Principal Planner

Roanoke County   Roanoke, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on June 24, 2024
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GENERAL DESCRIPTION


Performs difficult professional and managerial work directing the activities of the Long Range Planning Division. Oversees long-range planning projects, serves as a technical advisor on planning and zoning issues to the County Administrator, Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and other County agencies as requested. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Planning. Does related work as required.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS


  • Coordinates the activities and staff assigned to the Long Range Planning Division.
  • Supervises the Long Range Planning Division within the Department.
  • Prepares work programs, assigns schedules, reviews completed work, and supervises the preparation and maintenance of necessary records and reports.
  • Directs the preparation of highly detailed studies and comprehensive plans.
  • Provides technical advice to the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator.
  • Appears before the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, other County departments, public agencies, civic organizations and media groups to present, discuss, or interpret specific planning programs, policies and ordinances.
  • Researches, documents and develops alternative policies on matters pertaining to County Planning.
  • Prepares codes, reports and ordinances for consideration by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
  • Keeps abreast of legislation dealing with planning, zoning and community development issues.
  • Coordinates research and prepares grant applications for state and federal funds.
  • Assists with Economic Development efforts in the County.
  • Evaluates performance of staff on an annual basis.
  • Represents Roanoke County on regional boards and commissions, as appropriate.

REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES


Education
Required: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban and regional planning, geography or a related field
Preferred: Masters Degree in planning or a related

Experience
Required: Five (5) years experience in comprehensive planning, reviewing development proposals, developing codes and ordinances, and policy analysis, with some administrative experience in professional planning.
Preferred: One or more years of supervisory experience.

Certifications/ Licenses
Required: Possess a valid Virginia driver's license and have a good driving record.
Preferred: Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning.
  • Thorough knowledge of the laws and ordinances affecting the planning, development and zoning process.
  • Thorough knowledge of land use, housing, natural resources management, and community and economic development.
  • Ability to perform technical research on planning and related problems.
  • Ability to prepare and interpret ordinances and codes related to development of the County.
  • Ability to present technical information clearly and concisely, orally and in writing to professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Ability to supervise the work of professional staff.

Additional Requirements
Subject to a complete criminal history background search with acceptable results. Must be able to perform the job as described in the Physical and Environmental Demands section of this job description.
Supervisory
Responsibilities
Supervises professional staff.



OTHER INFORMATION


OVERALL PHYSICAL STRENGTH DEMAND
SEDENTARY
Lift and/or exert force up to 10 lbs. occasionally or insignificant weights frequently; sitting most of the time.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
C = Continuously
5.5 to 8+ hours daily
F = Frequently
2.5 to 5.5 hours daily
O = Occasionally
Up to 2.5 hours daily
R = Rarely
Less than 1 hour per week
N = Never
Never occurs
Code
Physical Demand
Code
Physical Demand
O
Standing
F
Sitting
O
Walking
R
Lifting
O
Carrying
R
Pushing/Pulling
F
Reaching
F
Handling
C
Fine Dexterity
R
Kneeling
O
Crouching
R
Crawling
O
Bending
R
Twisting
N
Climbing
R
Balancing
C
Vision (Correction Required)
C
Hearing
F
Talking
R
Foot Controls (driving, operation of equip, etc.)

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
D = Daily
W = Several Times Per Week
M = Several Times Per Month
S = Seasonally
R - Rarely
N = Never
Code
Health and Safety
Code
Environmental Factors
N
Mechanical Hazards
R
Dirt and Dust
N
Chemical Hazards
N
Extreme Temperatures
N
Electrical Hazards
N
Noise and Vibration
N
Fire Hazards
N
Fumes and Odors
N
Explosives
N
Wetness/Humidity
N
Communicable Diseases
N
Darkness or Poor Lighting
N
Physical Danger or Abuse



PRIMARY WORK LOCATION
Office Environment

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, WORK AIDS
Standard office equipment

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
N/A


Full-time employees are eligible for a comprehensive benefit package that includes:

• Progressive Flexible Leave Plan with cash-in option
• Twelve paid holidays
• Short Term Disability Insurance
• Long Term Disability Insurance
• Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Flexible Spending Accounts - Medical and Dependent Care
• Virginia Retirement System - Membership in VRS is automatic upon hire into a covered position. County contributes and employees pay their membership contribution.
• Deferred Compensation Plan with County Match
• Employee Assistance Program
• Credit Union Membership

Agency
County of Roanoke Virginia

Address
5204 Bernard Drive

Roanoke, Virginia, 24018

Phone
540-772-2018

Website
http://www.roanokecountyva.gov