Deputy Zoning Administrator

  • Full Time
  • Denver

City and County of Denver

About Our Job

The City and County of Denver utilizes a hybrid model workplace that balances the responsibilities of public service with the benefits of a flexible work environment. Employees work where needed, at a city site and/or in the field at least two days a week, and telecommute remotely at a designated workplace within the State of Colorado the remaining days.

Please apply to this job as soon as possible if you are interested. This job application will close without further notice.

The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking a highly motivated leader to join our Development Services division as a Deputy Zoning Administrator.

In this role you will play a key part in overseeing and implementing effective and fair zoning administration for the City of Denver. This position holds an important leadership role in the Development Services division and the Department. You will influence the complex day-to-day application of zoning rules to new development to ensure efficiency, accuracy, and fairness for our customers. We need a strong, dedicated leader to work hand in hand with our Zoning Administrator to oversee the zoning plan review and permit issuance across four different work teams.

Denver has built a national reputation for groundbreaking planning and zoning work, including the adoption of an innovative form-based zoning code in 2010.  Most recently, in 2019, the city adopted Comprehensive Plan 2040 and Blueprint Denver, which set a vision for an inclusive, healthy and connected city.  Denver Community Planning and Development is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring safe, responsible, sustainable building.  Development Services is charged with administering Denver’s zoning rules through robust permitting and inspection functions, both critical tools in advancing citywide plans. We are committed to cultivating a city of equity, diversity and inclusion and this commitment is woven into our daily work as we support the growth of Denver. Our residents are our customers and we aim to have employees who are as diverse as they are, we believe we are stronger and better public servants when we have different perspectives and unique ways of thinking.

As a Deputy Zoning Administrator, duties would include:

  • Collaborate closely with the Zoning Administrator and other Development Services directors, managers, and supervisors to set work program and operational goals and strategies to advance our zoning administration work
  • Coordinate with other CPD teams and other City agencies who participate in development review to ensure cross-section collaboration and work program management
  • Provide direct oversight and leadership of Development Services’ entire zoning administration work program and provide oversight and supervision of the zoning administration and commercial zoning work groups
  • Develop and track performance metrics that measure the success of our zoning administration work program, such as customer satisfaction, staff workload, error-free and on special project progress, etc.  Ensure appropriate and consistent engagement with Denver decision-makers and community with a focus on information sharing, education, and solicitation of constructive feedback on current operations
  • Leading, inspiring, and empowering employees through close coaching, mentorship and training support

About You

To be successful in this role, our Deputy Zoning Administrator will have excellent customer service skill. They will have an innate ability to deal with challenging situations and people with enthusiasm and calmness.  As this position interacts with people throughout the Denver community, we are always looking for someone who is bilingual. Please make sure to indicate any languages you are proficient in on the application.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 10 years of professional level experience in regulatory and/or development review work, including zoning text amendments, rezonings (map amendments), or development review
  • At least 3 years of successful post-supervisory experience in managing overall operations and systems for one or more work groups, including implementing work plans based on annual goals; resolving operational and management issues; and achieving goals while utilizing resources appropriately.
  • Experience in multi-disciplinary coordination and consensus-building to reach shared outcomes
  • Strong leadership skills with demonstrated experience and success in mentoring, coaching, and engaging with direct reports
  • Experience in data-driven approaches to performance and workload management, including familiarity or experience with the Accela permitting and/or Microsoft SharePoint and BI software

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Public Administration, or a related degree
  • Experience: Eight (8) years of professional planning experience which must include three (3) years of experience supervising professional planners
  • License/Certifications: Requires a valid Driver’s License at the time of application. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements

To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the multiple attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter, telling us about yourself, your interest and experience

About Everything Else

Job Profile

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Position Type

UnlimitedPosition Salary Range

$99,162.00 – $163,617.00Starting Pay

Based on experience and educationAgency

Community Planning & DevelopmentThe City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law. 

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