Rural Land Director
Plans, manages, executes, and evaluates the activities of the Rural Land program. Administers all program activities that include long range planning, rural land review, and the Rural Land Use Process to assist landowners and neighborhood representatives. Coordinates activities with other County departments and outside agencies.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general guidance from the Planning and Building Services Division Director.
- Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional and technical staff.
- Lead the transition of County planning processes, policies, and Land Use Code to support sustainable rural land uses.
- Organize, direct, and supervise long-range planning activities to develop a comprehensive rural land program.
- Plan, direct, control, organize, and execute the activities of the Rural Land Use Center (RLUC).
- Work to achieve the purposes, objectives, and principles of the Rural Land Use Center; use relevant data to evaluate this process and make a report containing findings and recommendations.
- Exercise direct, first-level supervision of positions, employees, operations, and activities within the rural land program; may include coordinating staff training, assigning and reviewing work, participating in the interview and selection process, making recommendations impacting pay, status, and disciplinary action, evaluating performance independently or in conjunction with a higher-level supervisor/manager, and approving time off.
- Act as a resource or expert in program area, providing technical guidance to less experienced staff.
- Provide staff support and recommendations to the Director of Planning and Building Services, the Rural Land Use Advisory Board (RLUAB), the Agricultural Advisory Board, the Planning Commission, and the Board of County Commissioners.
- Meet with and assist property owners interested sustainable rural land uses; develop creative alternatives to address these potential uses; disseminate information regarding available options, and assist in developing and processing rural land use applications.
- Meet with and assist property owners interested in exploring options for their rural land, and connecting them to appropriate community resources.
- Supervise the review and processing of final plats, final development agreements, improvements agreements, site specific development plans, and similar documents.
- Coordinate with and involve other members of the Planning Division, other County departments, and other reviewing agencies as appropriate; when necessary make referrals to these entities for review and comment on proposed plans.
- Arrange and hold public meetings and provide public notice on Rural Land Use Plan proposals.
- Supervise follow-up inspections and take appropriate steps to assure project completion in accordance with approved plans.
- Assist Division Director with developing and managing the rural land use program budget; review and approve expenditures.
- Represent the RLUC and the County in community and professional meetings.
- Perform special studies and projects as assigned and required.
- Establish and maintain community partnerships in order to support the rural land program.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Principles, practices, and objectives as related to land use planning, site planning, conservation, agriculture in the west, and natural sciences in a Rural Land Use program.
- Water law.
- Principles and practices of land use planning, zoning, open space acquisition, and preservation programs.
- Principles and practices of negotiation and mediation.
- Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
- Budget management and resource allocation according to governmental standards and procedures.
- Agricultural trends and issues that impact rural lands and landowners.
- Financial aspects of land conservation including perpetual conservation easement tax implications
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Read and comprehend division and County rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
- Understanding of agricultural economics, particularly in areas with considerable development pressures such as Front Range of Larimer County.
- Understand financial aspects of agriculture, rural land uses, and land development.
- Apply land-use principles in a creative, site-specific way.
- Conduct community meetings in an informative and collaborative way.
- Identify and promote "common ground" with different groups.
- Create new applications, relationships, and collaborations (e.g. biomass fuel production, forestry management arrangements, heritage, and environmental tourism, etc.).
- Be creative, innovative, and flexible.
- Perform effective public speaking to groups of varied interests and backgrounds.
- Negotiate or facilitate a win-win development solution for both property owners and the public, using incentives where applicable.
- Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
- Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- A least six years of increasingly responsible land use planning, site planning, conservation, or relevant natural resources experience; some agricultural experience and some supervisory and budgetary experience desirable.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Land Use Planning, Geography, Conservation, Natural Resources, Agricultural Economics, or a related natural science field. Equivalent to a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in these fields may be substituted for up to two years of experience.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Standard Office Environment