Job Details

Planning & Land Use Director
Borough of Matanuska Susitna, AK
Job Description

Job Summary
This position is responsible for directing the operations of the Planning Department, and providing oversight, direction, and mentoring to department staff.

Work is performed and duties are carried out in accordance with established policies, procedures, and Borough core values: Accountability, Customer Focus, Dedication, Integrity, Responsiveness and Teamwork.

This is a non-bargaining unit management position.
Pay Grade
Minimum Requirements
Baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.

Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in the development, operation or management of programs within the occupational field, sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, including five years of supervisory experience and five years of executive level management experience.

Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Alaska for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Completion of required Incident Command System (ICS) courses in accordance with established Borough policy.

Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen.

Provides leadership and management oversight of all daily activities in the department.
Plans, organizes, and directs the work and programs of the department, including programs involving current and long range planning, platting, land use code and compliance and cultural resources.
Develops land use regulations, resolutions, and ordinances in cooperation with the Borough Assembly, the Planning Commission, the Platting Board, and other appropriate boards.
Formulates and implements policies, programs and budgets; conducts program evaluations; resolves departmental issues.
Works with Borough Manager to address requests from the Assembly for legislative actions, policy decisions and special projects.
Coordinates the activities of citizen advisory boards and serves as ex-officio member of the Planning Commission; coordinates the preparation of Planning Commission agenda and materials; serves as a member of policy review committees and planning teams.
Confers with real estate developers, state and federal agencies, property owners, realtors, and others on questions regarding planning and zoning regulation and land use control.
Oversees the preparation of the annual Capital Improvement Program and ensures its consistency with the Assembly's goals.
Ensures consistent application and compliance of land use codes, platting regulations, and other related land use laws.
Coordinates with Borough Attorney to ensure sound practices and procedures are followed.
Coordinates and integrates various program activities and goals into the general mission of the department and defines resources necessary to carry out the mission.
Reviews and approves requests for proposals and administers contracts and grants.
Hires, trains, assigns, schedules, directs, supervises, evaluates and disciplines personnel.
Ensures compliance with occupational safety and health regulations applicable to area of responsibility, including but not limited to: proper use and maintenance of personal protective equipment; Safety Data Sheet books, inspection reports, training records, and hazard documentation are maintained and up to date; preventive programs and corrective actions are properly implemented.
Performs related duties.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough
350 E Dahlia Avenue

Palmer, Alaska, 99645


Job Details
Job Function:
Planning Director
Position Type:
Full Time
Borough of Matanuska Susitna
350 E Dahlia Ave
Palmer, AK 99645-6411
United States
Population: 106,000
Form of Government: County Council-Administrator/Manager

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