Planning Director – Ventura County

Management
Full-time
Resource Management Agency, Ventura County
katie.reynolds@ventura.org

Work Schedule:  Full-time
Employer:   Resource Management Agency, Ventura County
Job Closing Date:  Until filled
Website:  www.ventura.org/jobs
Monthly Salary Range:  $129,348 to $181,106 annually
 

VENTURA COUNTY
Ventura County is located on California's "Gold Coast," approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara.  Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of 74.2 degrees.  The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents choose to call Ventura County "home".
 
THE AGENCY
The primary goal of the Resource Management Agency is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public through administration and enforcement of County ordinances, Board policy, and state and federal laws regarding land use, and commercial and environmental regulation.  The Agency includes five (5) divisions including the Planning Division.  The chief responsibility of the Planning Division is to regulate the use of land and structures within unincorporated areas of the county. Using these regulations and others, the Planning Division issues permits for uses and structures and enforces both permit conditions and maintains consistency with the County's Zoning Ordinances and General Plan.
 
THE POSITION
Under general administrative direction of the Director-Resource Management Agency, the Planning Director manages the Planning Division with a $6 million annual budget including approximately forty (40) professional staff within five (5) sections which include Long Range Planning, General Plan Update, Permit Administration, Residential Permits, Commercial/Industrial Permits, and Planning Programs.

The successful candidate will be an experienced and highly motivated part of the Resource Management Agency's executive leadership team.  He or she will have a mix of technical knowledge and professional judgment and discretion that comes from years of experience in various programs within planning management.  This individual will also be self-motivated, adaptable, organized and efficient with outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and problem-solving abilities.

The successful candidate will be dedicated to customer service and demonstrate leadership skills managing a division with a commitment to innovation, sustainability and diversity.  They will have a reputation for managing change; and establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with individuals both internal and external to the Division.  Additionally, they will possess a proven understanding of budgets, revenue sources, and cost control while effectively and efficiently utilizing public resources.

The ideal candidate will possess experience developing balanced and consistent land use policies, objectives, and plans; coordinating the formulation of land use planning and zoning with officials of local cities and community groups; resolving conflicts between existing land use laws, ordinances, regulations, and policies among stakeholders and regulatory agencies; evaluating the social, economic, and environmental matters of land development and zoning issues; public outreach documents and press releases and giving media interviews as well as experience working with State agencies, such as the State Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife. Also desired is experience with state wide legislative analysis.  Two (2) years' experience working with Accela Automation and training and/or experience with Lean Six Sigma or similar process improvement programs and efforts are preferred.

PAYROLL TITLE
Deputy Director - RMA Planning
This is at-will classifications exempt from the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance.
 
To view the recruitment brochure, go to:  https://goo.gl/MpsnZC
 
JOB REQUIREMENTS
Progressively responsible planning management experience.
 
The required knowledge and abilities also can be obtained by nine (9) or more years of progressively responsible planning experience
 
INCLUDING
Five (5) years or more of supervisory and management experience.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
California Driver's License

Considerable to extensive experience:
  • Within public administrative services including human resources, budget preparation and program development;
  • Interpreting and complying with federal, state, local laws and regulations including CEQA applicable to the Planning division; 

Some experience:
  • Implementing process improvements
  • Making public presentations to boards, commissions, the general public and the press;
  • Using automated land use management systems.

DESIRED
Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies, or another related urban planning field.

Two (2) years' experience working with Accela Automation.
 
Experience:
Developing balanced and consistent land use policies, objectives, and plans;
Coordinating the formulation of land use planning and zoning with officials of local cities and community groups;
Resolving conflicts between existing land use laws, ordinances, regulations, and policies among stakeholders and regulatory agencies;
Evaluating the social, economic, and environmental matters of land development and zoning issues;
Creating public outreach documents and press releases and giving media interviews;
Working with State agencies, such as the State Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife;
Engaging in and receiving training related to Lean Six Sigma or similar process improvement programs and efforts. 

Filing Deadline:  Open until filled.
 
To APPLY for this exceptional career opportunity, please send a resume, and a cover letter which demonstrates your work experience including nine (9) or more years of progressively responsible planning experience including five (5) years or more of supervisory and management experience within public administrative services including human resources, budget preparation and program development, and interpreting and complying with federal, state, local laws and regulations including CEQA applicable to the Planning division.
 
Also include your experience:
  • Implementing process improvements, such as Lean Six Sigma;
  • Making public presentations to boards, commissions, the general public and the press;
  • Using automated land use management systems including Accela Automation.;.
  • Developing balanced and consistent land use policies, objectives, and plans;
  • Coordinating the formulation of land use planning and zoning with officials of local cities and community groups;
  • Resolving conflicts between existing land use laws, ordinances, regulations, and policies among stakeholders and regulatory agencies;
  • Evaluating the social, economic, and environmental matters of land development and zoning issues;
  • Creating public outreach documents and press releases and giving media interviews;
  • Working with State agencies, such as the State Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

Submit in one of the following ways:
  • E-mail your current resume to katie.reynolds@ventura.org;
  • Mail a hard copy resume to Katie Reynolds, County of Ventura, Human Resources Division, 800 S. Victoria Ave., L-#1970, Ventura CA 93009.
  • Submit an on-line application at www.ventura.org/jobs and attach your current resume, registration card and cover letter to it. 
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  • First review of resumes on or around March 25, 2019.

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