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Planning Director

DEPARTMENT: Planning

POSITION TITLE: Planning Director

CLASSIFICATION LEVEL:22

SALARY RANGE:$82,254-101,295

 

QUALIFICATIONS:A candidate for this position should have a Master’s Degree in Planning or a related field, and seven (7) years experience as a Municipal or State Planner or a similar background in a planning related field; with at least three (3) years of increasing supervisory and administrative responsibilities. A valid driver’s license and ability to be bonded by an insurance carrier required. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification preferred. American Planning Association member (preferred). A candidate for this position should have a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of urban land use planning and development; extensive knowledge of municipal government, its laws, regulations and procedures pertaining to land use; applicable state and federal rules and regulations relating to zoning, land use and environmental issues; strong knowledge of urban land use patterns, their demands on physical infrastructures and relationship to community development. A candidate should have the ability to supervise and direct the work of others; manage budgets; negotiate; operate effectively with multiple deadlines and competing demands; solve complex problems and communicate complicated information; prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials; communicate clearly and effectively with others orally; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people; and use and apply computer knowledge.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Position is responsible for department level management of the Planning Department; administering and managing departmental activities; assessing proposals for land use and development; determining compliance with Zoning Ordinance and applicable state and federal laws; long range planning and leadership; and recommending policies, standards or criteria. Incumbent works under the administrative direction of the Deputy City Manager, and in accordance with municipal policies and objectives and local and state ordinances and statutes. Incumbent consults with the Deputy City Manager where clarification, interpretation, or exception to municipal policy may be required. Incumbent establishes long and short-range plans and objectives and performance standards, and assumes direct accountability for department results. Incumbent develops departmental policies, goals, objectives, budgets, and is expected to resolve all conflicts which arise and coordinate with others as necessary. Incumbent has access to confidential information of the department including personnel files and law suits. Incumbent is responsible for the direct supervision of Planning Department staff. Employees are located in the same office as the Director, but spend time in the field on a regular basis. As Department Head, incumbent is responsible for the evaluation and discipline of employees and recommends hiring and firing of employees to the City Manager for final approval. Incumbent is required to work outside of normal business hours on a daily basis and/or at night at least six nights per month year round, and may be contacted at home for emergencies.

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION:
Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


APPLY TO:

City of Portsmouth
Human Resources Office
Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 610 - 7270

Click Here to apply by email or Click Here to download an application form


Please include which position you are applying for.

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DATE POSTEDJanuary 12, 2017     CLOSING DATE: Until Filled


Planner 1

DEPARTMENT: Planning

POSITION TITLE: Planner 1

CLASSIFICATION LEVEL:14

SALARY RANGE:$55,857-$67,895

 

QUALIFICATIONS:A candidate for this position should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or a related field and three (3) years experience in zoning, planning, a public environment and familiarity with related land use issues; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  A valid driver's license is required for position. Incumbent is required to work outside of normal business hours four nights per month, year round and weekly, prior to, and after normal business hours, in order to attend meetings. 

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

            Position performs administrative and planning functions for the Planning Department.  The work requires examining, analyzing and evaluating facts and circumstances surrounding each application for land use and development, and determining compliance with Zoning Ordinances, and applicable state and federal laws.

Essential Functions:

  1. Processes Building Permit Applications; reviews and determines compliance with statutory requirements of the Zoning Ordinance and any State and Federal requirements that may be necessary; signs application to verify compliance or, if application is not in compliance contacts the owner/applicant and informs them of additional information required.
  2. Performs administrative duties for the Board of Adjustment; prepares legal notices; writes memos; attends meetings; reviews Letters of Decision before the Chairman’s signature; proofreads minutes.
  3. Coordinates Site Review procedures; coordinates bonding for site review projects; meets with the project team and establishes a working environment; reviews and critiques site plans; attends Technical Advisory meetings; attends Traffic and Safety site walks and meetings; attends Planning Board meetings and other meetings as required.
  4. Work closely with the Planning Director with long range planning issues.
  5. Identifies planning problem areas; defines, researches, and proposes resolutions; works with other City departments on various projects in an effort to accomplish favorable outcomes for the City.
  6. Coordinates subdivision procedures; meets with the project team and establishes a working environment; reviews and critiques subdivision plans; attends Planning Board meetings and other meetings as required.
  7. Analyzes and recommends to the Planning Board any requests for the use or purchase of City owned land, or rezoning requests as referred by the City Council. 
  8. Writes and updates Zoning Ordinances and Master Plan for the department in accordance with statutory requirements.
  9. Corresponds with the public; maintains positive and professional public relations; provides information and assistance as needed.
  10. Establishes the yearly meeting schedules for the Conservation Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic District Commission, Technical Advisory Committee, and Planning Board.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION:
Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


APPLY TO:

City of Portsmouth
Human Resources Office
Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 610 - 7270

Click Here to apply by email or Click Here to download an application form


Please include which position you are applying for.

