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Tribal Planning Director

at Cocopah Indian Tribe

Pay: $40,755 to $50,746/year
Posted: 5/19/2020
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description


Under the leadership of the Tribal Council and supervision of the Administration, the Cocopah Planning Director is responsible for developing comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions. The Planning Director is responsible for assisting, discussing, and implementing economic development procedures for the Cocopah Tribe and preliminary screening of some applications for Tribal Projects and lease permits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepares current land use plans to identify possible locations for economic and cultural development.

Prepares a five year plan of development for the elected Tribal Council.

Plans and directs the department operations, including community planning, long range planning, case review, plan review, building permits, inspections, and code enforcement.

Reviews current economic development projects, business and recommends possible improvements or expansions. Discuss with Tribal Council the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, commercial, industrial, or community use.

Design and propose Tribal government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, or transportation. Coordinates approved development projects.

Recommends projects that will balance economic growth, development, and activities to include all three Cocopah Reservations.

Serve on various Tribal, Intergovernmental, and Community Committees as directed by the Tribal Chairperson, Council, or Administrator.

Responsible for managing and overseeing Planning grants. Monitors operations, manages costs, and resolves technical and personnel issues; assures compliance with regulations, standards and policies, including reporting requirements for Federal agencies.

Prepares departments’ annual operational budget. Analyze monthly department budgeting and accounting reports to maintain expenditure controls.

Gathers relevant statistical data and draft reports on issues such as demographic information, occupancy rates, and land use.

Interprets and evaluates legal documents and relevant legislation to assess impact on projects.

Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting land use.

Other duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Background in Planning and Economic Development.

Knowledge of Tribal laws, technical standards and procedures, and Federal regulations.

Understanding of the Tribal Planning Process.

Ability to work well with all departments.

Must understand the basics of Business, Accounting, and Human Relations.

Strong written and oral communication skills, including the editing, oversight or preparation of technical reports, legal documents, and the presentation of information to government entities and various committees.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis on Planning, Engineering, Business or Public Administration.
  • Minimum of five years’ work experience in related field, preferably with a government entity, Tribal and rural communities. A combination of experience and education may be considered.
  • Must be able to pass the DPS fingerprint background check.
  • Arizona Driver's License, 39 month driving record extract.

Application Instructions

Thank you for your time and interest in the Cocopah Indian Tribe.
In order for us to consider you an eligible applicant, we will be needing you to submit an official application. Please click the URL link, visit to apply, or contact Cocopah HR at 928-627-2102.

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