The Director oversees all operations of the City’s Department of Planning and Economic Development enriching the quality of community life by directing and coordinating diverse organizational responsibilities, staff and contractors in widely varied activities pertaining to community planning, land use development and regulation, economic growth, culture, recreation and human services. The Director provides advanced professional managerial and administrative work in planning, managing, supervising and directing activities which foster great ideas, discoveries and ultimately innovations of economic development and community development functions.
The Director and his/her team develops and implements short and long-term planning initiatives that align with the City’s strategic priorities including those related to strong neighborhoods; oversees the preparation and/or revision of ordinances and other policies related to land use, land development, business and economic development issues; and works to maintain relationships with public and private organizations involved in the department’s work. These services support the City's planning board and other selected advisory boards, maintain City master plans and maps, and prepare operating, capital and special program budgets.
The Director specializes in innovation and redevelopment and has a deep understanding of and passion for innovation and creativity with proven experience bringing ideas from conception to completion leading and facilitating innovation by harnessing the creative energies of employees, residents and business partners to create new economic opportunities. The Director handles inquiries from both existing businesses looking for information about expansion and grants, and prospective businesses who would like to consider locating in the City of Newport. The incumbent exercises considerable independent judgment in the professional management of a wide variety in community planning, administrative services and economic development functions and in the resolution of administrative problems. Work is performed independently with general supervision by the City Manager.
Must have a four year and Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in municipal planning, urban planning, public administration or a related field.
Eight or more years of progressive experience in municipal or community development and community economic development with considerable supervisory and administrative responsibility is required.
Possession of a valid State Driver’s License is required.
AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certification preferred.
Additional Salary Information: City of Newport offers a liberal fringe benefit package. Please visit the City's website at www.cityofnewport.com for more information.
Internal Number: 052019
About City of Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, founded in 1639, is an internationally known resort and sailing community that offers small-town charm with many of the benefits and challenges of an urban community. Roughly half of the City falls within historic districts and is home to a significant number of Colonial, Victorian and Gilded Age buildings.
Newport has 24,672 full-time residents and is home to the Naval War College, Salve Regina University, Community College of Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport Hospital, Cliff Walk, the International Yacht Restoration School and is the site of the international renowned Folk, Jazz, and Classical music festivals. The City recently hosted the America’s Cup Trials and Volvo Ocean Racing events and is a destination of upwards of 3,000,000 national and international visitors annually.
Newport, Rhode Island is located 30 miles from Providence, the State Capitol, 70 miles from Boston and 170 miles from New York City. The City comprises 11.4 square miles (7.9 square miles of land and 3.5 square miles of water) and is bounded by water on three sides with Middletown and Portsmouth to the north.
The City of Newport, RI maintains excellent fina...ncial operations, receiving an AA+ S&P bond rating and is staffed by a seasoned and professional team of department heads.