PLANNING DIRECTOR - 1590 GENERAL DEFINITION AND CONDITIONS OF WORK: Directs and coordinates all planning functions, programs, and activities; does related work as required. Work is performed under general direction and supervision of the City Manager. This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to move objects; work requires reaching, fingering, and grasping; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is not subject to adverse environmental conditions. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS: Plans, directs, coordinates, and supervises planning programs, services, functions, and staff; provides staff and technical resource support to the City Manager, City Council, Planning Commission, and other boards and commissions as assigned. Plans, organizes, and directs all planning activities; Prepares and presents additions and revisions to zoning ordinances for consideration by Planning Commission and City Council; Participates in meetings and public hearings to explain recommendations and planning proposals, answer questions, and address concerns and problems; Supervises the review of developer and property owner plans to ensure compliance with zoning ordinances and building codes; Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; handles employee concerns and problems, assigns tasks, counsels and recommends disciplinary and other personnel actions, and prepares non-routine work programs; Supervises staff engaged in providing administrative, planning, and analytical support to the City Manager, City Council, Planning Commission, and other commissions and committees; Directs staff in the preparation of charts, maps, graphs, and other illustrative materials for presentation to elected officials, boards and commissions, and citizens; Analyzes statistical and narrative data pertaining to municipal planning issues and prepares reports or proposes ordinances to resolve issues; Coordinates planning activities with affected federal, state, county, regional, and private sector agencies; Coordinates local and regional transportation planning activities for the City; serves as staff to City Manager who is TCC representative and may serve in his absence or at his direction; Serves as City representative on Unifour Air Quality Technical Committee; Serves as City Floodplain and City Storm Water Administrator; Chairs the Subdivision Review Board; Prepares and presents a variety of technical reports to boards, commissions, and committees; responds to questions; Provides responses and resolutions to citizen complaints and assures prompt and courteous customer service; Prepares annual departmental budget and Capital Improvement Plan; monitors departmental expenditures; Maintains reasonable and predictable attendance; Performs related tasks as required. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning; thorough knowledge of economics, municipal finance, and sociology applicable to planning; general knowledge of the principles and practices of civil and environmental engineering applicable to planning and subdivision design and control; general knowledge of the principles and practices of building codes enforcement; ability to interpret and analyze technical and statistical information and to prepare and present technical oral and written reports, recommendations, and propose solutions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Manager, City Council, Planning Commission, associates, other relevant boards, commissions, and committees, other local, regional, state, and federal agencies, and the general public. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning or closely related field and extensive experience in municipal planning. Master’s degree preferred. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid, unexpired North Carolina driver’s license. AICP membership preferred.
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