Atlantic City is a resilient city that has been reinvented many times since it was founded nearly 150 years ago. Once the tourist and resort destination of the northeast, it gained renewed interest and opportunity when Casino gaming arrived in 1978. Although the Great Recession and its aftermath hit Atlantic City hard, the arrival of new business, the opening of a new Stockton University campus, the expansion of the AtlantiCare medical center campus, the first new market rate housing development in decades, and a commitment to a diversified economy, coupled with the reopening of two shuttered casinos makes this a moment of great hope. It is also a moment of great challenge because of a loss of population, entrenched poverty, long term unemployment and acres of blight and a foreclosure crisis that must be brought under control if the city is to fulfill its promise. It presents an opportunity to bring the best and most innovative approaches to urban planning to a community with assets more than sufficient to overcome its challenges.
Covering 48 blocks, Atlantic City is home to 40,000 permanent residents and entertains 30 million visitors per year. The City has a $230 million projected budget and 1,000 fulltime employees. It combines an urban environment with some of the best beaches on the East Coast and is seeking a planning director who has strong skills and abilities to innovate, collaborate and create a new level of sustainability for this fabled national resort.
The Planning and Development Director (PDD) shall oversee the city’s Planning, Zoning and Community Development Department. The PDD’s duties include, but are not limited to:
- preparation, review, enforcement and maintenance of the Master Plan;
- Staff assistance to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment;
- Supervision and coordination of community conservation, rehabilitation and renewal programs;
- Furtherance of housing and economic development;
- Preparation and submission of related state and federal grant applications and coordination of grant funds and projects; and
- Close coordination with the planning staff of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
Relevant experience includes municipal planning/community development primarily in county and city government. Relevant knowledge and skills include:
- Knowledge of environmental planning regulations and resources and modern practices and principles of city/urban planning.
- Strong capacity to collect, analyze, interpret and present environmental, zoning and other city planning data thorough effective field investigations, surveys and research.
- Demonstrated capacity to drive community engagement at multiple stages of the development of a master plan and appropriate stages of development of particular projects.
- High capacity to engaging project sponsors and stakeholders to address environmental planning activities of water resources, storm water management and sewage treatment programs.
- Demonstrated capacity to drive new digital infrastructure investments that supports both the economies and prosperity for the city.
- Mastery of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) programs and Geographic Information System (GIS) applications.
- Deep familiarity with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations.
The ideal applicant will possess strong interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with the City Council, staff and residents while efficiently negotiating with the government officials, financial institutions, foundations and community organizations. Progress in Atlantic City will require building developing the foundation for a strong, shared vision of the future of Atlantic City with citizens, elected and unelected leaders of Atlantic City participating as co-creators of a vibrant community.
A BA/BS degree is required, must be an AICP certified and possess an NJ Professional Planner license. Master’s degree and a NAHP certification is a plus.
THE CITY OF ATLANTIC CITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
How to Apply
Submit cover letter and resume to Doreen M. Tucker, Director, Human Resources via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to:
City of Atlantic City
Doreen M. Tucker, Director, Human Resources
1301 Bacharach Blvd. Room 416
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
For additional information candidates can call the Human Resources office at 609-347-5426.