Deputy Planning Officer (Assistant Planning Director)

Gallatin County Department of Planning & Community Development

Bozeman, MT

Experience Level: Senior

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

Salary: $77,064.00 - $93,932.80 Annually

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This is an advanced level professional position within the Department of Planning and Community Development.  This position is responsible for a variety of professional and technical duties of high complexity and variety for the County’s zoning, subdivision review, floodplain management, community development, open lands, and GIS programs.  The position works closely with the Chief Planning Officer to implement policy, fulfill regulatory and statutory duties, supervise staff, and is responsible for leading, organizing and directing the operations of one or more programmatic functions of the Department.  This position reports to the Chief Planning Officer and works closely with the County Administrator, Board of County Commissioners and a variety of other departments and planning-related boards. This position will be open until filled, however the first round of applications will be reviewed on October 18, 2021.    


This work requires thorough knowledge and experience implementing the principles, practices, methods and procedures associated with land-use planning, including vast experience with land-use regulations and plans and well-developed knowledge of planning principles and policies including but not limited to Montana land-use laws.  Position requires professional planning work of substantial complexity and is characterized by increasing specialized knowledge of a particular aspect of the planning field (e.g., transportation planning, floodplain management, development of regulatory documents, long-range planning, economic development, etc.).  Position must have the ability to effectively communicate complex technical information verbally and in writing to audiences with varying levels of technical knowledge; ability to apply supervisory skills; ability to prepare professional quality written reports; perform research and collect data; apply basic mathematical skills to practical situations; ability to use common computer software to develop reports and spreadsheets and maintain databases and familiarity with geographic information systems is desirable; work on several complex projects or issues simultaneously; work independently or in a team environment as needed; the ability to have creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems; the ability to review plans and apply provisions of the regulatory documents to determine compliance with such regulations and to apply regulations to field conditions and the ability to facilitate small group meetings and larger community workshops.


The required knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to three to five (3-5) years of experience in an advanced planning position with either: (1) a Bachelor’s degree in a planning-related field and a planning-related professional certification such as American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), etc.; or (2) a graduate degree in planning or a related field and employee supervisory experience.

Licenses and Certifications:  Position must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the state of Montana or attain a Montana driver’s license within six months of hire and be insurable under the County’s liability policies.   


As a condition of hire, the final candidate will be required to successfully pass a criminal history check and background investigation. 

For application consideration please apply here and be prepared to attach the following required documents when you apply:

  • Resume’
  • Cover Letter
  • Three (3) work references

This position will be open until filled, however the first round of applications will be reviewed on October 18, 2021*
Gallatin County is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment on the basis of merit and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, or physical or mental disability.

Posted September 17, 2021, 8:40 AM PDT

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