Assistant Planning Director

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Added 09-09-2019


Description of Work:  Performs complex work in the Planning Department, including a leading role in land use and transportation planning, providing coordinated guidance and regulation of the growth and development of the Town, and related work as required. Work is performed under the supervision of the Planning Director.  Supervises divisions within the Planning Department

Essential Duties, Skills, and Demands of the Position:  The following duties are those considered most essential to the position.  This does not preclude the delegation of other duties considered as necessary by management to successfully complete an assignment or project.

  • Assists in planning, organizing and directing the activities and programs of the Planning Department; assists in preparing, submitting and monitoring department budget.
  • Reviews plans for compliance with land use plans, ordinances, regulations and standards; coordinates with other governmental jurisdictions on transportation, long range planning, and related issues.
  • Develops, coordinates, manages and recommends special and continuing plans and projects related to the growth, development and redevelopment of the Town, including budget oversight of such plans and projects.
  • Coordinates with planners on transportation issues to ensure  integration of transportation and land use perspectives.
  • Supervises staff employee(s) by assigning duties, conducting reviews, assisting in hiring of staff, and providing guidance to staff.
  • Facilitates or participates in meetings and public hearings to explain planning proposals; answers citizen questions concerning plans and problems.
  • Prepares presentations for elected and appointed boards, residents and others as needed.
  • Performs the duties of Planning Director in the Director’s absence.
  • Performs other duties as apparent or assigned.



Extensive knowledge of future land and transportation planning principles and proven skills in group facilitation, public outreach, research, and written and oral communication. Knowledge of the Town's zoning, land use, and other ordinances and codes; principles and practices of community and economic development and public sector planning; governmental laws, programs, and services pertinent to the community and economic development and planning processes; and, environmental and socioeconomic implications of the planning process; skill in managing major projects; collection, analysis, and presentation of technical data and planning recommendations; and, managing employees including task assignment, performance assessment, discipline and hiring; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community groups, federal, state, regional and Town officials and the general public; enforce codes with firmness and tact; prepare comprehensive reports and studies; express ideas effectively in oral and written forms; and, provide leadership to committees and staff, build consensus, and work collaboratively with developers, town officials, and the community regarding development.

Special Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with coursework in planning, architecture or related field and 6 to 8 years of experience in public sector planning including some supervisory experience. Master’s degree is preferred. AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) Certification is desirable.

Specific details

Job Type Employee
Job Status Full time
Compensation Type Per year