Job Description

Overall Job Objective

What Success Looks Like In This Job


Supervises, manages, plans, and coordinates the programs and activities of the Development Services Division. Coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies, and the general public. Provides highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Community & Economic Development Director and Deputy Director, Board of County Commissioners, and the Board of Adjustment.

Examples of Duties for Success

  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates development services staff; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures when necessary.
  • Oversees the timely review of development proposals including zoning approvals, subdivision of land, and development engineering; works with developers to reach agreement on acceptable site plans;
  • Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for development services staff; assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Confers with engineers, developers, architects, a variety of agencies, and the general public in acquiring information and coordinating planning and development review matters; provides information regarding County development requirements.
  • Provides staff assistance to the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and Community and Economic Development Director; researches, prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; participates in meetings and hearings as a representative from the Community and Economic Development Department.
  • Manages complex projects as assigned; negotiates with public or private entities; monitors and makes policy recommendations related to major regional projects.
  • Supervises division staff including development review and long-range planners, development review engineers, and right-of-way professionals.
  • Reviews staff reports on development proposals prepared by staff, as well as other department representatives; prepares comments as appropriate.
  • Revises and prepares amendments to the zoning and subdivision regulations and other land use and development regulations.
  • Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Manages consultant projects; prepares requests for proposals, coordinates selection, and acts as project manager.
  • Coordinates public participation on major projects; conducts outreach to encourage public participation, prepares presentation materials, and facilitates public meetings.
  • Manages the department's functions in long-range policy development, data collection and monitoring activities related to the department's long-range planning initiatives.
  • Prepares and maintains the county comprehensive plan and neighborhood plans, including land use and development policies and land use designations. 
  • Works closely with Community and Economic Development Director and Deputy Director to plan for the long-term needs of County residents and their communities.
  • Prepares studies of economic and development opportunities, environmental conditions, demographic trends and projections, transportation issues, etc. for comprehensive planning and policy decisions.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.
To be successful, our ideal candidate should have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Knowledge of the operational characteristics, services, and activities of an urban planning and development program.
  • Knowledge of basic organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation programs, policies, and operational needs.
  • Ability to apply planning theory, principles, and practices to a wide variety of projects.
  • Ability to understand and apply principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Ability to apply principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Ability to use methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of recent developments, current literature, and source of information relating to urban planning and administration.
  • Ability to operate modern office equipment, including computer equipment.
  • Skill in managing and coordinating the work of professional and technical personnel.
  • Skill in selecting, supervising, training, and evaluating staff.
  • Skill in providing administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Development Services Division.
  • Ability to recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient planning services.
  • Ability to prepare and administer budgets.
  • Ability to analyze problems; identify alternative solutions; project consequences of proposed actions; implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and evaluat new service delivery methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to identify, coordinate, and resolva wide variety of interests in the development of land use policy.
  • Ability to analyze site design, terrain constraints and circulation, land use compatibility, utilities, and other urban services.
  • Ability to analyze and develop policies related to land and community development.
  • Ability to interpret and apply pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, rules and regulations, and ensure compliance.
  • Skill in preparing and analyzing technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence.
  • Skill in coordinating inter-governmental planning activities and effectively represent the interests of the County.
  • Skill in negotiating agreements.
  • Skill in preparing and presenting information at public hearings and meetings.
  • Ability to interpret County zoning, subdivision regulations, and comprehensive plan to the general public and developers.
  • Skill in communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Qualifications for Success

  • Experience: Minimum of four (4) years of increasingly responsible public or private sector experience in professional urban and regional planning and/or development, civil engineering, or a related field, including three (3) years of supervisory responsibility.
  • Education and Training: Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban and regional planning, urban design, geography, public administration,  landscape architecture, engineering or a related field.
  • License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver's license. Certification and/or licensure such as the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Professional Engineer (PE), Professional Landscape Architect (PLA) or another applicable certification or license is strongly preferred.
  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check.

More Qualifications for Success

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Exercises direct supervision over staff.

Application Instructions

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