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Development Services Director

Development Services | Caldwell, ID | Full Time

Job Description

Starting annual salary is $81,562 - $108,445, DOE.  Position closes on April 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm.  

The individual selected for this position will provide management and supervisory services to the County’s Development Services Department, including current and long-range planning services, zoning administration, economic development, building, and code enforcement divisions.  This is a department head position reporting directly to the Board of County Commissioners.  Supervision is exercised over subordinate division managers, and clerical and administrative staff but considerable latitude is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative with respect to matters of significance. The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment.

Canyon County is located in southwestern Idaho, tucked into the west end of the beautiful Treasure Valley. Just minutes from the capital city of Boise, it features a perfect mixture of rural and urban living and boasts one of the strongest agricultural economies in the entire state, including one of the fastest growing and premiere wine regions in the world in the Snake River Valley. The area’s mild seasonal climate also makes Canyon County a recreationist’s dream with easy access to skiing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, bicycling, camping, and golfing. Educational opportunities are abundant with a variety of public, private, and charter primary schools, two fully accredited universities, and the state’s largest community college. Canyon County is also home to two of the premiere professional rodeos in the United States, playing host to the Snake River Stampede and the Caldwell Night Rodeo each summer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Directs, administers, and manages the County Development Services Department operations, policies and procedures, activities, planning, schedule, priorities, staff, and budget;
  • Oversees administration of the current and long-range planning services, zoning administration and enforcement, and building inspections and code enforcement;
  • Directs the implementation, administration, review, and amendment of the County’s long-range and short-term master plan and development objectives, building plan and inspection, development permit processes, and zoning administration;
  • Coordinates with County Commissioners, administrative and management staff on policy issues;
  • Provides professional and technical planning and development assistance and recommendations to County administrative and management staff and governing and policy bodies, including the Planning and Zoning Commission, County Commissioners, Advisory Committees, and other bodies;
  • Coordinates with developers, contractors, property owners, community and neighborhood groups, civic advisory groups, the public, and other interested and affected parties in land use, planning, economic development and development issues and decisions;
  • Implements County Commission and other administrative and management mandates;
  • Prepares and administers the Department annual budget;
  • Manages the County impact fee advisory committee;
  • Coordinates information and planning between cities on city impact area issues;
  • Develops and recommends strategies and policies on growth management and land use control policies;
  • Prepares and presents oral and written reports on Department activities, issues, and objectives as directed;
  • Represents the County to regional planning groups and at public meetings and conferences and conducts Department staff meetings;
  • Maintains current assessments of County growth management needs and policies;
  • Submits and explains policy recommendations and amendments to County governing agencies;
  • Reviews complaints and recommends remediation action for violations of Department policies and regulations;
  • Reviews and resolves complex or controversial applications and complaints from the public;
  • Reviews County code updates and amendments to help achieve stated growth and planning policies;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures, and safety practices.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Principles, objectives, and standard practices of urban planning and planning and zoning administration, development process and procedure administration, and ordinance and code implementation and administration;
  • Current city and County ordinances and codes governing zoning, development, design, subdivision, sign, and other applicable issues;
  • Federal, state and other applicable statutes governing planning, zoning, development, land use, and redevelopment program administration;
  • Research, statistical analyses, and database management related to planning and development and economic development administration;
  • Municipal budgeting procedures;
  • Municipal administration, organization, and management procedures;
  • Municipal accounting and administration procedures and practices relating to permit issuance and fee collection;
  • Supervisory, employee evaluation, and training methods.

 Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Read and interpret legal and property descriptions, ordinance and code documents, technical and instructional documents, statutes and ordinances, and building plans, blueprints, and diagrams;
  • Relate plans, diagrams, and blueprints to projects in various stages of construction and completion;
  • Prioritize projects and review and schedule workloads to ensure efficient use of Department staff and resources;
  • Prepare oral and written reports and maintain review, inspection, tracking and enforcement records and findings, documents, correspondence, and related files and records;
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Communicate effectively and establish and maintain working relationships with other employees, the public, developers and builders, customers, applicants, property owners, state agencies, local governments and other interested and affected parties, including in difficult and sometimes adversarial circumstances;
  • Assess growth management needs of the County.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration or related field is required, with a Master’s degree preferred; and
  • Ten (10) years of experience in planning, development, county administration, or a related field, including (5) years supervisory experience is required; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

 Special Qualifications

  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.

 Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate with others in person and by telephone;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and review, evaluate, and prepare a variety of written material, technical documents, blueprints, and databases;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate standard office equipment and computer systems;
  • Sufficient personal flexibility, agility, strength, and mobility, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to work in an office environment.

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.