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Zoning Supervisor

La Crosse County

Location: La Crosse, WI
Type: Full Time
Posted: 04/06/2021
Deadline to Apply: Open - no deadline given by employer
Payrate: $54,683 - $61,526
More Information: Zoning Supervisor


Come expand your career with an organization that values and supports you to learn, grow, and develop your career. We are looking for Zoning Supervisor to join our collaborative, supportive, and results-driven team. This role provides the opportunity to bring your whole self to work, engage, lead, and drive your own learning and growth within the organization. La Crosse County leaders are committed to provide a supportive and inclusive work environment.

This position will supervise the two Land Use Specialists in the office, and will also enforce the Zoning and Shoreland, Floodplain Ordinances, and provide staff support to elected officials. The employee exercises consistent discretion and judgment in all phases of these projects, working under the supervision of the Zoning, Planning and Land Information Administrator in accordance with policies and procedures. This is a full-time position working Monday-Friday.

Essential Leadership Functions

Acts with integrity and builds trust through demonstrated respect, humility, and honesty. Treats others with dignity. Encourages open communication. Actively listens and demonstrates open-minded thinking and willingness to accept other’s points of view. Engages stakeholders and effectively collaborates. Demonstrates the courage to speak out appropriately with leaders and peers even when your point of view is unpopular. Employs vision and strategy to drive positive results by leading with clear goals, objectives, and desired outcomes. Seeks out new opportunities to drive results through new processes and initiatives. Evaluates and monitors to hold self and others accountable for results. Demonstrates ability to be flexible while informally influencing others through coaching, motivation, and team-minded thinking to arrive at solutions that provide positive outcomes for all stakeholders. Seeks feedback and listens to learn despite personal setbacks. Demonstrates agile thinking while understanding the dynamics of the organization and public influence and perception.  Uses analytical skills, experience, and input from others to make critical decisions. Takes intelligent risks and leads through change. Demonstrates perseverance by pushing through difficult and challenging situations.

Essential Job Functions

Manages the data and workflow to track information on permits, plan reviews, code enforcement and coordinates with health inspections permits. Assists applicants with forms and technical questions related to building permit process. Provides direction, supervision, and support to the Land Use Specialists. Tracks projects from initial application through issuance. Reviews building plans for compliance with Federal, State and County rules, regulations, codes, and ordinances. Researches code questions for contractors, developers, division staff and the public. Manages, maintains and update revisions to codes and ordinances, and provides notifications of revisions to builders, contractors, developers, engineers, and architects. Provides technical assistance and training to staff in the use of computer software and databases. Manages and issues permit applications including but not limited to zoning requests, Shoreland, Floodplain, Public Works, Outdoor Advertising, Non-Metallic Mining, Telecommunication, plats, and site plan applications. Assists customers in person, via telephone and email regarding zoning and development questions and status of applications. Manages complex and sensitive zoning cases, special studies and research and analysis of the same. Provides overall management of projects and verifies compliance with the County zoning and development policies/standards and compliance with local, state, and federal laws. Organizes meetings with applicant and various county department representatives. Organizes and coordinates departmental comments on zoning cases and special cases; resolves conflicting statements between departments. Reviews and releases development and zoning applications for completeness. Ensures that files and related filing systems are updated and completed. Coordinates and prepares informational materials, special studies, zoning and development and other assigned projects for committees, appointed and/or elected officials. Reviews and recommends report changes before forwarding to Administrator. Attends public hearings and receives statements and recommendations related to proposed changes and implementation of zoning and planning ordinances. Utilizes a variety of computer programs and databases to create PowerPoint presentations, locator maps for applications, maintain project databases and to prepare reports and informational packets. Assists real estate companies, builders, contractors, and developers in applying for permits. Assigns parcel addresses to the 911 numbering system. Researches existing codes and ordinances for Zoning, staff, other County departments and customers. Travels to conduct scheduled and non-scheduled inspections, attend meetings, conferences. Conducts on site reviews of zoning projects. Complies with all County policies and procedures. Seeks innovative solutions to difficult or unusual permits. Attends public hearings, drafts documents, and presents as needed for the public hearing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of zoning, shoreland, and floodplain ordinance regulations.
  • Knowledge of maps and interpretation of maps.
  • Knowledge of map drafting, land descriptions, soils, and hydrology.
  • Ability to do simple drafting, and to prepare neat and accurate maps.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and files.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to work without close supervision, once having gained experience on the job.
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with County employees, officials, and the public, to work with the public in a courteous manner.
  • Ability to understand complaints that have been filed and recommend enforcement/citations.
  • Working knowledge of civil engineering mathematics.
  • Working knowledge of route surveying, surveying of boundaries, and topographic surveys.
  • Working knowledge of the fundamentals of road rights-of-way.
  • Working knowledge of the use of survey instruments, equipment, and computers.
  • Working knowledge of the law of boundaries and the interpretation of legal land descriptions in the Public Land Survey System.

Training, Experience and Other Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, planning, public administration, or other related fields.
  • Five years’ experience in Zoning, Planning or Economic Development.
  • May consider other relevant combinations of education and experience that provide equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.