Planning & Development Services Director
City of Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem, NC United States
How to Apply
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Examples of Duties
- Provides leadership and direction to the city-county Planning and Development Services Department concerning priorities, activities and processes.
- Manages the short and long-range planning and development initiatives of the community and brings forward policy recommendations from those efforts to appointed and elected bodies for adoption.
- Provides general oversight to the administration of building and zoning codes.
- Directs the preparation of annual work programs and budgets within the guidelines established by City and County management.
- Establishes and adjusts as needed the staffing, organization and structure of the department.
- Consults, advises and seeks input from officials of local government, the development community, civic and neighborhood leaders, and the public.
- Prepares and delivers presentations, articles and reports concerning the planning and development of the community.
Education and Experience
Master's degree in public administration, urban studies, planning, geography, or closely related field* and extensive experience in planning and development in the public sector with increasing supervisory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated professional knowledge of development practices including: building codes, permitting and inspections regulatory practices, zoning
*Closely related fields are those which contain at least 60 percent coursework in one or more of the aforementioned areas of study. Candidates seeking qualification through a closely related field should provide relevant transcripts for verification.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of City policies and procedures; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and position specific software; comprehensive knowledge of all phases of applied policy research and be capable of providing supervision to specialists with technical expertise; thorough knowledge of short and long- range planning initiatives; comprehensive knowledge of building and zoning codes; ability to prepare and deliver presentations, articles and reports concerning the planning and development of the community; considerable knowledge of the principles of applied research, with specific background in planning and evaluations research, is essential including the ability to perform descriptive and simple inferential quantitative analysis; general knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of public administration, applied finance and economics, general organization and operations of local, state and federal government agencies and the ability to apply this knowledge at an operational level in the conduct of job functions. This position requires strong verbal and written communication skills, mathematical acuity and the ability to tactfully and successfully relate to subordinates and supervisors; knowledge of Internet, GIS, database, spreadsheet and word processing skills are required for the conduct of job functions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers and members of the public.
This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work frequently speaking or hearing and occasionally requires standing, walking, sitting, using hands to finger, handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling, lifting and repetitive motions; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; ; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).
- Valid driver's license
- American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification - preferred
- Certified Zoning Official (CZO) certification - preferred