Planning Director – City of Allentown

Deadline: Saturday, July 23, 2022

Class Title:  Planning Director
Grade Number: 17N
Department:  Community and Economic Development
Bureau: Planning & Zoning
Non-Union

General Purpose

The Planning Director performs a variety of managerial duties in the oversight of the Bureau of Planning and Zoning including planning, financial management, organizing, coordinating, managing staff and programs, implementation and resource development for various projects and initiatives.

Supervision Received

Works under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development.

Supervision Exercised

Supervises the staff of Planning and Zoning including clerical staff, Chief Planner, Senior Planners and Zoning Supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops and implements short- and long-range goals and objectives for Bureau;
  2. Directs the operations of the Planning & Zoning Bureau;
  3. Oversees the development of work plans and the review of subdivision, rezoning and Capital Improvement Program reports;
  4. Develops Bureau recommendations and presents to leadership including City Council, Planning Commission and other committees;
  5. Reviews building permit applications, including site plans for conformance with good planning practices;
  6. Supports the preparation and presentation of the Department’s budget by preparing the Bureau’s budget and manages the Bureau’s budget;
  7. Represents the Department by attending City Council, Council Committee, and Planning Commission meetings; including civic groups, boards, commissions and associations;
  8. Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of four years’ experience in a related field and managing people.
  • AICP certification preferred
  • Equivalent combination of related education and experience
  • Bi-lingual/Spanish preferred

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of the socio-economic implications of planning;  
  2. Thorough understanding of land use concepts, population density and related problems;
  3. Ability to secure the cooperation of major civic groups and leaders in executing plans;
  4. Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively;
  5. Experience in using GIS software such as ArcGIS;
  6. Demonstrated proficiency in project management;
  7. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  8. Ability to multi-task a variety of functions and tasks, keeping all projects on target.
  9. Possess strong organizational skills necessary for coordination of committees, events and complex projects. 
  10. Ability to interpret governmental regulations and effectively communicate them to staff and interested parties.

Tools and Equipment Used

Requires intensive daily use of personal computer.  Occasional use of digital camera, scanner and plotter.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, computer, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  Frequent walking is required.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  Employees are required to drive and occasionally visit construction sites, and/or conduct neighborhood visual surveys.

Attendance at various evening meetings in and out of City Hall is required.

Selection Guidelines

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

How to Apply

To apply please visit our website at: https://www.allentownpa.gov/Human-Resources/Employment-Openings