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Planning and Design Coordinator

City of Tampa is hiring a Planning and Design Coordinator


The employee in this class is responsible for performing highly responsible professional and supervisory work in urban/community planning.  Under General supervision, employees supervise and participate in a variety of municipal program or project planning activities. Work is of considerable difficulty and includes supervision of subordinate personnel, coordination of various phases of the planning process, and participation in analysis of municipal conditions/needs and development of plans. To perform assignments effectively, employees must possess considerable knowledge of planning principles and practices and possess knowledge of broad program or subject areas associated with assigned specialty. Considerable initiative and independent judgment are necessary to ensure that supervised activities are completed in accordance with plan production requirements. Work is reviewed through conferences, presentations, and results obtained.


Assist management in the development and implementation of the division’s regular planning projects, as well as to supervise the planners and design professionals.  

Project management of significant current and future development and community planning projects in the City.  

Coordinates and participates in preparation and production of major plans and/or grant applications.  

Develops work programs and schedules, including coordination of tasks performed by personnel in other departments and components completed or contributed to by outside agencies or advisory committees.  

Serves as liaison with other governmental officials and agencies to coordinate planning efforts and to develop and maintain funding sources; prepares reports and correspondence.  

Makes presentations to city officials and the public regarding the city’s policies and principles on specific projects as needed; meets with private sector individuals to review urban planning and design policy relative to specific property or whole districts.  

Plans, assigns, schedules, and reviews the work of subordinate professionals; recommends such personnel actions as employment, promotions, transfers, demotions, suspensions, and dismissals; responds to requests for leave; completes performance evaluations; administers required discipline; serves as initial respondent to grievances; trains and orients new employees and provides technical advice and guidance to all subordinates.  

Supervises and participates in development, drafting, revision, and recommendation of program/project plans to address economic, social and physical problems and needs; collects, assimilates, analyzes, and interprets data and indicators regarding municipal conditions; oversees development of broad or particularized plans which document existing conditions, needs, goals, objectives, policies, work programs, implementation strategies, and budgets; supervises and participates in evaluation of plans and proposals from outside agencies; ensures that plans are revised to address changing conditions and needs and to facilitate implementation; oversees and participates in administration of grant projects, including budget formulation and revision, and project revisions and closure activities.  

Prepares professional reports and correspondence.  

Performs related work as required.


Comprehensive knowledge of: principles and practices of engineering and architectural design and planning and the technical aspects and developments in the field; construction principles, practices, and techniques; urban design principles, and land use and zoning regulations.

Extensive knowledge of: effective supervisory techniques and sources of information relating to professional urban design planning.

Ability to: write and speak clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and prepare and present technical reports; conduct analytical research and studies and draw sound conclusions; analyze and review architectural design submittals and drawings prepared by consultants; establish and maintain effective working relationships with city officials, directors, managers and co-workers, with officials of other governmental organizations, with representatives of public and private organizations, and with the general public.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in planning, public or business administration, or a related field and five (5) years in urban planning, urban design, or related experience; and, six (6) months in supervisory, project management, or program coordination experience.

Experience working with the City of Tampa land development regulations and ArcGIS/ArcMap is preferred.

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