Director of Planning

Summit County Gov't

Summit County, CO

Experience Level: Senior

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

Salary: $3,204 to $5,126.41 bi-weekly DOE

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The Planning Director is a full time, at-will employee, reporting directly to the Community Development Director who provides leadership to articulate a clear vision of the community’s desired goals related to planning and development. The Planning Director is responsible for directing and overseeing all county planning functions including development review, long-range planning, zoning enforcement, short-term rental permitting, public information and special projects. The new Planning Director will join a fast-paced high-performing department with a wide range of audiences including elected officials, planning commissions, agencies, developers, builders and the public. The Planning Director develops department-wide goals, budgets, objectives, policies and procedures and oversees their successful implementation. The Planning Director is responsible for the recruitment, employment, evaluation and release of staff (currently 10 individuals) and contract personnel.

She or he will serve as a liaison between various boards and commissions, staff, and the public, which requires tact, emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self- control, professional judgment), subtlety, and a high level of political astuteness. The next Planning Director will also be the leader, teammate and advocate of the Planning Department and Summit County to develop and empower a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.

A master’s degree in urban and regional planning, public administration, or related field and ten-years of progressively responsible planning experience is required. Generally, 5 years of experience must be in a supervisory capacity.

Significant experience in planning/community development, or public administration, is preferred. Any combination of education and experience that produces the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, may be substituted for the foregoing. A valid state driver’s license and satisfactory motor vehicle record are required. AICP certification is required, or ability to obtain certification within one year.

The Ideal Candidate is an intelligent, dynamic leader, with significant experience working in land use planning and managing a fast-paced diverse office, staff, and areas of responsibility. The ideal candidate will embrace the challenges, and corresponding rewards, of living in this incomparably beautiful location, which include a high cost of living and long but sunny winters. Each applicant is directed to research the cost of living in Summit County prior to submitting an application.

https://www.summitcountyco.gov/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=97&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=Planning-Director-Planning-394

Posted June 29, 2021, 11:01 AM PDT


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