Mount Helena

Planner II

City of Helena
Job Description
Job Purpose Under general direction (Planner II), the purpose of this position is to perform a variety of technical and professional level work, which may include: (1) planning duties in the field of zoning, land use, subdivision, and development; and to provide information and assistance to developers, the business community, and the public on planning, zoning, land use, permits, and development related matters; Planner II--This is the full journey level in the Planner class series. Positions at this level are distinguished from the Planner I level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgments and initiative. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class series are flexibly staffed and positions at the Planner II level are normally filled by advancement from the Planner I level. When filled from the outside, the employee is required to have prior related experience which allows the employee to meet the qualification standards for the Planner II level. Essential Duties These job functions are the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties the incumbent may be assigned. Work Schedule Daily shift: 8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Work Schedule: __Sun _x_Mon _x_Tues _x_Wed _x_Thurs _x_Fri __Sat Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Related to this Position: - Knowledge of: Principles and practices of planning and zoning Provisions of state and local laws and regulations affecting planning, land subdivision and zoning. Computer hardware and software programs, which include internet applications and GIS. Basic site planning design principles. Principles and practices of research and data collection. Recent developments, current literature, sources of information, and research techniques related to planning, community development, affordable housing, and other community issues. Good verbal and written communication skills. Safe driving principles and practices. Planner II will also have the following knowledge of: Well-developed planning principles and practices. Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations including subdivision, land use, and zoning regulations, codes, ordinances, and laws. Statistics, drafting and graphic presentations. Skill or ability to: Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment. Operate a motor vehicle safely. Plan and organize comprehensive research and write technical reports Work on several projects or issues simultaneously Attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing and make presentations to a range of audiences Establish and maintain good working relationships with other employees, officials and the public. Learn to interpret, and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions including land use, subdivision, and zoning regulations, and other related community development issues Oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain rules and procedures clearly to the public. Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems. Work independently or in a team environment as needed. Understand and follow oral and written instructions. Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve practical problems. Enforce ordinances and regulations effectively and tactfully. Planner II will additionally have the following skill or ability to: Interpret and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions including land use, subdivision, zoning regulations, and other related community development issues. Facilitate groups during community workshops. Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations. License and/or Certificate Requirements Must possess a valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record at the time of hire and have the ability to obtain a valid MT driver’s license within six months of hire. Minimum Qualifications (Education, Experience, and Training): This position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, economics, public or business administration, or other related field AND two years of professional planning experience in a public agency. Other relevant combinations of education and work experience may be evaluated on an individual basis.
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