Assistant Zoning Administrator / GIS Manager

  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas
  • Red Cliff Indian Reservation, Russell, Wisconsin, United States
  • Nov 23, 2016
Full time GIS

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY:    The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is a federally recognized sovereign tribal nation whose home is the 14,000 acre Red Cliff Indian Reservation situated on Lake Superior’s Bayfield Peninsula in northern Wisconsin.
The Assistant Zoning Administrator/GIS Manager is responsible for administration, development, and enforcement of the Red Cliff tribe’s zoning ordinance as defined in Chapter 37 – Red Cliff Code of Laws under the direction of the Zoning Administrator.  In collaboration with the Zoning Administrator the Assistant Zoning Administrator/GIS Manager is responsible for development, maintenance, and execution of the Zoning Office Policy and Procedures manual.  They will be required to organize, attend and participate in all Project Application and Compliance (PAC) Team meetings, and represent the Tribe’s interests with respect to Zoning and Land-Use at Red Cliff Tribal Council meetings, Bayfield County Board meetings, and Town of Russell Board meetings.  GIS responsibilities require overseeing a centralized GIS data management system for tribal government.  The Assistant Zoning Administrator will develop and oversee tribal wide GIS including but not limited to developing policies and procedures and data standards.   The Assistant Zoning Administrator will synthesize complex economic, geographic, environmental, cultural, and legal information to make land use permit decisions in accordance with the Red Cliff Land Use Ordinance.  Successful candidate will possess strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, and ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines. 
Assistant Zoning Administrator Duties
  1. Attend all Red Cliff PAC meetings in accordance with Ch. 37 – RCCL.
  2. Coordinate with Legal Department and appropriate government divisions and departments in developing and refining Red Cliff land use codes and policies.
  3. Consult/cooperate with the PAC Team to update land-use plan and zoning map/ordinance as needed.
  4. Serve as public point of contact for the PAC team regarding land use matters.  Post public notices relevant to land-use, zoning, and enforcement.
  5. Coordinate with Legal Department and Tribal Historic Preservation Office related to development, land lease permits and land-use variance permits.
  6. Create/maintain and update PAC Policies and Procedures manual consistent with the Red Cliff Code of Law.
  7. Communicate regularly with members of the public and staff to explain rules and procedures.
  8. Enforce zoning ordinances identified in the Red Cliff Code of Law in cooperation with tribal law enforcement department and legal department.
  9. Facilitate public engagement events Red Cliff Reservation residents regarding land use matters.
  10. Issue land-use permits in accordance with the Red Cliff Code of Law.
  11.   Prepare and submit monthly reports of zoning  and PAC team activities.  Those reports will be appended to the quarterly reports the Planning Department is required to submit to the Red Cliff Tribal Council.
  12.   Represent the Tribe’s interests by attending Town of Russell, Town of Bayfield, Bayfield County Land-use, Bayfield County Board, and Northwest Regional Planning Board meetings as needed.  Report back to the PAC Team and Council on any issues that have the potential to have direct or indirect consequences to the tribe and/or community.
  13.   Present testimony and other evidence to tribal court related to injunctions and prosecutions of violations of the Red Cliff Land Use Ordinance.
  14. Support the mission of the Planning Dept.
  15. Other duties as assigned.
GIS Duties
  1. Develop GIS policies and procedures.
  2. Design and implement organization-wide GIS standards.
  3. Develop, implement, coordinate and maintain internal technical standards and coordinate activities with Red Cliff IT department.
  4. Recommend capital and operation outlays, and develop and track GIS-related budgets
  5. Obtain and manage necessary GIS resources,
  6. Coordinate GIS-related activities with user departments,
  7. Develop, maintain and update GIS databases.
  8. Conduct and oversee spatial data development needed for land use planning and management. 
  9. Serve as the organizations point of contact on GIS matters.
  10. Performs regular updates and maintains data integrity.
  11. Design and produce maps requested by tribal administration.
  12. Implement web-based mapping applications to improve information dissemination and data collection among tribal government departments.
SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY:  None at this time.
KNOWLEDGE:  Knowledge, skill, and ability in developing, administering, and enforcing tribal zoning and land use ordinance.  Ability to read, interpret, draft, and communicate legal and technical information, including statistical data.  One year experience working with zoning and land use management and/or enforcement, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the capabilities to perform the described duties.  Significant demonstrated experience working with GIS.

  1. Minimum experience of one year in professional land use planning and management, professional licensure or certification preferred.
  2. Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required in land use planning, urban planning, geography, environmental science, GIS, or related field. Master’s Degree in field preferred.
  3. Excellent computer skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, and ESRI ArcGIS applications are a must.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to planning ethics and environmental protection.
  5. Demonstrated ability in reviewing permit applications and plans and apply provisions of ordinances and other rules to determine compliance.
  6. Demonstrated ability in applying ordinances and other rules to field conditions.
  7. Ability to create graphic designs, maps, land use management strategies and plans.
  8. Must possess excellent investigative and technical analysis skills.
  9. Ability to plan, organize and schedule priorities efficiently and effectively as a team under conditions that can be stressful.
  10. Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with tribal, state, federal, and local governmental agencies.
  11. Ability to work cooperatively with a team and individually with minimal supervision is required.
  12. Well-developed interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills are required.  Must be tactful, able to facilitate groups, and work with a wide variety of personalities demonstrating objectivity, respect, courtesy and patience.
  13. Excellent research skills and attention to detail.
  14. Must pass a background security check.
  15. Must possess a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and at least liability insurance.  Must also maintain driver’s eligibility as a condition of employment.
PERSONAL CONTACTS:  On a daily basis candidate may have personal contacts with the following:
  1. Tribal administrative staff and employees.
  2. Division/Department/Program managers and personnel.
  3. Tribal attorneys, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers.
  4. Tribal Council members.
  5. Established Tribal Committee/Board members.
  6. Community members, both tribal and non-tribal.
  7. Tribal, state, federal, and local governmental agency representatives.
1.      Ability to lift/carry over 50 lbs.
2.      Ability to hike/walk for periods in excess of 6 hours.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The successful candidate must be able to work well within an office setting.  Field survey work will be required for the performance of GIS/GPS related activity and may involve hiking through dense ground vegetation in uneven terrain.  Zoning enforcement will require vehicle patrolling throughout the reservation. Investigating zoning matters will require investigation activities conducted in a variety of indoor and outdoor physical environments, including extreme weather conditions.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:  The successful candidate must be willing to travel to various training and information-sharing conferences nationwide. 

Indian preference will be applied in the case of equally qualified applicants, but all qualified applicants will be considered.
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