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The City of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) leads collaborative planning, advances equitable development, and helps create great places. We are looking for a Community Planning Manager to provide leadership for OPCD’s community planning work program and related policy initiatives. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of a rapidly growing city and define the leading edge of community-based planning that prioritizes equity, sustainability, and the creation of inclusive, well-loved places.
In this role, you will supervise and lead a team of professional planners to create and undertake community planning initiatives and to shape our community planning work program. Our community planning team works to engage community members in inclusive planning processes that support and sustain equitable, livable neighborhoods, including diverse and affordable housing, job opportunities, great connectivity, healthy places to play, thriving businesses, and high-quality infrastructure and services. Our work also involves developing and implementing inclusive urban design principles and plans, land use plans, and site planning. All of our work is undertaken within the framework of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan.
Here is more about what you’ll be doing:
Supporting Department Goals and Supervising Planning Team:
- Managing and supervising a team of 5-6 planners and policy analysts.
- Supporting department goals to respond to the needs of historically disadvantaged communities and promote the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative.
- Coordinating work for area planning, design, and community development strategies; evaluating external plans, proposals, and policies; and advocating for City interests.
Developing, Overseeing, and Tracking Programs:
- Providing strategic direction for a multi-disciplinary community planning work program.
- Developing and tracking program budget, scope, schedule, and performance measures; managing staff and consultant teams; working with agency partners; developing and implement inclusive community engagement strategies.
- Developing coordinated investment strategies, where appropriate, to achieve multiple community benefit outcomes.
Fostering Collaboration with OPCD, City partners, community groups, and other agencies:
- Working with community groups, business advocates, and affordable housing providers to undertake community planning studies, collaboratively defining a vision for neighborhood areas, and articulating recommendations for community development, equitable access, placemaking, land use, and zoning.
- Maintaining effective working relationships with the Mayor’s office, City Council and other elected leaders, City partners, and other agencies.
- Working with partners to design and implement inclusive engagement strategies with traditionally under-represented communities, businesses (including small and women/minority owned businesses), social service providers, property owners, developers, and others.
- Advising and presenting information to the department director, Mayor, and City Council on area planning, inclusive engagement, and implementation.
Here’s more about what you’ll need:
You will be prepared to take on this role if you have:
- Knowledge of community development strategies
- Strong project development and coordination skills
- An understanding and commitment to racial equity
- The ability to perform a wide variety of tasks and re-order your priorities while working both independently and on a team
- Demonstrated skills in collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information, both verbally and in writing
- Proficiency with current techniques for presenting geographic data, maps, concept diagrams, and other graphics in a city planning context
You will be successful in this role if you have experience:
- Working with and providing information to community groups, government agencies, businesses, and other community stakeholders, particularly members of traditionally under-represented communities
- Analyzing or applying planning policies
- Leading teams, scoping, and implementing complex and multi-dimensional planning projects
- Designing and undertaking land use or other planning projects on a neighborhood scale
- Leading community meetings
- Working directly with elected leaders and constituents on policy initiatives
- Presenting information in compelling ways in graphic, narrative, and oral presentation forms
In addition to the ability to perform the work described above, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of education, training or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):
- Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, or a related field
- Four years of progressively responsible experience in working as a manager or project manager in public-sector planning or a related field
- Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, or a related field
- Five years of progressively responsible experience in working as a manager or project manager in public-sector planning or a related field
- Associate Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, or a related field
- Six years of progressively responsible experience in working as a manager or project manager in public-sector planning or a related field
- Seven years of progressively responsible experience in working as a manager or project manager in public-sector planning or a related field
This position is classified as a Strategic Advisor 2, General Government.
Closing date: August 21st, 2018