Pay Range: $102,308 - $135,558 annual compensation

Job Posting Closing on: Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

The Planning and Development Department was recently consolidated and rebranded as the Development Services Department in January 2020. The Development Services Department focuses on promoting orderly growth and development, safe construction, and neighborhood vitality; and collaborates with developers, property owners, and residents, to ensure safe and sustainable development while providing exceptional customer experiences. The Development Services Department encompasses Development Coordination, Development Engineering, Zoning and Design Review, and Permitting and Inspections services. Our vision is to make Fort Worth the most liveable city in the country.

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The City of Fort Worth is committed to streamlining and consolidating the development review process.  As Development Services is a key element in the City’s growth philosophy, we emphasize exceptional customer experiences as one of our core values.  We commit to facilitating timely reviews and approvals of projects while partnering with our development community and neighbors to prioritize smart and sustainable growth – in short, “building Fort Worth together”. This is more than a phrase, but rather, a philosophy that the Fort Worth City Council and City Manager have charged the Development Services Department with implementing. 

The Opportunity

Opportunity is available for a highly seasoned and accomplished professional to assist in leading the activities of the Development Services Department. This position will maintain or enhance the quality of life in The City of Fort Worth in the following way:

The Assistant Director for the Zoning and Design Review Division of Development Services will be responsible for coordinating staff in land use planning, land development design review, special projects, and managing the division’s budgeting and personnel decisions. Work also involves interpreting the City’s Zoning Ordinance for development and use of property within city limits in accordance with state law, recommending map amendments (zoning district changes for property) and text amendments to the Zoning Commission and City Council in accordance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, consulting with community leaders and property owners in creating and vetting City-initiated zoning amendments, and providing guidance to staff in the Zoning Section, Preservation & Design Section, and Zoning Appeals Section.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be experienced, energetic and resourceful leaders with a demonstrated record of leadership and operational experience; possess a strong customer-centric approach; have the ability to negotiate, balance and sustain strong stakeholder relationships; have in-depth knowledge of planning and development principles, and have strong communication skills. The successful candidate will be adept in managing organizational change and have the ability to collaborate and build strong partnerships with developers, property owners, residents, neighborhood organizations, community groups, other City departments, and other governmental agencies.

We expect an Assistant Director of Development Services to be detail-oriented with good business sense and strong negotiation skills.  Assistant Directors should be innovative problem solvers who are passionate about improving the quality of life for residents of Fort Worth. Exceptional interpersonal skills are essential. The individual must have the ability to boost and maintain positive employee morale and to motivate and inspire employees to maximize their potential and provide the highest level of customer service to citizens.

The individual selected will possess a professional history that demonstrates the following necessary leadership competencies and attributes:

  • Strong, innovative leadership and management skills.
  • Change agent for improving planning and development services by implementing an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • A management philosophy that is strongly customer-service oriented both internal and external.
  • Ability to manage a diverse group of employees through the use of excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to creatively negotiate and implement streamlined processes and project management through partnership with stakeholder groups.
  • Possess an organizational and political awareness of sensitive projects, programs, and services that can involve competing interests and priorities.
  • Considerable knowledge of and experience with principles and practices of planning, program management, process improvement, and development services.
  • Proven track record for business process re-engineering – achieving efficiencies and innovation while improving the delivery and quality of service.

Education & Experience

This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Planning, Urban Planning or Design, Public Administration, Urban Geography, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field and six (6) or more years of responsible experience in city planning and/or development with a minimum of four (4) years in a supervisory/management role. A Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or Design, Public Administration, Urban Geography, Civil Engineering, or closely related field is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates who do not meet the Education requirement, may be considered if they have more relevant work experience than the position requires. Those selected for employment will be required to pass Pre-Employment checks depending on the position requirements. Those could include, but are not limited to: criminal background check, drug screen, education verification, etc. Criminal convictions will be considered on a case by case basis. Employees are paid by direct deposit only. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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