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Director of Planning & Development - Bastrop, TX

Title:
Director of Planning & Development
Type:
Planning,Zoning and Development Services
Seniority Level:
Director
Employment Type:
Full Time
Date Posted:
September 27, 2019
Organization:
Bastrop, TX
Linkedin ID:
1186799

Description:

Known as the “Heart of the Lost Pines,” Bastrop, Texas, is a unique community that couples’ historic small-town charm with big-city amenities and an exceptional quality of life. The City covers approximately 9.4 square miles and is the county seat of Bastrop County. Bastrop is strategically and centrally located on State Highway 71, with convenient access to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and within an easy distance of three major metropolitan areas. With Austin just 30 miles to the west, Houston two hours southeast, and San Antonio one-and-a-half hours to the southwest, Bastrop is in an advantageous position for cultural and economic development.

Under the supervision of the Assistant City Manager of Development Services, the Director of Planning & Development directs, organizes, and oversees all leadership and management activities for the Planning and Building Inspections Departments. The Director is responsible for setting goals and objectives and reviewing and approving employee actions for the various activities within the Department.
This position has the 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.
 
Candidates must:
• 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.
• 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.
• Have an understanding of Historical Preservation and a vibrant downtown revitalization program.
• Have a strong background in the development and redevelopment process.
• Have experience in administering a form-based code is preferred.
• Have a record of innovation, addressing policy issues creatively, 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 an effective communicator, orally and in writing, and possess strong negotiation skills.
• Be familiar with information technology applications used in the urban planning and development fields.
 
Candidates must:
• 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.
• 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.
• Have an understanding of Historical Preservation and a vibrant downtown revitalization program.
• Have a strong background in the development and redevelopment process.
• Have experience in administering a form-based code is preferred.
• Have a record of innovation, addressing policy issues creatively, 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 an effective communicator, orally and in writing, and possess strong negotiation skills.
• Be familiar with information technology applications used in the urban planning and development fields.
Under the supervision of the Assistant City Manager of Development Services, the Director of Planning & Development directs, organizes, and oversees all leadership and management activities for the Planning and Building Inspections Departments. The Director is responsible for setting goals and objectives and reviewing and approving employee actions for the various activities within the Department.
This position has the 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.
Ideal Candidate
The 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. The selected candidate must also passionately, artfully, and often personally champion high priority City initiatives.
• expected to take a talented departmental workforce to the next performance level, creating a culture of excellence, employing best practices, and promoting continuous improvement, while ensuring that the needs of residents are met with the highest degree of professionalism and outstanding customer service.
• a subject expert in planning, zoning, subdivision development, building code administration, and code enforcement.
• Expected to possess advanced economic development skills and the ability to properly administer federal grant programs.
• expected to promote growth and business development while ensuring that City policies and personnel are “development and business friendly” without compromising quality or public safety.
• a solutions-oriented critical thinker, who is willing to take well-reasoned risks, be politically astute, but never political, and always model the City’s stated values.
• a good listener with exceptional oral and written communication skills, with the ability
Under the supervision of the Assistant City Manager of Development Services, the Director of Planning & Development directs, organizes, and oversees all leadership and management activities for the Planning and Building Inspections Departments. The Director is responsible for setting goals and objectives and reviewing and approving employee actions for the various activities within the Department.
This position has the 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.
Ideal Candidate
The 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. The selected candidate must also passionately, artfully, and often personally champion high priority City initiatives.
• expected to take a talented departmental workforce to the next performance level, creating a culture of excellence, employing best practices, and promoting continuous improvement, while ensuring that the needs of residents are met with the highest degree of professionalism and outstanding customer service.
• a subject expert in planning, zoning, subdivision development, building code administration, and code enforcement.
• Expected to possess advanced economic development skills and the ability to properly administer federal grant programs.
• expected to promote growth and business development while ensuring that City policies and personnel are “development and business friendly” without compromising quality or public safety.
• a solutions-oriented critical thinker, who is willing to take well-reasoned risks, be politically astute, but never political, and always model the City’s stated values.
• a good listener with exceptional oral and written communication skills, with the ability
Under the supervision of the Assistant City Manager of Development Services, the Director of Planning & Development directs, organizes, and oversees all leadership and management activities for the Planning and Building Inspections Departments. The Director is responsible for setting goals and objectives and reviewing and approving employee actions for the various activities within the Department.
This position has the 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.

For more information, view the brochure:

https://www.cityofbastrop.org/upload/page/0085/docs/DirectorofPlanningBrochure09.2019REV.pdf


Job Post Expiration Date November 30, 2019

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