Planning Director

The City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Infrastructure Planning
Sustainability Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Depends on Qualifications

The Planning Director is appointed by the City Manager and reports to an Assistant City Manager.  The Planning Director is responsible for a staff of 47, an annual General Fund Budget of $4 million and $25 million in federal grant funds. The Director's work is appraised by the Assistant City Manager as to the attainment of program objectives and adherence to governing laws.  The Planning Director is responsible for the overall management of the Planning Department and for directing the activities of its divisions by coordinating with intermediate supervisors the activities of a staff engaged in performing the planning functions of the City.  Divisions under the leadership of this position include Planning Administration, Housing and Community Development, Current Planning and Urban Design, and Plan Development and Implementation. The Planning Director supervises the development and implementation of growth management, land use, redevelopment, housing, transportation, and other plans and codes to meet the City's needs; coordinates and assigns both current and long-range planning projects; oversees the department's budget; sets and monitors goals and objectives; makes presentations to a variety of groups; and supervises a professional staff.  The Planning Director communicates with boards, departmental staff, City officials, contractors, and representatives of state and federal agencies and private organizations to give and receive information related to department activities. 
The ideal candidate is a professionally respected, innovative, and results-oriented leader. This position is one of the City's most visible public leadership positions. As such, the Planning Director must have exceptional interpersonal skills, outstanding people/customer service skills, and be able to work effectively and collaboratively with numerous internal and external stakeholders. The City seeks a dynamic, solutions-oriented, strategic thinker who can express a compelling vision, identify and clearly articulate issues, and develop workable solutions as its Planning Director.

The ideal candidate exemplifies the Planning Department's core values of teamwork, integrity, innovation and professionalism and is:

  • a person of very high ethical standards and exceptional character who naturally earns the confidence and trust of others;
  • a seasoned professional with experience guiding metropolitan growth and development;
  • a professional that brings a blend of strong technical proficiencies in the wide-ranging aspects of city planning, including detailed knowledge of codes/code updates, and understands/appreciates the social, physical and economic impacts of development;
  • experienced in successfully administering federal, state and private grant programs;
  • an effective team-oriented leader and manager who values professional development and growth and seeks to empower staff while providing appropriate direction and guidance;
  • committed to superior customer service at all levels of the organization;
  • reliable to maintain accountability to the City Manager, trust and credibility with the Planning Commission and other appointed bodies, and good working relationships within and outside of City government;
  • an excellent communicator in person with a diverse spectrum of individuals and groups, and through written correspondence of all types; and
  • approachable, persuasive, confident, and calm under pressure.


  • Possession of a bachelor's degree in Planning or related field.
  • Knowledge of and skill in applying best practices in governmental administration and management.
  • Knowledge of and skill in urban planning.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and private grants management.
  • Knowledge of subdivisions and zoning.
  • Skill in coordinating activities of professional, technical, and clerical staff.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in coordinating complex planning activities.
  • Skill in critically assessing and organizing a wide variety of information.
  • Ability to develop long-range plans and evaluate work accomplishments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Willingness to assume responsibility for work performed and decisions made.


  • Master's degree in planning, public administration, architecture or related field.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.
  • Certified Public Manager (CPM) certification.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of professional planning experience, with at least five (5) years of the experience gained at the executive-level, preferably for a comparably sized municipality.
  • Skill in leading, directing, and supervising multiple employees and high-performance work teams.

Click on the link for a detailed Recruitment Brochure.

Published on:
June 10, 2019 - 9:21am
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