parking citation revenue. Works closely with Cascade County planners and elected officials on mutual land use issues and with local military representatives to address land use compatibility concerns. Directs administration of the CBDG and HOME programs, Housing Rehab program and related duties. Plans, coordinates and implements economic development projects for the city, including grants applications, land appraisals, purchases and sales. Prepares annual budgets based on projected revenues and expenditures in accordance with city budget standards, provisions and guidelines. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE Education and experience equivalent to a master’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field. APA Certification desired. Five years of professional experience in planning and community development, with a minimum of three years of supervisory experience. NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS Employee must possess or have the ability to obtain valid Montana driver’s license. REQUIREMENTS OF WORK Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and community planning. Extensive knowledge of current planning practices, regulatory techniques and requirements, and land use law. Knowledge of public works and infrastructure requirements as they relate to community planning. Extensive knowledge of leadership, administrative and personnel principles and practices. Highly refined communication skills, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, peers, public officials, community groups and the general public. CORE COMPETENCIES Effective Leader and Manager Ethical Conduct Stress Management/Composure Problem Solving/Analysis Communication Proficiency Budget Proficiency SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY This position directly or indirectly supervises all Planning and Community Development staff. WORK ENVIRONMENT Work is performed primarily in an office environment. PHYSICAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, bend, crawl, twist, reach, ride and perform similar body movements. Must have the ability to perform light physical work and to lift and carry up to 25 pounds at a time; the possession of hand/eye coordination sufficient to operate a computer and a motor vehicle; the ability to talk and hear in person or by telephone; and the ability to see and read instructions and reports. EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK The work schedule is a 40-hour work week, Sunday through Saturday. Work is typically performed Monday through Friday. This position is exempt and not eligible for overtime. TRAVEL Travel is primarily local during the business day. Occasional travel may be required to attend off-site training and educational opportunities.