Position: Planning Director
Department: Planning Department
Reports to: City Administrator
Status/Salary Classification: Exempt/M3 ($85,584.22 - $119,817.90)
Benefits: Health, Life & Dental Insurance, Paid Vacation & Sick Leave, PERA Pension Plan
A City of Manitou Springs job application is required by the deadline for you to be considered. Applications are available on the City website. Resumes should be attached.
ABOUT MANITOU SPRINGS
Manitou Springs is a picturesque mountain community known for its friendly residents and historic charm. Located at the foot of Pikes Peak, just a few miles west of Colorado Springs, it has grown from a small settlement dating back to the 1870’s to a city of 5,300 residents. Known for its well-preserved historic properties, healing mineral springs, cool mountain air, scenic landscapes, hiking trails, year-round activities and welcoming spirit, Manitou Springs thrives as a popular tourist destination; tourism is the mainstay of the local economy. Area attractions include Garden of the Gods, the Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Miramont Castle, and the breath-taking Seven Falls. Shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants line the downtown main street and lodging ranges from historic bed and breakfasts to elegant hotels.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Under the general direction of the City Administrator, the Planning Director performs a variety of planning and land-use related activities including supervising the 4 Department employees, development review, code compliance, departmental budgeting, and coordinating and directing the day-to-day operations of the City’s Planning Department. In addition, the Director oversees administration and enforcement of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, subdivision regulations, Historic Preservation Regulations and Design Guidelines, Parks, Open Space, and Trails Master Plan, the Sign Ordinance, and review of Property Improvement Permit applications. The Planning Director and staff actively engage the community on planning matters. The Planning Department observes and promotes principles and policies related to sustainability and resiliency, including planning for hazards.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
(The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or auxiliary duties that may be required. The City of Manitou Springs retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time.)
• Serves as policy advisor to the City Council and City Administrator regarding all land use related issues.
• Supervises department staff in accordance with City policies and applicable laws, including Code Enforcement.
• Sets departmental policy, maintains communication, sets work schedules, establishes departmental priorities, assigns tasks, instructs, and trains staff. Manages department employee requests and conducts annual performance evaluations.
• Develops, implements, and monitors the annual budget for the Planning Department and approves departmental expenditures, and invoice for reimbursement of costs.
• Administers, directs, and enforces land-use plans, codes, and related policies. Incorporates sustainability, resiliency, and hazard mitigation in the planning and review of development applications.
• Coordinates and contributes to City hazard mitigation planning efforts, including wildfire, flood, geologic, and any other hazard protection plans.
• Supervises and participates in pre-application meetings, application sufficiency reviews, major and minor development plans, and staff reports/recommendations as required.
• Attends and assigns staff support to various commissions, and citizen advisory groups to include, but not limited to: Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Open Space Advisory Committee, Transportation and Parking Advisory Board, and the Housing Advisory Board. Works with department staff and commission chairs to ensure advisory board work plans reflect City Council priorities and to set and post commission agendas.
• Oversees site plan and building permit applications.
• Works with staff to update City maps, including zoning, open space, and street maps.
• Performs analyses and makes recommendations for modification of all development codes and guidelines.
• Supervises all record keeping within the department. Responsible for design/implementation of all forms, checklists and systems used by the department.
• Maintains information relating to growth, development trends, and land-use issues confronting the City.
• Supervises and directs long-range planning efforts.
• Reviews and prepares comments on development applications in the region that may have an impact on the City of Manitou Springs.
• Works with the City Administrator and the City Attorney on planning-related matters.
• Serves as the City or department representative on various regional advisory boards and other public and private entities such as Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Transportation Advisory Committee, Colorado Department of Transportation, Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, and others as may be necessary or assigned.
• Advises City residents, business owners, consultants, developers and others regarding City standards and regulations.
• Coordinates activities related to open space and trail planning.
• Serves as a member of the City Management Team and promotes collaboration among the Planning Department staff and all other City staff.
• Promotes customer service, community engagement and collaboration among Planning Department staff and community stakeholders and interested or affected parties.
• Supports community and economic development through collaboration with various boards, commissions, workgroups, and the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce.
• Assists the City Administrator in preparing applications for grant funding for projects developed or coordinated by the Planning Department.
• Attends Urban Renewal Authority (URA) meetings and works with the URA Board on development and redevelopment within urban renewal boundaries.
• Assists with the recruitment and selection of new department staff members.
• Conducts special projects as assigned by the City Administrator.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assists with project planning and activities related to capital projects, construction activity, parks, trails, City beautification efforts, transportation, parking and shuttle service.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of the legal, economic, environmental and social aspects of community development.
• Extensive knowledge of state and local planning, including current and long-range planning.
• Knowledge of and experience with the master plan development process, environmental planning elements, design standards and regulatory techniques.
• Strong skills in communications and customer relations; negotiating and facilitating; public speaking and community engagement.
• Ability to read and evaluate design plans, financial reports, and legal documents.
• Knowledge of and experience with sustainability, resiliency, and hazards planning.
• Strong knowledge of computers and ability to generate memos, correspondence and reports. Basic familiarity with computerized planning tools, such as ArcGIS, desired.
• Familiarity and experience with grant writing and grant administration.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Emphasis on ability to work with people in difficult situations, including conflict resolution.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, elected and appointed officials, the public, and public agencies.
• Ability to work and think independently and to use logic, along with known facts, to render decisions and direction in administrative matters.
• Ability to handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
• Ability to direct major projects to completion.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, budget and personnel management.
• Ability to effectively work independently and in a team environment.
Experience, Education, and Training
• Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, urban design, natural resource planning, landscape architecture, community development, or a related field.
• Master's degree preferred in City Planning or related field.
• Five years progressively responsible public planning work, including at least three years of staff supervision.
• Five years working for or with municipal government.
• Possession of a valid driver license.
• Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners, or equivalent, is preferred.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
(The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
• Office environment with some field work required.
• May take occasional trips to external locations, experiencing exposure to weather elements, and construction site risks.
• Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities.
• The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement, and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard.
• Ability to lift and carry office supplies and small equipment on an occasional basis.
• Ability to participate in and respond to routine conversation in person or via telephone, and distinguish telephone, printers, computers and other auditory tones.
• Visual and physical ability to work on computers and operate a passenger vehicle for substantial amounts of time.
The City of Manitou Springs is an EOE/M-F/AA/ADA employer.