Planning & Housing Director
City of Ames, IA - Ames, IA

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Under administrative direction, directs the activities of the Planning and Housing Department in the development and implementation of the City's planning, housing, and development programs, and serves as a member of the City Manager's executive team.

Examples of Essential Job Functions:

Examples of Essential Job Functions: Directs the activities of the Planning and Housing Department in the development and implementation of the City' Comprehensive Plan and related programs in the areas of community development, transportation, zoning, subdivision, annexation, etc; coordinates all short and long-range planning activity with other local, state and federal agencies; performs duties associated with the Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for Transportation Planning.

Directs the collections, interpretation and maintenance of economic, social, industrial, and related data for land use planning projects; confers with and advises officials and the public on technical aspects of zoning, plan¬ning, and development. Supervises coordination, development, and implementation of City-wide housing programs. Interacts with City Manager, Public Works Director, and other key staff on major planning and development initiatives.

Directs special studies and projects in such areas as: annexation, geographic information systems, market research, open space, sub-area planning, urban strategy, etc; confers with public agencies, private organizations and individuals regarding current strategies and future City development, providing information regarding projects and City planning requirements; speaks before and develops planning interests of civic associations; supervises staff in reviewing plans for construction for con¬formity to existing zoning and development laws; prepares and administers the Planning and Housing Department budget; selects and supervises professional and support staff; leads staff in implementing department and City goals and objectives; performs other duties as required.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include continuous improvement, respect for others, being customer driven, leadership, data-driven decisions, positive attitude, teaming environment, honesty and integrity, innovation and creativity, employee involvement, and excellence. For all employees, this includes maintaining city wide services through a Total City Perspective, presenting a positive attitude, communicating effectively, dealing courteously with customers and co-workers, and maintaining effective relationships. For leaders, this also includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in city or regional planning or related major such as urban planning, urban sociology, urban geography, or urban studies, and seven years of professional experience in city or regional planning, five years of which must have been at the management or senior staff level.

Licenses and Certificates: AICP certification is preferred. Valid driver's license is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of community, city or regional planning; considerable knowledge of local, state and federal laws pertaining to community planning, industrial and commercial development, community conservation, environmental analysis; considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of urban planning, urban development, and land development regulation processes and negotiation; general knowledge of the Federal Housing and Urban Development and Assistance programs; considerable knowledge of project economics, building and zoning codes, and subdivision regulations and procedures.

Skill in the application of the principles and practices of municipal or regional planning, urban design, and community conservation; skill in the interpretation and application of local, state and federal laws governing urban and community planning; skill in listening and negotiation. Skill in negotiating and resolving conflicts. Skill in planning and directing the effective use of department and City resources. Skill in the use of standard office and specialized software.

Considerable ability to: plan and direct the activities of the Planning and Housing Department; exercise leadership and promote the values set forth in the City's Mission Statement; conduct quantitative and non-quantitative analyses; analyze and synthesize complex information from multiple perspectives, and make sound decisions and recommendations; develop professional relationships and interact effectively with City staff at all levels, members of the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, and the general public including developers, builders, and investors; communicate effectively under various circumstances orally and in writing; continue education of current trends. Ability to: make effective presentations on municipal planning, urban design and community conservation; guide, develop and motivate staff; function effectively in a team-oriented management environment; and develop complex municipal comprehensive plan.

Supplemental Information:

A limited number of finalists will be invited to visit the City and participate in a structured interview process for the position. Participation may be limited to candidates possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Note: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA accomodations to the Human Resources Department, in writing. Residency within the Ames city limits.

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