Under general direction, to plan, organize, supervise and manage the Land Use and Natural Resources Division of the Community Development Department; provides direction and supervision for employees engaged in tasks related to environmental issues (e.g. biology, archaeology, geology) and oversees the coordination of inter-disciplinary analysis of development projects and environmental resource based legislative programs, applying local, state, and federal rules and regulations including the California Environmental Quality Act. Provides professional advice and assistance to the public on environmental resources, land use, community development, zoning, and permits; performs the duties of a land use planner; serves in the absence of the Director of Community Development and Environmental Coordinator as necessary; and performs related duties as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general direction from the Director of Community Development. Exercises technical and functional supervision over and provides training and guidance to lower-level staff. May also supervise the technical work of contractors.
The Planning Manager is a single-position classification responsible for managing the Land Use and Natural Resources Division of the Community Development Department. Incumbents perform a variety of professional office and field work related to the interpretation, application and enforcement of local, state and federal environmental laws, County land use codes, ordinances and regulations and the County’s General Plan with specific analysis on land use impacts from requested entitlements or programs. This position performs the full scope of general environmental analysis duties required, and performs the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative. This class is distinguished from the Land Use Coordinator by the performance of management duties and the level of specialized technical knowledge.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, environmental studies, natural resource management, watershed management, forestry, or a closely related field and five years of increasingly responsible experience as a professional planner, including at least two years in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of a California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.
Certification as a professional planner from the American Institute of Certified Planners is desirable.