The Entitlement Services Division of the Department is seeking to fill a senior level leadership position responsible for leading, managing and enhancing the City’s rezoning process. This is a highly visible role that involves working directly with the City Council, Zoning Committee of the Planning Commission, community members and representatives of the development community. The ideal candidate for this position will have substantive zoning and public speaking experience and be able to identify and implement efficiency improvements to the City’s rezoning process.
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Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinates the day to day operations of the department’s rezoning process
- Manages the work including mentoring junior staff directly assigned to the rezoning process, as well as coordinating with staff in other division and departments
- Oversees the multi-step rezoning process
- Analyzes specific rezoning requests
- Receives input from community members
- Negotiates with rezoning petitioners
- Develops staff recommendations
- Presents petitions and staff recommendations to elected and appointed bodies on rezoning requests
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Demonstrated leadership and management experience in a planning agency
- Demonstrated ability to develop consensus between differing stakeholder perspectives
- Experience working closely with government boards or commissions
- Ability to analyze development proposals and lead discussions/negotiations related to such proposals
- Extensive public speaking experience
- Professional writing skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to manage and improve complex processes
- Ability to work comfortably with diverse groups on a variety of issues
- An understanding of North Carolina statues related to rezoning procedures
- Must demonstrate initiative and self-motivation in a fast-paced and ever-changing work environment
- A thorough knowledge of planning principles and the regulatory approaches to implement these principles is required.
- Experience administering development regulations, especially zoning regulations and rezoning processes, is required.
- Familiarity with Charlotte’s development regulations and rezoning process, as well as rezoning approaches in other communities, especially within North Carolina, is preferable.
- Requires a four-year degree with a specialization in urban planning or related field, with seven years of thorough and relevant experience in land use planning, public administration, architecture, or related field.
- A Master’s Degree may substitute for two years of relevant experience. AICP or other certifications (AIA, PE, GISP, LEED, etc.) are desirable, but not required.
Conditions of Employment
The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.
Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How To Apply
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