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DATE POSTEDJanuary 23, 2017     CLOSING DATE: Until Filled


 

Public Works-Parking Garage - Laborer (1)

DEPARTMENT: Public Works-Parking Garage

POSITION TITLE: Laborer (1) 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday through Thursday

CLASSIFICATION LEVEL:5

SALARY RANGE:$32,914-$39,992

 

QUALIFICATIONS/DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:Laborer for the Parking Division to perform routine semi-skilled indoor/outdoor maintenance and construction work including: police and report maintenance issues for the city’s public parking areas; support parking division operations in the parking garage; sweep/vacuum staircases and routinely check stair towers for litter; operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair parking garage equipment, i.e. mobile sweeper, lawn mower, floor cleaner, plow, ticket spitters, gate arms, office computers; empty trash barrels; check public bathrooms for cleanliness and maintain soap and paper supplies; maintain exterior grounds; mow the grass areas, sweep sidewalks and entries; paint areas in facility as needed; perform attendant’s duties when required; respond to customer questions and concerns; repair facility floors and fill potholes, shovel grounds in the winter and plow the top level of the parking garage; respond to parking meter/pay and display issues when requested, other duties as required; operates, services and cleans maintenance vehicles and equipment.  Must possess valid Class B driver's license or acquire within 6 months of hire

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION:
Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


APPLY TO:

City of Portsmouth
Human Resources Office
Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 610 - 7270

Click Here to apply by email or Click Here to download an application form


Please include which position you are applying for.

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DATE POSTEDJanuary 25, 2017     CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

 

 


 

 

Library Assistant I, Public Services (26 hours, Weekdays/Nights and Sundays)

DEPARTMENT: Public Works-Parking Garage

POSITION TITLE: Library Assistant I, Public Services (26 hours, Weekdays/Nights and Sundays)

CLASSIFICATION LEVEL:2

SALARY RANGE:$14.84

 

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:The Library Assistant I performs a range of departmental tasks and provides a range of library services to patrons in the Circulation area of the library. This position is vital in creating a welcoming, warm and respectful environment and is almost entirely a customer-facing position.
Using the library’s integrated system software, the LAI checks in and out library materials, registers new patrons and renews records, answers patron questions, places holds for items and more; assists patrons with the use of technology tools including public computers, self-check stations, the library website and copier; assists patrons in locating relevant print and other materials to meet their needs; assists with collection maintenance including keeping collections and displays neat, clean and well organized; keep usage statistics on a daily basis;  implements library policies, rules and procedures and assists in their evaluation for effectiveness, efficiency and contribution to customer service; answer phone calls.

 

QUALIFICATIONS: Evidence of ability to provide a high level of service to customers. Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people including good listening skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with customers, co-workers, employees in other municipal departments and City officials. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing skills development and the judgment and public relations skills to deal appropriately with people. Candidates should have a proficiency using a variety of information technology tools; knowledge of Windows operating systems and basic information troubleshooting techniques. Familiarity with social media and handheld devices is a plus.


Candidates must have graduated from high school or have earned a graduate equivalent diploma (GED) and must have a demonstrated interest in library or related customer service work.  They should have familiarity with office productivity software and a demonstrated ability to use computers, the Internet, and some mobile technologies.

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION:
Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


APPLY TO:

City of Portsmouth
Human Resources Office
Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 610 - 7270

Click Here to apply by email or Click Here to download an application form


Please include which position you are applying for.

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DATE POSTEDFebruary 7, 2017     CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

 

 


 

 

Equipment Mechanic

DEPARTMENT: Public Works

POSITION TITLE: Equipment Mechanic

CLASSIFICATION LEVEL:9

SALARY RANGE:$21.13 to $23.27 an hour

 

QUALIFICATIONS:Applicants for this position must have graduated from high school or have earned a graduate equivalent diploma (GED) and not less than three years experience maintaining and repairing light and heavy equipment.  The equivalent of two years post secondary training in automotive or equipment mechanics and a working knowledge of computer diagnostics and record keeping or an equivalent combination of training and experience are required.  Applicants should also have a knowledge of a variety of hydraulic systems and tier 4 diesel engines. An incumbent must possess or obtain within 6 months a valid commercial drivers license, class B, have no offenses which would prohibit or restrict insurability by any insurance carrier providing coverage to the City and shall supply his/her own tools.  Obtaining additional certification or licensing may be required. ASE Certifications a plus.

