Recruitment #1902-0460-001


The City of Tucson, Arizona seeks a professionally respected, innovative, collaborative, and results-oriented leader to join the executive team for our progressive southwestern city in the role of Planning and Development Services Director.  This position is one of the City's most visible public leadership positions.  The successful candidate will report directly to the City Manager's Office. 

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Minimum Qualifications

At a minimum, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture or related field, and
  • Seven years of supervisory management experience in operating a multi-functional regulatory agency servicing the development and construction community are required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree is strongly preferred
  • AICP desirable

In addition to the experience and education requirements that are outlined above, City leaders have identified the following additional traits and competencies that the ideal candidate will possess:

Exceptional interpersonal skills; able to work effectively and collaboratively with numerous internal and external stakeholders

A professional with a blend of strong technical proficiencies, including detailed knowledge of codes/codes updates, and outstanding people/customer service skills

Understands/appreciates the impact of development services on economic development initiatives and annexation

Solutions-oriented; can blend the regulatory aspects of development services with a mindset of working with customers toward a workable solution

Values professional development and growth; able to mentor and guide staff

Strong leader and manager who seeks to empower staff while providing appropriate direction and guidance

Maintains very high ethical standards – a person of exceptional character who naturally earns the confidence and trust of others

Approachable, with excellent communication skills, both written and oral Persuasive, confident, and calm under pressure

Selection Plan

This is a confidential process which will be handled accordingly throughout the process.  References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.  Finalist candidates will be required to sign a release form to authorize preliminary reference calls and verifications to be conducted.  Employment history, degree(s) obtained, and other certifications/accomplishments will also be verified.

To be considered for this excellent career opportunity, submit a cover letter with current salary, résumé (showing both years and months of positions held), and six work-related references by end of day Sunday, March 3, 2019 to:

Preliminary screening interviews will be conducted in mid-March with the most qualified applicants. Those individuals determined to be the most ideally suited for the opportunity will be invited to an assessment center and in-person interview with the City in late March or early April. Appointment is expected shortly thereafter following the completion of thorough reference and background checks to be coordinated with the candidate(s).   

Note: in accordance with City Code, the selected candidate will be required to establish residency within the City of Tucson city limits.

The City of Tucson is an equal opportunity employer that is both child and family friendly, as well as a drug and alcohol free workplace.  Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


This recruitment will incorporate existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Arizona.  Information presented to the City of Tucson for consideration may be made available to the public in accordance with public disclosure/open records laws.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.