Director of Planning



Class Description

Job Title: Director of Planning Reports To: City Manager FLSA Status: Exempt

General Description

This position manages the City's planningzoningand community and economic development programs and activities. Work involves proposing planning and development programspreparing and monitoring program budgetsand planningassigning and reviewing the work of subordinate staff. Performs work underthe direction of the City Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this job. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job/class as necessary.

Essential Functions:

Establishes an operating plan and departmentbudgetforthe Planning Department based on Council policies,identified issues and needsand available resources.

Manages planning professionals engaged in building permit and development reviewgrant writing and administration for community development projectspreparation of local plans and reportscommercial revitalization and economic development activities including business retentionexpansion and recruitment. Schedulesassignsreviews and evaluates the work of staff.

Proposes planning and economic development programs and projects to meet the needs of City residents and businessesDevelops project schedules,program guidelines and procedures for planning and economic development activities.

Prepares and administers grant applications and projects; prepares and submits reports of actions and activities; and ensures compliance with relevant requirements and regulations.

Prepares and presents reports to the Mayor and Counciland other governmentboard and community officials.

Reviews plans and makes recommendations on planning and land use issues in the City such as zoning applications and development proposals.

Serves as staff liaison to City boards and commissions. Coordinates activities with other City, local and community organizations/agencies. Represents the City's position to Boards and commissions.

Prepares City plans and participates in the development and modification of County and State plans as appropriate.

Solicits consultant services and directs the work of consultants hired.

Additional Duties:

Performs other duties as assigned.

ResponsibilitiesRequirements and Impacts

Data Responsibility:

Data Responsibility refers to informationknowledge, and conceptions obtained by observationinvestigationinterpretationvisualizationand mental creationData are intangible and include numberswordssymbolsideasconcepts, and oral verbalizations.

Coordinates or determines time, place or sequence of operations or activities based on analysis of data or information and may implement and report on operations and activities.

People Responsibility:

People include co-workers, workers in other areas or agencies and the general public.

Persuades or influences others in favor of a servicepoint of view, or course of action; may enforce laws, rules, regulationsor ordinances.

Asset Responsibility:

Assets responsibility refers to the responsibility for achieving economies or preventing loss within the organization.

Has respon sibility for achieving major economies or preventing major losses through the management of a large department.

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Mathematical Requirements:

Mathematics requires the use of symbolsnumbers and formulas to solve mathematical problems.

Uses addition and subtractionmultiplication and division and/or calcuIates ratios, rates and percents.

Communications Requirements:

Communications involves the ability to readwriteand speak.

Reads financial reports and legal documents; speaks before professional and civic groups; participates in panel discussions and speaks extemporaneously on a variety of subjects; writes complex articles, reports and develops presentations for sophisticated audiences.

Judgment Requirements:

Judgment requirements refer to the frequency and complexity of judgments and decisions given the stability of the work environmentsthe nature and type of guidanceand the breadth of impact of the judgments and decisions.

Decision-making is a major part of the jobaffecting a major segment of the organization and the general publicworks in a dynamic environmentresponsible for developing policies and practices.

Complexity of Work:

Complexity addresses the analysisinitiativeingenuityconcentration and creativityrequired by the job and the presence of any unusual pressures present in the job.

Performs work involving the application of logical principles and thinking to solve practical problems within or applying to a unit or division of the organization; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results and frequent exposure to unusual pressures.

Impact of Errors:

Impact of errors refers to consequences such as damage to equipment and propertyloss of dataexposure of the organization to legal liabilityand injury or death for individuals.

The impact of errors is serious- couId affect entire organization and the general public.

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Physical Demands:

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations.

Equipment Usage:

Equipment usage involves responsibility fomaterialsmachinestoolsequipmentwork aidsand products.

Handles or uses work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items.

Unavoidable Hazards:

Unavoidable hazards refeto the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.


Safety of Others:

Safety of others refers to the level of responsibility for the safety of otherseither inherent in the job or to ensure the safety of the general public(Does not include safety of subordinates).

Requires considerable responsibilityforthe safety and health of others.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires a master's degree in urban planning or closely related field.

Requires a minimum of ten years of broad experience in a range of planning areas including housing, transportationarchitectureurban design, community development and economic development or closely related experience.

Special Certifications and Licenses:

AICP Certification preferred.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

The City of College Park, MD is an Equal Opportunity EmployerThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

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