Long Range Planner
What Success Looks Like In This Job
Plan and coordinate the programs and activities of Long Range Planning within the Community and Economic Development Department; to coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies, and the general public; to provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Manager, Community and Economic Development Director, Board of County Commissions, Planning Commission, District Plan Commission, and the Board of Adjustment.
Examples of Duties for Success
- Provides staff assistance to the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, District Commission, Board of Adjustment, Development Services Manager, and Community and Economic Development Director.
- Prepares and presents current land use cases as needed.
- Researches, prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; participates in meetings and hearings as a representative from the Community and Economic Development Department.
- Coordinates the development and maintenance of the County's land use, geographic, census, and statistical database that includes collecting, automating, and organizing records and existing data from the county and other sources and conducting studies in the community to gather primary data.
- Assists with managing complex projects as assigned; negotiates with public or private entities; monitors and makes policy recommendations related to major regional projects.
- Provides written comments on development proposals submitted with regard to Long Range Planning.
- Assists with difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints with respect to Comprehensive Planning and current planning.
- Prepares grant applications for funding special projects.
- Assists with managing consultant projects; prepares requests for proposals and requests for qualifications, coordinates selection, and assists with project management.
- Coordinates public participation on major projects; conducts outreach to encourage public participation. Prepares news releases and public information and facilitates public meetings.
- Assists with preparation and maintenance of the county Comprehensive Plan, including land use and development policies and land use designations.
- Prepares studies of economic development opportunities, environmental conditions, demographic trends and projections, transportation issues, etc. for comprehensive planning and policy decisions.
- Assists with attending applicable neighborhood group meetings and associated neighborhood plans.
- Assists with the preparation and maintenance of the County's Development Standards and Regulations.
- Participates and/or coordinates with other jurisdictions and other entities on regional and/or joint projects.
- Participates and coordinates with DRCOG and other regional agencies regarding future visioning.
- Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
To be successful, our ideal candidate should have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Demonstrate and apply the operational characteristics, services, and activities of an urban and rural planning and development program.
- Use basic organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation programs, policies, and operational needs.
- Demonstrate knowledge of planning theory, principles, and practices and apply them to a wide variety of projects.
- Learn and maintain knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
- Use methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
- Apply quantitative and statistical analysis.
- Ability to multitask and remain highly organized.
- Keep abreast of recent developments, current literature, and sources of information as they relate to rural, urban, and regional planning and administration.
- Assist in the coordination of the work of professional and technical personnel.
- Recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient planning services.
- Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
- Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
- Identify, coordinate, and resolve a wide variety of interests in the development of land use policy.
- Analyze and develop policies related to land and community development.
- Interpret, apply, and ensure project compliance with Federal, State, and local rules, laws, and regulations.
- Prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence.
- Coordinate inter-governmental planning activities and effectively represent the interests of the County.
- Assist in the negotiation of agreements.
- Prepare and present information at public hearings and meetings.
- Accurately interpret "The Comprehensive Plan" to the general public and developers.
- Operate modern office equipment, including computer equipment. GIS experience is preferred.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Qualifications for Success
Experience: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in professional Urban and Regional Planning and Development.
Education and Training:
- A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban and Regional planning or a closely related field is required.
- A Master's Degree with an AICP designation is preferred and may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.
- With demonstration of exceptional abilities, candidates without an AICP designation may qualify for this position.
License or Certificate: Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver's license
Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.
More Qualifications for Success
Special Requirements include the following essential duties, which require these physical abilities and work environment:
- Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, and stoop.
- Ability to lift a minimum of 45 pounds.
- Exposure to outdoor weather conditions occurs on the job.