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Director of Planning & Growth Management

Real Estate Field
  • Administration
La Plata
Postal Code
United States

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AUGUST 29, 2019

Performs executive planning and growth management work in directing the County's planning, codes and permits, inspections and enforcement, resource and infrastructure management, and transportation programs. The work involves planning, organizing and directing the programs and functions directed to managing the county's land use, development, public facility planning, property acquisition, public transportation, and related areas. Work is performed under broad administrative direction, with the employee responsible for determining work plans, methods and procedures, and guiding departmental activities to achieve required goals and objectives.

Essential Job Functions:
Plans, directs, controls and coordinates diverse work programs involved in managing the department. Establishes and monitors controls to evaluate performance in meeting program and county objectives; takes appropriate actions to correct performance and to adjust programs to meet requirements.

Manages positions and personnel to make best use of employees; selects employees and develops their capabilities; plans for succession of key personnel; counsels employees and administers discipline; handles human resource matters in accordance with agency policy and procedures.

Establishes goals and objectives for the department; approves work methods and procedures; reports on overall progress and effectiveness of programs.

Plans and uses resources economically; prepares accurate budgets and monitors expenditures. Develops appropriate informational resources and safeguards their use. Procures, stores and distributes supplies and material economically and efficiently. Ensures efficient maintenance and operation of physical facilities and equipment.

Establishes and maintains effective means of coordinating plans and schedules with other County departments and external organizations; takes appropriate actions to maintain effective coordination in the event of delays and other problems; ensures that unit activities do not conflict with organization goals.

Develops plans to meet unexpected situations, new developments and changes in programs; prepares for emergencies; understands the factors and conditions affecting programs and recommends appropriate responses when these change.

Directs preparation of management reports; develops and presents conclusions and recommendations.

Communicates understanding and support of organization goals and programs through actions and spoken and written words; interacts effectively with individuals and groups at all levels; maintains ties with external organizations; keeps all interested and involved parties informed of matters requiring their attention.

Ensures compliance with all applicable policies, rules, regulations and laws; stays abreast of legal, regulatory and policy developments affecting areas of responsibility; enforces legal and regulatory requirements impartially.

Other Duties
Performs related work as required.

Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities (These are pre-employment KSAs that apply only to Essential Job Functions.)

Knowledge of

- Principles and practices of planning and growth management as applied to the responsibilities of the department.


- Administrative practices and procedures as applied to the operations of a large and diverse planning and growth management department.


- Management principles and practices as applied to budgeting, personnel, purchasing and related operations.
Ability to
- Plan, organize and direct the operations of the department.
- Provide advice, estimates, projections, options and proposals to the board of county commissioners, the county administrator and county staff.
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.
- Direct the work of professional, technical and support staffs.

Required Qualifications (Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and experience that provides the above knowledge, abilities and skills may be substituted on a full-time year for year basis.)

Training and/or Education
Master's degree in Planning, Business Administration, Management, Architecture, Engineering or related filed

Ten years of progressively responsible professional planning experience

Licenses or Certificates
Valid driver's license
Certified AICP strongly preferred

Special Requirements

Additional Information:
Physical Demands
The work is mostly sedentary with periods of light physical activity, and is performed in office surroundings. Typical positions require workers to walk or stand for long periods; lift and carry up to 20 pounds; climb stairs, bend, reach, hold, grasp and turn objects; and use fingers to operate computer or typewriter keyboards. The work requires the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision and hearing.

Unusual Demands
Employee is subject to work beyond the normal scheduled hours of work.

FLSA Status

Reports to
County Administrator

Administration Manager, Property Acquisition Officer, Planning Director, Chief Codes, Permits, & Inspection Services, Chief of Resource & Infrastructure Management, and Chief of Transportation

Revised 4/16
Grade 20
Appointed by the County Commissioners

Job Function

  • Administration

Job Sector

  • Government/Education


10+ to 15 years

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