THE COUNTY OF YAKIMA
is now accepting applications
for the position of
PLANNING SECTION MANAGER
Salary: $5,288.00 per month, plus excellent benefits.
Opening: There is a vacancy with the Yakima County Department of Public Services – Planning Division. The Planning Section Manager is responsible for supervising Planning Section professional, technical and support staff in long range planning, zoning, subdivision, SEPA and environmental protection or functions. This recruitment may be used to fill future openings that may occur within 90 days of the posting date.
Essential Job Functions:
Section Management and Supervision Responsibilities -
Supervising Section professional, technical and support staff in long range, subdivision and zoning, SEPA and environmental protection functions including:
- Assigns and prioritizes work; matching complexity or work assignment to staff member skill level;
- Evaluates Section employee performance; recommends hiring, promotion and termination to Division management; resolves personnel problems within Section;
- Reviews work progress; provides direction to improve work quality and productivity;
- Reviews and edits staff work;
- Communicates management direction.
- Develops recommended Section goals, work programs, project budgets and processes within allocated budget; assists in preparing Division work programs and budgets.
Plans, administers, organizes, coordinates, audits, monitors, and evaluates Section operations:
- Prepares budgetary projections, resource needs and recommendations;
- Develops, and implements approved Section and project level work programs; Ensures that Section program and project performance measurement goals are met.
Researches, identifies or coordinates efforts to access additional outside funding sources to support Section, Division and Departmental programs and projects:
- Provides oversight of grant related public involvement efforts for the Division;
- Prepares and submits grant applications, bids, requests for qualifications, and requests for proposal;
- Negotiates, develops and executes contracts and agreements for Division or Department approval;
- Monitors contractor or vendor performance and compliance;
- Performs the more difficult technical work of the grant program.
- Acts for and assists Division head as required.
Development Project Review Responsibilities -
- Assigns, supervises, monitors and conducts advanced planning analyses related to processing of the most complex development project applications;
- Confers with and coordinates with other Section, Division and discipline managers to ensure project requirements and staffing assignments match;
- Participates in early assistance meetings with customers, providing feedback on project feasibility, approvals required, cost and timeline estimates;
- Supervises and provides guidance to Section MDT staff in making agreements, decisions or commitments for the Section within the regulatory framework for an assigned project;
- Provides technical guidance as needed by project coordinators in reviewing applications for completeness and preparing public notice;
- Provides oversight of Section consideration of MDT, agency and neighborhood comments, evaluating projects and developing options and conditions for ensuring the project’s consistency with applicable plans, policies, regulations, standards and criteria;
- Ensures that the Section’s final written analyses, findings and conditions for inclusion in the MDT project decision or recommendation are provided within timelines established by the PC and project team, prepares;
- Represents the Section or Division in support of the MDT position to various hearing bodies, as needed.
Development and Maintenance of Plans Programs and Regulations -
- Manages or leads projects requiring research and analysis on the most complex, highly visible current planning, SEPA, natural resource and environmental protection, and/or comprehensive long-range planning, policies, programs and regulatory issues;
- Develops, complex planning, programming and/or regulatory options for review by Division/Department management and others; monitors, evaluates and adjusts program systems and activities;
- Reviews plans, policies, programs and projects submitted by other divisions, departments, agencies and jurisdictions for consistency with adopted County plans and codes within area of responsibility;
- Serves as contact with other divisions, departments and agencies on assigned programs or special projects;
- Develops, coordinates or assists in preparing Section/Division and project work programs, policies and processes within allocated budget;
- Supervises Senior Project Planners, Project Planners, Planners and other professional, technical or administrative staff assigned to Section programs, projects or area of specialization; evaluates and provides input to Division Management on subordinate work performance;
- Supervises, develops and/or uses GIS coverages for project assignments;
- Prepares and submits grant applications to support Section, division and departmental programs; coordinates and monitors performance; prepares status reports as required;
- Schedules, coordinates, collects, assembles and prepares data, projections and reports;
- Makes Division or Department commitments, establishes and sets precedent for Section operations as authorized;
- Acts for and assists Division management as required.
Policy, Strategic and Technical Advice - Provides highly skilled policy, strategic, and technical advice to the public, boards, commissions, county staff and other agencies relating to plans, policies, ordinances, standards, regulatory and non-regulatory programs, federal and state statutes and administrative codes governing land development, environmental protection and growth management.
Public Outreach -
- Represents the Section, Division, Department or the County in a variety of settings;
- Develops, coordinates and participates in public involvement strategies for program or project assignments;
- Leads and facilitates citizen meetings, group discussions, forums and open houses;
- Makes policy and advanced technical level presentations to a variety of work groups, committees, commissions and boards; presents technical information through reports, maps, graphics and news releases;
- Responds to media requests.
Other Job Functions: Performs other job related duties as required.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Work is performed in an office and/or field environment with occasional exposure to irate customers and citizen groups. To perform the essential tasks, incumbents must be able to: see, read, communicate in person and over the phone, in writing and perform basic keyboard functions. May require: travel for data gathering, site inspection and analysis; and attendance at night meetings. Requires climbing, reaching, standing, stooping, walking on sometimes-uneven terrain, lifting and carrying objects, pushing/pulling objects; grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Rated as Medium Work.
