City of Moab, UT
  • Moab, UT, USA
  • DOQ
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, Retirement


General Purpose

The Planning Director is a key member of the City's leadership team. This position is in charge of all long range and day-to-day land use planning-related services for the City, and provides leadership and vision for the City as it faces the evolving challenges and opportunities that come with being a world-class recreation gateway community. The Planning Director works closely with other City departments and the City Manager to implement the City's General Plan and various master plans, particularly as they relate to land use management, housing availability, and transportation options.

Given the dynamic nature of the greater Moab community and the potential for significant annexation by the City in the relatively near future, it's likely this position's responsibilities will evolve and expand over time; the City's Planning Director will be a critically important role in the success of this community as the City and the community grow.

Reporting Relationships

Supervision Received: The Planning Director reports to the City Manager or their designee.

Supervision Exercised: The Planning Director supervises the Assistant Planner and other Planning Department employees and temporary employees as assigned.

Essential Functions

The Planning Director is both a manager and a technician. This is a dynamic position that requires flexibility, attention to detail, and a command of land use law and policy. The position encompasses the following areas of responsibility:

The land use approval process.

  • Reviews and approves the land use elements of site plans, planned unit developments, annexation petitions, and other development or land use-related applications. This includes creating and presenting recommendations to the Planning Commission, City Council, and other relevant bodies;
  • Advises applicants, other City departments, and the City Council with regard to the development review process;
  • Develops information that will assist developers, contractors, the City Council, and the general public to understand planning and zoning related items and processes.
  • Acts as a resource for residents and businesses for land use issues and questions;
  • As the City's Zoning Administrator, adjudicates zoning interpretation disputes;

Long-range planning.

  • Manages General Plan updates and modifications;
  • Manages the creation and implementation of small area plans and other land use-specific planning documents;
  • Coordinates implementation of the City's Annexation Plan;
  • Works with the City Manager, the Engineering Department, the Finance Department, and the Public Works Department to create and implement plans for long- and short-term infrastructure development, including parks, trails, streets, water and sewer, storm drainage, parking and other public facilities.

Departmental management.

  • Oversees the recruitment and hiring of staff and contract personnel as assigned;
  • Determines work priorities and delegates assignments to subordinate personnel; develops guidelines and deadlines;
  • Evaluates employee work performance; participates in and approves personnel actions;
  • Assists in annual budget preparation and policy level visioning and goal setting;
  • Monitors expenditures for the Planning Department;
  • Works closely with the City Manager in the preparation of the Planning Department Budget; and
  • Maintains records of projects, daily activities and other pertinent records and reports.

Internal and external communication and training.

  • Acts as the City's primary contact for the Planning Commission and any land use-specific appeals authority;
  • Coordinates training and education programs for Department employees, City Council members, and Planning Commission members;
  • Makes detailed presentations and recommendations to the public, Planning Commission, City Council and other entities using graphs, illustrations, narratives and statistical reports;
  • Coordinates with citizens and other groups as necessary to be an integral part of the community; and
  • Works with other agencies in addressing multi-regional planning issues.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • This position level requires a Bachelor's degree in urban planning, Public Administration, or a closely-related field and a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible planning experience. Two years of experience must be in a supervisory capacity; AND
  • Three (3) years prior planning experience with a municipality or other government entity; AND
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification or the ability to obtain certification within one year from date of hire.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of city planning and zoning; knowledge of urban design; working knowledge of geographic information systems, computer-aided design and work processing programs; working knowledge of budgetary practices and fiscal planning.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to speak in public; ability to participate in the compilation, analysis and preparation of planning-related technical and statistical reports and data; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • A broad range of work experience is preferred.
  • Strong listening and customer service skills are required.

Special Qualifications (Licenses, Certifications, etc.):

  • AICP Certification is required, or ability to obtain certification within one year.
  • Other certifications such as Flood Plain Administrator are preferred.

Knowledge of and experience with Google Apps for Business is preferred.

Work Environment and Physical and Mental Demands

Employees work under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet.

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone: use hands repetitively to operate standard office equipment and lift up to 25 pounds.

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve non-routine and complex office administrative problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with City managers, staff, customers, the public and others encountered in the course of work, some of whom may be dissatisfied or abusive individuals.

Selection Guidelines

A formal application and résumé is required; finalists will interview with the appropriate hiring authority. Applicant must pass a pre-employment drug test and background check, and upon employment, must possess a valid Utah driver's license.

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