County of San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo 93401
Permanent

Knowledge and experience in technical aspects of specialty fields, to include local codes, ordinances, state and federal legislative regulations, safety precautions, and mandatory regulatory filing requirements.

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Division Manager

County of San Luis Obispo
Permanent 976 Osos St #200, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, United States
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Overview

Application deadline extended to October 19th! 


The County Planning and Building Department is seeking a Planning Division Manager to lead the County’s Long Range Planning (LRP) Team. The LRP Division Manager directs a team of 7.5 FTE planners to guide the development of land use policy for the unincorporated urban, rural, and agricultural areas of San Luis Obispo County. The Long Range Planning Team is responsible for updating the County General Plan, preparing Specific Plans for development projects of regional significance, amending land use ordinances as directed by the Board of Supervisors, administering agricultural and water conservation programs, and processing applicant-initiated General Plan Amendments for development projects.

The ideal candidate is very experienced in planning and zoning law, environmental review, and managing complex projects; is enthusiastic about training and coaching junior staff; has excellent written and verbal communication skills; and has experience with budgeting and resource allocation.

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The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is very experienced in planning and zoning law, environmental review, and managing complex projects; is enthusiastic about training and coaching junior staff; has excellent written and verbal communication skills; and has experience with budgeting and resource allocation. 

Desirable Qualifications and Core Competencies
 Technical Knowledge/Experience: 

  • Knowledge and experience in technical aspects of specialty fields, to include local codes, ordinances, state and federal legislative regulations, safety precautions, and mandatory regulatory filing requirements.
  • Ability to interpret, apply, explain, and assure compliance with applicable laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Proven experience planning and preparing protocols and guidelines to meet local, state and/or federal legislation affecting division.
  • Ensure fiscal integrity, accuracy of program expenditures and budget development.
Leadership/Supervision: 
  • Use tact and motivational techniques to maximize staff performance, assess training needs and improve efficiency.
  • Encourage and facilitate staff cooperation and fostering commitment and team spirit to achieve program goals.
  • Provide fair, unbiased, and effective leadership for a broad variety of personnel issues.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
  • Clearly communicate expectations to staff, implementing policies and procedures. consistently, delegating appropriately, and using accountability measures fairly.
Communication Skills:
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing to accurately and appropriately. convey complex information to different audiences.
  • Present information to stakeholders and public forum clearly and effectively.
  • Utilize effective communication skills for team building, facilitating solutions, and resolving conflict.
  • Demonstrate diplomacy in dealing with a variety of stakeholder groups.
Organizational and Analytical Skills:
  • Anticipate and identify potential program problems and proactively generate alternative solutions.
  • Produce quality work within tight deadlines.
  • Ensure timely completion and maintenance of a variety of filings, reports, records, and files of assigned activities.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

MinimumQualifications:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university 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 substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) In addition, five years of experience in urban and regional planning or environmental review and analysis, two years of which were in a supervisory position. (A master's degree or bachelor's degree in two fields such as life science and planning is desirable and may substitute for one year of non-supervisory professional experience.)

Licenses and Certificates:

Certain positions within this classification may require driving. When driving is an essential function of the position, a valid CALIFORNIA driver license will be required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice
Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. Please call 805-781-5959 for assistance or e-mail  for more information.

Veteran's Preference Points 
If you are applying for employment with the County of San Luis Obispo and you served in the United States Armed Forces, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points as part of the recruitment process. Some dependents and survivors of eligible veterans may also be eligible for preference points.   for more information and to learn how to apply for this benefit.  Please note that Veteran’s credits must be on file with the County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office prior to the recruitment closing date indicated on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
The County is an equal opportunity employer. Objectives are directed toward assuring equal opportunity in selection / promotion, pay, and job assignments. Recruitment and selection procedures have been established to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of political or religious opinions or affiliations, age, sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. In addition, the County complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in hiring and retaining employees. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at (805)781-5959. 

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