Supervising Planner

  • County of San Luis Obispo
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Aug 06, 2019
Full Time Planning and Development Mid to Senior Level
  • Apply By: Nov 04, 2019

Job Description

Supervising Planner

Salary: $83,657.60 - $101,691.20 Annually


Under direction, plans, assigns, reviews and supervises the work of assigned Planning and Building staff; performs a variety of tasks in support of programs assigned to the Department of Planning and Building including: public information, long range planning, current planning, environmental review, natural resources management, housing, economic and energy conservation, information services and other related work as required.

Incumbents in this classification are responsible for implementing Department policies, ensuring that quality standards are maintained; coordinating between sections; performing related administrative tasks; independently performing professional work in all areas and supervising as assigned.

Typical Tasks and Representative Duties

(Not in order of importance)

• Supervises, mentors and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; interviews and selects employees and recommends appointments, transfers, reassignments and disciplinary actions; establishes work schedules; assigns employee duties and reviews work to ensure accuracy, completeness and compliance with established standards, requirements and procedures; develops and implements training for subordinate staff on an ongoing basis

• Assists in the development of staff in technical areas, appropriate conduct and customer service, and the Departmental and County mission, vision, values, policies and procedures

• Performs and/or oversees a variety of the most complex technical tasks relative to the assigned area of responsibility which may include: land use planning and environmental review, including determination of compliance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations and policies

• Prepares and presents staff reports, plans and other studies on complex and controversial cases being submitted to the Administrative Hearing Officer, Subdivision Review Board, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors

• Conducts and facilitates group meetings to obtain input on policy development and planning decisions

• Participates in the development of program processes, process improvements, and desk manual policies and procedures

• May direct the development of new systems to be used in the planning process

• Recommends needed general plan, code and/or ordinance changes; prepares appropriate amendments and staff reports to take through the adoption process and assists in the development and implementation of those changes

• Mediates and resolves conflict with staff, public and other County departments and agencies consistent with Department and County values

• Acts as the initial arbitrator of disputes that arise during all phases of the planning process

• Coordinates planning and environmental review efforts with other sections, units and divisions within the Department, other County departments, and local, state and federal agencies

• Attends various conferences, workshops and training meetings

• Participates in the development, preparation and administration of the budget, submits budget recommendations and monitors expenditures

• May represent the Division Manager, Environmental Coordinator, Deputy Director or Director at various meetings, community groups, advisory committees, public hearings and/or speaking engagements

• May act as the Administrative Hearing Officer at Planning Department hearings

• May act for the Division Manager, Environmental Coordinator, Deputy Director or Director in his/her absence

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

• Principles and methods of employee supervision, leadership, training and evaluation

• Principles and practices of project management and administration procedures, including personnel practices, budget preparation and work organization

• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy

• Effective conflict resolution techniques

• Effective techniques of written and oral communication, including technical report writing and public speaking skills

• Planning and Building Department office organization, procedures and standards as well as strategic direction and goals

• Principles, practices and techniques pertinent to land use planning and environmental review

• Local, state and federal laws and regulations and policies that relate to land use planning and environmental review

• Site plans, architectural drawings, topographical maps, landscape plans, grading plans and technical report review and resource evaluation

• Standard office procedures, practices and methods

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing

• Supervise, train and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel in a fair and impartial manner

• Prioritize work and meet critical deadlines, taking appropriate initiative to complete work

• Motivate staff to achieve high performance standards

• Review project proposals in detail and advise applicants

• Write and review staff reports, policies, ordinances and correspondence using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation

• Foster a spirit of teamwork and support when interacting with staff and others

• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with county, state and federal officials, architects, engineers, contractors, planning representatives, the general public and others contacted in the course of work

• Interact with the public, co-workers, and other agency staff tactfully and courteously and display a professional demeanor in difficult or emotional situations

• Read, understand and interpret regulations and policies, compile and analyze relevant information and draw valid conclusions to develop recommendations to resolve issues

• Use sound judgment in researching, interpreting, applying and explaining appropriate laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines

• Keep accurate records; prepare concise and effective reports, correspondence and other materials

• Make concise and professional formal and informal presentations on technical material, including public hearings and community meetings

• Use software and other automation related techniques for personal computers to maximize staff efficiency

• Read, learn, interpret, apply and explain Departmental policies and procedures, rules, laws, and technical information found in building codes and related regulations

• Direct, coordinate and implement major planning and environmental projects and programs

• Administer land use and environmental policies and regulations with good judgment, firmness and impartiality

• Administer and monitor contracts for completion of work specified and expenditures

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited institution with a Bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, natural resources management, environmental, physical or life science, or a closely related field. (Job related experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) In addition, a minimum of four years of professional experience in urban and regional planning or environmental review and analysis, at least one of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. (A Master's Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in two fields such as in planning and public administration or natural resources management and housing, community development and energy conservation is desirable and may be substituted for one year of non-supervisory professional experience.)

Licenses and Certificates

A valid driver’s license is required at the time of application. A valid CALIFORNIA driver’s license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

Other Specifications

Recruitment for Supervising Planner positions may be conducted according to the section or program in which a vacancy exists. Specialized experience requirements, dependent upon the needs of the Planning Department, will be set forth specifically at the time of recruitment.

This class specification generally describes the duties and responsibilities characteristic of the position(s) within this class. The duties of a particular position within a multi-position class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class. Accordingly, the essential duties of a particular position (whether it be a multi-position class or a single-position class) will be identified and used by medical examiners and hiring authorities in the selection process. This information will also be made available for review at the time of any recruitment for that position and at such other times as reasonably required.

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