CITY OF OVERLAND PARK - POSITION DESCRIPTION
JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT: Oversees Current Planning Division work activities and supervises Current
Planning staff. Coordinates the following activities: agendas for Planning Commission and Board of
Zoning Appeals, the review process of land use and development plan applications, preparation of staff
comments for Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and City Council meetings, Planner of the
Day program and divisional web presence. Consults with developers, architects and general public
regarding zoning, land use and specific site plans for proposed development.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Coordinates preparation and distribution of agenda for Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals
and. Reviews all submitted applications for completeness, assigns order for agenda, and coordinates
final preparation of agendas with administrative staff.
Coordinates the review of all land use and development applications including other City Departments
and other Governmental Agencies. Assigns planners cases, assists in review, and meets with applicants
as needed. Assists in finding possible solutions to development issues. Coordinates the preparation of
staff comments and recommendations for Planning Commission, City Council, Board of Zoning Appeals
and other boards and committees as necessary. Makes presentations as appropriate.
Serve as Secretary of the Planning Commission. Ensures the correct operation of the Planning
Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals. Verify quorums, coordinating with the Chair any special needs of
the Commission, and updating all interested parties of agenda changes. Represents the Planning
Commission at the City Council. Coordinates presentations to City Council to effectively communicate
proposals and outstanding issues.
Responsible for the coordination of the Planning Commission's sub committees, including developing an
agenda, taking minutes and ensuring compliance with open meeting requirements. Coordinates with
the planners and applicants' appropriate applications to be reviewed by the committee, and assists in
the resolution of any issues.
Consults with developers, architects, and general public in person or by phone regarding zoning, land
use, and development matters. Coordinates and participates in public outreach opportunities to raise
awareness of city planning objectives.
Coordinates the Planner of the Day program. Assists citizens by phone or in person answering a wide
variety of inquiries regarding planning issues. Provides interpretations of the Unified Development
Ordinance and other city regulations relating to land development and land use. Processes various
types of applications. Answers questions about scheduling, application status and the public hearing
Provides assistance to the Long Range Planning staff on special studies and annual updates. Attends
associated public meetings as required.
Identifies and makes recommendations regarding enhancements to division procedures, codes and
guidelines and the development review process. Researches proposed amendments to the Unified
Development Ordinance and other codes, policies and guidelines and makes recommendations to staff
and review bodies.
Coordinates with other City Departments and Current Planning staff to maintain the Current Planning
division presence on the City's website.
Manages or participates in special projects. Acts as liaison between staff, supporting committees and
consultant. Makes appropriate recommendations to enhance outcome. Communicates study progress
and results to staff, review bodies and public. Presents final proposals to Planning Commission and
Assists in development and monitoring of divisional budget.
Manages/supervises employees in Current Planning which includes interviewing applicants, selecting
employees, conducting performance appraisals, making promotional and salary recommendations and
handling disciplinary matters. Participates in and/or oversees training and developmental needs of
staff, assign responsibilities, oversee work efforts, give assistance in the review of development
proposals, and help interpret the City's ordinances, policies and guidelines.
The employee must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and
tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with
subordinates, supervisors, customers, vendors and any other persons or organization with which
interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.
The employee must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but
not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time;
and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.
EDUCATION & SPECIAL LICENSE(S)/CERTIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's Degree in planning, landscape architecture, urban design or a related field.
Master's Degree preferred.
AICP certification and a bachelor's degree or license in a related field may be substituted for a Master's
Eight years urban planning experience with 2 years supervisory experience.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Good listening skills.
Ability to read and comprehend city, state and federal regulations.
Ability to analyze complex problems and recommend possible solutions.
Diplomacy and judgement.
Ability to handle multiple tasks.
Ability to train and guide others.
Hand and eye coordination adequate to input computer terminal.
Visual stamina and acuity adequate to review alpha/numeric data.
Ability to make and receive phone calls.
Ability to sit and be attentive for extended periods of time.
Ability to speak to an individual or group for an extended period of time.
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Senior Customer Service Representative
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work
performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a
comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees
assigned to this job.