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Assistant Planning and Development Director


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Summary of Duties:

Under administrative direction of the Planning and Development, to plan, organize and direct one or more divisions of the Planning and Development Department; to act as the director in the absence of the Planning and Development Director; and to do other work as required. This may include: developing and implementing long and short range goals and objectives for the department; serving in an authoritative position on matters pertaining to planning and development functions; serving as the staff representative to the Planning Commission and/or Board of Commissioners; participating in the review and addressing of general County problems; and other related work as required.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Assists in planning, directing, organizing and scheduling work of all County Planning and Development Divisions.  Included are Building Inspections, Business Licenses, Development Review, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Marshal’s Office (code enforcement), Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Current and Long Range Planning divisions.

  • Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates through subordinate managers the work of staff in one or more divisions of the Planning and Development Department.
  • Responds to changes in regulations to meet County goals and solve administrative challenges.
  • Evaluates and establishes division policies and procedures, formulates improvements and implements changes to regulations.
  • Represents the department in working with and responding to other departments, agencies, community groups, and customers.
  • Consults with the Director and other management staff on work programs, schedules, policies and program development.
  • Works closely with other departments and agencies to develop joint procedures.
  • Attends and participates in public meetings; advises, informs, and responds to citizens; serves as technical expert at board meetings and provides supportive data.
  • Maintains good public relations with public; attends public meetings with citizens groups to exchange information.
  • Interviews, makes hiring recommendations, and evaluates performance of subordinates engaged in the direction of each division.
  • Assists in administering policies, procedures, and practices and in resolving related problems. In relation to employee related issues, this position will assist the Planning and Development Director and Human Resources to resolve employment issues related to policy application, hiring, termination, grievances and appeals.
  • Assists in generating annual revenue estimates; assists in the development and administration of departmental operating budgets and capital project budgets; monitors and manages expenditures within County regulations. 
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university is required, preferably with a major in Urban Planning, Architecture, Public Administration or related field. Master's
  • Degree is highly desirable. Seven (7) years of related experience of which at least five (5) years’ experience is in a supervisory capacity.
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the minimum level of qualifications stated above.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners is highly desirable or ability to obtain within one year. 
  • Valid state of Georgia driver’s license and a satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, related to planning, land use, permit review, building codes, and related codes and regulations including but not necessarily limited to the International Building Code.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of community development, urban planning, housing rehabilitation, construction methods and materials, code enforcement and zoning ordinances; principles and practices of strategic planning, planning laws and procedures; 
  • Knowledge of public policy development; emerging trends in community development services, planning, building and safety, and administration; 
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of management and supervision including performance management measures, training and discipline; 
  • Skilled in budget preparation and administration; project management, benchmarking, and program evaluation; and effective customer service techniques.
  • Knowledge of materials, techniques and equipment used in buildings, road, bridge, landfills, recycling facilities, and other public works construction.
  • Knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of civil engineering as applied to major public works projects.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices utilized in the inspection and testing of materials used in the construction of roads, bridges, and other projects.
  • Ability to interpret intent and meaning of contract provisions plans, and specifications involved in highway construction.
  • Ability to organize, interpret, and analyze technical engineering reports.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and administer an engineering program, including supervising and evaluating a professional and technical staff.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal laws regulating transportation, landfill and sewer operations.
  • Knowledge of municipal budgeting procedures and multi-funded financing operations.
  • Knowledge of storm drainage methods and practices.
  • Skill in negotiating and administering contracts.
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret land use plans, transportation plans, engineering/construction plans and municipal ordinances.
  • Ability to select, develop, organize, motivate and effectively utilize staff.
  • Ability to plan, direct and manage a number of diverse but related activities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Federal, State, City and County officials, contractors, developers, employees, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

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