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Chief Planner

City of Stockbridge

Listing Summary

The City of Stockbridge has an employment opportunity for a Chief Planner within the Community Development Department.  This position will perform supervisory and professional level planning duties in the administration of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Unified Development Code, Permit & License issuance tracking and other areas as assigned. Performs complex and advanced City planning activities involving extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning and manages GIS applications. The Chief Planner manages and supervises the Planning & Zoning, GIS and Permitting division within the larger planning department of the organization and may function as a Deputy for the Community Development Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties assigned include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Performs and manages complex and sensitive professional planning projects, research, and analysis.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance with local, state, and federal laws.
  • Oversees specialized planning functions such as large-scale new development proposals and environmental studies.
  • Provides overall management of division-related planning issues.
  • Advises the Community Department Director on planning-related matters.
  • Advises various councils, boards, commissions, and elected officials in planning-related issues.
  • Offers best practices land use and planning recommendations to the Community Development Director.
  • Serves as liaison at local conferences, forums, etc. and performs all necessary functions in support of Planning Commission.
  • Assigns work to professional staff and ensures appropriate training is provided.
  • Evaluates operations and activities of assigned responsibilities.
  • Prepares reports on operations and activities, recommending improvements and modifications.
  • Handles personnel matters.  Supervises a Senior Planner, Planner 1 and GIS Technician and other applicable staff, as required.
  • Participates in budget preparation and administration, monitors, and controls expenditures.
  • Attends substantial number of evening and weekend meetings.
  • Other planning related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge:

  • Thorough knowledge of urban planning and development and local government policies and procedures
  • Thorough knowledge of specialization such as land use planning/zoning, transportation planning, environmental planning, urban design, housing, historic preservation or economic development
  • Research methods and statistical principles related to urban growth and development
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations including recent changes
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques
  • Recent developments, current literature and sources of information related to municipal planning and administration.
  • Knowledge of local government procedures and practices
  • Citizen involvement techniques and processes
  • Knowledge of computer programs and applications, which may include Microsoft Office, Internet applications, econometric or transportation modeling, and database management
  • GIS programs and applications
  • Administration of EnerGov or other zoning, permitting and licensing tracking software

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Must be innovative, detail-oriented, experienced in highly visible/controversial projects
  • Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop good working relationships with staff, officials and stakeholders and to resolve complaints
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret research data for reports and apply mathematic techniques in practical situations
  • Reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally
  • Ability to manage and conduct in-person and virtual public participation activities, meetings and hearings
  • Ability to work with computers; proficient with standard data and word processing software
  • Experience in using GIS software such as Arc GIS.

Minimum Requirements:

Master's degree in planning or a closely related field and at least five (5) years of experience in the urban planning profession. Minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience in city or regional planning, and/or an equivalent combination of professional experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. AICP Certification preferred.  A Georgia Driver’s License is required.   Salary will be commensurate with experience. Hiring range:  $65,507.24 to $83,522.34.

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