Director Planning

City of Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN United States

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) is seeking a strategic, enthusiastic leader who believes that how you do things is as important as what you’re doing. Lead and manage city planning programs, functions, and staff. This position will advance implementation of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan centering racial equity and climate justice. 


Closes: June 19th at 11:59 PM CT


  • Lead and manage a talented and diverse 40-member planning team to implement and update the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, including development and implementation of planning, urban design strategies, community strategic development plans and other policy and regulatory frameworks that support equitable growth and development.
  • Serve as ambassador and lead representative for the work of the planning division, internally, with elected officials and other city department heads, and externally, with community organizations, neighborhood and business associations, business and property owners, and other external stakeholders and partners. Ensure transparency, build trust, foster engagement, solve problems, and generate support for City plans and projects.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the Mayor’s Office, the Coordinator’s Office, other City Departments, and the City Council.
  • Manage the department’s teams and processes, ensuring the constant and efficient workflow of applications and plans and constantly seeking to improve processes.  
  • Support and administer the City’s historic preservation processes, including historic designation studies and nominations.
  • Support the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, and Heritage Preservation Commission, including helping to recruit commission and board members and fostering and maintaining positive board and commission relations. 
  • Develop strong partnerships/working relationships with other CPED divisions and City departments, further developing the credibility and expertise of the current and future planning function within the City enterprise.
  • Promote excellence in urban design, sustainable design, transit-oriented design, accessible/universal design, and the enhancement of our urban public realm.

Bachelor's Degree in urban, regional, or community planning, urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, or a closely related field or equivalent along with ten years of progressively responsible planning experience as a public administrator and planner, including at least two years in an urban environment, with some portion of the experience in a government-related position that included three years of administrative or management experience. A Master’s Degree in planning or a related field is preferred. An American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desired.


Experience Level
Executive (10+ years)
AICP Level
Planning Law
Salary Range
$149,520.00 - $177,246.00 Annually

Contact Information

Skyler Holloway
350 S Fifth St
Room 1
Minneapolis, MN
United States
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