Assistant Director Community Development and Planning

City of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, IA

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

Salary: $80,808.00 - $96,844.80 Annually

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The City of Cedar Rapids is welcoming applications for an Assistant Director of Community Development and Planning. At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds and this position is crucial in the success and strategic direction of a growing and evolving community. The Assistant Director plays a key role through implementation of EnvisionCR, the City’s comprehensive plan, and leadership of the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). This position is critical to achieving the vision for Cedar Rapids’ future - an enhanced quality of life through physical, economic, and social improvements - with a focus on promoting equity and connecting people to resources through a diverse network.

We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer at [email protected] or 319-286-5138.

What is in it for you? 

The City provides outstanding pay, benefits and time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $53.23 per month for 2021! Additionally we offer:

  • Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
  • Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS)  with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
  • 100% City paid basic life insurance
  • Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
  • View our non-bargaining Choice Plan Benefits Summary
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Annual step pay increases
  • Typically receive annual cost of living increase depending on budget
  • Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
  • Commitment to professional development – annual training and conference opportunities

About the position: 

The Assistant Director is responsible for the City’s Planning Division, oversight of departmental operations, and leading inter-departmental teams on a variety of cross-functional planning initiatives. The Assistant Director also leads the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) that serves a Policy Board consisting of elected officials representing Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, Robins, Ely, Fairfax, Palo and Linn County. The Corridor MPO has maximized federal transportation funding to provide a robust multi-modal network, including a trails network and transit services in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area.

Provides leadership in the development of long-range local and regional plans and planning activities, including transportation, land use, and others and leads cross functional teams that interact with many different jurisdictions and City Departments.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Position will be advertised until filled.

See full job posting and apply on our website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cedarrapids/jobs/3293344/assista…

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

Posted November 10, 2021, 3:01 PM PST


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