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Director of Planning

Location:  City of Dublin, OH

Director of Planning
City of Dublin, OH 

Community Profile:

Dublin, Ohio, USA is a progressive, well-educated and innovative city in the northwest area of metropolitan Columbus. 

Approximately 25 square miles and home to 43,000 people, the City annually hosts Jack Nicklaus’ PGA Tour Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club and one of the nation’s largest Irish cultural events – the Dublin Irish Festival. In 2014 and 2012, Dublin was recognized as the Most Outstanding Global Festival and Event City in the World by the International Festivals and Events Association. 

In a recent survey by the National Research Center, residents provided overwhelmingly positive feedback about life in Dublin. Compared to data collected from roughly 500 communities, Dublin ranked number one in the country in several categories including Overall Appearance, Overall Built Environment, Overall Economic Health, Employment Opportunities, Health and Wellness Opportunities, Land Use, Planning and Zoning, and Economic Development. Nearly every respondent (98%) rated Dublin as an excellent or good place to live. Additionally the City of Dublin has been named one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employer. 

Dublin also is known as a leader in municipal innovations, including tax increment financing, underground fiber optics, Wi-Fi deployment and green initiatives. 

Dublin has long been recognized as a premier community, not only locally, but also internationally. Home to Ohio’s largest corporation, Cardinal Health – 21 on the Fortune 500 list, Dublin also is the headquarters of the Wendy’s Company, Ashland Inc. and OCLC – the Online Computer Library Center. 

Dublin’s diverse and sound economic base provides the foundation for the present and future stability of the City. The City’s continued economic vitality is the result of quality development, strategic planning and aggressive efforts to attract and retain high-quality commercial development. 

All three high schools were named to Newsweek’s 2012 list of top high schools in the country. With 25 institutes of higher learning in Central Ohio, including The Ohio State University, the region offers a pipeline to 115,000 college students and 20,000 annual graduates. 

Dublin’s largest source of funding is income tax revenues, which are allocated 75 percent to the General Fund and 25 percent to the Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Dublin’s healthy tax base provides the resources necessary to keep pace with the city’s growth and underwrite the high quality of life enjoyed by Dublin’s corporate and residential citizens. 

The CIP establishes a fiscally sound plan for Dublin’s future investment in capital infrastructure and provides financial guidelines that identify available revenue sources, debt capacity and policy for projecting revenues and designating reserves to be maintained. 

Dublin’s fiscally sound stewardship has earned the City the highest available bond ratings – AAA from Moody’s Investors Service and AAA from Fitch Ratings – a distinction carried by approximately three percent of rated cities nationwide. 

These ratings reflect the cooperative efforts of private citizens, civic leaders, government officials and business representatives. Such widespread commitment to the community ensures that Dublin will remain one of the most desirable suburbs in Central Ohio and the Midwest. 

For a complete background on the City of Dublin, Ohio including mission statement, leadership philosophy, financial close up, community profile, government structure and core values please visit 

Director of Planning
The Director of Planning is responsible for leading and directing the City’s Planning Department which provides professional and technical expertise to guide the land use decisions of public officials, residents, and the development community; engages citizens to establish and realize a long range vision for Dublin’s land use and development character; and facilitates the zoning process through the implementation of the Community Plan and the administration and enforcement of the City’s land use codes. 

This is an advanced professional, administrative and leadership position. The Position is responsible for leading and directing the City of Dublin Planning and Zoning Department. Work involves establishing the strategic plan for the Department including developing, planning organizing and directing all of the staff and activities to meet the established goals and ensuring sound urban planning, land use management, and community and economic development programs for the City.

Given the nature of the duties and responsibilities including the exercising of independent judgment, this position is designated as Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Work is performed under the administrative supervision/direction of the Director of Development. Specific requests for studies or projects may emanate from the City Manager, Director of Development, City Council or various Boards or Commissions.  Although work must be in adherence with federal and state laws governing planning, zoning and code enforcement, there is considerable discretion and independent judgment in carrying out the duties of the position.  Supervision is exercised over professional, technical, and secretarial staff.  Work is reviewed through conferences and reports for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of programs and results achieved.

The Position supervises staff by setting goals, evaluating performance, coaching and giving feedback, enforcing policy & procedure, approving time and enforcing progressive discipline when necessary. Incumbent also leads by example by following the core values of the City.

The Director of Planning:

·         Plans, organizes, and directs the activities and staff of the planning division, including land use planning and control and zoning code enforcement.

·         Manages the administration of the Dublin Community Plan, and recommends amendments to the codes and new or revised ordinances.

·         Manages the preparation of short and long range planning studies, research reports, policy documents, and comprehensive plan reviews; advises the department director, City Manager, and Planning Commission on planning, zoning, and development issues.

·         Directs the enforcement of local zoning codes and ordinances; serves as "Zoning Administrator" for the City.

·         Negotiates with development applicants to resolve rezoning and development issues.

·         Serves as technical advisor and liaison to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Architectural Review Board, and other groups.

·         Coordinates planning and zoning functions between private developers and other departments in the plan review process.

·         Oversees the preparation of the division budget and monitors expenditures.

·         Hires, directs, and oversees the work of outside consultants, negotiating contracts for consultative planning services.

·         Responds to a variety of inquiries from the general public concerning polices related to planning and development.

·         Provides information to, negotiates with, and solicits cooperation of citizens and the development community regarding planning and development issues.

·         Consults with Law Director and other staff on pending development/zoning related litigation seeking to resolve issues or prepare for trial; defending or recommending appropriate amendments to codes as required.

Education and Experience
Qualified candidates will have a master's degree in municipal planning, urban affairs, or a related field; at least 3 years of supervisory experience; extensive progressive responsibility with 5-7 years of managerial experience in urban planning and community development; or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

·         Extensive knowledge of advanced theories, principles, and practices of urban planning and community development. Preferred experience with both high quality suburban development and walkable urban environments.

·         Extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and standards applicable to community development and planning.

·         Ability to plan, organize, direct, and supervise a comprehensive planning and zoning program and the conduct of technical research.

·         Ability to read and interpret plans, specifications, and blueprints.

·         Ability to analyze and supervise the compilation of technical and statistical information and to prepare complex technical reports.

·         Ability to prepare community development legislation which reflects appropriate legal construction and Ohio statutory authority.

·         Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to make effective presentations to professional and lay groups, and to City Council, boards, and commissions.

·         Demonstrated experience and ability to effectively support, advise and coach/counsel a Planning & Zoning Commission, Architectural Review Board and Board of Zoning Appeals or similar boards/ commissions.

·         Demonstrated ability to mentor, coach and teach employees within the profession.

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with city employees, other governmental agencies, development and real estate communities, and the general public.

·         Desire to continually learn and grow and require the same of others.

The City of Dublin is offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. Relocation assistance will also be available for the successful out of area candidate.

How to Apply
Applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to:
Reference: DUBLINDP

Affion Public
2120 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
717-214-8004 fax


**The deadline to receive resumes is May 01, 2015

Posted: 03/22/2022