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Director of Planning & Development Services

City of Lawrence, KS
Lawrence, KS
United States
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AICP Certification: 
$124,7785 to $137,256 Starting

City of Lawrence, KS

Job Opportunity Bulletin

Director, Planning & Development Services

Planning and Development Services Department

Starting Salary Range: $124,778 to $137,256 Annually, (DOQ)

Full Salary Range: $124,778 to $174,689 Annually

The City of Lawrence and Douglas County, KS are seeking a talented municipal executive with a strong planning and inspection services background to lead the Planning and Development Services Department. The City of Lawrence and Douglas County have had a combined city-county planning office and a combined Planning Commission since the 1960s. The Planning and Development Services Department has approximately 37 full-time employees, including an assistant director and a strong professional team of division managers. The 2020 adopted budget for the department is approximately $4.88 million, including CDBG grants, HOME funds and transportation grants. The Director will report to the Lawrence City Manager for day-to-day operations and to the Douglas County Administrator for matters pertaining to unincorporated county planning issues.


Successful candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, public policy or related field; a master’s degree is highly desirable. In addition, candidates must have seven to ten years of increasingly responsible experience in land use planning, inspection services or directly related field. Demonstrated management and administrative leadership skills are extremely important as well as the ability
to work collaboratively with elected and appointed officials, staff, members of boards and commissions, and
an active, engaged citizenry. Candidates must display the ability to serve as both regulators and facilitators of
quality development; the ability to translate complex planning and land use issues for varied stakeholders and
decision-makers; and a strong desire to work in a well-established cooperative planning environment. Residency within Lawrence City Limits is required within six months of employment. The successful candidate must pass a post-offer City physical and drug screen.




Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance:

Various dependent on coverage levels available; FREE Well Care Clinic through LMH; free/discounted gym memberships, other wellness benefits/perks

Paid Time Off:

12 Vacation days, 12 Sick days accrued per year;
2 days Personal Leave, 9 Paid Holidays


Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS)

For more information, please check out the Candidate Profile Brochure Here!

MUST Submit ONLINE Application By:

Application Review Begins January 13, 2020; Open Until Filled

Published on:
December 13, 2019 - 12:37pm
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