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CLOSED: Lewis & Clark County Seeking Director of Community Development & Planning

Posted Date: 
July 21, 2017

Lewis and Clark County is currently recruiting for a Director of Community Development and Planning. Located in the Rocky Mountains, Lewis and Clark County is in a beautiful part of Montana and offers a mix of history, art, theater, and outdoor recreational activities. If you are interested in making a difference in your own community and have a desire to lead an experienced team, consider applying for this position.

Position Details

Title:  Director of Community Development and Planning
Status:  Regular, Full-time, Exempt
Pay:  $82,638 - $97,219
Closing Date:  This position is open until filled with the first review of candidates beginning August 8, 2017

Under administrative direction of the Chief Administrative Officer, this position directs the day to day activities of the Community Development and Planning Department. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Essential Functions
  • Directs the day to day activities of the Planning Department, including land-use planning, subdivision review and permitting
  • Administers land use regulation
  • Reviews land use policies to ensure compliance with laws and regulations
  • Reviews growth policy and recommends amendments
  • Manages Open Lands and historic preservation activities
  • Coordinates activities between the Department and other entities, including but not limited to County Commission, planning board, civic organizations, industry/trade organizations, and citizens
  • Prepares and monitors implementation of annual budget
  • Develops and administers staff work plans; assigns and schedules personnel
  • Supervises and evaluates professional and support staff
  • Monitors staff activities with respect to department work plans, goals and objectives
  • Provides technical and professional advice to the planning board and the Board of County Commissioners

Other Functions

  • May perform field and site inspections
  • Assist in the training of staff

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a complete listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Required Qualifications – Experience & Education

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to BA degree in planning, geography, business, public administration, or related field, plus five (5) years professional experience in planning, grant administration, policy development or related with two (2) years supervisory experience.  Masters degree and public sector planning experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Examples of Knowledge

  • Montana Code Annotated and County regulations pertaining to land use and land use planning
  • Land use practice
  • Planning Department policies, procedures, and programs
  • County growth policy, subdivision rules, and land use regulations
  • Public sector budgeting policies and procedures
  • Supervisory techniques and personnel practices

Examples of Skills and Abilities

  • Use common office machines
  • Understand and interpret statutes, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Operate computer systems and related software, including word processing, presentation and spreadsheet programs
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Direct, supervise, train, and evaluate professional and support staff
  • Establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, elected officials, developers, and citizens

Physical Demands

This position requires the ability to move or lift documents and materials weighing up to 20 pounds.  Position requires knowledge and use of typical office equipment including telephone, audio-visual equipment and personal computer.  Position requires occasional contact with fellow employees and citizens.  Position may require occasional travel to remote sites where conditions for access may not be modifiable.

Application Instructions

Applications for this position are accepted online only through our career portal at The following items are required along with the on-line application:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

This position is open until filled with the first review beginning August 8, 2017