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Pay Range GC21


This classification assumes responsibility for management and coordination for the technical support section, addressing and flood plain programs and shared management of county geographic information system within the technical section of the Planning Department. The manager will plan, manage and coordinate operations of the section; assess program needs, develop, direct, coordinate and evaluate plans and programs; establish and interpret policy and procedure; supervise support staff. Incumbent participates as a member of the management team.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Supervise and manage the technical staff section and programs; plan and assign work to support staff; offer technical assistance as needed. Assume accountability for work performed within section. Is involved in selection, training and evaluation of staff. Prepare and monitor section budget. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

2. Participate as member of management team ; includes project assignments and internal coordination of section to other department sections; develop and interpret policies and procedures.

3. Consult with department planners on geographic and graphic needs for projects. Assist planners in the establishment of objectives and coordinate work of section to meet established timeframes.

4. Participate in the management of county geographic information system (GIS) as a member of the GIS management and technical teams. Serve as the department liaison to GIS project. Participate in development of short- and long-range goals and objectives.

5. Perform individual technical tasks of a difficult or unusual nature, requiring confidentiality or having serious county-wide impact requiring a management depth of expertise. Prepare special projects.

6. Coordinate the update process of plan and zoning maps and related files as well as other special inventories. Provide guidance in preparation of procedures manuals for program area.

7. Assist the public by answering questions requiring technical expertise.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of drafting, cartographic and GIS systems principles and practices; thorough knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of effective administration including personnel management and fiscal management; considerable knowledge of computerized equipment; considerable knowledge of reproduction methods and drafting techniques as related to civil engineering and land surveying; reasonable knowledge of planning principles and county comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision and addressing programs. Skill in: Use of automated equipment and systems; drafting equipment. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; supervise, lead and motivate technical support staff; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilizing problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; work independently, coordinate a variety of projects and schedule time to meet deadlines; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, Board of Commissioners, committees, management and advisory groups, other public agency representatives, vendors, contractors, consultants and the public.

Education, experience and training: Associate's degree in cartography, drafting, planning or a related field and five years experience in a related field two years of which has been in a supervisory or management position OR seven years related work experience with two years of supervisory or management experience OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver's license.


Work is performed under the guidance of the planning director. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed using departmental policy and procedures; federal, state, county and city statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations; established graphic, drafting and cartographic standards; computer and other equipment reference materials; land and deed records, land use and comprehensive plans, comprehensive plan, personnel rules. Employee uses seasoned judgment in applying and adapting guidelines to specific problems and suggests revisions of guidelines or new guidelines to achieve desired objectives.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment which may require hearing voice conversations, keyboarding, lifting up to 15 pounds, sitting, standing and walking. An infrequent amount of driving is required.

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