Director of Planning

Town of Chapel Hill (NC)

Chapel Hill, NC United States

The Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, seeks a proactive and creative collaborator to be our next Planning Director. With an organizational culture of collaboration and teams, the Town of Chapel Hill is committed to citizen engagement and the Planning department plays a critical role in working with a diverse and participatory community, regional partners, the University System, and the Council to achieve strategic goals.   Operating under a Council-Manager form of government, our organization’s RESPECT values (Responsibility, Equity, Safety, Professionalism, Ethics, Communication, and Teamwork) are the basis for our choices. They are our compass as we accomplish our mission and objectives. As a result, residents have consistently rated Chapel Hill as “high-performing” in biennial community surveys. Due to a solid economic base in and around Chapel Hill and careful management of resources, the Town of Chapel Hill has bond ratings of AAA and consistently wins awards for its annual budget and financial report.  The Planning Department includes three divisions: Current Development, Long Range Planning, and Transportation Planning. The Department is responsible for promoting a strong community and vital public realm, preserving and enhancing Chapel Hill’s diverse neighborhoods, fostering quality environments, involving stakeholders in planning for the Town’s future, and helping the Town’s government administer its programs and operations consistent with the community’s vision for a sustainable future.  The Planning Department accomplishes its work with 12 dedicated employees and a budget of $1.7M.  The Director reports to the Town Manager and works with the Office of Housing and Community to coordinate the Planning Department’s work with other initiatives in the Town. The position is responsible for leading and directing the Planning staff in coordination with other Town Departments. The Director appears before the Town Council, advisory boards and commissions, and public groups; represents the Manager’s interests and assists the Manager in carrying out directives and recommendations of the boards and commissions and the Council. Education and Experience:  Qualified candidates will have any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in urban planning, architecture, public administration, business administration or closely related field; at least 3 years of supervisory experience; extensive progressive responsibility with managerial experience in urban planning and community development; or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which provides applicable knowledge, abilities, and skills. The Town hires with its core values in mind, seeking like-minded people to manage the present and craft the future of Chapel Hill. More information about the Town, its mission and core values of RESPECT can be found here (or cut and paste into your browser).  

Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range

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United States
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