Planning Manager - Eagle County, Colorado

Planning Manager

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Hiring Range: $71,302 - $92,706

The Planning Manager’s main focus is to supervise land-use file processes. This includes coordinating with Director on land-use file distribution, confirming process questions for land-use file project managers (staff planners), and reviewing sufficiency and referral reports, staff reports, resolutions, presentations and other forms of communication as needed  prior to public submission. The Planning Manager is expected to be the project manager for 1 - 3 files at any given time, depending on land-use file complexity and staff capacity, as well as act as the sponsor to the Senior Planner - Current Planning on the Eagle County Land Use Regulation re-write and future amendments.

Bi-weekly land use file status meetings with staff planners is expected with any upcoming challenges communicated to Community Development Director. The Planning Manager is expected to share Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioner public hearing attendance with the Community Development Director, as well as individual land-use file project meetings where staff planners may need support from higher-level management. This position will also support any planning division internal process improvements. Additionally, the Planning Manager will be acting Community Development Director as needed, such as during medical leaves or long vacations. Finally, the Planning Manager will coordinate annual performance evaluations and intermittent staff planner performance feedback with the Community Development Director for all planning staff. 

Recruitment Process: Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 3, 2019.

Duties

Current Planning: 

  • Coordinate with Director on land-use file distribution.

  • Confirm process questions for land-use file project managers (staff planners) and instructs and coaches staff planners on the policies, regulations and programs administered by the Planning Division.

  • Review most sufficiency and referral reports, staff reports, resolutions, presentations and other forms of communication as needed prior to public submission.

  • Conduct bi-weekly land use file status meetings with staff planners and communicate any upcoming challenges to Community Development Director.

  • Support Senior Planner - Current Planning on Eagle County Land Use Regulation re-write and future amendments.

  • Share Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioner public hearing attendance with the Community Development Director, as well as individual land-use file project meetings where staff planners may need support from higher-level management.

  • Attend pre-application and consultation meetings with property owners, prospective developers, and representatives from all applicable county departments on an as needed basis.

  • Manage one to three active land-use files of moderate to high complexity including effectively scoping, scheduling, planning and executing projects.

  • Manage marijuana licensing.

  • Reviews applications for compliance with the requirements of the Eagle County Land Use Regulations and other County guidelines, state statutes, and federal regulations.

  • Compiles pertinent site-related information through field reconnaissance and historic county data.

  • Prepare and present high quality written materials including staff reports, topical reports, and white papers. This work will be in coordination with Eagle County GIS department to include high-quality graphic materials and analysis.

  • Act in a manner consistent with Eagle County’s Strategic Plan as developed by the Board of County Commissioners, while providing service of the highest level to our internal and external customers.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with local municipalities, non-profits, business interests, and other agencies with a focus on economic development.

  • Use sound judgment to determine when to make independent decisions and when to seek direction from Community Development Director.

Administration:

  • Coordinate performance evaluations with Community Development Director.

  • Supports or leads planning division internal operating procedures and process improvements.

  • Acting Community Development Director as needed, such as during medical leaves or long vacations.

Other Responsibilities and Special Projects as Needed:  

  • Attends civic, local government meetings, and conferences.

  • Supports long-range planning processes on an as needed and capacity available basis.

  • Supports or leads the coordination of grant writing and contract administration for general planning assistance.

Qualifications

  • Masters degree in Urban/Regional Planning or a related field from an accredited college or university.

  • Six or more years of progressively-responsible experience implementing and enforcing land use regulations, administering current- and long-range land use plans which includes three years of supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and ability.

  • Must possess a clear working knowledge of current and long-range land use planning principles and processes.

  • Ability to provide constructive and timely feedback, support, and coaching to supervisees.

  • Ability to interact with the public in a positive, collaborative, non-confrontational manner. Capacity to manage conflict to an effective and positive outcome.

  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills. Has oversight and responsibility for project approval of multiple complex projects. Effectively interprets data dealing with complex problems and situations. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis capability, synthesizes complex facts and issues in order to propose successful solutions tailored to competing interests.

  • Has the organizational savvy to build allies and relationships across the Community Development, Engineering, Housing, Environmental Health, and Sustainable Communities departments and other Eagle County departments, programs, and partner agencies.

  • Works with allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, understands others’ roles and perspectives, and promotes projects and ideas across the Department, County, and the western Colorado region.

  • Able to effectively influence and motivate via oral and written communication.

  • Demonstrates the willingness and availability to represent the Community Development department, and the County at public events and meetings as needed.

  • Demonstrates initiative and personal motivation to be successful in the challenging and stimulating environment of Eagle County.

  • Proficient in Google programs as well as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat. Working knowledge of GIS and experience with other computer database programs is preferred.

  • Valid state driver's license and a satisfactory motor vehicle record.

Additional Information

A career with Eagle County Government impacts and enriches the lives of our community members by following our mission: Creating a Better Eagle County for All. With nearly 500 amazing employees, Eagle County is a progressive and values-driven organization located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. 

Outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a small town community are attracted to Eagle County for the amazing lifestyle. Although we are best known for our world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fishing and outdoor activities, it is really the people that make our valley so great!

Benefits for full-time employees: 

  • Comprehensive and low cost medical, dental and vision insurance

  • Wellness program where you can earn $1000+ cash or extra days off

  • 11 paid holidays

  • Paid time off and medical leave

  • Paid volunteer hours

  • 6% match retirement plan

  • Free classes at Colorado Mountain College

  • Eagle County University classes (internal trainings)

  • Tuition reimbursement programs

  • Free bus pass

  • Discounted gym memberships and more

As a certified healthy workplace our culture recognizes the importance of individual needs and enjoying life outside of work. Other perks may include flexible work arrangements, paid volunteer time and daytime fitness classes/bike rides. 

Eagle County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Working in a diverse, respectful and inclusive environment is essential for our employees be successful in serving our community. We do not discriminate with regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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