Planner II – Lewis and Clark County, MT

Lewis and Clark County, population 67,000, is currently recruiting for a Planner-II.  Hosting the Capital City, Lewis and Clark County is rich in historic heritage.  Our growing community has a lot to offer in the way of outdoor recreation, art, and culture. If you’re interested in working with an experienced team, consider our Planner-I position.
Position Details

Status: Regular, Full-time, Non-exempt
Pay: $26.77/hour – $28.35/hour
Closing Date: December 10, 2019 (first review of applications will be November 27, 2019).
Under general supervision of the Director of Community Development and Planning, this position performs a variety of professional Land-Use Planning and Floodplain Development Program/Outreach duties.

Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Functions
• Responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Community’s Floodplain Management Program;
• Coordinates with the Director of Community Development and Planning to ensure a focused effort to minimize community-wide flood damage through the consistent implementation of the Floodplain Ordinance and other land-use programs;  Manages the updating process for County flood maps, plans and policies;
• Maintains records and documents that keep the community eligible to participate in the FEMA’s NFIP and Community Rating System (CRS);
• Maintains the community’s floodplain program files and maps;
• Participates on the County emergency response team in a capacity specified by the Chief Administrative officer;
• In conjunction with the State (DNRC), conducts annual reviews of the FEMA “Repetitive Loss” list to identify properties, verify accuracy, and establish priorities for possible mitigation;
• Reviews development proposals with City, County, State and Federal agencies, as well as private developers;
• Analyzes existing land-use, public facilities, environmental constraints, and other information for development proposals;
• Prepares written staff reports and participates in the development of staff recommendations for development proposals;
• Assists with the creation, amending, and assessments of special districts;
• Prepares reports and presents information at public meetings regarding land-use development;
• Provides information and answers questions from groups and individuals regarding land use development, road adjustments, and special districts;
• Processes zoning requests, including conditional use permits, land use variances, changes in non-conforming use, zoning changes, amendments relating to County zoning districts, as well as floodplain development permits;
• Assists with professional land use planning duties related to plan implementation and long-range planning;
• Works with citizen groups to develop land use goals;
• Conducts community outreach;
• Assists with presenting plans/recommendations to senior management, community groups, public officials;
• Surveys and analyzes existing land use, public facilities, environmental constraints, and other information in conjunction with development proposals.
Other Duties
• Coordinates with the Grants Administrator on the preparation of grant applications;
• Attends staff, board and committee meetings;
• Enforces zoning and subdivision regulations and development permits;
• Assists in the training of other staff;
• Coordinates and leads site visits;
• Functions as department liaison with its TRAKiT project management software program.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive 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 a four (4) year degree in land-use planning, engineering (civil / geo-hydrologic), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), geography, landscape architecture, or other relevant field from an accredited college or university; and three (3)  years of experience in planning, land development, or engineering fields, with at least one (1) year in a public sector planning office. Classification as a Montana Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) required or must be obtained within 12 months of hire.   Master’s degree in Planning or a related field and AICP certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Examples of Knowledge
• County and State regulations relating to land-use and planning and floodplain management;
• County policies and procedures;
• Local, state, and federal floodplain laws and regulations;
• Department policies and procedures;
• Geographic Information Systems;
• Hardware and software used to develop and deliver public presentations.
Examples of Skills and Abilities
• Prepare and deliver public presentations; speak in front of groups on a regular basis;
• Use common office machines;
• Maintain strong competency in professional planning software;
• Understand and follow oral and written policies, procedures, and instructions;
• Use Geographic Information Systems to create maps, mailing lists, and exhibits;
• Prepare written reports and applications according to prescribed standards;
• Maintain records and documents according to prescribed standards;
• Find effective solutions when solving problems and making decisions;
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
• Establish and maintain cooperative, effective relationships with citizens, staff, community partners, state agencies, and supervisors.

Special Requirements
Local travel is required approximately 10% of the time; travel is primarily local during the business day.

Application Instructions
Applications for this position must be submitted through our career portal by the listed closing date at http://www.lccountymt.gov/hr/employment.html. The following items are required along with the on-line application:
• Resume
• Cover Letter