Recruitment #1712-2617-001



The City of Tucson’s Planning and Development Services Department seeks a Planning Administrator to join our customer-centric culture, providing strategic, timely, quality planning services to an engaged community.   We are seeking an experienced, motivated and highly qualified professional with strong interpersonal and leadership skills to lead our long range Planning Section.  This individual will guide and supervise staff through major comprehensive land amendments working with Arizona State Lands, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Pima County, other large land owners, and the public to support the City of Tucson’s economic and sustainability goals.  

General Description

The Planning Administrator, working in a collaborative environment, is expected to exhibit leadership, the ability to apply past experience, technical knowledge and professional judgement while leading the long range arm of the Department’s planning efforts and implementing the goals of Plan Tucson, the City of Tucson’s General Plan.  Our ideal candidate will have experience analyzing complex urban issues, identifying community needs, managing economic, social, environmental issues, and a commitment to making Tucson more attractive to residents, businesses and visitors.  

The successful candidate will be relied upon to interact, develop, and maintain relationships with various jurisdictions and economic drivers such as State, County, and local agencies as well as potential outside economic interests. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Rio Nuevo
  • Sun Corrido
  • Metro Pima Alliance
  • Developers and consultants
  • Citizen groups

This leadership position will be expected to provide vision to staff and the public resulting in planning and implementation of a sustainable community in compliance with Plan Tucson by strategizing, organizing and coordinating public meetings, presenting to elected bodies, public forums, and city staff effectively and appropriately both in writing and orally.

Essential Functions

Performs the following functions with regular use of independent judgment:

Organizes and directs daily operations of a division by performing administrative duties, overseeing programs, projects, and manager level personnel (two or more fulltime employees).

Formulates and implements division strategic plans and work activities to coordinate and synchronize with department directions and goals. Implements and evaluates department policies, projects and programs.

Oversees the planning, implementation, direction and management of all functions and resources of the division to achieve the strategic objectives of the department and the City in an efficient and effective manner.

Assists with implementing the department vision through division activities and leads the division for maximum employee productivity and morale through hiring, disciplining, evaluating employee performance, investigating and resolving grievances and other human resources actions.

Develops and administers the division budget with staff assistance.

Analyzes organizational and community needs, analyzes trends, reviews statistics and opportunities, and communicate information to department leadership of impending developments, and accomplishment of actions.

Develops strategic partnerships and contacts with community representatives, external agencies, and other organizations to develop a sense of relevant issues facing our community and to respond as a representative of the City.

Champions the values of the organization through example and accountabilities.

Ensures that division operations conform with local, state and federal governmental regulations, other applicable rules and requirements.

Facilitates solutions to problems facing the department.

Maintains professional knowledge through such means as attending seminars, reviewing professional publications and participating in professional organizations.

Plans and forecasts the future growth and development of the Tucson region by conducting research, consulting with outside individuals and organizations, monitoring trends and analyzing the results.

Acts as a liaison to departments, the general public and outside organizations by monitoring and reviewing legislation, making amendments to bills, conducting public forums, and making presentations.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years of experience in land use planning projects.  At least 4 of required 5 years in a Supervisory capacity in a related functional area.

"Supervisory" is defined as having supervised at least one (1) full-time FTE.

Special Job Requirements

Equivalency of experience in lieu of education will not be accepted.  Minimum requirements must be met as noted above.

Preferred Qualifications

  • AICP Certification
  • Master's Degree in Planning or closely related field
  • 5 years of supervisory experience managing land use projects
  • Experience in Transportation Planning
  • Experience with developing sustainable and Smart City planning
  • Strong interpersonal development skills
  • A proven track record of successfully completed planning projects

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions.

 The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an the next phase of the recruitment process:   

  • Written Assignment will be due by 5:00 PM on April 8, 2018 
  • Oral Board Interviews and Presentation will be held the week of April 23, 2018

***  PLEASE NOTE:  Time line above has ben modified from original dates posted ***

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:  

  • 5% of your Training and Experience
  • 20% of your Written Assignment
  • 75% of your Oral Board Interviews and Presentation 

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within th next 6 months. Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.   If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Pilar Jauregui (520 837-4177) at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.