 

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:The purpose of this position is to maintain all public works, light to heavy tools and equipment in a reliable and safe condition so as to be available for service according to approved standards.  The work involves performing all types of equipment maintenance and repair work.  This includes performing routine and specialized maintenance for all equipment, maintaining tools and equipment in the most cost effective manner, recording all equipment maintenance and associated costs, using wisely parts and supplies and recommending maintenance and repair improvements to reduce overall operating costs.  It also involves instructing operators regarding proper operating and maintenance procedures and recommending appropriate corrective actions.  Performance is subject to review according to the City's personnel plan through observation, reports and the results achieved.

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION:
Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


APPLY TO:

City of Portsmouth
Human Resources Office
Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 610 - 7270

Click Here to apply by email or Click Here to download an application form


Please include which position you are applying for.

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DATE POSTEDJanuary 25, 2017     CLOSING DATE: Until Filled


 

 

Administrative Clerk – City Clerk

DEPARTMENT: City Clerk

POSITION TITLE: Administrative Clerk – City Clerk

CLASSIFICATION LEVEL:7

SALARY RANGE:$36,794-$44,616

 

QUALIFICATIONS:A candidate for this position should have graduated from high school with concentrated training in office administrative and record keeping practices and a minimum of three years’ experience.  An associates degree in business or a related field is preferred.  Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and have no offenses which would prohibit or restrict insurability or bonding by any insurance carrier providing coverage to the City.  Access, Microsoft Word and Excel experience required.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: The purpose of this position is to assist the City Clerk with administering elections, processing voter registrations and applications, issuing licenses and  permits, managing the City’s record keeping functions, collecting and processing fees, providing authorized access to the City’s records and coordinating work processed by the Clerk’s office with other appropriate offices and agencies.  The position assists with recording vital records, processing of pole licenses, producing copies of all City ordinances, tariffs, regulations, administrative rules and various reports.  This work is subject to review according to the City’s personnel plan through observation, reports and the results achieved.

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION:
Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


APPLY TO:

City of Portsmouth
Human Resources Office
Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 610 - 7270

Click Here to apply by email or Click Here to download an application form


Please include which position you are applying for.

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DATE POSTEDJanuary 23, 2017     CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

 


Heavy Equipment Operator I

DEPARTMENT: Public Works

POSITION TITLE: Heavy Equipment Operator I (Sewer)

CLASSIFICATION LEVEL:8

SALARY RANGE:$19.65 to $21.64

 

QUALIFICATIONS:Applicants for this position must have graduated from high school or have earned a graduate equivalent diploma (GED), have a strong knowledge of how to care for, operate and use heavy equipment effectively and efficiently and not less than three years experience in construction or maintenance work.  New hires and incumbents must possess a valid commercial drivers license, class B and have no offenses which would prohibit or restrict insurability by any insurance carrier providing coverage to the City. Must possess a NH Water Distribution License Grade I and a NH Sewer Collection license Grade I, or the ability to acquire appropriate licensing within eighteen (18) months from date of hire. Obtaining additional certification or licensing may be required

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:The purposes of this position are to perform skilled municipal maintenance and construction work and operate heavy equipment as required to complete work assignments.  Included are assignments such as crew leader, snow and ice control operations, street cleaning, other seasonal clearing and cleaning operations, drainage systems construction and maintenance, trench preparation and pipe laying, street repairs and paving, improving traffic and pedestrian access and sight distances, grounds maintenance, vegetation trimming, cutting and removal, excavating, back filling, loading, transporting and implementing job site and work safety procedures. Regularly operates one or more of the following pieces of heavy equipment: backhoe, bulldozer, front-end loader, roller, snow loader, trucks or similar pieces of equipment. When not engaged in heavy equipment operation, performs various skilled and semi-skilled tasks essential to public works and utility operations.  Maintains work and equipment records.  Operates and checks vehicles and equipment for correct fluid levels, pressures and general operating condition.  Cleans and washes any assigned vehicles.  Services equipment and makes minor field repairs and adjustments.  Reports repair needs to supervisors and mechanics. Performance is subject to review according to the City's personnel plan through observation, reports and the results achieved.  Is subject to call out to respond to emergencies after normal working hours, as well as taking on call rotations.

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION:
Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


APPLY TO:

Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 610 - 7270

Click Here to apply by email or Click Here to download an application form


Please include which position you are applying for.

