Director of Planning position, City of Dublin, Ohio

SALARY: Depends on Qualifications

OPENING DATE:  10/08/19

CLOSING DATE:  12/31/19 11:59 PM

CITY OF DUBLIN (Ohio) invites applications for the position of:

Director of Planning



Great planning leads to great places! And great cities do not occur by happenstance. They are planned, designed and built from a series of methodical choices. The City of Dublin has always been a community that embraces this philosophy and has prospered as a result.

The work of the division touches all parts of the City. From the crafting of planning policies to negotiating development projects and the inspection of landscaping on commercial properties, the work of the staff has a major influence on the built environment, character and quality of life enjoyed by Dublin’s residents and business community.

Organizational Structure

The Planning Division operates with a tiered organizational structure comprised of four integrated work groups: Administration, Current Planning, Long Range Planning, and Code Enforcement. The division works as a single team, but each group focuses and dedicates resources to address specific areas of responsibility in support of the overall mission of the division.

Administration: The administration directs the day-to-day operation of the division, including programmatic, budget, human resources, and related tasks, as well as providing support to the Development Director.

Current Planning: This team guides the zoning, subdivision, and annexation process – which includes staffing the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Architectural Review Board, and the Administrative Review Team, as well as presenting cases to City Council. The team also manages code updates.

Long Range Planning: This team manages the Community Plan, undertakes special area plans, code updates, and various other planning projects. These projects are often undertaken in response to goals established by City Council.

Code Enforcement: This team enforces city code including zoning, property maintenance, parking enforcement, and other enforcement efforts. Working with property owners, the team seeks to resolve enforcement issues.

Major Accomplishments in 2019

Of the major accomplishments in 2019, a few standouts include adoption of major zoning process changes from the Bridge Street District (BSD), drafting of a major code update and new design guidelines for BSD, major code update, rezoning and

updated design guidelines for the Historic District, implementation of a senior circulator pilot project, and development of a pilot parking management program for Downtown Dublin. Development plans were approved for such projects as the Springhill Suites in Bridge Park Block F, as well as several new tenant spaces in Bridge Park, and development plans for Noah’s Event Center, and Muirfield Tournament Headquarters. On the enforcement side, the first quarter of 2018 saw 53 sign violations were processed, as were 31 property maintenance cases. There were 133 zoning inspections and 31 landscape inspections.

Looking Ahead

The Division is managing a number of major projects that will have positive long-term impacts for the City, including:

Zoning Code regulations and Design Guidelines for Historic Dublin, Bridge Street District and Dublin Corporate Area Plan
Downtown Dublin Parking Pilot Program
Mobility Study implementation

New case management and electronic plan software implementation Zoning compliance and code enforcement initiatives

Primary Focus

The Planning Director provides overall leadership, direction, guidance, and management of the Division of Planning, which provides professional and technical expertise to inform 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. The Director establishes the strategic plan for the Division including developing, planning, organizing, and directing staff and activities to meet the established goals and ensuring sound urban planning, land use management, and related projects for the City.

Given the nature of this classification’s duties/responsibilities, it has been designated as Exempt under the governing Fair Labor Standards Act regulations and, therefore, is not entitled to formal overtime compensation and/or formal compensatory time.

To learn more about the Division of Planning and the City of Dublin please visit

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises Planning Manager

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by November 30, 2019.


Essential Functions

Plans, organizes, and directs the activities and staff of the Division of Planning, including land use planning, zoning, zoning inspections, and 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 Director of Development, City Manager, and Planning and Zoning 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 and Zoning Commission, coordinates advising and liaising with the Board of Zoning Appeals, Architectural Review Board, Administrative Review Team, and other groups.

Coordinates planning and zoning functions between private developers and other Department/Divisions 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, and managing consultant budgets.

