Summary: Under limited direction, plans, organizes, controls and directs the planning and community development activities of the City, including but not limited to zoning, subdivision and building regulations, business development, downtown revitalization, affordable housing, and community services such as Airport and Swimming Pool.
Distinguishing Characteristics: This is an executive level job class within the Planning and Community Development Department and reports to the City Manager.
•Reviews development applications, interprets the codes and General Plan to the public, real estate professionals and others as required. Assists applicants for permits, code amendments, subdivisions and other developments in the processes to conform to City codes. Prepares work related to cases presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment and City Council. •Administers the zoning and subdivision codes and General Plan; directs the administration of various building codes and oversees code enforcement activities. •Establishes programs and carries out other activities for the implementation of the City of Safford Economic Development Strategy; providing demographic and site selection information to business prospects. Assists in regulation compliance issues, coordinating with Graham County and other state and local agencies. •Provides overall direction and technical expertise, information, and assistance to department staff and to City management regarding assigned functions. •Coordinates the summer recreation pool program. •Directs, evaluates and motivates department personnel. Hires, promotes, disciplines and terminates employees; evaluates employee performance. Responds to grievances and maintains orderly operation of department. •Manages the finances of the department. Submits operating budget to City Manager for approval, controls and monitors expenses. Ensures department purchasing and procurement follow policies and procedures. •Coordinates cooperative services with other City departments for special events, activities and general services. •Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education, Experience, Certifications and Licenses: • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Economic Development or Business Management and • Five (5) years governmental program planning experience with at least three (3) years supervisory experience in the planning or building inspection field. • Or equivalent work experience and training that provides the required knowledge and skills.