Director, Seattle Planning Commission (Manager 2 Exempt)
City of Seattle
|Job at a Glance|
|Job Category||Planning Management, Budgeting and Finance|
|Job Level||Mid II (4-8 years)|
|Salary Range||$37.20 to $55.81 DOE|
The City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, is pleased to announce recruitment for the Director for the Seattle Planning Commission. This position serves at the pleasure of the Commission.
The Seattle Planning Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and City departments on urban planning issues like land use and zoning, transportation and housing policy. The Planning Commission is also the steward of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan.
The Planning Commission is organizationally housed within the Department of Planning Development (DPD), but provides an independent voice in advising the City and in carrying out its work. The position will oversee a staff of three.
This position will serve as the lead staff to the Planning Commission, supporting its sixteen members, overseeing the Commission’s review process, advocating for the Commission’s recommendations, and completing independent analysis of urban planning issues affecting the City at the Commission’s request. The position will report to the Planning Commission and coordinates closely with DPD’s Planning Director. The Director must establish and maintain good working relationships with the Director of DPD, other city Directors, members of the Mayor’s cabinet and elected officials. The Director will also establish strong working relationships with staff from DPD and other City departments and with community organizations active in planning issues.
Specific duties include:
• Direct the overall operations of the Seattle Planning Commission, a 16-member expert professional board that provides the Mayor, Seattle City Council and city officials advise on urban planning and development issues
• Provide leadership, direction and policy recommendations in shaping the Commission’s work in reviewing long range urban planning plans and policies. Research, analyze and advocate policy recommendations generated by the Commission to a broad range of constituents
• Manage Commission resources including supervising three permanent staff and typically 1-2 interns, and developing and managing the finances of the Commission. This includes developing the budget and negotiating the funding for special projects involving other City departments and agencies in creating multi-disciplinary work relationships.
• In conjunction with the Commission Chair, serve as spokesperson and advocate for the Commission’s recommendations. Manage all media and communications for the Commission and maintain the Commission’s social media presence.
• Direct Commission’s government relations and political involvement on city legislation which requires working closely with elected officials and their staff, department directors and staff, community organizations, stakeholders and individuals to facilitate the Commission's positions
• Represent the Commission in a variety of government and political settings, including public hearings and forums, private meetings, and other events. Present planning issues and advocate policy recommendations generated by the Planning Commissioners to a broad range of constituents.
• Represent the Commission at the senior management level within the City and in the community, working closely with elected officials and their staff, department directors and staff, community organizations and individuals to facilitate the Commission's roles and activities.
• Enhance the role of urban planning in Seattle, and furthering the creation and implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan as a framework for development in the city.
• Continue to establish the Commission as a relevant, sought-after and highly regarded voice on zoning, development, land use, transportation, and housing issues
• Advise City staff and officials on planning related issues and policies, representing both the Commission and professional perspectives.
A bachelor's degree in urban planning or urban design, architecture, public policy or a related discipline and seven years of professional experience is required. Exceptional and directly related experience is more important than the duration of the experience. Experience overseeing significant public policy initiatives, including analysis, public review, and forming recommendations, as a spokesperson with clear executive capacity, excellent written and oral communication skills, and an aptitude for City government, the political process, and local and regional issues, and the ability to motivate, delegate and make timely and informed decisions are important qualifications for this position. A Master's degree is preferred.
The following qualifications are also desired:
• Strong presentation and communication abilities, including hands-on facilitation;
• Proven supervisory track record and ability to achieve goals through leadership including strong motivation, excellent decision-making skills, and ability to delegate;
• An understanding of City government, local and regional issues and experience working in the local political process;
• Understanding and appreciation of the role of a public review body and the value
Please apply directly to the City of Seattle website at: www.seattle.gov/jobs. Click on the job title and attach a cover letter and resume.
|Contact Name||Stacie Bonathan|