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Assistant Director of Planning

City of Newport News
Newport News, VA
United States
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required

The City of Newport News, Virginia, has an exciting opening for a new Assistant Director of Planning. The Assistant Director will oversee the necessary leadership and assist the Director with strategic direction of the Department of Planning’s Comprehensive Planning division.  The Assistant Director is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, neighborhood and transportation planning, and grants. The position will also be responsible for the effective supervision and administration of the division including selection, training, performance management, prioritizing and assigning work and related activities over the department. Communication skills will be an essential piece of this position, as the Assistant Director communicates with employees, department heads, City Management, and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. This is an exciting opportunity to make a lasting impact on your local community!

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Urban Design, Architecture or a related field and 5-7 years of professional planning experience, with 3-5 years of supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s Degree in Planning or a related field is not required, but preferred.

An acceptable general background check to include a local and state criminal history check, credit check, sex offender registry, and a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record will be required.

Salary and Benefits: Salary ranges are competitive based on qualifications and experience. This position has a target salary range of $71,706- $123,525 annually. In addition to salary, the City offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet all of our employee’s needs! Benefits offered include the following:

  • Health, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Retirement benefits through the Virginia Retirement System (VRS)
  • Deferred compensation
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Discounted fitness center memberships

Why should I work for the City of Newport News?

The City of Newport News is an organization committed to excellence in public service with strong communication and teamwork.  As an established employer of choice in the Hampton Roads area, the City is also dedicated to maximizing employee potential.  Join the City Newport News and embrace the City’s values of “Commitment, Caring and Collaboration.”

Other stuff that’s good to know:

The City of Newport News offers a comprehensive benefits package to include a Virginia Retirement System defined benefit and defined contribution plan, medical, dental, vision, approved moving expenses and a variety of wellness initiatives. We offer great training programs for new and current employees, competitive pay, and paid time off!  Come join a team that treats you like family and emphasizes open communication!

How to apply: To view additional information and to apply, please visit  The deadline to apply is May 12, 2021.

Published on:
April 23, 2021 - 12:24pm
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