City of Boulder, Colorado - Director of Planning and Development Services

$170,000 - $180,000 yearly
  • The Novak Consulting Group
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • Jun 16, 2020
Full time Government

Job Description

The City of Boulder, Colorado is hiring a Director of Planning and Development Services!

The Opportunity

In pursuit of operational excellence, Planning and Development Services recently adapted from a shared services area to a defined city department. The new Director of Planning and Development Services is excited to lead the redefined and still evolving department. With this new identity, the Director sets the strategic direction and will lead the department in streamlining business processes in order to provide efficient, consistent, and predictable services for internal and external customers.


The Director is a key member of the City’s leadership team and collaborates to achieve Boulder’s social, economic, and environmental goals. The Director of Planning and Development Services coordinates regularly with the City Manager and Deputy City Managers to strategically plan, especially with respect to high priority and high profile Council initiatives. The Director represents the department, provides technical guidance, and acts as a policy advisor to the City Manager, the Planning Board, and the City Council on a wide range of complex issues and major projects. Additionally, the Director maintains an understanding of current and proposed future projects in all work plans in order to adequately represent workload, budget, and coordination issues with City leadership and the community.

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At least ten years of demonstrated progressively responsible leadership and management experience in a combination of community planning, engineering, and development services related fields, including significant experience with an active, mature, and highly engaged community. A combination of both public and private sector experience is ideal.


Knowledge of best practices in both planning, engineering, and construction is highly desired. Proven business savvy, political understanding, and sensitivity with the ability to think ahead, anticipate issues, and proactively develop response plans are essential. Specific knowledge of and experience in land use planning, development review, public infrastructure, and housing is required, as is experience with in-fill, redevelopment, and transit-oriented development. Significant experience with community sustainability efforts involving economic, social, and environmental sustainability policy development and implementation is also desired.


A master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant field such as urban planning, engineering, architecture, public administration, or business is required with American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or Professional Engineer (PE) certification desired.