• Dallas, TX
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Dallas, Texas (Pop. 1,304,442seeks an experienced, dynamic, and visionary leader to serve as the next Director of the Department of Planning and Urban Design. The City of Dallas is the 9th largest city in the country and a highly diverse city with an engaged community.  In addition to its ethnic diversity, it is home to a wide variety of industries, businesses, educational institutions, and tourist attractions. To lead the Department of Planning and Urban Design, the City seeks highly motivated candidates with senior executive experience in a dynamic and fast-paced environment of similar complexity.  Candidates should demonstrate leadership ability in both internal operations as well as with diverse external partners. This position requires a forward thinking and innovative leader who is also able to focus on engaging diverse neighborhoods, supporting staff development, and promoting social and economic equity and opportunity.

The Director of Planning and Urban Design reports to the Assistant City Manager. The City of Dallas operates under a Council-Manager form of municipal government. The primary function for this full-time position is to oversee and direct the City’s long-range planning, zoning, historic preservation, urban design, and code amendment teams and programs to support equitable growth and development. The City of Dallas has prioritized updating and modernizing its planning and development tools by embarking on a community driven update to ForwardDallas, its comprehensive land use plan;  recently adopting a master redevelopment plan for Hensley Field, a former US Naval airfield;  infusing racial equity into an updated Historic and Cultural Preservation Plan, and undertaking a comprehensive review and reform of the City’s zoning ordinance.  The City has invested in new systems and processes to lay a solid foundation for the next Director of Planning and Urban Design to continue to build this dynamic team of diverse planners and further advance the Department’s vision and progress. 

The Director is responsible for approximately 67 employees in a service culture that is guided by five core values:  
  • Empathy – We demonstrate compassion by listening and understanding.
  • Ethics – We believe in being transparent, open, and honest.
  • Excellence – We are committed to continuous improvement.
  • Engagement – We seek intentional connections in our communities.
  • Equity – We understand the diverse needs of the community we serve.
Minimum Qualifications:  
  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Business Administration, Urban Design, Community Development, or a related field.
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible work experience in urban planning, architecture, or urban design development and/or redevelopment, public administration, or a related field.
  • Experience in local government
  • Experience with public-private partnerships.
The current salary range for the Director of Planning and Urban Design is $138,755 to $208,133 based upon experience. The deadline for applications will occur on January 5, 2024. To apply, candidates must submit a comprehensive resume, cover letter and current contact information for five professional references online. Candidates may contact the recruiter, Charlene Stevens, Executive Vice President for Recruitment Services, 224-326-1290.

This recruitment incorporates existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Texas

Application Deadline: January 5, 2024

Posted: 2024-01-04

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