Division Manager - Planning Services

City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas, United States of America Req #234
Monday, May 1, 2023

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Under the supervision and direction of the Assistant Director of Planning and Development Services, plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates, planning, zoning, and community development programs.  Participates as a member of the department’s management team in departmental policy development and administrative planning, and does related work as required including, administrative and managerial work in the direction of activities within the Planning Services Division of the Planning and Development Services Department. 


This position provides general direction for administrative, financial, and operational activities of the division.


Assists the Assistant Director of Planning and Development Services in the day-to-day planning, organizing, and directing of activities specifically within the Planning Services Division.

Administer the Comprehensive Plan and Specific Plans, and subdivision, planning and zoning codes and ordinances.

Provide staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment and Landmarks Commission.

Develop, recommend, implement, and monitor divisional performance standards and prepare division policies and procedures.

Coordinate interdepartmental programs and enforcement projects and cross functional reviews with other departments and agencies, and assist with planning and zoning code enforcement investigations.

Meet with developers, design, and construction professionals, and interested members of the public to provide advice and information, and provide applicant support throughout the plan check and building inspection process.

Supervise, coach, train, and evaluate staff.

Oversee the work and programs for several activity areas within the Planning Services Division; reviews personnel and divisional problems and needs.

Make staff report presentations to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and acts as staff liaison between the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Board of Adjustment, and other appointed committees or task forces and the Director and Assistant Director of Planning and Development Services.

Prepare budget, maintain budgetary controls for the Planning Services Division.


Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of:        

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of land use, urban planning, architectural and urban design.

Considerable knowledge of policy planning and administration.

Working knowledge of the policies, procedures, rules and regulations which govern the operation of local government.

Working knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes.

Working knowledge of the use and application of modern information and systems and technologies.

Principles, practices, and methods used in the Planning Services Division.

Public management and administration principles and practice.

Skill to:    

Delegate authority and responsibility, and to schedule and program work on a long-term basis.

Review operational procedures and evaluate work performance of the Planning Services Division.

Ability to:

Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively both orally and in writing.

Select, train, supervise, motivate, and evaluate staff.

Effectively manage subordinates in their preparation of budgets, reports, and proper records.

Promote and maintain excellent relations with the public.

Interpret policies, ordinances, and programs for the public.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.

Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Lead and manage a team in a manner that accomplishes the Division’s mission and treats team members with dignity, courtesy, and respect.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying.  Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:


Five (5) years of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience involving interpretation and application of planning and zoning codes and regulations is preferred.


A Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, management, architecture, civil engineering, or a related field is required.

A Master’s Degree in one of the specified fields is preferred.

License or Certificate:       

A valid Texas driver’s license; the ability to obtain one within ninety (90) days of employment, or a military waiver is required.

Special Requirements:

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

With or without accommodation, ability to lift up to 20 pounds

Office environment, field work, and site inspections.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $82,774.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $103,468.00
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  • City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas, United States of America