Deputy Director-Planning

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 27, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Planning and Development
  • Salary: $117,400.50 - $142,696.39 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Exercise your exceptional leadershipskills, and outstanding technical breadth and depth of knowledge, asPermit Sonoma'sDeputy Director-Planning!



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THE COUNTY

The County of Sonoma offers a rare and compelling array of scenic, recreational, and geographic characteristics that include over 200 award winning wineries, majestic redwoods, inspiring coastline and beaches, and the vibrant Russian River. Encompassing over one million acres of land and water, rich with agriculture, parks, campsites, lakes, and open spaces, the County is home to over 500,000 residents and offers a wide variety of art and music festivals, farmers' markets, and concert venues. Local schools continually rank high on California's Academic Performance Index, and the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University offer higher education opportunities.

The County of Sonoma is a general law county, governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors. The Board is fully committed to a mission and vision which value high quality services that support and enrich the community, strong leadership, engaged citizen participation, transparency and accuracy in information, and efficient and fiscally sustainable government. The County Administrator leads a team of dedicated department heads who work collaboratively to address and strategically prepare for County initiatives and challenges. The County has 28 departments, agencies, and special districts, and employs over 4,000 regular employees with an annual budget of approximately $1.78 billion for fiscal year 2019-2020.

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better the County's communities.

THE DEPARTMENT

Known as Permit Sonoma, the Permit and Resource Management Department, is a "one-stop shop" for all County land use planning and development activities. Virtually any land development or construction that takes place in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County (outside the nine incorporated cities) is reviewed, permitted, and inspected by Permit Sonoma.

Permit Sonoma was created as part of a county-wide reorganization, bringing staff from five separate departments together under one roof and with the same mission: to serve the people of Sonoma County by providing a customer-focused process to balance environmental protection and sustainable development. This mission is balanced with effective resource stewardship and the development and maintenance of standards and practices which protect the public's health and safety. To accomplish this mission, the Department has five divisions:
  • Administration - which includes Administrative Support, Customer Service, Department Information Systems, and Accounting.
  • Code Enforcement - which includes investigations, Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program, and black-market cannabis.
  • Construction and Engineering - which includes Building & Safety (Building Inspection, and Plan Check), Engineering & Water Resources (Engineering and Well & Septic), and Survey.
  • Fire Prevention - which includes Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials Unit.
  • Planning - which includes the Project Review Division, Comprehensive Planning, and Natural Resources.
In order to reach its goals, the Department also works closely with various boards and commissions, including the Airport Land Use Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustments, Design Review Committee, Director's Advisory Group, Landmarks Commission, Planning Agency, Planning Commission, and Project Review and Advisory Committee.

Permit Sonoma's major functions include enforcing building and development codes; processing and inspecting building permits, well and sept permits, grading and drainage permits, sanitation (sewer) permits, and planning entitlements; environmental review of public and private projects; maintaining and updating the Sonoma County General Plan; and integrating with State and regional agencies. Permit Sonoma currently employs 148.5 full-time staff with a fiscal year 2020-2021 department budget of $40.5 million.

THE POSITION

Under general direction, the Deputy Director - Planning plans, assigns, and directs the work of Comprehensive Planning, Project Review, and Natural Resources within the Permit Sonoma; supervises professional, technical, and clerical staff in the accomplishment of their work; coordinates the work with other divisions, County departments, agencies, and boards; serves as acting director as needed; and performs related duties as required.

Responsibilities of the Deputy Director include:
  • Fostering and promoting a workplace culture based on professionalism, collaboration, respect, accountability, and fun!
  • Leading an overhaul of the general plan, adoption of three specific plans, enactment of a development code, robust community engagement, and the integration of new elements to meet legal requirements and local needs.
  • Focusing teams on major current priorities such as housing, agriculture, coastal, and map act projects.
  • Co-managing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation with the Deputy Director of Construction and Engineering and the Sonoma Water Agency.
  • Preparing and recommending the Divisions' budget and fee schedules.
  • Representing the County's best interest in negotiations, hearings, and government-agency meetings.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

In order to effectively serve on the senior leadership team and head a Division of 26+ staff, this position requires extensive knowledge of local, state, and federal planning and environmental review regulations.

The new Deputy Director will be an exceptional leader who possess expertise in leading and working with administrative support staff, attorneys, biologists, environmental specialists, geologists, hydrologists, and planners. The ideal candidate will have outstanding technical breadth and depth, including familiarity with California's general plan, housing, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) legislation. Individuals with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff, public agencies, community organizations, and diverse stakeholder groups are sought. The ideal candidate will also have highly effective presentation skills and the ability to embrace community engagement, including diverse sources of feedback.