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; defends or recommends appropriate amendments to codes as required.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Affairs, Urban Design, or other relevant field, extensive progressively responsible managerial experience in urban planning and community development (experience with both high quality suburban development and walkable urban environments preferred), considerable supervisory experience, demonstrated experience to effectively support, advise and coach/counsel a Planning and Zoning Commission, Architectural Review Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, or similar boards/ commissions required.

Extensive knowledge of advanced theories, principles, and practices of urban planning and community development.

Extensive knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws and standards applicable to community development and planning.

Thorough knowledge of budgeting practices, methods, and procedures.

Thorough knowledge of management principles, concepts, and practices.

Thorough knowledge of the public policy aspects of local government.

Thorough knowledge of municipal government structure and processes.

Considerable knowledge of team-oriented, collaborative, participatory leadership concepts, principles, practices, and methods.

Exceptional teamwork and collaboration skills. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Exceptional organizational skills.

Exceptional problem solving skills.

Exceptional presentation skills.

Exceptional skill in the use of Microsoft Office software.

Ability to assess overall Division effectiveness in carrying out its mission and recommend improvements.

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 land use legislation that reflects appropriate legal 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 ability to effectively support, advise and coach/counsel a Planning and Zoning Commission, Architectural Review Board, 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.

Ability and desire to continually learn and grow and require the same of others.

Physical Requirements

Ability to move about the inside of an office space to access file cabinets and office equipment.

Constantly operate a computer and other office machinery, such as a copier, fax machine, mobile device, shredder, scanner, etc.

Must be able to remain in stationary position at workstation throughout scheduled workday.

Ability to exchange information with co-workers and citizens through use of email system, the telephone, and in-person interactions.

Ability to occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 20 lbs.

Ability to move objects weighing over 20 lbs. with the help of equipment/devices, on an infrequent basis.

Ability to enter data into computer system in a sustained manner.

Special Requirements

Valid driver’s license.

Other Requirements

Demonstration of the following established core values: Integrity, Respect, Communication, Teamwork, Accountability, Positive Attitude, and Dedication to Service.

Regular attendance, as governed by and in accordance with applicable rules, regulations, procedures and laws, is regarded as an essential requirement of this classification.

Compliance with training directives established by supervisory/managerial personnel.

Adherence to all applicable Federal and State safety laws, rules and regulations and City safety policies/procedures.


Core Competencies
Decision Quality: Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.

Priority Setting: Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.

Directing Others: Is good at stabling clear directions; sets stretching objectives; distributes the workload appropriately; lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner; maintains two-way dialogue with others on work and results; brings out the best in people; is a clear communicator.

Command Skills: Relishes leading; takes unpopular stands if necessary; encourages direct and tough debate but isn’t afraid to end it and move on; is looked to for direction in a crisis; faces adversity head-on; energized by tough challenges.

Managerial Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.

Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

Political Savvy: Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; is sensitive to how people and organizations function; anticipates where the land mines are and plans his/her approach accordingly; views corporate politics as a necessary part of organizational life and works to adjust to that reality; is a maze- bright person.

Organizational Agility: Knowledgeable about how organizations work; knows how

to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network; understands the origin and reasoning behind key policies, practices, and procedures; understands the cultures of organizations.

Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people – up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.

Functional/Technical Skills: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.

Motivating Others: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many kinds of direct reports and team or project members; can assess each person’s hot button and use it to get the best out of him/her; pushes tasks and decisions down; empowers others; invites input from each person and shares ownership and visibility; makes each individual feel his/her work is important; is someone people like working for and with.

Composure: Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; doesn’t show frustration when resisted or blocked; is a settling influence in a crisis.

Managing Vision and Purpose: Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; talks beyond today; talks about possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision sharable by everyone; can inspire and motivate entire units or organizations.

Understanding Others: Understands why groups do what they do; picks up the sense of the group in terms of positions, intentions, and needs; what they value and how to motivate them; can predict what groups will do across different situations.


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6555 Shier Rings Rd. Dublin, OH 43016 614-410-4459


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