Director of Planning

Job Title:
Director of Planning
County Name:
Bedford County
Job Title: Director of Planning
Reports To: Board of Commissioners
Status: Full Time
Classification: Exempt                                   Pay Scale/Grade/Salary: Approved by Salary Board

JOB SUMMARY
The Director of Planning provides support to the Board of Commissioners and the Planning Commission Board of Directors on items related to planning and development. They will prepare and oversee the work program and policies of the Planning Commission. They will administer the monthly meetings of the Planning Commission. They will oversee administration of the Bedford County and Bedford Township federal CDBG Entitlement Grant programs via supervision of the CDBG Administrator.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Illustrative Only)
  1. Maintain, update and implement the County Comprehensive Plan, Hazard Mitigation Plan, and Municipal Waste Management Plan.
  2. Serve as County representative for transportation planning on the Rural Transportation Technical Committee (RTTC) of the regional Rural Planning Organization (RPO).
  3. Joint oversight and implementation, in conjunction with the County Conservation District, of the Countywide Action Plan (CAP) for water quality protection.
  4. Act as Administrator of the Bedford County Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program.
  5. Serve on local, county, and regional advisory committees and boards to enhance planning efforts.
  6. Prepare an annual report and other reports as necessary.
  7. Oversee and assist with reviews of subdivision, land development, and sewage module plans.
  8. Conduct reviews of projects and permit applications to assure consistency with the Comprehensive Plan and related planning documents.
  9. Provide technical assistance to municipal officials and the public as requested.
  10. Maintain an active outreach program with municipalities, local agencies, boards and groups to assure their input on all planning efforts.
  11. Provide information to municipalities, authorities, non-profits, etc. on funding opportunities; respond to requests for data necessary to complete funding applications.
  12. Assign duties to staff and assure staff performance.
  13. Coordinate staff duties for maximum efficiency.
  14. Maintain and update position descriptions in coordination with the HR Department.
  15. Prepare an annual operating budget and monitor income and expenditures.
  16. Develop contractual documents for grant agreements; monitor progress and conduct closeout; coordinate with the Finance Department.
  17. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Commissioners.


COMPETENCY
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
  1. Interpersonal Skills – Maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting, keeps emotions under control; remains open to others’ ideas.
  2. Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.
  3. Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  4. Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others; contributes to building a positive team spirit.
  5. Professionalism – Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  6. Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
  7. Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Minimum of a BA or BS degree in Planning or related field.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in county or regional planning preferred.
  • Experience with the Federal CDBG program preferred.
  • AICP Certification preferred, but not required.
  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal statutes, regulations and policies as they relate to planning.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; expertise with Microsoft Office software.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers; feel, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

*The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is mostly working in an office environment.

SPECIAL NEEDS
Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel if required.

This job description does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed. Employees occupying this position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by the Department Heads. Furthermore, this does not establish a contract for employment and is subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Bedford County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Posting Date:
Friday, January 28, 2022
Expiration Date:
Friday, February 25, 2022
Contact Name:
Joy Lepako
Contact Link:
Joy Lepako
Address:
200 S. Juliana Street, Suite 300 Bedford, PA 15522
Phone:
814-624-2693