Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Urban Studies, Architecture or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. Five (5) years progressively responsible related experience.
Licenses and Certifications: AICP certification preferred. Valid Oklahoma Driver’s License and satisfactory motor vehicle record.
Knowledge: Applicable state, federal and local laws, rules and regulations. Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation, including spreadsheets. Principles and practices of city planning, zoning, and development process.
Skills: Understand long range planning best practices and theories. Interpersonal skills to effectively interact with staff, citizens, and contractors, to insure compliance with design specifications and zoning codes; responding to citizens’ questions regarding zoning concerns; consulting with builders and developers in reviewing plans for development. Analytical abilities are required to integrate and interpret data from various sources, and to plan, develop, and implement reasonable strategies. Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials. Organizing work, meeting critical deadlines, and following-up assignments with minimal direction. Communicating clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
Essential Functions: Researches and provides information on various community development issues; gathers socio-economic, transportation, construction, housing, land use and other data about the community; studies plans and monitors local development. Advises architects, builders, attorneys, contractors, engineers and the public on the City’s Comprehensive Plan, development policies, procedures and standards and other land use matters. Manages, prepares, revises, and implements the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Acts as project manager for master plans and acts as liaison between City and consultants. Coordinates with other departments and divisions to monitor the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. Provides policy recommendations to Planning Department staff and other departments to ensure future projects align with the Comprehensive Plan. Responds to citizens’ inquiries regarding interpretation and assists in reviewing and implementation of codes, zoning and land use. Assists walk-in traffic and daily calls for information requests. Analyzes and reviews development proposals or applications such land use plan amendments permits with appropriate principles, regulations and policies. Ability to work with different commissions. Assists in review of ordinances and regulations affecting a variety of development issues; assists in preparation of items and memos for the Planning Commission and City Council; represents the City at various meetings. Organizes and facilitates meetings with developers and community groups to introduce and discuss new development proposals and planning projects. Answers zoning and development process questions from citizens, developers and other agencies. Evaluates land use proposals for conformity to established plans and ordinances and compliance with applicable local, state or federal laws; evaluates proposals’ development impact as they relate to the adopted plans for the City and makes recommendations. Performs other related work as required.
Mental and Physical Abilities: Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance. Mental/visual effort required due to sustained periods of concentration with constant breaks in concentration associated with answering phones or speaking in person to citizens or staff requiring assistance. Limited amount of physical effort required associated with walking, standing, lifting, and carrying light objects (less than 25 lb.) 5 - 10% of work time.
Working Conditions: Works in a normal office environment where there are little or no physical discomforts associated with changes in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dust, dirt, and the like. Occasionally performs fieldwork outdoors.
Additional Information: Selected applicant must pass background investigation and drug screen.