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County of Venango Seeking Employee Relations Advisor

POSITION: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING
Full-Time Exempt

DEPARTMENT: Planning Department
Courthouse, Franklin, PA 16323

PAY GRADE: Exempt Three
($47,476.00 – $63,967.49)

Administers and directs the overall Planning Department Program, including community and economic development projects and related land development issues within the County of Venango by creatively implementing new strategies, programs and financing techniques and by effectively establishing and managing a Regional Planning Commission within the County of Venango and cooperatively working with the Venango County Economic Development Authority.

1. Works in coordination with the VCEDA Director to pursue federal, state, local or private grant funding for a wide range of community and economic development projects throughout Venango County.
2. Works cooperatively with the VCEDA Director to enhance community and economic development efforts throughout Venango County.
3. Prepares grant applications to federal, state, local or private funding agencies.
4. Administers grants received from federal, state, local or private funding agencies by preparing and filing the required correspondence, reports and information.
5. Represents Venango County on the Northwest Rural Planning Organization’s Transportation Advisory Committee and submits, presents and advocates for transportation projects within Venango County through the TAC and PennDOT.
6. Works to update, maintain, or as necessary, re-write the Venango County Comprehensive Plan as a functional document which includes the development of the themes, goals and action plans that form the Comprehensive Plan.
7. Directs the department’s work to creatively develop projects, strategies and funding sources to implement the county’s comprehensive plan.
8. Assists in or directs the creation of RFP’s and bidding documents.
9. Works with project managers, construction managers and/or architects to develop and carry-out community and economic development projects.
10. Oversees, and assists as necessary, in the administration of the county’s CDBG program, Cranberry Township’s CDBG program, Sugarcreek Borough’s CDBG program, the county’s Act 13 Bridge program, the county’s Liquid Fuels program, the county recycling program, administration of the county’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, the county’s housing demolition program and all other programs and responsibilities assigned to the Planning Office.
11. Works cooperatively with local municipalities to foster improved planning and development.
12. Designs, promotes and administers government plans and policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing and transportation.
13. Holds public meetings and confers with government officials, lawyers, developers, the public, and special groups to formulate and develop land use or community plans.
14. Assesses the feasibility of proposals and identifies necessary changes.
15. Prepares written review of plans, finding and conclusions.
16. Recommends to the Planning Commission Board the approval, denial or conditional approval of plans or proposals.
17. Determines the effects of regulatory limitations on projects.
18. Creates, prepares, or requisitions graphic and narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density.
19. Advises public officials, board and other appropriate parties on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, and possible alternatives.
20. Conducts field investigations, surveys, impact studies or other research in order to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory and physical factors affecting land use.
21. Obtains and maintains a working knowledge of local, state and federal agencies that can provide funding and technical support to Venango County, Venango County Planning, local municipalities and non-governmental agencies within Venango County.
22. Reviews with public officials, board and other appropriate parties the purpose of land use projects such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and community use.
23. Keeps informed about economic and legal issues involving zoning codes, building codes, and environmental regulations.
24. Supervises department staff and handles related personnel matters.

Call: 814-432-9549
Email: bkeller@co.venango.pa.us

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