US News & World Reported that Sarasota, Florida is the number 1 place in Florida and Number 9 in the country for best places to live. We need your help to create wonderful experiences for residents and vacationing guests navigating Sarasota. We have an excellent opportunity to join the team for Planning and Development Services, as a Comprehensive Planning Manager. In this role you will serve as the principal advisor for Comprehensive Planning related issues to the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, the County Administrator, Directors, and the public. Sarasota County is the premier community where people choose to live, work, and play so apply today!
Organize and manage the maintenance and effectiveness of the Comprehensive Plan and ultimate implementation through land development regulations. Ensure state requirements are met, including, but not limited to amendments to the Capital Improvement Element (CIE), Future Land Use Element, etc. and amends per Evaluation and Appraisal Reporting (EAR) criteria.
Work side-by-side with the Current Planning and Zoning Sections within the Division to ensure consistency between the Goals, Objectives, and Policies (GOPs) of the Board of County Commissioners (Board) and the land development regulations within the Unified Development Code and their implementation. Ensure the Comprehensive Plan is up-to-date and relevant based on the Board’s GOPs and state mandates/initiatives.
Represent Comprehensive Planning in public hearings and presentations and meetings with the Sarasota County Commission, Planning Commission, County Attorney, and other County Departments; coordinate with other departments, municipalities, adjacent county governments and other jurisdictions in the development of growth management policy recommendations and ensures consistency with state initiatives related to land use issues. Advise and assist other regional and state agencies, citizen groups, property owners, organizations, attorneys, and any other interested parties with respect to strategic planning initiatives and projects.
Manage yearly demographics needs, annual population estimates, economic data, development monitoring, including residential capacity analysis for the Evaluation and Appraisal Reports.
Assist and support the Division Manager with overall leadership, coordination, management, and administration of the Comprehensive Planning Section.
Represent the Division at public/community meetings, assist with read aheads and presentations to the Board, continually reevaluate, rethink and question processes, procedures, budgets, business plans, staffing plans, performance measures and methods that affect the efficiency, quality, and cost of services.
Promote effective and trustworthy working relationships by developing and empowering employees, promoting, and supporting collaboration, excellence, efficiency, innovation, openness, and teamwork among staff.
Manage proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection, and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversee financial, compliance, operational and performance audits; review audit findings and ensure appropriate controls are established and implemented.
Subject to Passing Substance Screening: This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening. An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five (5) years.
E-Work/Hybrid Work: Currently this position is eligible to e-work up to 2 days per week! After you complete your first six months, contingent on work requirements and other factors, you’ll be eligible for this fantastic benefit.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Urban and Regional Planning or a major recognized by the American Planning Association as “related,” and four years experience in the field of land use and/or public facilities planning, of which two (2) years have been in a supervisory capacity.
OR- Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Urban and Regional Planning or a major recognized by the American Planning Association as “related” can be substituted for one year of non-supervisory experience
OR- Associate degree from an accredited college or university and 6-years of job-related experience; year-for-year progressively responsible professional experience can substitute for the college degree.
Project Management certification
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Starting Salary Range: $74,000.00 - $85,000.00 depending on experience
Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more!
Utilize our award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at multiple Sarasota County Government locations.
Enjoy 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days and 16 paid vacation days in the first year of full-time employment with increasing accrual rates with years of service. (That adds up to a possible 30 days off in your 1st year!)
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Our vision is to attract, develop, retain and engage a talented workforce broadly representative of the citizens and communities we serve. To further value creativity, innovation, collaboration and great customer service – internally and externally.
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We believe in work life balance and have excellent benefits including a state pension, medical and dental insurance, generous leave plan, training programs, wellness programs including a fitness center. Our mission is to be the most livable and best managed community in the country, providing quality services, programs and facilities that reflect the goals of the community. Our employees are committed to demonstrating our values: Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Quality, Teamwork and Trust. Sarasota has world-famous beaches, over 80 parks and 100 golf courses, and is known as the cultural capital of Florida with museums of art, theaters, an aquarium, botanical gardens and the annual international film festival. Unsurpassed beauty, rich cultural offering, diverse educational opportunities, wide-ranging recreational possibilities make Sarasota a great place to live and work! Sarasota County - One Team!Tobacco/Drug Free Work EnvironmentEOE/AA/ADA