Planning Director - Bastrop
Under the supervision of the City Manager, the Director of Planning , directs, organizes, and oversees all leadership and management activities for the Plannng Department. The Director is responsible for setting goals and objectives and reviewing and approving employee actions for the various activities within the Department, including assisting the public and development communities, reviewing development applications, preparing and presenting staff reports to various boards, commissions and the City Council, and providing assistance to other city departments.
This position has responsibility for oversight of managing boards, commissions, and committees; making recommendations to management and Council; working with community organizations and private industry; and developing alliances to identify and complete goals. Other duties include but are not limited to, implementing strategic goals identified by the City Council, facilitating operations of state and federal programs, and creating affordable housing opportunities.
The new Planning Director will be a strong, creative, collaborative, and results-driven leader with an entrepreneurial spirit who has the skills and abilities to strategically facilitate the City’s evolution into a uniquely livable and sustainable community. The selected candidate will be a visionary but grounded planning professional with a bias toward action who will passionately, artfully, and often personally, champion high priority City initiatives.
The person selected to lead the Planning Department will be a subject expert in planning, zoning, subdivision development, building code administration, and code enforcement. The new Director must also have advanced economic development skills and the ability to properly administer federal grant programs. The incoming Planning Director will be expected to promote growth, business development, and job creation. Ensuring that City policies and personnel are “development and business friendly” without compromising quality or public safety will be important.
The incoming Planning Director will be a solutions-oriented critical thinker who is willing to take well-reasoned risks. The ideal candidate will be politically astute, but never political, and always model the City’s stated values. The new Director must be a good listener with exceptional oral and written communication skills. The ability to bridge communication gaps with calm, tactfulness and diplomacy is important. The person selected must also be a highly effective negotiator and mediator who can build consensus and forge strategic partnerships, internally as well as externally.
The ideal candidate will be a mature, thoughtful, highly ethical, transparent, and inclusive manager with an outgoing personality and advanced interpersonal skills who is comfortable in any setting or with any group.
The individual selected will have the ability to unite the Planning Department with a shared sense of purpose, promote teamwork, fully articulate expectations, delegate responsibility with clarity, and create a culture of accountability. The new Director will lead by example, coach as well as mentor subordinates, and frequently play a hands-on day-to-day service delivery. The ability to establish and maintain positive, trusting, and highly productive relationships within and outside City Hall is essential.
- Position Reports To: City Manager
- Salary: $82,326 to $119,231
- Code: Feb. 9, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
•Have extensive knowledge in the principles and practices of urban planning and seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience in urban planning, preferably in a municipal environment, of which at least five (5) must be in a managerial capacity. Experience in excess of ten (10) years is preferred.
•Be knowledgeable concerning Federal, State and local laws and regulations as they apply to urban planning and development.
•Understanding of Historical Preservation and a Vibrant Downtown Revitalization program.
•Have a strong background in the development and redevelopment process.
•Have a record of innovation, addressing policy issues creatively and with an entrepreneurial spirit, and with a view toward synergies with other departments and stakeholders.
•Have demonstrated experience in development and implementation of comprehensive plans, small area plans, and major revisions in development regulations.
•Possess strong presentation skills with the ability to convey complex and technical information to elected officials, stakeholder groups, and City staff.
•Be effective communicators, orally and in writing, and possess strong negotiation skills.
•Be familiar with information technology applications used in the urban planning and development fields.
- Education Required:
•Have a Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field. A Master’s degree in Urban Planning or a related field is preferred.
•American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is also preferred.
City of Bastrop
P. O. Box 427
Bastrop Texas 78602
United States of America
Tanya Cantrell, HR Director
Phone: (512) 332-8812
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For more information on this position, contact:
Tanya Cantrell, Human Resources Director
The City of Bastrop is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workforce. Applicants selected as finalist for this position will be subject to a comprehensive background check and drug/physical screening.