Supervision and Management
- Supervisory theories, principles and practices;
- Theories and principles of public sector financial management and budgeting;
- Project management, public administration and organizational management theories, practices and principles;
- Sources and tools for funding and financing public needs, including preparing and monitoring grants;
- Customer service techniques and team building concepts;
- Rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation used in professional report writing and editing;
- Presentation methods including use of technology for displaying, analyzing and evaluating research data;
- Public participation theory and meeting facilitation methods;
Legal and Professional
- Thorough understanding of the principles, methods and practices of planning in the area of assignment including: urban, regional, environmental, natural resource, comprehensive planning and community development;
- Federal, state and local land use, environmental and comprehensive planning terminology, laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and development standards related to the areas of assignment;
- Micro-economic theories as applied to the effects of land use regulation;
- Roles and responsibilities of federal, state and other local public and private organizations.
Technical and Analytical
- Fundamental mathematics such as algebraic, geometric and statistical methods used in planning;
- Principles of geography and geomorphology, cartography,
- Scientific method and field practices for gathering, interpreting and presenting data; and
- Principles of site assessment and impact analysis for development projects.
Skills (and abilities):
Supervision and Management
- Planning, scheduling, assigning, delegating, prioritizing, coordinating, implementing and monitoring a range of programs, initiatives and projects within the Section, including the work of professional, technical and administrative staff;
- Determining priorities and making critical decisions on staff and resource allocations;
- Supervising, teaching, coaching, monitoring and evaluating the work of Section staff;
- Developing, applying and interpreting County/departmental policies and procedures;
- Applying principles of financial and resource management in budgeting and contract negotiation;
- Critically analyzing and resolving customer service and internal work related problems;
- Dealing with and resolving conflict in a team environment;
- Ability to clearly speak, write and graphically illustrate in order to convey complex policy and technical information and give or receive direction;
- Understanding, interpreting and following County and department personnel policies and procedures;
- Applying public participation theory and practice including: methods of assessing areas of agreement and conflict among individuals or groups; techniques for guiding them to consensus or informed consent; and mediating disputes;
- Writing and editing complex technical reports and other documents for a variety of recipients using proper grammar, spelling and punctuation;
- Giving effective presentations, public speaking, and facilitating meetings;
- Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal working relationships with County and other public and private officials at all organizational levels, including supervisors, peers, co‑workers, subordinates, citizen and trade groups, the media and the general public;
- Preparing and presenting effective reports, maps and charts using software and technology for displaying, analyzing, evaluating and explaining research data;
Legal and Professional
- Researching, interpreting, evaluating and applying a wide variety of complex inter-related data, policies, laws, codes, and legislation to Section and Division work assignments;
- Principles, methods and practices of planning related to the area of assignment, including: urban, regional, environmental, natural resource, transportation, and community development;
- Researching, enforcing, and mediating laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations;
- Micro-economic theories as applied to the effects of land use regulation;
Roles and responsibilities of federal, state and other local public and private organizations
Technical and Analytical
- Using a personal computer and related software applications, operating basic office equipment; public address systems and audio-visual equipment;
- Analyzing environmental and land use information in order to identify options, develop mitigation strategies, resolve problems, apply solutions, guidelines and policy to field problems and other work assignments;
- Reading and interpreting technical data, legal descriptions, maps and aerial photos;
- Principles of site impact analysis for development projects;
- Principles of geography, geomorphology and natural systems functions;
- Legal descriptions, cartography and GIS systems;
- U.S. Census geography and methodology;
- Applying basic math, algebra and statistics in researching, gathering, organizing and analyzing data from a variety of sources; maintaining files.
Experience & Training: Bachelor's degree in Planning, Natural Resource Management, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Public Administration, Law, or Geography, and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in local government land use, environmental and/or comprehensive planning, including two years in a supervisory and managerial
capacity, or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the advanced level of expert knowledge,
skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential duties of the job in the area of assignment. Masters Degree is
preferred and may substitute for one year of experience.
Required: A valid WA Drivers’ License at time of appointment.
Preferred: Ability to speak and understand Spanish.
Preferred: Masters Degree is preferred. Experience with Washington State land use, environmental protection law, or project management. Additional degrees, professional certifications, recognition, awards and licenses that demonstrate acquisition and application of the required knowledge, and abilities to be successful in this position.
Selection Procedure: Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of past experience and training. Applicants claiming veteran’s preference eligibility will be required to complete the Application for Veterans’ Preference Form. For further information and application forms, contact:
HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
128 N. 2nd Street, Room B27
YAKIMA WA 98901
“AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER”
Yakima County ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of a person’s sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, creed, political belief, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any other protected status under federal or state statute. Disabled applicants may request accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment. Please contact Human Resources for further information. If you are interested in the status of this position after closing, please see “Status of Openings” under the Job Opportunities tab on the Human Resources web page at www.co.yakima.wa.us. This will be the only method of status notification for this position.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.
Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request. Please contact Human Resources for further information.
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