Planning Administrator

City of Bryan

Bryan, TX United States

The Planning Administrator directs and manages current and long-range urban planning activities, including, but not limited to, the administration of development-related codes and prepares and implements policies and programs relative to planning and zoning in accordance with the Bryan’s Comprehensive Plan.


Essential Job Functions

  • Oversees urban planning-related activities of assigned staff to include hiring; ensuring on-the-job training and staff development; assigning, directing and reviewing work; establishing and enforcing work standards; approving time; evaluating performance; addressing performance concerns; and providing guidance or answering questions from staff, customers, other agencies and the general public.
  • Plans, coordinates, and supervises the execution of long-range projects relative to the physical development of the City in accordance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Understands trends at local, state and national levels and identifies and recommends new methods for administering planning and zoning programs, and maintains data for future updates of the Comprehensive Plan and development-related ordinances.
  • Oversees the preparation of timely, complete, accurate, and concise written technical reports and correspondence for various City boards and commissions and the City Council.
  • Makes verbal presentations before various City boards, commissions, City Council, community groups, and governmental bodies.
  • Assists with planning and development-related review responsibilities and administration of City ordinances and guidelines as part of the City’s Site Development Review Committee (SDRC) process.
  • Meets with representatives, professionals, citizens, and organizations to explain development-related policies, procedures, and ordinances and to encourage action or resolve problems related to the planning activities and projects.
  • Assists in comprehensive planning activities, including conducting background research and data collection, formulating long-range land use plans, development policies, and special planning studies, and preparing related reports and plans.
  • Organizes and holds public hearings for staff presentations and/or to gather information to advise boards, commissions, and subcommittees.
  • Assists Development Services Department management with development code and ordinance interpretations.
  • Prepares, commits to, and implements a structured, self-directed program for continuing professional education that leads to continued certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); fulfills other professional education obligations as needed.
  • Subscribes to AICP Code of Ethics.
  • Responds regularly and promptly to work.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, Architecture, Transportation, Urban Design, Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Economics or a similar field of study plus at least four (4) years of related experience OR a Master’s degree plus two (2) years of related experience.
  • Previous leadership, supervisory, or management experience is required.


  • Project management experience.
  • Development review experience.
  • Municipal government experience.

Equivalent combinations of education, experience, certification, and training may be considered.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of development, urban planning, zoning, building inspections and community development, including the ability to provide responsible supervision for a broad program of local planning based upon community needs and fiscal responsibilities.
  • Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations affecting planning, zoning, code enforcement and community development.
  • Graphic and digital mapping methods, and specialized GIS software applications and file management procedures.
  • Progressive supervisory and management principles, practices and methods.
  • Financial management, budget preparation, expenditure control, and record keeping.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, train, assign, oversee, and inspect the work of employees.
  • Use initiative and independent judgment to effectively resolve customer concerns and employee issues.
  • Read, interpret, understand, create, revise and apply planning laws, regulations and procedures and applicable State and Federal rules and regulations.
  • Read maps, legal surveys and development plans including but not limited to site plans and landscape plans and building elevation drawings.
  • Compose, review, and edit a variety of correspondence, reports, forms, presentations, and other specialized materials ranging from routine to complex.
  • Perform research and compile statistical data.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records and files.
  • Perform responsibilities with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Organize workload, establish priorities, meet established deadlines, and follow up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Anticipate, identify, and effectively resolve issues and problems.
  • Analyze work processes and recommend and implement improvements.
  • Make effective and persuasive presentations.
  • Ensure compliance with City and departmental administrative directives, standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with safety policies and the proper reporting and/or correction of safety hazards.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory work performance and regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
  • Provide management with sound, positive advice and information concerning city services within area of responsibility.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work and to communicate effectively with the public and other required entities.


  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong personal computer skills, including the ability to efficiently utilize a variety of office equipment. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/Outlook) and able to promptly learn other job-specific programs as needed.
  • Strong customer service skills, including the ability to handle escalated customer inquiries.
  • Strong planning, organizational, problem solving, and time-management skills.

Licenses, Certifications & Special Requirements



  • Texas Class C driver’s license with a good driving record as measured by the City’s evaluation system.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification.
Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$72,000 - $92,000 (doq)

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