Deputy Director Planning

Merced County
Until Filled

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Assist with the general administration, coordination, and management of the planning division and  funding of the department.
• Provide supervision, training, and work evaluation for assigned staff; coordinate division functions.
• Represent the department in Joint Powers Authorities, Special Districts, public and official contacts.
•  Develop and monitor application processing procedures; policy and ordinance development; and coordination and administration of Advance Planning (General and Specific Plans).
• Present staff reports before the Local Agency Formation Commission, Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC), Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors; conduct complex studies and prepare reports and recommendations.
• Act as coordinator for environmental review services to include documents prepared by the County.
• Responsible for the administration of the planning division in the absence of the Director of the Community & Economic Development Department.

Minimum Qualifications:

Five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in government planning and land use, including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity.

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university preferably in planning, environmental studies, civil engineering, or a field closely related to planning and land use. Masters Degrees in Planning, Business Administration, Public Administration, and or any other allied field are highly desirable.

Essential Functions:

• Effective research, investigation and evaluation of economic development proposals.

• Keep current on planning, zoning, and environmental codes, impact penalties, economic development, community interests and legislation; Administer department budget, personnel, and programs.

• Communicate effectively with others in person, in writing, and over the telephone.

• Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures, regulations, and develop appropriate conclusions.

• Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
• Represent County and Department with Community and other agencies.
• Establish, implement, and achieve goals and objectives; Train, evaluate, and supervise staff.
• Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
• Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
• Frequent use of hand-eye coordination and repetitive hand and arm motion.
• Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds; Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.

• Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of:

• Functions and responsibilities of a public planning agency.
• Principles, methods and techniques of land use and environmental planning and zoning.
• Socio-economic and environmental principles and their application to urban and rural development.
• Successful economic redevelopment concepts and practices and affordable housing programs.
• Research and statistical methodology as it applies to socio-economic and environmental data.
• The State Planning and Zoning Law, Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), pertinent County Ordinances and other State and County laws or regulations which affect planning.
• Current trends in Federal, State and local planning.
• Principles of budget preparation and expenditure control.
• Public personnel management.
• Public and business administration.
• Principles of employee management, supervision, training, and work evaluation.

Ability to:

• Assist with planning, organizing, directing managing, and coordinating the functions and programs of the County Planning Department.
• Provide direction, supervision, and training for assigned staff.
• Develop a budget and control expenditures.
• Review the work of Department staff and resolve problems.
• Formulate, evaluate, and develop land use ordinances and zoning policies.
• Oversee the development, maintenance, and preparation of Planning statistics, records and reports.
• Effectively represent the County Planning Division in contacts with the public, community organizations, and other government agencies.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.