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City of Portland - Director of Planning & Urban Development

Start Date: April 01, 2024 | End Date: June 28, 2024
County: Cumberland County
Job Type: Planning




Planning & Urban Development Department

The City of Portland is looking for a Planning and Urban Development Director to join its leadership team helping to run Maine’s largest and most complex municipality. 

Portland’s Planning and Urban Development Department is responsible for shaping the city through its many strategic initiatives, including primary responsibility for shepherding Portland’s Plan 2030, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which serves as a policy guide for the entire city. Other major policy efforts include a Housing Data Dashboard, a significant ReCode project, and many others.  In addition to the strategic initiatives, the Department is responsible for ongoing development review, historic preservation improvement and enforcement, transportation planning, and other long-range initiatives.

The Director reports to one of the two Assistant City Managers, oversees an operating budget of $1.9 million, and is fully staffed with 17 employees.

The ideal candidate for our organization possesses:

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, techniques, and modern developments in the planning and urban development field. 
  • Passion and enthusiasm for challenging work and a strong desire to serve the community. 
  • A high degree of professionalism and proven leadership skills, including the ability to effectively motivate and manage people and projects, even with limited resources. 
  • Strong collaborative skills that achieve group goals from the coordinated work of interactive teams and partnerships with other City departments, staff, elected and appointed officials, the public, and external stakeholders.
  • Thorough knowledge of municipal finance, along with the skills to develop and adhere to operating and capital budgets and proactively seek additional resources to maximize their impact.
  • Effective communications skills with an ability to productively engage staff, colleagues, and stakeholders with tact, diplomacy and professionalism.   
  • Considerable knowledge of, and experience with, personnel management, including direct supervision and performance evaluation.  

The right candidate will have significant experience as a leader in the field of planning and urban development, including considerable supervisory experience.

Please review our brochure for additional information on the City of Portland and the Planning Director role and expectations.

Salary & Benefits:

Non-Union position – Grade E83 - The starting salary range is $119,868 - $138,890, annually depending on skills and experience, and the full salary range is up to $151,885. 

The City of Portland prides itself on its outstanding benefits and collegial and mission-driven work environment. City benefits include:

  • Thirteen paid holidays
  • Free employee health insurance with the completion of wellness incentives
  • Sick, vacation, and personal leave
  • Life, dental, vision and income protection insurances
  • Choice of retirement plans, including a pension plan
  • Use of City recreation facilities
  • Discount on professional development programs through USM and Thomas College


Accepting applications until the position is filled

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The City of Portland is strongly committed to diversity in its workforce.

Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

For questions contact Human Resources by email at or 207-874-8624. 

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