Assistant Director of Planning & Urban Design – City of Asheville

Opening Date: October 23, 2018                                         Closing Date: Until Filled/Initial Application Review November 5th

Position: Assistant Director of Planning & Urban Design, City of Asheville

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Job Description: Provides principal assistance to the Director in leadership, strategic planning, supervision of employees, managing and evaluating department programs, function and activities to ensure alignment with City goals. The Assistant Director may be assigned to fulfill the duties of the Director in their absence. Other responsibilities include: Reviewing staff reports for the Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council and other relevant boards, commissions and committees; and, ensures that expected deliverables and timeframes are met for these boards; Assisting the Director as needed as a liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Technical Review Committee and other city boards; Interfacing and collaborates with City departments, City Council members, the public, local and regional agencies, private and non-profit organizations, developers, design professionals and others regarding projects, programs, development-related meetings and related issues; Advising on long range planning projects, zoning amendments and other strategic planning efforts of the Department, with emphasis on how proposed plans, policies and actions can be realistically implemented within the administrative and budgetary capabilities of the City; Participating as a leader and team member within the organization and city, and presents to the public on Department initiatives; Coordinating implementation and completion of projects and programs, such as long range planning initiatives, small area plans and zoning amendments; Facilitating the grant process by researching grants available for civic programs and projects; Monitoring and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; Attending and participates in professional organizations, staying abreast of new trends, best practices and innovations in the field; etc.

Minimum Qualifications and Other Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering or a related field, with a minimum of six (6) years of progressive planning experience. A Master’s Degree is a related field is desirable. Two (2) years of supervisory experience with proven leadership, personnel management, communications and decision-making ability preferred. Preferred Licensing and Certifications: AICP, LEED, CNU-Accredited, AIA, ASLA, RLA or similar license or certifications preferred but not required.

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