Strategic Planning Assistant Director
City of Atlanta, GA - City of Atlanta, GA

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The City of Atlanta’s Office of Planning is actively seeking an Assistant Director, Strategic and Long Range Planning to work as a key part of the management team. The Assistant Director, Long Range Planning, reports to the Director of Planning and Transportation and is accountable for overseeing the day to day management and supervision of the Strategic and Long Range Planning Division. The position is responsible for ensuring that the City’s plans and policies are appropriate and contemporary to serve the City’s current and future needs. The purpose of this job is to manage, direct, and oversee an assigned division of the Office of Planning and to assist the Director in forecasting and implementing needed services for the City of Atlanta. Duties include, but are not limited to: providing management and administrative support to the Director; assisting with the development of an annual work program; overseeing work activities of assigned staff.

Examples Of Essential Duties:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Work Delegation:

• Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff, handling employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining and completing employee performance appraisals.

• Directs activities of assigned personnel.

Administrative Duties:

• Represents the Director in official capacities, when requested, such as meetings and communications with citizens, elected officials, agency representatives, developers, and potential investors.

• Provides management and administrative support to the Director.

• Assists with development of annual work program and budget/personnel requisitions.

• Oversees the development of Comprehensive Development Plan, Capital Improvement Program and other neighborhood planning projects in accordance with the schedules of the Comprehensive Planning Schedule, City Budget Schedule and the Georgia Legislative Calendar and as designated by the Director

Works with the Director on the city’s Service Delivery Strategy and other -governmental coordination functions and assignments

Works with the Director on the administration and management of special grant programs and economic development projects and programs

• Assists with the preparation of the budget.

• Communication and Customer Service

• Attends and/or conducts meetings to provide and/or obtain information, discuss work in progress, or otherwise address planning related issues.

Staffs a Neighborhood Planning Unit as assigned by the Director

Provides customer service to the general public, elected officials, public and private agency representatives
• Problem Identification and Solution:
• Analyzes, assesses and presents policy information to clients and elected officials.
• Assists the Director in the resolution of problems.
Record Keeping and Documentation:
• Develops studies/reports/outlines; reviews and edits major reports/publications for completeness and accuracy; and prepares letters, memos, and other documents as necessary to develop accurate records/documents.
• Prepares ordinances and resolutions, as requested
• Prepares reports for Director’s use on work program status and accomplishments
Marginal Job Functions
• Performs other related duties as required.
Knowledge of Job
Must have a demonstrated ability to utilize initiative and creativity in bringing about effective responses to community planning matters within a sound growth management framework. The ability to support the Director and manage the supervision of staff on a project basis in responding to complex and strategic issues is required Has extensive knowledge of management and planning and development practices as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities. Is able to develop and administer policies, procedures, plans and activities and to monitor performance of staff against measured established goals. Knows how to develop and administer operations and staff plans and objectives. Is able to develop and implement long-term goals for the Office of Planning in order to promote effectiveness and efficiency. Has extensive knowledge of applicable policies pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the job. Is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner. Other qualifications include experience in supervising and managing staff, the ability to be flexible in decision making, strong communication skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, employees, outside agencies, and the general public.
Typical Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration or Business Administration or a related field and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible management experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification or a Master’s Degree in planning is preferred but not required.
Supplemental Information:
The City of Atlanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer