Program Manager II - Community Planning

Clark County

Vancouver, WA
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Job Summary

The Community Planning Program Manager II position manages all the department's program and associated staff who are tasked with implementing and managing the county's 20-year comprehensive plan and the policies and land use regulations that are consistent with that plan. Incumbents are expected to handle considerable complexity in the department's budget process and management, the complex legislative process, implementation of the department's approved work program, and have high visibility or impact on significant operations within the County. Incumbents forecast, plan, develop and implement projects and programs to accomplish goals, priorities and objectives including: managing department resources; developing, interpreting, monitoring, adjusting and implementing policies, programs and procedures; and managing daily operations.

The Community Planning Program Manager II position serves as the management team leader, providing supervision and direction to the long-range planners and administration staff. Incumbents represent the department at various events such as: meetings, hearings, trainings; and ensures that department goals, views and positions are served; responds to the most sensitive inquiries and complaints and resolves operational and policy issues.

Incumbent establish precedent for work of the department's programs and at this level care is exercised in evaluating political and policy ramifications in terms of the department and the County overall. Specific duties include recruitment processes and the management of all department staff; assisting the Community Planning Director, County Manager, and County Council with implementation of the county's 20-year comprehensive plan and the periodic update of the plan as required by the Washington State Growth Management Act; providing information and presentations to decision makers and the public on land use topics and the department's programs and projects; monitoring changes to state law that will impact the county; and developing programs and projects to implement all policies and regulations required by state and county law.

This position has the option of a remote/ hybrid work schedule, however, the candidate selected MUST reside in either Washington or Oregon. No exceptions.


Education and Experience: 

Program Manager II positions typically require a job related Bachelor’s degree or Master’s Degree in planning, public policy, public administration or a related field; and/or a combination of experience and specialized training which includes a minimum of five (5) years experience in planning or related field.

Knowledge of: The principles and practices of public sector organization and program operations; project management, including planning, scheduling, monitoring, and problem solving; methods and procedures of budget development and justification; application and interpretation of County, state and federal laws and regulation relevant to long range land use planning and related areas; analysis and evaluation of policies, procedures, public information, and service delivery issues; local and state lawmaking processes; research methods and techniques; trends and practices within long range land use planning, including but not limited to, environmental planning, transportation planning, zoning, and potentially other specialty areas such as housing initiatives, age-readiness planning, transportation modeling, watershed planning, and historic preservation; and personal computer applications and usage.

Ability to:: Effectively plan, direct, and delegate the department’s work program components; assign, supervise and evaluate the work of professional planners professional planners and administrative staff; delegate responsibility and authority to carry out policy directives of the department County Council in an effective and timely manner; write clear and concise reports, memoranda, and letters; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and formulate recommendations; utilize various computer applications at an advanced level; interpret and explain policies, procedures, laws, and regulations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, other governmental jurisdictions, contractors, and other County staff.

Other Special Requirements: Some positions require a valid driver’s license and a successful criminal background check as required by law.

Selection Process:

Resume and other documents must be attached together in the 'Resume Upload' section of the application.  Multiple files are allowed, but all applicant attachments must be uploaded simultaneously, as there is no way to edit or append uploaded materials after submitting the application.

  • Application Review (Pass/ Fail) - An online application is required.  Attaching a resume does not substitute for a completed application; incomplete applications will not pass the application review.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.
  • Practical Exam (Pass/Fail) - This recruitment may require a practical exam which will be job related and may include, but not limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.
  • Oral Interview - The interview will be job related and may include, not limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Top candidate(s) will continue in the process.
  • Employment references will be conducted for the final candidates and may include verification of education.
  • It is general policy of the County that new employees should be hired at the lower steps of the applicable range and advance through the range at the normal progression.

First review of candidates will be May 23rd. This recruitment may close at any time on or after the first review date.

Examples of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plan, organize and determines overall department organization, mission, core services and allocation of financial, human and capital resources.  Develops and manages short- and long-term department goals and priorities.
  • Guides and leads the development, interpretation and application of policies and practices within scope of responsibility.
  • Measures and evaluates the department's programs performance and effectiveness.
  • Develops and maintains effective personal and department-level working relationships, including other governments, other County departments, community organizations, neighborhood groups and individual citizens.  Represents the department in relations with state, federal and local regulatory agencies.
  • Develops and oversees policies, programs and activities involving community relations, community education and public information. Promotes optimum community participation and input into the program or department activities.
  • Fiscal management including development and presentation of the program or division’s operating budget, monitoring of revenues and expenditures, development or improvement of funding mechanisms and sources, ensuring that all programs are within budget and as cost effective as possible.
  • Analyze and manage the program(s), services and activities of the department; develops and implements new elements of the department's assigned work program.
  • Define program and/or division goals and objectives; establish methods and means of accomplishing objectives; implement policies and procedures; develop division or program budget.
  • Prepare reports on program performance, needs, services information, and demographic data; contribute to and insure the evaluation of program performance.
  • Oversees the selection, training, motivation and evaluation of department staff to include disciplinary actions.
  • Provide information to staff, and other interested parties to include public on applicable local, state and federal codes, regulations, requirements, standards, and department programs and planning initiatives.
  • Communicates both verbally and in writing highly complex planning issues in a professional and concise manner that is easily understood by all interested parties, i.e. peers, County Council, neighborhood associations, general public, etc.  Able to maintain this level of communication and maintain composure i.e. not take criticism personally, in a variety of controversial and emotionally charged situations.
  • Direct, coordinate and review the department's work program: meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow and project schedules; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Participates in community outreach efforts as applicable to the department assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as required. 

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$6,971.00 - $9,848.00- per month

Posted May 19, 2023, 4:46 PM PDT

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