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Assistant Director of Planning & Urban Design

City of Dallas
Dallas, TX
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
Economic Development
Infrastructure Planning
Land-Use Management
Landscape Architecture
Planning Law
Public Policy
Public/Nonprofit Administration
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$90,646 - $130,512 (depending on qualifications)


The salary listed on this job posting is the starting salary range; amount offered will depend upon qualifications.

The Assistant Director will support the Director in providing strategic direction for the City of Dallas to create and implement long range land use and development policy, promote excellent urban design in public projects, and enhance community engagement in city planning.  The Assistant Director will play a lead role in a major update to the comprehensive plan of the City of Dallas, systematic area planning in prioritized areas, capacity building for neighborhood resident organizations, systematic policy/design review for projects seeking discretionary approvals from the City and master planning for major City-owned property.  The Assistant Director also provides executive leadership, oversight and mentoring for the Planning & Urban Design Department.  

The Assistant Director will report to the Director of Planning & Urban Design and will involve a high degree of interaction and collaboration with City staff at all levels and across departments.  This position requires a strategic, creative thinker with extensive knowledge of comprehensive land use planning and urban design, excellent analytical skills, outstanding community engagement and written and oral communication skills, and demonstrated experience in management of resources and budgets, and working with City residents, officials, leaders and all forms of the media.


  • Provides leadership for updating the forward Dallas citywide comprehensive land use plan and ongoing area planning with emphasis on operationalizing plans and policies to effectively influence development regulations, incentives, and infrastructure planning.
  • Provides staff oversight and guidance for long range plans, projects and programs related to comprehensive land use, urban design, and community engagement.
  • Provides staff oversight and guidance for neighborhood capacity building, including a neighborhood leadership training program, maintenance of a neighborhood organization registry, monthly newsletter and social media posts.
  • Maintains systematic land use and urban design policy review of development projects requiring discretionary City approvals in collaboration with other departments.
  • Provides staff oversight and guidance on provision of design review and conceptual design assistance on major transportation capital improvement projects related to transit, highways and roadways in collaboration with other departments and agencies.
  • Provides staff oversight and guidance on master planning for major City property.
  • Provides executive management oversight of managers and supervisors and reviews and approves personnel actions including hiring, training, performance evaluations and other personnel actions to ensure quality and productivity standards are maintained.
  • Monitors progress of the department work plan to accomplish timely and effective utilization of available resources.
  • Reviews budget allocations and evaluates and analyzes management reports to help make budgetary recommendations and strategic decisions.
  • Identifies areas for quality and productivity enhancement through improved work procedures and practices, improved communication and accountability.
  • Manages and coordinates special research and reporting requests to provide accurate and timely responses to the City Manager or City Council.
  • Represents the City at local, state and national organizations and professional activities related to planning to maintain the image of the City and to create public support for departmental programs.
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance.


  • Thorough knowledge and skills related to land use, urban design, community development, and community engagement.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and conceptual skills.
  • Strongly self-motivated with effective interpersonal and leadership skills that can energize multi-disciplined teams to respond to workplan or project needs.
  • Outstanding community engagement and oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of principles of personnel and project management skills to plan, direct, and coordinate the work of others.
  • Ability to promote equity in the workplace and to work professionally with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of city management, city officials, vendors, contractors, media, community business organizations, neighborhood organizations and the general public.
  • Knowledge of professional service contracting for municipal governments and ability to negotiate contracts.
  • Integrity and desire to contribute to the success of the City and all its residents.
  • Ability to respond to questions promptly and accurately.
  • Ability to prepare reports and documents in a logical, accurate and grammatically correct manner.


  • Minimum of 7 years of experience related to city planning and design including a minimum of 5 years of experience in organizing, planning, budgeting and executing large-scale planning projects from the envisioning stage through implementation, involving internal and external personnel and inclusive community engagement.
  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning/public policy/urban design/architecture or similar is required.
  • Extensive knowledge of land use, urban design and community development policy and its application in a municipal government setting.
  • Substantial and progressive experience in developing and implementing citywide comprehensive land use plans.


  • Advanced degree in urban planning/public policy/urban design/architecture/landscape architecture or similar is preferred.
  • Municipal government experience in a similar position.


Work is performed under normal office conditions and at times non-office conditions while serving communities. Work conditions are currently modified due to the ongoing pandemic with department staff working from home.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Closing Date

2/25/2021 at 11:59 PM Central


City of Dallas


1500 Marilla Street
1CS or 6AN
Dallas, Texas, 75201

Published on:
February 10, 2021 - 1:12pm
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