Under administrative direction from the Deputy City Manager, plans, directs and reviews the activities and operations of the Planning Department; coordinating assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Deputy City Manager. Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional, technical and clerical staff. Below is a list of essential functions of the position; however, it is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as deemed necessary by the City:
Develop, plan, and implement Planning Department goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
Coordinate Planning Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the Deputy City Manager and City Council; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the Planning Departments; work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Planning Department budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments.
Supervise professional and technical staff engaged in long-range and current City planning activities including plan and zoning code maintenance, review of proposed developments, and processing permits.
Select staff; plan and organize work; develop and establish work methods and standards; conduct or direct staff training and development; review and evaluate employee performance; and execute disciplinary action.
Supervise preparation of the agenda for the City Planning Commission, and compilation of required reports and documents; attend meetings of the Planning Commission; make presentations and respond to questions as required; serve as staff to the Planning Committee.
Develop and review staff reports related to planning, redevelopment and economic development; present reports to a variety of commissions, committees, boards and the City Council.
Administer, interpret and enforce the provisions of the General Plan and Zoning Development Code, Subdivision Ordinance and other municipal regulations as related to planning matters.
Review and analyze development plans for compliance with the general plan, zoning and development code and City regulations and policies; direct the review of use permits, subdivisions, rezoning requests, variances, and other land use entitlements.
Recommend revisions and amendments related to the General Plan and Zoning and Development Code; prepare and present reports; advise the City Council and Planning Commission on development matters.
Provide complex technical and administrative support to the Deputy City Manager and City Council on community development related matters; direct special projects and research assigned.
Provide information to the public regarding zoning, land use and the general plan.
Participate on a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional groups and committees; meet with and advise individual property owners and community groups on community development matters.
Confer with engineers, developers, architects, a variety of agencies and the general public in acquiring information and coordinating development related matters.
Function as a strategic thinker and advisor to the senior management team.
Develop initiatives, policies and programs to complement existing practices and create consistency across the organization.
Responsible for leading the vision, strategy, development, and execution of the effectiveness and efficiency of the program that is aimed at advancing City's mission & values and enhancing business results.
Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Perform any other tasks or functions deemed necessary to the daily operations of the employer.
EXPERIENCE & TRAINING: Eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in planning or related field, including four years of administrative and supervisory responsibility. EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, public or business administration or a closely related field, and a certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university is preferred.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Successful candidates will be required to complete an annual Statement of Economic Interest Form (700 Form) and bi-annual ethics training pursuant to AB 1234.
Additional Salary Information: Determined by the candidate's qualifications, including applicable experience and education.
About City of Fontana
The City of Fontana is located in Southern California, in the U.S.A. We sit at the intersection of two major freeways. Metrolink rail service to the greater Los Angeles area runs through the center of town, and we are only 10 minutes away from Ontario International Airport.
A general law city – Fontana operates under a Council-Manager form of government and is located within a one hour drive of the beaches, desert or mountains. Several major shopping centers are conveniently located nearby.
The City of Fontana was incorporated in 1952 and the present population is estimated at 201,812 (Source: U.S. Census Bureau). The City’s incorporated area is 42.4 square miles, with a sphere of influence of 10 additional square miles.
The City provides a full range of services for its citizens. These services include police, paramedic, recreation and parks, planning and development, street improvements and lighting and general administration. In addition, the City’s Housing and Business Development Department has numerous programs for residential and commercial rehabilitation loans and economic development programs.