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County of Delaware, PA Seeking Director of Planning

Delaware County is seeking an energetic and experienced planning professional to orchestrate and implement the robust activities needed to advance our vision. The Planning Director is a key member of the County’s Executive Team and provides the leadership for long-range planning as well as day-to-day management of the Planning Department, which consists of Transportation, Historic Preservation, Open Space, and Trails. Currently, the Planning Department is serving the purpose of promoting the sound development and redevelopment of the County through the strategic application of contemporary planning principles and smart growth concepts, while maintaining and enhancing the cultural, economic, and environmental livability of the County. The Director reports to the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO).

In our change-driven environment, Delaware County envisions its future Planning Director to foster a hyper-collaborative and dynamic workplace. This workplace will build momentum in achieving our vision as a sustainable, green, and connected county of choice for residents, business, and visitors through innovative and strategic planning. Aligning the Planning Department as an outcome-based organization shaped around a common vision, goals, and action steps with a defined yet flexible work program will be a key responsibility of the Director. Ideally, the new Director will have notable demonstrated success in economic development, business enterprises, green space, trails, historic preservation, and project implementation and delivery.

• Provide leadership, management, and coordination of all County planning functions
• Lead by example a culture of collaboration, readiness, information sharing, risk taking, and enthusiasm
• Develop department-wide goals, objectives, policies, and procedures and oversee their successful implementation geared toward defined outcomes
• Work with County Council, the CSO, the Delaware County Planning Commission, the public and staff to articulate a clear vision of Delco’s desired goals relative to planning and development related issues
• Prepare and manage the Planning Department’s annual work program and budget
• Build effective and positive communication with a wide range of audiences including elected officials, planning commissions, state and regional agencies, developers, civic groups, and the public
• Represent the County on various County and regional boards and committees and at public meetings and events
• Work with the Personnel Department to recruit, hire, and evaluate staff and contract personnel
• Supervise professional staff. Manage, assign, and review projects and production with staff. Develop a meaningful and measurable annual staff review process. Conduct engaging and productive staff meetings.
• Interpret and understand applicable ordinances and regulations with knowledge of federal, municipal, regional and community planning
• Conduct ongoing review of grant opportunities, proposals, and applications; promote grant programs and provide application assistance to municipalities

• Education Required: A Master’s degree in urban and regional planning, public administration, or related field. Education in both Planning and Landscape Architecture is highly preferred.
• Experience Required: A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible planning experience is required. Five years of experience must be in a supervisory capacity.
• AICP certification is required and dual licensing as a PLA or RLA is highly preferred.
• Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license required at time of appointment and throughout employment.
• Well-developed knowledge of planning and zoning principles, practices, reporting, and functional areas such as transportation, environmental, open space, and historic preservation
• Knowledge of principles, methodology, and practices of research, data collection, and statistics
• Ability to review contract documents and ordinances to determine compliance
• Knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Office and Excel, Adobe Suite, State and Federal applications, econometric or transportation modeling, database management, GIS, online meeting platforms
• Excellence in oral and written communication and reporting skills to interact with various agencies, boards, committees, and the public
• Ability to work on, schedule, and manage several projects simultaneously
• Ability to prepare, monitor, and report annual budgets and objectives

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