Deputy Planning Director

  • 107206

SUMMARY: Under general direction, assists in managing the Planning Department to include supervision of staff and preparation of departmental budget. Assists Planning Director in a variety of supervisory, administrative and professional work in the areas of long range planning, zoning, transportation, historic preservation and urban design programs for the City of West Palm Beach; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Assists the Director with long range planning, supervises department staff, and monitors material resources, revenues and expenditures to assure sound fiscal management.
  2. Prepares and presents related reports to the Mayor’s Office, City Commission, and other advisory groups, and reviews and signs documentation submitted for approval.
  3. Meets with and advises development groups, individuals, community groups, other government agencies and the general public to communicate City development programs, policies and regulations.
  4. Prepares department recommendations, reports, and information to be presented to the City Commission and other related advisory boards.
  5. Prepares and monitors the departmental budget.
  6. Assists the Director in implementing development plans and policies as set forth by the City Commission and the Mayor.
  7. Directs staff resources to efficiently manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Knowledge of planning law and theory, growth management law and theory, and current planning trends.
  • Knowledge of site planning, zoning interpretation, transportation, urban design, historic preservation, and comprehensive and neighborhood planning.
  • Knowledge of intergovernmental operations.
  • Skill in effectively supervising others, communicating effectively with developers, members of the general public, elected officials and other employees.
  • Skills in budgetary and organizational management.
  • Skill in project development, application, and management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize and analyze information and formulate recommendations.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves detailed concentration for long periods of time in a modified office environment. There is occasional need for light lifting (up to 10 pounds). This position may also require the use of city vehicles on city business. Individuals must be physically capable of safely operating the vehicles. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Planning, or closely related field and seven (7) years of experience in current, comprehensive and related planning fields, including three (3) years of supervisory/managerial experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification preferred.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: None
Last revision: December 2006
Overtime: No
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