The City of Minneapolis has an opening for the position of Director of Long Range Planning. This position is dedicated to leading and managing long-range planning and research staff with the responsibility of integrating urban design principles into the City of Minneapolis’ long range plan for housing, economic development and neighborhood planning. The Director of Long Range Planning position should be a collaborative, adaptive person who can quickly read institutional cultures and priorities and find convergences. They should be an innovative urban planner who can live between the spaces of idealism on one side and the complex realities of a major metropolitan area on the other.
This person will have the opportunity to shape the future of the City of Minneapolis and create a better tomorrow for Minneapolis residents, business owners, workers and visitors. In partnership with the Mayor, City Council and City staff, the Director of Long Range Planning will work to establish annual priorities for the City of Minneapolis as well as maintain contact with Elected and Appointed Officials to determine future planning projects.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess:
Strong leadership skills; consensus and team building skills; and good interpersonal and managerial skills, including the ability to develop and promote a diverse productive work environment and to lead, manage and supervise diverse teams and individuals in a large organization.
Deep knowledge of the theory and practice of city planning and professional organization management.
Knowledge of comprehensive planning, zoning and planning functions; capital planning; land use and development review; budget administration; staff supervision and team building.
Knowledge and experience in social geography relating to urban issues including neighborhood building and community interface, as well as urban design principles and how they relate to long-range planning efforts.
Ability to work in a political environment and establish effective working relationships.
Excellent communication and listening skills and an ability and commitment to remain connected to the formal and informal community leaders across organizations within the contexts of priority opportunities.
Ability to educate non-planning personnel and citizens regarding Planning activities and issues and effectively communicate the anticipated outcome.
Ability to work effectively within the diverse communities that reside and work in the City and possess an understanding of racial and economic disparities both in a general and within urban planning structures.
Ability to cross departmentally to integrate planning into the policy and budgets of multiple departments; manage, coordinate and implement programs with staff from those departments as well as external stakeholders.
Ability to look for ways to proactively accomplish goals and objectives through planning, process improvement and innovation; knowledge and ability to develop, implement and manage a department business plan.
About City of Minneapolis - Community Planning and Economic Development
Mission: The mission of Minneapolis’ Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) is to grow a vibrant, livable, safely built city for everyone.
Vision: The vision for CPED is to be a driving force for innovation, collaboration and sustainability by providing thoughtful design and access to the tools and resources needed for all Minneapolis residents and businesses to prosper.
The goal...s of CPED are to leverage CPED investments and resources to foster economic development and revitalization in challenged areas; plan, design and develop sustainable, healthy, livable, high performance and resource efficient communities; and strengthen CPED’s role as leader, innovator and key driver of our city’s regional competitiveness.