Director of Land Use and Building Services

Salary: $118,199-$141,839
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Sun Valley, ID
Publish Date: Posted November 27, 2023
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Land Use and Building Services Mission Statement:

Professional Process; Premier Product.

General Statement of Duties:

Performs advanced professional planning work, advises the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Board of County Commissioners regarding all planning and zoning issues and policies and their impact relative to alternative courses of action. 

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Responds to and serves the public promptly and respectfully.
  • Manages the Manager of Land Use and Building Services and the Building Official and establishes the strategic direction for the entire Land Use and Building Services Department.
  • Establish office policy and procedure and delegates authority to the Manager and Building Official.
  • Responsible for final preparation and submission of annual office operating budget and adherence to operating within the financial means authorized by the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Oversees the maintenance of permanent and current records of all applications, hearings and actions concerning planning and zoning and the Commission.
  • Administers and interprets zoning, subdivision and other related ordinances and the comprehensive plan to the general public, developers and other interested parties, including any relationship to the Local Planning Act.
  • Receives and answers correspondence in a timely manner on planning and zoning matters or delegates appropriately.
  • Studies and analyzes plans and programs, identifies the impacts of alternative courses of action, prepares reports, gives oral presentations to the Commission and Board.
  • Provides input and recommendations to the Commission and Board when required.
  • Delegates and oversees zoning violations and initiates necessary corrective action and follow-up.
  • Monitor tracking procedures to ensure follow-up on compliance with conditions of approval of all types of applications (i.e., conditional use permits, floodplain permits, etc.).
  • Monitor the financial guarantee of improvements procedures.
  • Monitor compliance with State Local Planning Act and County requirements for notice and hearing procedures as well as actions and procedures by the Commission and Board.
  • Prepares findings of fact documents for Commission and Board and to substantiate administrative interpretations and decisions.
  • Cooperates and participates with local and regional government officials in land use, planning and zoning matters that cross-jurisdictional boundaries; assists in coordinating area-wide planning efforts.
  • Delegate and/or inspect premises, evaluates and recommends actions on subdivisions and zoning applications pursuant to applicable ordinances.
  • Attends public meetings, advises the public and ascertains the public needs and desires; testifies on issues relating to planning and zoning matters.
  • Provides substantive input in the formulation of Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Regulation and Subdivision Regulation amendments including that which facilitates local regulation conformance with State Code.
  • Participate in planning and scheduling of the work to be accomplished in the planning function of the Department.
  • Attends workshops and conferences to keep abreast of new trends and developments in the field of planning.
  • Provide a high-level leadership role to the department.
  • Conduct performance appraisals for department leadership team members.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job responsibilities.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in planning or a related field plus six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in planning, or a related field, or a Bachelor’s Degree in planning with eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in planning or related field. 
  • Supervisory experience in a planning related environment and AICP are desirable.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; write reports, business correspondence, prepare charts and graphs showing data, proficiency in map reading, effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, property owners, and the general public.
  • Ability to draft ordinances, development agreements, and other documents. Public relations skills.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to apply to practical situations.        

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situational variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of GIS/ArcView and permit tracking software.
  • Knowledge of rural and/or recreation/tourist area planning desirable.
  • Knowledge of Local Land Use Planning Act and related legislation of State of Idaho desirable.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word, Outlook, and Publisher.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of organization, planning, records management and general administration.
  • Knowledge of effective employee management, leadership, coaching, counseling and motivation.
  • Skill in prioritizing multiple tasks and managing projects.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, property owners, and representatives from other local, state, and Federal agencies; effectively deal with irate or unhappy taxpayers/property owners.
  • Skill in drafting and reading maps.
  • Skill in working in diverse groups to set priorities and formulate a program to accomplish multiple objectives.
  • Ability to compile data and information for reports and compose correspondence.
  • Ability to work under own initiative and utilize independent judgment.
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, come to a conclusion and develop a plan of action to solve problems.
  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers, department directors, elected officials, vendors and the general public.
  • Ability to institutionalize organizational structures and processes.
  • Ability to develop, implement and interpret regulations, policies and procedures and explain information in an understandable fashion.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment.
  • Ability to multitask with multiple interruptions.
  • Ability to apply mediation skills for situations of conflict.

Must possess a valid Idaho Driver’s License.

Job Benefits

  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Health Insurance
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Retirement
  • Wellness

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