City of Tampa

City Planning Director (#901040) MH

$50.82-$79.62 Hourly / $8,808.80-$13,800.80 Monthly / $105,705.60-$165,609.60 Yearly


This is highly responsible managerial and technical work in reviewing, monitoring, and implementing city land growth, urban design, project management, and planning and development management policies.

Nature Of Work

The employee will be responsible for performing highly responsible professional and supervisory work in long-term planning. Supervise and participate in a variety of municipal program or project planning activities. Work includes the coordination of various phases of the planning process, and participation in analysis of municipal conditions/needs and development of plans. To perform assignments effectively, employees must possess considerable knowledge of planning principles and practices and possess knowledge of broad program or subject areas associated with assigned specialty. Considerable initiative and independent judgment are necessary to ensure that activities are completed in accordance with plan production requirements. Work is reviewed through conferences, written reports, and observation of results achieved. Appointed position; employee serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.

Examples of Duties

Directs the development and implementation of the City's regular planning projects. Lead the project management of significant current and future development and community planning projects in the City.   

Coordinates and participates in preparation and production of major plans and/or grant applications. Develops work programs and schedules, including coordination of tasks performed by personnel in other departments and components completed or contributed to by outside agencies or advisory committees.
Serves as liaison with other governmental officials and agencies to coordinate planning efforts and to develop and maintain funding sources; prepares reports and correspondence. Makes presentations to city officials and the public regarding the city’s policies and principles on specific projects as needed; meets with private sector individuals to review urban planning and design policy relative to specific property or whole districts.  
Plans, assigns, schedules, and reviews the work of subordinate professionals; recommends such personnel actions as employment, promotions, transfers, demotions, suspensions, and dismissals; responds to requests for leave; completes performance evaluations; administers required discipline; serves as initial respondent to grievances; trains and orients new employees and provides technical advice and guidance to all subordinates.

Participates in development, drafting, revision, and recommendation of program/project plans to address economic, social and physical problems and needs; collects, assimilates, analyzes, and interprets data and indicators regarding municipal conditions; oversees development of broad or particularized plans which document existing conditions, needs, goals, objectives, policies, work programs, implementation strategies, and budgets; supervises and participates in evaluation of plans and proposals from outside agencies; ensures that plans are revised to address changing conditions and needs and to facilitate implementation; oversees and participates in administration of grant projects, including budget formulation and revision, and project revisions and closure activities.   

Prepares professional reports and correspondence.   
Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of:  modern management practices and procedures; social, economic, and physical factors influencing community development and improvement.
Considerable knowledge of: content and interpretation of municipal zoning codes, regulations, and related ordinances; laws, rules, and regulations governing zoning code enforcement; building codes and ordinances.

Working knowledge of: the geographical layout of the city; principles and practices of land use planning; legal terminology; methods and techniques of research, data compilation, analysis, and documentation; effective supervisory techniques.

Ability to: develop short-range plans; collect, assimilate, analyze, and interpret data; formulate sound recommendations; prepare and effectively present oral and written reports; plan, assign, supervise, and review the work of others; interpret municipal zoning codes tactfully and impartially; establish and maintain effective working relationships with legal department staff, city officials, contractors, and others.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, business, public administration or any closely related field and five (5) years progressively responsible experience in urban planning, zoning and/or land development preferably with three (3) years of municipal administrative and managerial experience.  Masters degree preferred.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid driver’s license required.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 901040;