Deputy Director for Planning

City of Harrisburg
Harrisburg, PA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
Economic Development
Land-Use Management
Public/Nonprofit Administration
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Zoning Administration
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 

The City of Harrisburg is seeking a highly motivated individual to fulfill the responsibilities of Deputy Director for Planning in the Department of Community and Economic Development, Bureau of Planning.  This position is responsible for directing and administering the City’s Zoning Code and the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. This individual is also responsible for the application of specialized knowledge in the formulation, implementation, and improvement of neighborhood and topical plans for the community’s physical and social development. This official acts as technical advisor and the Executive Secretary to the Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Board. On matters relating to zoning, planning, and development, the Deputy Director for Planning acts as technical advisor to the Mayor, City Council, and City Officials. This position assists the Planning Director with supervision of a professional planning and support staff which gathers and evaluates social, economic, and physical environment data.  Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Director of Planning. This position is a management, FLSA-exempt position.

Qualified candidates will possess a master’s degree, preferably in Urban/Regional Planning or a related field, plus at least two years of experience in an urban planning field; or a bachelor’s degree in Urban/Regional Planning plus at least four years of experience in an urban planning field; or any combination of education and experience which results in possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Specialized knowledge in economic development and one or more planning areas such as transportation, urban design, economic development, environment, or community engagement is a plus. Previous experience in a municipal planning office is preferred. Previous supervisory experience is desirable. Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable. Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, Class C, or equivalent is required.

For additional information about this opportunity, please visit the City's website (

The City of Harrisburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Eric Papenfuse, Mayor

Published on:
May 3, 2018 - 1:45pm
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