Director of Planning

City of Aurora, CO

Aurora, CO

Experience Level: Senior

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

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Ideally situated in the eastern Denver Metro Area on prairie grasslands, rolling hills, and the Black Forest’s northern tip, Aurora is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Aurora is the third largest city in Colorado, covering 154.19 square miles across three counties, Arapahoe, Adams, and Douglas. A diverse community composed of 550 friendly, welcoming neighborhoods, Aurora is one of the safest cities in the state and one of the top 50 safest large cities (>250,000 population) in the nation. The City is home to more than 385,000 residents who enjoy convenient access to quality schools, safe, mastered planned communities, and unparalleled recreation and cultural attractions. Nicknamed the Gateway to the Rockies, the City offers spectacular views of the Front Range, spanning from Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs to Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The City of Aurora seeks an experienced and dynamic leader with strong interpersonal and managerial skills to become the next Director of Planning. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative relationship builder who will set the vision and tone for delivering high-quality customer service, working with external stakeholders, and providing directions and leadership to staff. The next Director will be skilled in working with developers, neighborhood groups, citizens, elected officials, and employees. The ability to handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy, make tough decisions, and communicate effectively with a variety of audiences will be important.

A bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning or a directly related field, is required, along with at least eight years of progressively responsible experience in comprehensive planning and development in a large organization. At least three years of supervisory experience at a senior management level is also required. A master’s degree and AICP certification are preferred.

Please apply online at:

For more information on this position contact:
Larry Gilley, Senior Vice President
[email protected]

Posted September 1, 2021, 8:45 AM PDT

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