Chief Planning Officer for Missoula County, Montana (Deadline Sept. 24)

BASE RATE: $85,000 - $115,000 ANNUALLY, DOE

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Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources

DEFINITION:  Responsible for the overall administration of the Missoula County Community and Planning Services Department.  Advises and assists the Chief Administrative Officer and Board of County Commissioners on issues related to county planning, parks, trails, open space, grants, infrastructure, county administration and other related matters.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, urban design or a closely related field.  Master’s Degree preferred.  A degree in Planning or closely related field is most appropriate for the position. Requires seven (7) years of progressively responsible management experience in planning and grants or related areas including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility. Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred. Possession of, or ability to obtain, valid Montana Driver’s License and maintain such licensure throughout employment.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK:  Responsible for the administration and implementation of policies and procedures of the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Prepares the annual departmental budget, monitors all expenditures and approves all purchases under the approved budget. Directs long- and short-term planning, development, implementation, operations and evaluation of activities of the department related to overall county planning including parks, trails, open space, grants and infrastructure.  Provides technical and professional advice to the BCC, the Missoula City-County Consolidated Planning Board, the Open Lands Citizen Advisory Committee, the Parks and Trails Advisory Committee, the Board of Adjustment, seven community councils, the Inter-Agency Cohesive Strategy Wildfire Group, the Land Use Technical Committee, the Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee, the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee and other boards or committees deemed appropriate. Coordinates joint land use and cultural planning efforts with the City of Missoula and tribal, state and federal land managers. Coordinates land-use and development-related regulations among County departments to ensure a consistent, concurrent and efficient review process for the public.  Includes such areas as land use mapping, zoning and subdivision regulations. Reviews policies, standards and actions of the department for compliance with appropriate laws and regulations.   Serves as the chief representative and spokesman of the County in planning, park and grant acquisitions/management matters. Maintains an effective and stable liaison with tribal, local, state and federal officials and other agencies and non-governmental organizations. Develops and administers a work plan, the goals and objectives of which are consistent with the mission, policies and procedures adopted by the BCC. Responsible for staff assignments and scheduling.  Monitors workloads to evaluate accomplishments of the department’s goals and objectives. Supervises staff including hiring, training, leading, developing, delegating, coaching, counseling, managing performance, engaging in corrective action, setting goals, resolving conflicts and recognizing and retaining employees. Serves at the pleasure of the BCC and works under the general direction of the Chief Administrative Officer. Supervises professional, technical and support staff, directly or indirectly, through subordinate supervisors.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS:  Work is primarily performed in an office setting and requires little physical activity.  Requires attendance at meetings and activities outside of standard business hours.  A moderate amount of travel may be anticipated.

TO APPLY:  Submit Missoula County online application by 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2018. This additional documentation must be attached to your on-line application which may require scanning: College transcripts (unofficial accepted), letter of interest, and resume.   Incomplete applications that do not contain these attachments will be disqualified.  Missoula County Human Resources Department is located at 199 W Pine, Missoula, MT 59802.  For questions about online application process call 406-258-4462 or 406-258-4874. Applicants may submit a written request for any accommodation needed to participate in the application and selection process. Missoula County will consider any reasonable accommodation. The Missoula County EEOP is on file in the Human Resources Office. 


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