Community Planning Program Manager - Montana Department of Commerce - Helena, Montana

This position will serve as the Community Planning Program Manager for the Department of Commerce, Community Development Division. This position is responsible for the management of planning and land use technical assistance as well as planning grants provided to local governments, planning departments, private developers, non-profit organizations, and the public. Duties include developing and administering Community Planning programs to encourage the planning, growth and resilient and sustainable development of Montana communities; conducting and overseeing comprehensive Community Planning with tribal, county, and municipal governments and their boards and staff to aid and encourage the orderly, productive, and coordinated development of the communities of the state; and reviewing, scoring, awarding, and administering all planning grants awarded by the grant programs housed in the Division.


The position reports to the Operations Manager, position #60009, and is responsible for directly supervising 2 FTE professional staff and contracted services as required.


All applicants selected for an interview will be required to conduct a presentation as part of the interview process. Details about the presentation parameters will be provided in advance.


You are REQUIRED to attach a cover letter, resume and the writing samples at the time of application.

In your resume, include all work experience you have held that would help you qualify for this position, including duties and dates of employment (month & year - start & end).

A complete state application is not required; however, you will need to initiate the application and attach the cover letter, resume and writing samples in order to be considered for this position. Failure to submit any of the attachments will result in your application being incomplete and will not be considered further.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.

If you need an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office.

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Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Public Administration, Business Administration or closely related field. Five (5) years of experience with community planning or a comparable public-sector program involving compliance with state and/or federal requirements is required, including at least one year of experience supervising staff and current American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification, or the ability to obtain AICP certification within three (3) years of hire. Preference is given to applicants which have experience working as a planner for a local government or organization providing assistance to local governments.

Equivalent combinations of education and job related experience may be considered.

Knowledge: Requires knowledge of the concepts, theories, principles, practices and techniques of current and long-range planning, development, and local government policies and procedures ;citizen involvement techniques and processes; recent development, current literature and sources of information related to municipal planning and administration; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations governing the administration of planning and community development; principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and the maintenance of public records; program development and planning, administration; laws and regulations pertaining to local government infrastructure planning, financing,

management, and construction; local government organization and operations;

procurement and contracting practices; environmental review requirements; engineering and construction management; audit, and contract closeout procedures; and a variety of research, data gathering and analysis techniques.

Skills: Requires skill in synthesizing the agency mission, state and federal regulations and statewide needs into a comprehensive program; assessing rapidly changing social, economic and legal issues; and in developing long-range strategic plans based on management theory. Skill in work planning, program administration, budgeting, leadership, decision making, problem solving, and supervision of others; operation of a personal computer, spreadsheets, word processing software, and the Internet. Outstanding written and oral communication skills are needed. A valid driver’s license or the ability to acquire one is required.

Abilities: To independently plan, coordinate, and implement a multifaceted Planning program under general guidance and direction. The position requires the ability to assess complex issues and determine their impacts; communicate effectively; develop approaches to sensitive issues that have significant impacts on the state; and the ability to remain calm and professional and respond appropriately and articulately under significant pressure. Ability to manage an agency program, develop effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and agencies, negotiate and persuade a variety of individuals, and motivate a variety of personnel performing professional, clerical, and technical work.

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

Job: Project/Program Management

Salary: $ 29.50 - 32.08 Hourly

Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings: 1

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-Time

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Primary Location: Helena

Agency: Department of Commerce

Union: 000 - None

Bargaining Unit: 000 - None

Posting Date: Sep 20, 2019, 10:19:55 AM

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Ongoing

Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume

Contact Name: Penny Fassett | Contact Email: | Contact Phone: 406-841-2718

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency's HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant

Paul Moberly