Planning Director – Geauga County, Ohio DEPARTMENT: County Planning Commission COMPENSATION: $75,000 to $86,900 The Planning Director reports to the Geauga County Planning Commission Board and directs all operations of the Geauga County Planning Commission. The Director plans, administers, organizes, coordinates, and directs the land use planning for Geauga County, Ohio. Develops and implements long-range strategies to ensure the economic health and vitality of the county and coordinates with partner agencies and townships to ensure long term quality planning and zoning in the county. Provides overall vision and leadership and requires independent judgment and action.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Ensures that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the Planning Commission and about any trends, events, or emerging issues of significance to the commission's success • Oversees the recruitment, employment, evaluation, training, and release of staff and contract personnel • Develops organization-wide goals, objectives, policies and procedures including the County General Plan • Performs and manages complex and sensitive professional planning projects, research and analysis • Monitors and ensures compliance with local, state and federal laws • Advises various councils, boards, commissions and elected officials in planning-related issues • Responsible for budget preparation and administration, monitors and controls expenditures • Administer and enforce the County Subdivision Regulations. • Prepare, present, and manage projects, plans, reports, and programs and devise appropriate budgets • Devise staff reviews and reports for Planning Commission and other meetings • Review and comment concerning proposed township zoning amendments • Represent the department at county, township and other meetings and make presentations as required • Proficiency in preparing mapping, including zoning maps and plans, using GIS software • Respond to requests for information from public officials, other county departments, the general public, surveyors, engineers, attorneys, land title companies, and others • Work in a team fashion with department staff members and other county staff to complete assignments • Attend workshops and other training opportunities to enhance professional development
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor’s degree in planning or a closely related field from an accredited college or university required - Master’s degree in planning preferred • Eight or more years of relevant work experience demonstrating progressive responsibility, including at least three years of lead experience on planning projects as well subdivision and zoning review • AICP certification required. (ability to achieve in 1 year) • Broad knowledge of planning trends and methods, particularly in a semi-rural setting. • Experience working with a planning commission, governmental departments, township boards and commissions, and other public entities • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning, economic development, and township zoning • Knowledge of relevant provisions of the Ohio Revised Code • Background in real estate principles and practices • Ability to review and interpret legal descriptions and survey plat maps • Excellent writing, speaking, computer, and interpersonal skills • Ability to operate office equipment: computer, printer, scanner, plotter, fax, calculator, and phone system • Experience and working knowledge of, MS office, power point, and related applications • Proficiency in computer mapping and working knowledge of ArcInfo and ArcView software • Background knowledge in public relations • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with department employees and others
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: • Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with an acceptable driving record and be a U.S. citizen • Negative on drug test • Check of references and educational credentials • Possibly subject to a criminal background check • Be available to work a flexible schedule based on departmental needs • Requires vision (which may be corrected) to read small print. • Capable of working in outside environmental conditions. • Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) preferred.
To Apply: The Geauga County Planning Commission 470 Center Street, Building #1-C Chardon, Ohio 44024 440-279-1740 440-285-7069 fax Email - mpalmisano@CO.GEAUGA.OH.US