DESCRIPTION:

Under general supervision, performs daily work assignments for the Planning & Zoning Division of the Public Works Department, in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.

RECRUITMENT QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Administration, Urban Studies, or a closely related field;
  • Three (3) years’ experience in public administration or city planning with responsibility in zoning, subdivision, and/or land use planning;
  • Experience with Floodplain Management;
  • Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in the supervision of employees;
  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo (valid out-of-state license may be considered);
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Desired:

  • Certification by American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
  • New Mexico Floodplain Manager Certification.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Manages and supervises direct-report staff by coordinating, assigning, and reviewing work to ensure compliance with policies and procedures;
  • Conducts employee evaluations, introductory and annual; makes recommendations for hiring, promoting, and releasing employees; 
  • Initiates and administers corrective action, as necessary, according to the Employee Manual;
  • Mentors employees to full potential and ensures appropriate training is given to meet the standards of the position held;
  • Interprets and ensures the enforcement of zoning, subdivision, and other land use regulations of the City;
  • Notifies applicants of proposed use that is not in compliance with standards; assists with an appropriate alternative procedure, appeal, or other administrative remedies necessary to attain compliance;
  • Provides technical expertise, assistance, oversight and guidance to staff, officials, public boards, commissions and committees, and the public regarding zoning and other land use regulations, proposals, and applications;
  • Issues and coordinates maintenance of records for zoning and land use certifications;
  • Assists the City Planner in the management of the Technical Review Committee for review of blueprints, plans and applications for land use conformance and certification including documents submitted for land development, annexation, subdivision, business registration and licensure, building construction, enlargement, alteration, repair, demolition, change of occupancy or other modifications in accordance with the City’s zoning, subdivision, accessibility, parking, and other land use regulations and planning policies;
  • Responds to public inquiries regarding the Planning & Zoning Division’s responsibilities and procedures; includes answering questions such as how to apply for permits, certifications, other Planning & Zoning approvals, procedures involving zoning or planning hearings, and concerning programs managed by the division;
  • Compiles and provides comments for corrections of defects or inadequacies found in applications for land use approvals and requires that corrections be made in accordance with pertinent City codes;
  • Performs field inspections and participates in off-site meetings relative to land use inquiries and requests;
  • Performs staff functions for public boards, commissions and committees regarding land use, community planning and regulation;
  • Schedules and coordinates staff and private activities relative to zoning and other land use hearings and public meetings;
  • Advises the public concerning land use regulations, and plan and plat submittal requirements;
  • Maintains knowledge of related current and pending local ordinances, regulations, and procedures; 
  • Provides guidance and training to employees on requirements, procedures and policies;
  • Assists in the design and preparation of presentations, brochures, press releases, and other documentary materials;
  • Assists the City Planner in composing staff reports and makes recommendations concerning specific projects relative to the effectiveness of the City’s land use regulation; maintains operation manuals for the division;
  • Assists with the development and maintenance of the division budget;
  • Safely operates a City vehicle;
  • Establishes procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety, and risk avoidance;
  • Responsible for thoroughly investigating, reviewing, and addressing department or division accidents to prevent future occurrences and control risk management related costs;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills;
  • Interacts professionally and provides excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens, to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Performs duties in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.

OTHER IMPORTANT DUTIES

  • Performs floodplain management duties, as assigned;
  • Makes presentations to City Commission, as assigned;
  • Duties may be performed outside of normal working hours;
  • Some out-of-area travel may be required;
  • Must obtain and maintain required license(s);
  • Shall serve as interim City Planner during absences, as assigned;
  • Maintains the confidentiality of information obtained during performance of duties; and
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:   

  • Principles of supervision, training, and employee relations;
  • Effective customer service techniques;
  • Planning, development, land use regulation, and municipal administration;
  • Budget preparation, fiscal control, program planning and development, and long range planning;
  • Proper recording and maintenance of legal documents related to zoning; and
  • City of Alamogordo Ordinances, City-wide and Departmental Policies and Procedures, and any applicable laws regulated by an outside authority.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; understand and follow instructions;
  • Convey work-related information in a positive, professional manner to individuals of varied backgrounds and personalities;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with regulating agencies, engineers, architects, surveyors, cultural experts, builders, contractors and other such professionals, the public, elected and appointed officials, and City staff at all levels;
  • Demonstrate professionalism and tact with the public; speak clearly and concisely; 
  • Operate a computer using standard word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation programs, accounting and purchase order systems, and any other software and/or hardware used by the division;
  • Research, interpret, explain, and apply technical issues, policies, and procedures related to Planning & Zoning;
  • Read and interpret detailed blueprints, plans, plats, maps, charts, and digital communications; 
  • Understand and apply related federal, state, and city regulations;
  • Learn and become proficient in the use of the City’s computer system and electronic processes related to budgeting, purchasing, and timekeeping;
  • Maintain accurate legible records, prepare technical reports and diagrams, status reports, and other written documents and/or correspondence, as needed;
  • Type accurately and enter data at a speed that allows work to be completed timely;
  • Maintain professionalism under pressure; 
  • Manage simultaneous tasks and projects, and meet multiple deadlines; and
  • Provide excellent customer service to ensure high operational and service standards are met and maintained for the citizens of Alamogordo.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
  • Work is typically performed in an office setting;
  • Daily tasks require both sedentary and physical labor that include, but is not limited to, sitting, standing, walking, bending, squatting, turning, and driving;
  • Position may also include on-site work at various locations and facilities where hazards may exist involving exposure to all phases of construction, traffic, hazardous materials, adverse weather conditions, noise, debris, dust, undeveloped and uneven terrain, and other obstacles and hazards;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office and moderate to loud in the field;
  • Light physical demands may be required including occasionally lifting and/or moving up to twenty-five (25) pounds;
  • May be subject to repetitive motion while using personal computer and multi-line telephone; and
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate to the job site which may include protective footwear, marked by the manufacturer, with a minimum standard of M/F I/75/C75, 6" ankle height work boots, per ASTM F2413-11.
 

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