Rockville’s next Director of Community Planning and Development Services (CPDS) will join a high-performing organization in a community recently ranked as “the best place to live in Maryland.” The Director will work on a variety of exciting redevelopment projects near two Metro (rail transit) stations, along the Rockville Pike corridor and in the Research Boulevard area, and improve the development review and permitting processes with key stakeholders and other City departments. The Director will lead a well-qualified professional staff committed to ensuring a high quality of life for the residents and businesses in the City, as well as the workforce that make up its large daytime population (85,000).
This Director is responsible for the overall administration and implementation of all functions of the Department, including long-range community planning, development review, zoning administration and enforcement, historic preservation, redevelopment coordination, housing programs, and building construction codes.
The Director reports to the City Manager, is a member of the senior management team, and actively participates in strategic planning efforts for the City. The Director is required to regularly interact with community stakeholders, neighborhood leaders, applicants, the development community, and elected officials.
The City of Rockville, founded in 1860, has operated under the Council-Manager form of government since 1948. Rockville’s governing body consists of an independently-elected Mayor and four Councilmembers, all of whom are elected at large every four years.
The City operates with a well-defined set of financial policies, including a requirement for a minimum General Fund balance of 20%. The City is an annual recipient of the Government Finance Officers Associations’ Budget and Financial Reporting “Award of Excellence.” Rockville has maintained an enviable AAA bond rating.
For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the City has an adopted operating budget of $130.3 million (all funds) with a General Fund of $79.7 million. The City has a well-developed Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) which annually funds programs for a range of projects in the areas of transportation, utilities, recreation and parks, stormwater management, and general government improvements. In FY2018, the City has 612 FTEs (combination of regular and temporary).
Requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration or a related field and a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible work in community planning, zoning or development review/permitting services working directly for a local government. At least three years in a supervisory or management position overseeing staff is also required.
Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree and AICP certification. Other preferred qualifications include experience working on mixed-use, transit-oriented development/redevelopment projects, overseeing permitting, innovating moderately-priced dwelling initiatives, working with historic preservation groups, extensive community engagement, and demonstrated ability to improve development and permitting processes.
The expected hiring range is $150,000 - $175,000 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package that includes a car allowance and City contribution to deferred compensation.
Confidential applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and then are asked to provide a single document (Word or PDF) that includes a cover letter, resume, and salary history. Open until filled with the first review of applications March 12, 2018.