• Planner-Current Planning

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/19/2018 2:38 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Community Development
    USD $18.90/Hr.
    Post End Date
    USD $31.26/Hr.
    Community Development
  • Overview

    Under the direction of the Chief Planner, performs professional planning functions as outlined through the county's codes and ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures.


    • Gathers, analyzes and reviews data to ensure compliance with county standards and regulatory requirements;
    • Develops recommendations for approval and summarizes all issues related to subdivisions, property deeds, site plans, master- and subarea-plans, zoning, variances, and special use permits;
    • Assists in mapping of zoning boundaries and land use changes and ensures that zone maps are prepared and maintained accurately;
    • Researches property and conducts field inspections of land under consideration to determine significant planning characteristics and makes specific recommendations regarding required changes in regulations; prepares special studies, reports and statistical data necessary for comprehensive planning;
    • Understands, interprets, and applies appropriate planning principles and practices, county codes and state laws, and the development review process; utilizes this knowledge within area(s) of expertise and provides highly technical advice and assistance to other agencies, sections, county officials and staff, and the general public;
    • Assists the general public at front counter; reviews and processes a variety of applications, permits and plans with residents, developers, builders and assists applicants with the pre-application process and the Development Review Committee submittals;
    • Researches governing directives to answer questions and resolve routine problems; may also provide information and explain departmental procedures in response to questions raised by the public served;
    • Conducts public presentations; serves on various committees at organization meetings, community meetings and public hearings, and before governmental bodies and in legal processes, works closely with locally elected officials, the private sector, and numerous organizations to provide community outreach and services; and
    • Assists in such tasks as researching, reviewing, developing and preparing agendas and packets; and responsible for knowing and abiding by all department and county policies and procedures.


    Other related duties and special projects may be assigned.


    A.  Education.  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in City and Regional Planning, Geography, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Government, Public Administration, or related field.


    B.  Experience.  Two (2) years experience in the area of public planning, zoning or similar capacity. 


    C.  Education/Experience substitution.  In accordance with county policy.


    D.  Licenses/Certifications.  Have a valid NM or TX driver’s license or ability to obtain one.      Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or working towards professional certification desired.


    E.  Other (e.g., post-offer medical exam, polygraph, background check, driver’s license record, etc.).  Must pass background and maintain an acceptable driving record.





    Knowledge: Principles of land use planning, State statutes and county codes and ordinances pertaining to zoning, land use and subdivisions; business English, spelling, grammar, punctuation and basic arithmetic; statistical applications used in regional planning modeling; transportation system analysis; land use concepts, urban development, demography, social services or other specialized fields related to planning; and knowledge of computer software used in planning, drafting and mapping such as ArcView.


    Skills: Analyze data, evaluate alternatives and make logical recommendations, develop and compose comprehensive reports, research zoning problems, maintain accurate files and interrelated technical records, make public presentations; use a computer and the appropriate software to include typing and word processing, database processing, and spreadsheets; sets priorities, involves competing demands, performing and organizing assigned and  multi-tasks; communicate effectively, in oral or written form; and establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.   


    Abilities: Work with culturally diverse population; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships; work independently, and use considerable judgment in various situations and to take appropriate action while recognizing when it is necessary to refer to management. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment and action within the scope of work and agency programs and policies.  Ability to coordinate and collaborate with other disciplines; must be able to work with others as part of a team.  Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships.  Possess ability to manage and work on multiple projects, priorities and meet deadlines.  Must possess versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work with constantly changing priorities.  Organize and prioritize multiple tasks.  Ability to work on complex projects with general direction and minimal guidance.  Ability to coordinate activities between multiple departments, disciplines, federal and state programs, and agencies.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, consultants, government representatives and all those doing business with Doña Ana County.  Ability to adapt to a variety of situations and people at all levels.  Must carry a positive attitude and outlook.  Ability and willingness to work outside of normal working hours; evenings, early mornings, and/or weekends may be required to meet the needs of certain projects.     


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