Job Posting

Director of Planning & Development

Company / Agency

Town of Erie

Contact person

Brittni Wilts

Position Closes

Wed, October 17th 2018

Experience Level

Senior (8-10 Years)



Salary Range

$110,000.00 - $140,000.00 Annually

Job Description


The reasons people call Colorado home often include a passion for the outdoors, a diverse and dynamic community and the contemporary pace to life that appeals to all ages!  As you'll soon discover, the Town of Erie offers the best of all of these and without a doubt is one of the top places to consider when making your next career move.  With majestic mountain views and progressive civic vision, we provide a genuine small-town feel with modern amenities.  Our residents enjoy a high quality of life. It is our employees who have been instrumental in creating what Erie is today and continue to shape what it will be in the future. The Town of Erie is an organization that has established an outstanding reputation for quality and excellent customer service.  Each individual employee contribution is what makes that possible. 

The Town of Erie employs over 325 hardworking, dedicated and talented individuals in a wide array of positions that service our community, its residents and visitors.  

We invite you to join our team today!                        



Under broad policy guidance, supervises and directs current and long-range planning activities of the Town and assigned professional, technical and clerical staff within the Planning Division.  Oversees all activities of Engineering and the Building Division. Serves as advisor to the Town Administrator, Elected Officials and volunteer Boards and Commissions.  Performs administrative, supervisory and professional work planning, coordinating and directing the activities of the Planning & Development Department.



The below list is intended to be illustrative of the responsibilities of the position and not all encompassing.  The Town may change these duties at any time.

  • Organizes, oversees the development of, and monitors all aspects of, the Town's comprehensive plan and planning processes including the Town Comprehensive Plan, Unified Development Code and Design Guidelines.
  • Oversees the implementation of policies and procedures; evaluates the work performance of personnel and provides recommendations with regard to departmental training.
  • Compiles and analyzes a variety of data on economic, social, and physical factors affecting land use, and prepares graphic and narrative reports on data.Presents staff reports and recommendations
  • Prepares graphic and narrative reports on data.
  • Reviews complex project proposals to include compliance adherence of applicable regulations, policies and guidelines.
  • Exhibits strong leadership skills and works in partnership with the Assistant to the Town Administrator, Development Services to advance Departmental goals, objectives as well as the Town's strategic goals.
  • Oversees departmental performance of established customer service standards, communicates responsibly and courteously to all customers; provides effective, efficient service to internal and external customers.Maintains effective working relationships throughout the organization and the community.Expertly utilizes communication skills including advocacy, diplomacy, conflict resolution and mediation.
  • Assesses development applications in relation to their compliance with applicable regulations, policies and guidelines and subsequent preparation of written recommendations for presentation to review boards and commissions.
  • Coordinates internal department and external agency review processes.
  • Communicates with property owners and developers aimed at collaborative planning associated with land and physical facilities for residential, commercial, industrial and community uses.
  • Negotiates with applicants on behalf of the Town concerning land use, subdivision, annexation and other development issues.May mediate any conflicts arising.
  • Documents agreements, and ongoing monitoring of projects.
  • Oversees and directs long-range planning activities.
  • Recommends legislative measures affecting land use, public utilities, community facilities, housing and transportation necessary to guide community development in accordance with the comprehensive plan.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other towns, cities, counties regarding plans and priorities for existing and planned development.
  • Provides direction to assigned staff implementing Board of Trustees policy and direction and ensures Board of Trustees and Town goals are carried out.
  • Oversees the preparation, coordination, and presentation of the department annual budget.
  • Monitors municipal government practices, standards, regulations, and trends for changes that may impact the Town.
  • Creates, reviews and/or edits reports and statements prepared for the Board of Trustees and/or various committees and commissions
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in urban planning, public administration or a closely related field and seven years of progressively responsible experience as a senior or lead planning official in a governmental setting.  A Master's degree preferred.  A combination of education and experience may be considered

  • Certification from American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) desirable
  • Valid Colorado Driver's License and satisfactory driving record.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required:

  • Extensive knowledge of planning programs and processes.
  • Excellent human relations skills with the ability to develop consensus regarding complex and controversial planning activities.
  • Knowledge of personal computers, CAD and GIS applications.
  • Extensive knowledge of annexation, zoning, subdivision and comprehensive planning processes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, property owners, Board of Trustees, Planning Commission, employees and the general public.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze technical reports and data.
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve complex issues
  • Ability to delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with other planners, developers, and other private and public agencies.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Town of Erie Benefits

The Town of Erie offers a comprehensive benefit package and pays a major portion of the employee premium to make these benefits more affordable for you. Coverage of these benefits begin the 1st of the month following date of hire for benefited employees working 30 hours per week. Each year you will have the option of changing your elections through open enrollment.  Designated full time employees are eligible for the following benefits: 

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Life & AD&D
  • Voluntary Life & AD&D
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Vision
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off & Holiday Pay
  • Free membership to the Erie Community Center



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