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Planning And Development Deputy Director

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, manages one of the following divisions of the Planning & Development Department: Building and Safety, Development Review, Comprehensive Planning, or Energy. Incumbents function as part of a management team with other deputy directors to establish goals, objectives, and policies for the management of the department; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents in this class report to the Assistant Director of Planning & Development. This class is distinguished from Planning & Development Deputy Director, Administration in that the emphasis of the Planning & Development Deputy Director class is on managing an operational area of the department, while the emphasis of the Deputy Director, Administration is on managing department wide support functions such as personnel administration, budget coordination, automation, and training.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Manages the work program for a division to ensure conformity with statutory requirements, zoning ordinances, building codes, and land use planning policies and priorities; prepares program budget and monitors work to ensure that funds and staff time are used most efficiently; analyzes work flow, assignments, priorities, and staffing levels, and makes or recommends adjustments; interviews, makes selection recommendations, prepares and reviews employee performance reports, takes disciplinary action, and manages employee performance through goal setting.
2. Directs the preparation and review of environmental documents and building permits, 2. meets with project applicants, property owners, developers, community groups, design professionals, architects, engineers, contractors, and others to discuss technical issues, departmental or divisional procedures, standards, billing practices, and policies; directs the application, interpretation, and enforcement of codes, regulations, laws, and policies.
3. Represents the department at hearings of the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and before other groups or agencies; conducts negotiations with corporations or with other government agencies regarding permit conditions, draft reports, and fees; conducts and participates in public hearings in order to present the Planning Department's position, provide information and clarification, and receive input from interested parties.
4. Confers with other deputy directors to review data, discuss options, and make decisions about departmental policy, selection of employees, and other management issues; initiates special projects and research programs to improve process efficiency; implements process improvements through subordinate supervisors.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Building and safety Specialty:

1. Two years of supervisory experience in building permitting and inspection; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Building Engineering Inspector, Supervising with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the above employment standards and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Development Review, Comprehensive Planning, and Energy specialties:

1. Two years of supervisory experience in land-use planning; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Supervising Planner or Energy Specialist with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the above employment standards and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions.

ALL SPECIALTIES:

Knowledge of: principles and practices of program and project management; principles and methods of management analysis, supervision, and performance management; program performance budgeting; public counter and public information practices.

Building and Safety Specialty:

Knowledge of: building practices and materials in structural, plumbing and electrical construction; the Uniform Building Code, the Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, State of California Building Regulations, and the National Electrical Code; code enforcement problems and methods.

Development Review, Comprehensive Planning, and Energy Specialties:

Knowledge of: policies and procedures of local government planning operations; federal and state laws and regulations related to planning and zoning; current trends affecting planning practice.

ALL SPECIALTIES:

Deputy Directors for Development Review, Comprehensive Planning, or Energy will have knowledge of policies and procedures of local government planning operations; federal and state laws and regulations related to planning and zoning; current trends affecting planning practice;

Ability to: analyze information, identify problems, project consequences, and make recommendations or develop solutions; define program objectives and direct work accordingly; direct, train, and evaluate the work of staff; develop and interpret policy; oversee contract administration and grant compliance; understand and consider the long-range implications of decisions; establish priorities and balance competing priorities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with applicants and their representatives, citizen groups, community organizations, and other government agencies; understand and address the concerns of a variety of constituencies; communicate in oral and written form; make public presentations before groups with varying levels of technical understanding; make decisions under a variety of circumstances, including: time pressure, new or unusual situations for which there are no clear guidelines, and situations in which decisions will significantly affect applicants or the department; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; maintain objectivity and poise when others are exerting pressure.

Desirable Qualifications:

All Specialties:

Significant administrative and supervisory experience that includes identifying and analyzing administrative or operational problems and recommending changes is highly desirable for positions in all divisions.

Building and Safety Specialty:

A license as a Professional Civil Engineer or Architect from the State of California, or knowledge of principles and practices of architectural design or civil engineering, including general structural engineering methods, is highly desirable for candidates for Building and Safety Division Deputy Director.

Energy Specialty:

Experience in permitting and regulating complex energy or coastal development, condition compliance, managing grant contracts, and general land use planning experience in an interagency and interdisciplinary regulatory environment are highly desirable for candidates for Energy Division Deputy Director.


 



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