269-001 - CHIEF PLANNER
|Class Title: Chief Planner|
Grade Number: 14N; Exempt
Department: Community and Economic Development
Bureau: Planning & Zoning
The Chief Planner performs supervisory and professional level planning duties in the administration of the City's Comprehensive Plan, and other areas as assigned. Performs complex and advanced City planning activities involving extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning.
The work is performed under the general supervision of, and in accordance with, procedures and policies laid down by the Planning Director. The Chief Planner may act for the Planning Director in his/her absence.
Supervision is exercised over the work of other staff planners and clerical staff.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(A) Develops, monitors and reviews the work of staff planners;
(B) Assists in the preparation and implementation of the City's Comprehensive Plan;
(C) Develops, coordinates and directs a variety of special and continuing plans related to economic development, environment, land use or redevelopment;
(D) Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities;
(E) Prepares reports on operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications;
(F) Assists potential developers and citizens with inquiries related to development within the City;
(G) Ensures that land development plans are reviewed by the proper departments and comments are compiled and distributed in a timely manner;
(H) Provides updates on the progress of land development plans to other City staff;
(I) Prepares materials and documents for the preparation of Capital Improvement Programs;
(J) Provides professional guidance to the public, City staff and the Planning Commission on complex new development or redevelopment proposals and interpretation of the Comprehensive Plan and other adopted plans;
(K) Serve as a City representative in providing information, education and recommendations to commissions, boards, community groups and the public
(L) Researches and analyzes land use, economic, social and community impact information as it relates to various planning issues;
(M) Reviews and recommends departmental response to various land use and rezoning applications and prepares amendments to land use and development ordinances;
(N) Prepares applications for and administers various grants and manages consulting contracts;
(O) Utilizes GIS software to produce base and thematic maps as needed;
(P) Performs related work as may be required and as directed by the Planning Director.
Education and Experience:
(A) Graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a Master's Degree in city or regional planning, and/or an equivalent combination of professional experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities;
(B) Member in good standing of the American Institute of Certified Planners preferred
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(A) Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of urban and/or regional planning, including basic techniques of statistics, economics and sociology;
(B) Ability to direct the preparation of various planning studies and draft legislation;
(C) Knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations;
(D) Ability to perform technical research and give reliable advice on planning problems;
(E) Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally;
(F) Ability to supervise the work of professional planners;
(G) Ability to work with computers; proficient with standard data and word processing software;
(H) Experience in using GIS software such as Arc GIS.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Requires intensive daily use of personal computer. Occasional use of digital camera, scanner and plotter.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, computer, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Frequent walking is required.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Employees are required to drive and occasionally visit construction sites, and/or conduct neighborhood visual surveys.
Attendance at various evening meetings in and out of City Hall is required.
Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.