Vacancies with Tucson Water & Housing and Community Development

Recruitment #1808-2613-001


Lead Planner – Tucson Water

The Lead Planner position for the Water Conservation program within Tucson Water will work closely with all staff members of the Public Information and Conservation Office to promote water efficiency and the beneficial use of water resources in Tucson. This position delivers community conservation programs, educational materials and trainings and oversees contracts executed for the Water Conservation program. This position provides high-level engagement with local water resource planning efforts, the opportunity to build strategic partnerships and join a dynamic team committed to environmental leadership for Tucson Water and the City of Tucson.

This position requires strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate with team members and external workgroups involving the public and other City of Tucson employees. The selected individual must be able to manage multiple work assignments and meet strict deadlines.

Lead Planner – Housing and Community Development

Additionally, a vacancy exists within the Housing and Community Development Department, and this position is responsible for preparation and amendments to the Five Year Consolidated and Annual Action Plans and reports. The position manages Federal funded projects and Federal block grant entitlement and competitive programs, as well as coordinates planning projects including making program recommendations and creating special events for program promotion. Additional responsibilities include compiling and integrating geospatial data along with geographic, demographic and economic data for analysis of complex urban issues.

You will be able to select the department(s) that you are interested in being considered for within the application supplemental questionnaire.

This list will be used to fill the current vacancies in Tucson Water and Housing and Community Development, but may be used to fill any subsequent vacancies in any department that utilizes the Lead Planner classification.

General Description

Leads planners in providing support for a variety of land and water use planning projects. Reviews proposed land uses for compliance with codes, area plans and policies.  Coordinates projects and collects technical information. Provides assistance to the public regarding zoning, land use or water issues.

Essential Functions

• This is a lead position affording guidance to other positions performing the same tasks. This lead position also reviews workloads, assigns work and coaches employees with specialized instructions and practices for job accomplishments. Lead personnel may contribute to other employees' performance evaluations, assist with the hiring process by interviewing and making recommendations and providing input to supervisory staff.

• Provides leadership and support for land use, water resources and conservation planning efforts

• Reviews and evaluates plans and sites by analyzing development projects, deciding potential impact of land or water use proposals, reviewing proposed rezoning, annexations, and land sales/trades, visiting sites, preparing reports of potential impacts, making improvement recommendations, and meeting with applicants to discuss decisions.

• Conducts analysis of complex urban issues utilizing geographic, demographic and economic data using ArcGIS.

• Compiles and integrates statistical and geospatial data from a wide variety of sources for analysis.

• Reads and interprets data from spatial and non-spatial databases.

• Assists with the implementation, evaluation, and interpretation of department and City plans, policies, procedures, and regulations

• Coordinates various projects by conducting research, collecting technical materials, and meeting with businesses and organizations. Presents multi-media materials, makes recommendations for programs, and coordinates special events to promote programs.

• Provides assistance to the public by providing information on zoning, land use, and water resources issues, preparing maps and other digital information, logging complaints into a database, and communicating case information updates to related parties.

• Provides technical assistance as needed, including but not limited to: testifying in court to present evidence, approving vendor payments, providing assistance with grant applications, assisting with writing planning documents and policies, and providing technical assistance as needed.

• Assesses water use proposals for compliance with water resource management plans, and analyzes the need for, and appropriateness of, water conservation measures.

• Reviews and evaluates proposals such as plan amendments, zoning code text amendments, and various City standards by conducting research, collecting materials, coordinating public involvement and making recommendations.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years experience in land use planning, zoning review, and/or water planning

Special Job Requirements

Valid and unrestricted Class D - Driver’s License

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as have relevant experience in the areas of:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Environmental Studies, Water Resources, Hydrology, or closely related field

• Master’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Environmental Studies, Water Resources, Hydrology, or closely related field

• Program planning and evaluation

• City, County, or State government

• High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (e.g., Word, Excel, Access)

Selection Plan

You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

All applicants will be required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab as part of the online application, as your resume will be reviewed and scored during the testing process. Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profiles and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview.

Oral Board Interviews will be held September 13 & 14, 2018

Applicants invited to the Oral Board Interview will receive a formal email invitation on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by 5 pm.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List. An applicant’s ranking on the Civil Service Employment List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

• 10% of the rating for education and work experience
• 90% rating for the Oral Board Interview

Selection interviews will be conducted post-list by each hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Employment List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to Jocelyn.Maez@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must reflect a characterization of service. Applicants requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for any of the applicant evaluations must email the contacts listed below at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.