City Planner

Location: Laurel, MT

City Planner

The City of Laurel is looking to add a new City Planner to our team.  This position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer.  Under administrative direction, to perform a variety of duties including responsibility for assistance with current, long range and transportation planning activities, including subdivision review and processing, building plan review, zone change, special review variance and processing.  Participates as a member of the Current Planning Team, the Long-Range Planning Team, and the Transportation Team.  This position also meets with community and civic groups and makes presentations to governing boards.
 
Planning Department Operations:
  • Assume management and responsibility for the Planning Department programs, services, and activities.
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement and review with the Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, operational studies and special projects including manpower, material, and equipment utilization studies; recommend modifications to department programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness of operations.
  • Participate on a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends, innovations and regulations in the field.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints.
  • Serve as a liaison for the Planning Department with other City and County departments, divisions, contractors, builders, engineers, developers, architects, a variety of outside agencies and the general public in acquiring and providing information and coordinating services and actives; negotiate and resolve significant and controversial issues.
  • Prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence; provide technical presentations to the Chief Administrative Officer, Mayor, City Council, Yellowstone County Board of Commissioners, and various groups and agencies.
  • Input and retrieve a variety of information using GIS, internet, and other sources.
Administration:
  • Direct the building inspection and code enforcement operations.
  • Maintain files and records related to land use applications and permits; prepare a variety of written reports, memoranda, and correspondence.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for the department; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures to ensure that correct, efficient, cost effective, and safe work procedures are followed.
  • Review subordinate reports to ensure compliance with appropriate departmental and City rules, regulations, and policies as well as appropriate local, county, state, and federal laws.
  • Provide support and direction to staff for the review and processing of zone changes, special reviews, variances, subdivision and annexation applications.  Direct building inspection and code enforcement operations and provide direction for long range and transportation planning projects.
Financial:

Manage and participate in the development and administration of the department’s annual budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring of and approve expenditures; direct and implement adjustments as necessary.
  • Provide forecasts of departmental revenue and expenditure requirements; project long term debt financing for capital improvements.
  • Participate in the preparation and review of specifications for equipment and material purchases.
  • Prepare and administer federal and state grant programs.
 
Requirements:
Qualifications require a four-year degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, public administration, business administration, civil engineering or a closely related field, or six years of related work experience in planning including two years of management and supervisory experience.
 
Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings. Keeps the Public Works Director promptly informed of all matters of major importance and recommends actions with respect to such matters as may be required.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments. Deals with the public in a manner that effectively promotes the image of the City and handles complaints tactfully but thoroughly. Establishes and maintains effective communications and working relationships with fellow employees, subordinates, and supervisors.
 
Physical Demands & Working Conditions:
Working conditions require moderate physical effort, moving between 5 and 25 pounds, where effort is intermittent, less than 15% of the time.  Working conditions require high attention to detail and deadlines frequently (between 45% and 70% of the time).  A typical workday involves exposure to one disagreeable element present, on an occasional basis (between 15% and 45% of the time).  Frequent driving is required.
 
Benefits:
  • Salary, exempt position
  • Full benefit package
 
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