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DATE POSTED09/29/2016      CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

 


Per Diem Electrical Inspector

DEPARTMENT: Inspection

POSITION TITLE: Per Diem Electrical Inspector

CLASSIFICATION LEVEL:13

SALARY RANGE:$33.07

 

QUALIFICATIONS:A candidate for this position should have an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Trades, and a minimum of five (5) years progressive experience in the wiring of residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Licenses and certificates required include: a valid NH Master Electricians License with no violations on file, or certification as an Electrical Inspector by a nationally recognized model building code agency, obtained within one (1) year of hire; and a valid Driver’s License.  A candidate for this position should have strong knowledge of applicable codes and regulations, zoning and other city ordinances; the ability to instruct others in methods and practices, to read and interpret blueprints and specifications; and have good written and verbal communications skills, computer skills, and accounting skills.  A candidate must be reliable and dependable, and have a strong background in the installation of electrical systems and materials used.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:Position is responsible for performing technical inspection work for the Inspection Department, including field visits and inspections of electrical systems; evaluating systems to determine compliance with applicable regulations, codes, and ordinances; recording findings and recommendations; and reporting information to the Chief Building Inspector for use in issuing or denying building permits. 
Essential Functions

  1. Reviews electrical systems to determine compliance with applicable regulations, codes, and ordinances, records finding and recommendations and reports deficiencies to design professionals or the Chief Building Inspector as necessary.
  2. Collects fees for services and maintains accountability for monies received.
  3. Reviews plans of proposed projects, provide input and recommendations regarding electrical work as needed; interprets and explains code meanings.
  4. Investigates complaints from citizens regarding perceived violations to adopted City Codes by calling, visiting and inspecting locations in question.
  5. Suggests alternative equipment or plans to bring suspect work into compliance.
  6. Processes and issues permits; records and maintain file of permits issued and their status.
  7. Prepares correspondences and reports as requested.
  8. Responds to inquiries from the public, tradesmen, and contractor regarding permit issues.
  9. Assist with inspections of Fire Alarms when appropriate.
  10. Assists the Public Works Department with electrical designs on projects.
  11. Responsible to perform plumbing, mechanical and building inspections during absences.
  12. Reviews sign applications and issues permits if appropriate.
  13. Closely coordinates work with other departments in related areas.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION:
Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


APPLY TO:

Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 610 - 7270

Click Here to apply by email or Click Here to download an application form


Please include which position you are applying for.

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DATE POSTED09/07/2016      CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

   

 


 

Part-time Parking Attendant (20-25 Hours a Week)

DEPARTMENT:Public Works

POSITION TITLE: Parking Attendant –25 Hours a week Weekends and Nights mandatory

SALARY RANGE: $12.74 an hour

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants for this position must have graduated from high school or have a graduate equivalent diploma (GED), previous work experience which demonstrates the ability to work in a positive manner with customers, have a valid drivers license, and have no offenses which would prohibit or restrict bonding by any carrier or agent providing coverage to the City. Weekends and nights mandatory.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Loads ticket dispensing machines.  Maintains ticket control records. Checks parking control equipment for proper operation, and advises supervisor of required maintenance. Maintains a working knowledge of booth equipment, ticket spitters, gates and parking garage software. Calculates parking duration and the appropriate parking fee.  Receives cash payments and provides the proper change due.  Verifies parking permit validity.  Performs fee collection daily cash proofs as required.  Inspects the assigned facility for parking space availability, proper vehicle parking, and general cleanliness. Looks for inappropriate customer behavior or other suspicious activity and reports same to the police according to proscribed procedures. Posts and otherwise directs customers to the closest available parking.  Removes and appropriately disposes of trash and debris.  Observes, corrects, and reports problems experienced by customers in their use of the parking facility.  Cleans and performs light maintenance to parking attendant booths, storage and common service areas including light bulb replacements, incidental painting, sweeping, shoveling snow from entrances and walkways, and applying deicing chemicals.  Advises supervisor of other required facility maintenance e.g., elevator repairs, surface repairs, potential hazards, space striping, and refurbishing stairwells, waiting areas, etc.  Provides directions to customers, when asked and if known, of other parking availability, to commercial establishments, to tourist attractions, and the proper procedures for paying parking fines or how to appeal citations. Is the lead attendant responsible for all cashier functions in the absence of the Parking Garage Supervisor. Assists the Parking Garage Supervisor in training new employees. Performs other duties as may be assigned.

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION:
Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


APPLY TO:

Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

(603) 610 - 7270

Click Here to apply by email or Click Here to download an application form


Please include which position you are applying for.

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DATE POSTED06/10/2016