Nassau County
Job Description
POSITION: Planning & Economic Opportunity Assistant Director
DEPARTMENT: Planning and Economic Opportunity
REPORTS: Planning & Economic Opportunity Director
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
PAY GRADE: 110

Salary Range: $61,415.95 – $76,699.73 Annually
Apply At: Applications will be accepted until filled. Application and job description can be obtained from the Human Resources Department located at 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 5, Yulee, Florida 32097, Telephone (904) 530-6075 or Fax (904) 321-5797, or at www.nassaucountyfl.com. Drug Free Workplace. This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference in accordance with applicable laws.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Advanced and highly skilled professional planner responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Planning and Economic Opportunity Department. Supervises staff planners and clerical personnel who support the Planning and Zoning Board, Conditional Use and Variance Board, Economic Development Board and the Board of County Commissioners.
The PEO Assistant Director is responsible for a wide range of policy initiatives including researching, analyzing and drafting policy with broad implications to the County's Code of Ordinances and Comprehensive Plan; responding to policy initiatives by local municipalities, regional/metropolitan bodies and State agencies/districts; researching and analyzing legislative initiatives at both the local and State level; assisting in project management, formulation and implementation of both current and long-range plans and other policy matters as directed by the PEO Director; serving to bridge the gap between planning theory, policy creation and implementation.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• Supervises and conducts advanced, highly-complex professional planning activities.
• Acts in an executive capacity in the absence of the Director.
• Conducts planning studies to address relevant issues and standards and recommends updates/revisions of regulations and the requirements of the Comprehensive Plan.
• Recommends new and revised policies, codes, ordinances and regulations. Prepares draft ordinances and amendments to ordinances.
• Researches information pertaining to best practices in land development issues.
• Review, analyze and bring forward innovative amendments to the Land Development Code, Subdivision Regulations, Roadway and Drainage Standards and other regulations impacting the development of land in Nassau County to match national best practices.
• Provide the Principal Planner with expert policy advice for inclusion in the Comprehensive Plan consistent with national best practices. Bring forward policy amendments to the Comprehensive Plan for consideration by the Planning and Zoning Board and Board of County Commissioners.
• Provide the NFIP-CRS Coordinator with expert policy advice. Draft policies to implement and strengthen floodplain management and resiliency within Nassau County.
• Provide policy guidance to County Boards and other County and Municipal staff in the preparation of legislation, regulations and other documents.
• Coordinate public outreach initiatives and community engagement. Proactively nurture public participation and grassroots consensus building.
• Facilitate sub-committees, working groups, design charrettes and visioning exercises.
Planning & Economic Opportunity Assistant Director
• Network with local, regional, State and national partners to further the goals and objects of Nassau County and update local policy to match best practices in a wide variety of subject areas.
• Work in tandem with the Planner II/Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator to facilitate the Development Review Committee including project review, meeting with designers and property owners, and performing the requisite administrative tasks.
• Assist the Principal Planner in the processing and management of development related applications submitted in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code of Nassau County, including the review and analysis of land development proposals, site plans, plats, engineering plans, comprehensive plan amendments, rezonings and the research and preparation of reports and memoranda for consideration by applicable boards and committees.
• Perform research, analysis and undertake special studies, projects and initiatives as directed by the PEO Director.
• Coordinates planning efforts with consulting firms as requested. Manages consultants and ensures quality production of commissioned studies and reports.
• Prepares and administers various grants related to PEO Department activities.
• Review internal processes, policies and producers and make recommendations for improving work efficiency, quality of work and implementation of progressive planning principles and best practices.
• Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed. Coordinates activities of subordinate employees as directed.
• Performs a variety of routine office/administrative duties as required, which include but are not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, attending meetings, etc.
• Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, co-workers, County personnel, engineers, contractors, consultants, architects, Board members, community/civic organizations and the general public.
• Operates a vehicle and a variety of equipment, which may include a computer, telephone, calculator, copier, etc.
• Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and leave requests.
• Attend night meetings, community events and committee meetings as directed.
• Performs related duties as required.
(These essential functions are not a complete statement of all duties required of the job. Employees will be required to perform such other related job duties as may be assigned or required.)


MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture or related field supplemented by eight (8) years of relevant professional planning experience in a municipal or public sector environment including experience and responsibilities for policy development, policy research and analysis, interpreting, analyzing, recommending policy directions and advising of implications to executive staff and appointed/elected officials. Must have supervisory experience. Must possess a valid State Driver's License.
Planning & Economic Opportunity Assistant Director


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of the County as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Planning & Economic Opportunity Assistant Director.
• Knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of the County and Governmental agencies.
• Knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position.
• Knowledge of various disciplines related to urban planning; including demographics, land use development, economics/economic development, zoning, etc.
• Knowledge of codes and regulations governing permitting activities.
• Ability to make sound, educated decisions.
• Knowledge of the theories and practices of engineering and architecture.
• Ability to offer training and assistance to co-workers and employees of other departments as required.
• Ability to plan and develop daily, short-termand long-term goals related to County projects.
• Ability to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision.
• Ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities.
• Ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
• Knowledge of proper English usage, punctuation, spelling and grammar.
• Knowledge of modern office practices and technology.
• Ability to use a computer for word, data processing, graphic displays and cartography.
• Ability to perform required mathematical calculations.
• Ability to read and interpret complex materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job.
• Ability to assemble and analyze information and prepare reports and records in a concise, clear and effective manner.
• Knowledge of the terminology and various professional languages used within the Department.
• Ability to maintain effective relationships with co-workers, personnel in other departments, professionals and members of the public through contact and cooperation.
• Ability to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.


ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS:
• Tasks require extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
• Stooping
• Sitting
• Kneeling
• Bending
• Crouching
• Reaching
• Standing
• Walking
• Lifting and carrying up to 20 lbs.
• Pushing and pulling
Planning & Economic Opportunity Assistant Director
• Climbing on ladders, on steps, or on the ground
(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
• Works inside in an office environment.
• Has knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the industry.