Long Range Planning Manager (Planning Manager 2)

Metropolitan Nashville/Davison County Planning Department
Nashville, TN
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Engagement
Land-Use Management
Landscape Architecture
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Annual salary range of up to $110,000 depending on qualifications

The Metro Nashville/Davidson County Planning Department seeks a Planning Manager 2 to lead three sections that comprise its Long Range Planning Division:  Neighborhood Planning and Engagement; Transportation; and Design Studio. The Neighborhood Plans section completed the NashvilleNext General Plan update in June 2015, which received the Daniel Burnham Award in 2016 for Comprehensive Plans from the American Planning Association. 

Position Description

Nashville is one of the fastest growing communities in the country with a range of complex land use and policy issues. The Long Range Planning Manager is a key member of the leadership team that identifies planning opportunities and core policy objectives; builds strategic partnerships; engages a range of stakeholders in the planning process.  As such, the Planning Manager 2 must be able to consider and explain a wide array of factors in creating plans, such as demographic changes, the need for a variety of housing types in a neighborhood, and the demand for multimodal transportation infrastructure.

The Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville and Davidson County is a progressive public planning agency committed to sustainable development and quality urban design.   The department seeks a creative and experienced leader to oversee its long range planning division, including oversight of three section managers. The Long Range Planning division includes  sixteen  professional employees with diverse professional backgrounds in land planning, multimodal transportation planning,  and design.

This position will provide vision, strategic direction, and technical expertise to lead and implement community, design and transportation planning efforts for a wide variety of urban,  suburban and rural settings in Nashville/Davidson County.  The ideal candidate will also have to engage neighborhoods, political leadership, and development industry professionals, throughout all aspects of the work plan.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of effective leadership in a lively, interactive, and sometimes contentious environment.  Primary responsibilities are as follows: 

  • Manage the professional performance of the Long Range Planning staff and oversee the timely completion of a progressive and ambitious work program.  The work program includes periodic updates of the General Plan and regular updates of 14 Community Plans; refining planning policies; processing and advising on proposed plan amendments; and managing the in-house Design Studio in development of detailed neighborhood design plans.  Principal work products are developed through extensive collaboration with other agencies of the Metropolitan Government, extensive communication with Metropolitan councilmembers, and extensive and highly accessible citizen involvement opportunities.  Published plans must reflect an advanced level of design through layout, graphics, and accessibility to the general public. 
  • Participate as a member of the senior management team of the Metropolitan Planning Department to achieve department-wide goals. Reports to the Deputy Director and Executive Director of the Planning Department.
  • Perform the administrative tasks of supervision including, but not limited to, collection and analysis of performance management data to achieve department results, administration of timely employee performance evaluations, promotion of employee professional development, and formulation as needed of process and work flow improvements.   Primarily oversees the direction of the three managers within the division, but may need to guide and fill in for those managers, as necessary.
    Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  1. Develop capacity in the professional staff, through coaching and teaching by example, in the following skills: project management, group facilitation, negotiating, managing conflict in large group settings, presenting complex information clearly and persuasively, and synthesizing community preferences with professional best practices.
  2. Provide professional leadership to further the seamless integration of land use and transportation planning in each of the section's work products.
  3. Work with the manager of the land development division to appropriately integrate long range planning efforts into the Department’s review of zoning and other land use applications.
  4. Attend community meetings and Planning Commission meetings during the evening hours.
  5. Prepare studies, conduct research, prepare and make presentations,
  6. Keep Planning Deputy Director and Executive Director apprised of staff activities, emerging community and Metro Council conflict, and work program status.
    All work must be performed under minimal supervision.
    The successful candidate will have proven proficiency in project management, delegation and distribution of work load, facilitation, negotiation, and persuasive presentation of unfamiliar planning principles to lay audiences.  Experience in the practical application and integration of traditional planning with new urbanist principles in real-life settings is preferred.  Effective hands-on management of planning projects through the public involvement and approval processes is required.  The successful candidate should also have demonstrated success facilitating general agreement among citizens, landowners, and elected official with differing visions and objectives.

Professional mastery of the following is expected:

  • Principles of community planning, including the effective use of data
  • Best practices in urban design and “new urbanism”
  • Extensive understanding of land planning, including knowledge of zoning
  • General understanding of multi-modal transportation planning
  • Integration of land use and transportation planning in a unified planning product
    Experience with Transit Oriented Development standards and best practices is strongly preferred. The selected candidate will have strong oral and written communication skills.  A working knowledge of basic office software (MSWord, Excel, Access, Powerpoint) is required, as is an understanding of the capabilities of GIS.


  • Master’s degree in city and regional planning, landscape  architecture, transportation or a directly related field plus 8 years of planning experience, 4 years of which should be in a supervisory/management role, or Bachelor’s degree in city planning or a related field plus 8 years of planning experience, 4 years in a supervisory/management role.  Experience in a mid to large-sized city is preferred.  Possession of AICP is also preferred.

This Planning Manager 2 position will be filled as a contract position (non-civil service) with an annual salary range of up to $110,000 depending on qualifications along with excellent health, dental and retirement benefits.

Persons qualified for this position should submit letter of interest and resumé, by April 5, 2019.  First review of resumes will begin on this date.

Bob Leeman, AICP

Deputy Director

Metro Planning Department

of Nashville and Davidson County

800 Second Avenue South 

Nashville, TN 37210


E-Mail:  Bob.Leeman@Nashville.gov

The Planning Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline or any other employment practices because of non-merit factors shall be prohibited. For ADA inquiries, contact Josie Bass, ADA Compliance Coordinator, at (615) 862-7150 or e-mail her at josie.bass@nashville.gov. For Title VI inquiries, contact Human Relations at (615) 880-3370. For all employment-related inquiries, contact Human Resources at (615) 862-6640.

Published on:
March 7, 2019 - 9:28am
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