Position Summary: The Conservation, Planning and Zoning (CPZ) Director is responsible for taking actions to develop and implement comprehensive and strategic plans that drive organizational success, as well as formulate and enforce county policies in compliance with state, federal, and local regulations, while maintaining an open dialogue with stakeholders in the community. Through leadership, accountability, community engagement, and collaborative partnerships, the CPZ Director will promote thoughtful and deliberate use of resources, and innovative solutions to ensure healthy people, a healthy economy, and a healthy environment in Marathon County, now and in the future.
The position is responsible for leadership and management of three programmatic areas:
1.Land and Water Services Responsible for the implementation and administration of policies established to protect land and water resources, balance sustainable land use with economic opportunities, promote community health and safety, protect public infrastructure, and minimize land use conflicts.
2.Planning Services Provide planning leadership and expertise to internal and external stakeholder groups including preparation and implementation of Comprehensive Planning; Transportation Planning Services (MPO), Sewer Service Area and Storm Water Management for the metropolitan area; Groundwater Protection Planning, and Census/Redistricting.
3.Land Information Services Lead and oversee services related to gathering, managing and analyzing land information data. Evaluate and continuously improve the County’s Geographic Information System (GIS) maps and tools that directly impact public safety/emergency response, economic development, land use, and resource protection efforts.
Examples of Work Performed: The following duties are typical for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned
•Develop and implement strategies to maximize employee engagement and productivity while supporting a positive work environment. Promote teamwork and collaboration, establish and prioritize clear work expectations with specific outcome measures, reinforce shared values, foster a sense of urgency, ownership, and personal commitment.
•Leads, directs, administers and manages the operations and personnel of the CPZ Department and its services as listed above. Develops and monitors internal policies; develops and administers the annual department budget, oversees requests for proposals, contracts and other administrative duties as required.
•Responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of the Comprehensive and Strategic Plans of Marathon County. This includes coordination of department reports on annual progress to standing committees and County Board.
•Directs the development and implementation of long range plans (Land and Water Resource Management Plan, Sewer Service Area Plans, Land Information Plan, Metropolitan Planning Organization, etc.) and work plans for functional areas of the department and monitors the results of these plans to ensure outcomes are achieved. Provide administrative oversight and direction in developing new departmental plans, ordinances and programs.
•Builds, engages and participates in strategic partnerships and multi-disciplinary teams of stakeholders in conservation, planning and zoning matters to build and enhance the community to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
•Responsible for the administration of county regulatory programs including: comprehensive zoning; wetland, shoreland, and floodplain zoning; exclusive agricultural zoning; nonmetallic mine reclamation; land division; private onsite wastewater treatment, and airport height limitations. Continuously monitor and lead community discussions to ensure regulatory programs are in alignment with Department mission, as well as the needs and overarching goals of Marathon County. This includes oversight of the investigation of ordinances related complaints, preparation of notices of noncompliance and orders; referrals to Corporation Counsel and proper enforcement.
•Serves on County and other community committees to promote cooperation and improve services to County residents including the Land Information Committee, Landfill Siting, Environmental Resources Committee, and other Boards and Committees as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Knowledge of Conservation, Planning & Zoning issues, regulations, and leading practices.
•Skill in business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
•Ability to communicate in a welcoming and effective manner with diverse groups of people.
•Ability to remain calm and exercise the judgment, decisiveness, and creativity required in confrontational or high-pressure situations.
•Ability to engage employees, departments, and partners in developing goals, planning, and delivering results.
•Ability to enthusiastically communicate the department’s mission and vision and motivate staff towards those goals.
•Skill in building and maintaining a strong organizational culture.
•Ability to analyze systems, eliminate processes which do not add value, and implement actions to improve performance and efficiencies.
•Ability to establish clear and measurable performance expectations.
•Skill in fostering relationships by understanding the highly visible role of the position and the actual/perceived impressions upon the public resulting from personal conduct and interactions with others.
Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree from an approved college/university in Public Administration, Planning, Natural Resources or other suitable field and 5 years of experience in planning, zoning, and/or land conservation preferably in a management or leadership role preferred. Experience with the administration of a wide variety of land use regulations, budgeting, grant management, and code development is desired. A Master’s degree is desired. Any other combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.
Selection Procedure: Selection of the successful candidate may be made by assessment of experience and education, background check, oral interview; review of references, written management assessment, and other appropriate job-related selection procedures. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application.
Compensation: Min $72,587 - Mid $90,314 - Max $112,148
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