The successful candidate will have thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of land-use and environmental planning; socioeconomic and environmental principles that apply to urban and rural development and conservation; research methodology and standard statistical methods and procedures that apply to the use of socio-economic and environmental data; state, federal, and local laws, regulations, current programs, and court decisions pertaining to environmental protections; and public personnel administration. Considerable knowledge of county government and of other governmental agencies which must coordinate work with county government; the principles, practices, and techniques of drafting and other graphic arts; effective supervisory practices and techniques; and citizen and public interest groups dealing with environmental matters is expected.

Any combination of education and/or training which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed is qualifying. Normally, possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with academic coursework in planning, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, environmental studies, technical writing, physical and biological sciences, physical-, biological-, social-, and human-environmental relationships, or closely related courses would provide such opportunity. Graduate coursework in planning-related and management subjects is highly desirable. The typical candidate will have had at least four (4) years of professional land-use planning experience with complex planning projects, including project leadership and the preparation of environmental reports. Experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity is required.

THE COMPENSATION

The annual salary range for the Deputy Director - Planning position is $117,400-$142,696; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications. The County of Sonoma offers a competitive total compensation package with benefits including:
  • Cash allowance (in addition to the advertised salary) of approximately $600 per month.
  • Competitive vacation accrual and additional management leave annually; 12 paid holidays; and an additional eight (8) floating holiday hours per year; generous sick leave accruals; and 100% of accrual balance converted to service credit at retirement.
  • A wide variety of high-quality health plan options with a significant County contribution toward the monthly premium.
  • Excellent dental, vision, disability, life insurance, professional development and more. Additional details for management employees may be found at sonomacounty.ca.gov/HR/Employee-Relations/Labor/Salary-Resolution
  • IRS 457 Plan, Pre-tax employee contribution up to the IRS annual maximum.
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post retirement employee health insurance/benefits.
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment.
  • Relocation reimbursement may be authorized for distances greater than 50 miles.
  • Bilingual Premium payof $1.15/hour, in addition to the hourly pay rate, if certified bilingual.
The Civil Service title for this position is Deputy Director-Planning.This recruitment is being conducted to fillone position in Permit Sonoma.

APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of education and/or training which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with academic course work in planning, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, economics, environmental studies, technical writing, physical and biological sciences, physical-biological-social and human environmental relationships, or closely related courses, would provide such opportunity. Graduate course work in planning-related and management subjects is highly desirable.

Experience: Experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, four years of professional land-use planning experience with complex planning projects, including project leadership and the preparation of environmental reports. Experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity is required.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Probationary Period: All administrative management employees serve a one-year probationary period.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: the principles, methods and techniques of land-use and environmental planning; socio-economic and environmental principles and of their applications to urban and rural development and conservation; research methodology, and of standard statistical methods and procedures as they apply to the use of socio-economic and environmental data; state, federal, and local laws, regulations, current programs and court decisions pertaining to environmental protection; public personnel administration.

Considerable knowledge of: county government, and of other governmental agencies which must coordinate work with county government; the principles, practices and techniques of drafting and other graphic arts; effective supervisory practices and techniques; citizen and public interest groups dealing with environmental matters.

Working knowledge of: environmental considerations in the design, location, and construction of public works and other public projects.

Ability to: determine work priorities and effectively coordinate and schedule the necessary personnel and other resources; deal tactfully, convincingly and effectively with department personnel, government officials, representation of specific interest groups, and the general public; effectively assemble, organize and present in written and/or oral form, reports containing alternative solutions and recommendations regarding specific resources, plans and policies pertaining to land use planning; present or direct the presentation of planning studies in oral, written and graphic form; advise citizen groups and various boards and commissions orally and in writing concerning specific programs and projects; plan, organize, coordinate, supervise, train, and evaluate professional and technical planning employees engaged in planning services activities; assist in developing and implementing effective training and performance evaluation programs; establish and maintain effective working relationships with county employees, other public agencies and the general public; determine appropriate research methodology for project studies and insure that analysis is complete and accurate; supervise the preparation of, or perform, difficult, complex and specialized planning studies and projects; present or supervise the presentation of planning studies in oral, written and graphic form; speak effectively before groups and audiences; effectively synthesize data into the final format; prepare clear and concise written reports; analyze administrative problems and a variety of programs, systems and procedures.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

Responses to supplemental questionswill be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination(weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are accepted on-line at: www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

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