Associate Planner - Eagle County, Colorado

Associate Planner - Current Planning

Salary: $55,016 - $68,765

The Associate Planner position is a critical team member whose primary focus is current planning which include processing land-use files, building permits, and acting as back-up planner on duty. The Associate Planner is expected to carry a large current planning project file caseload with projects ranging from administrative to complex. At any given time, 8 - 12 active land-use files should be expected. This position will also act as the lead for building permit review and help to delegate building permit review amongst other associate and assistant planner staff. The Associate Planner will provide exemplary customer service and project management by working with customers at the public service counter, at meetings, over the telephone, and through email to answer questions and provide solution-oriented advice to ensure their projects implement adopted plans by meeting Eagle County Land Use Regulation and building code requirements while also helping to effectively and efficiently guide them through the planning process. Additionally, the Associate Planner will work directly or through intergovernmental agreements with partner organizations to help implement adopted plans. Extensive contact with the public and outside agencies is required.

The Associate Planner, under the supervision of Senior Planners and Community Development Director, will work with increasing independence, skills, knowledge, and complexity. The Associate Planner will assist in consensus building and facilitating the development of practical solutions to complex policy and planning issues. The Associate Planner should have the political acumen needed to discuss and present information about complex and sometimes controversial issues in a professional and objective manner. The Associate Planner must clearly and accurately convey complex information into an understandable format to residents, developers, and outside stakeholders as well as possess the intelligence and willingness to traverse vigorous public debate, seek solutions in the face of dissonance, and invite and organize collaborative results.

Duties

Customer Service:

  • Acts as backfill to Planner on Duty on an as needed basis.

  • Facilitates consultations and pre-application meetings with property owners, prospective developers, and representatives from all applicable county departments.

  • Conducts pertinent property-specific research and compiles accurate, detailed, timely responses to the project file applicant.

  • Collaborates with local municipalities, other County departments, and external stakeholders to review for consistency and support the implementation of master plans in conformance with the Eagle County Land Use Regulations, Eagle County Comprehensive Plan, and sub-area plans.

  • Work directly or through intergovernmental agreements with partner organizations to help implement adopted plans.

  • Work with applicants to ensure their projects implement adopted plans by meeting land use regulations and building code requirements while also helping to effectively and efficiently guide them through the environmental review and permitting processes.

  • 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, other agencies and stakeholders.

  • Use sound judgment to determine when to make independent decisions and when to seek direction from Senior Planner, management or other staff.

Current Planning: 

  • Manage assigned 8 -12 active land-use files including effectively scoping, scheduling, planning, and executing projects.

  • Processes, reviews, and helps delegate building permits.

  • Coordinates all aspects of the land use process with the applicant from the point the application is assigned through memorialization of the final outcome on each land use application.

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

  • Document and incorporate county and external referral agency recommendations into project files.

  • 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.

  • Prepares and processes Board of County Commissioner Resolutions to memorialize final land use determinations, as applicable.

  • Records final, approved plats, surveys resolutions and ancillary documents.

  • Organizes application files for archiving into EnerGov database.

  • Participates in the preparation and processing of land use regulation amendments.

Other Responsibilities and Special Projects as Needed:  

  • Attends civic, local government meetings, and conferences.

  • May assist in the creation of new and updates to existing local master plans and sub-area plans.

  • May assists with on-going updates to the Eagle County Comprehensive Plan and Eagle County Land Use Regulations as needed.

  • Participates in community engagement efforts as assigned.

Qualifications

  • At least three years of increasingly responsible experience in planning including current planning, long range planning, transportation planning, or environmental planning is required. Master’s Degree may be substituted for 2 years of experience.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban/Regional Planning or a related field from an accredited college or university is required.

  • Master’s Degree is desired, but not required.

  • AICP certification desired, but not required.

  • Local government experience preferred.

  • Ability to interact with the public and development community 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.

  • Strong relationship building, interpersonal, and influence skills in dealing with all levels and ability to quickly establish credibility and working relationship.

  • Able to effectively influence and motivate via excellent written or oral skills.

  • Knowledge of and experience applying planning principles and methodologies.

  • Knowledge of environmental impact analysis principles and methodologies.

  • Comfortable operating in a fast-paced environment and meeting deadlines.

  • Ability to work independently or in a team setting.

  • 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.

Eagle, CO Relocation Guide (Courtesy of Town of Eagle & Eagle Chamber)

Vail Valley Relocation Guide (Courtesy of Vail Valley Partnership)

To apply, please go to www.eaglecounty.us/jobs or click here

Paul Moberly