Planning Manager

Town of Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs, CO United States

The Town Pagosa Springs, Colorado has an opportunity for a dynamic professional Planning Manager in a community offering outdoor adventures, amazing scenery, a remarkable quality of life, 300 days of sunshine, and four full seasons of fun. The Town of Pagosa Springs is located in Southwest Colorado with amazing views of the San Juan Mountains. Recreation opportunities are limitless with the San Juan River running through town, and  2 million acres of the San Juan National Forest and the Navajo Reservoir State Park in close proximity. Residents and visitors enjoy Wolf Creek Ski Area, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, river rafting/kayaking/tubing, lake boating sports, bird/wildlife viewing and soaking in the natural hot springs to name a few.

Pagosa Springs (1,900 residents) is a tight knit small mountain Town within the Archuleta County (13,000 residents) community that has been steadily growing with new investments and developments over many years. Pagosa Springs is a tourist destination with a large summer second homeowner population.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience and knowledge in planning theory and practice, public policy, land use law, and long-range planning, with strong written and oral communication skills, effective management experience, meaningful customer service practices, and a wide range of knowledge regarding the Planning profession. If you enjoy working with a team to help residents and developers achieve success through the application of the Town’s long-range visions, plans and regulations, this may be the right position for you. This is an exciting time in Pagosa Springs as we see renewed interest in investments and development, and forge forward with many important and needed infrastructure improvements to serve our residents and visitors.


Essential Duties

  • Direct and manage effective Planning Division operations.
  • Fiscal budgetary management.
  • Prepare meeting agendas and present to Town Council, Planning Commission, advisory boards, the public and other external entities. 
  • Educate the public through media, reports, public meetings and presentations.
  • Coordinate planning and division activities with other departments, divisions and other outside agencies and organizations.
  • Maintain on-going comprehensive planning processes and procedures;
  • Process applications for annexation, rezoning, subdivision, development, conditional uses, and other planning applications.
  • Respond to complaints and enforce code provision violations.
  • Direct or conduct feasibility studies and long-range planning studies with required research and analysis of social and economic trends, land-use and population data.
  • Meet with public, developers, entrepreneurs, and contractors; to review planning, zoning, and development regulations.
  • Oversee staffing for the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Board.


Graduation from college with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public administration, or a closely related field AND, five (5) years' experience performing above or related duties and two (2) years of supervisory/managerial experience; OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience. AICP certification desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of land use regulations and procedures affecting planning, zoning and related operations;  principles and practices related to local government planning and zoning, economics, sociology and community organization as applied to urban planning;  planning and zoning and subdivision law, theory and application;  the relationship between factors affecting urban planning policy, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; local government structure and operations, including the budgetary procedures and fiscal management; research methodology, statistical analysis and evaluation of research data; land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws; interpersonal communication skills. 

Working knowledge of principles of supervision and workflow management.

Considerable Skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to administer a comprehensive work program; interpret codes accurately and effectively;  prepare and present budget estimates; enforce regulations with fairness, tact, and impartiality; communicate effectively verbally and in writing;   plan and organize comprehensive research studies; prepare and present technical reports;  establish and maintain effective relationship with co-workers, other government entities, the public, and elected officials; perform advanced mathematical calculations;  develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates, and the public.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$82,448.00 - $96,103.00

Contact Information

James Dickhoff
1859 PO Box
Town of Pagosa Springs, CO
United States
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