Municipality of Anchorage PLANNING DIRECTOR - Range 24 / EXE in Anchorage, Alaska

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$42.15 - $67.16 Hourly

$3,372.21 - $5,372.70 Biweekly

$7,306.45 - $11,640.86 Monthly

$87,677.43 - $139,690.29 Annually

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4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, Alaska



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Open to the general public and any current Municipal employee.

This is an executive position (no union affiliation) and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage.


HOURS OF WORK: Monday through Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK

Example of Duties:

Develop the vision for the department; providing direction to oversee major long range transportation projects, comprehensive land use planning and environmental resources, by administering and enforcing Zoning and Platting regulations to ensure efficient department operation. Direct the preparation of the department's annual budget in accordance with Municipal budget policy and procedures, monitoring that expenditures and revenues are within approved level. Develop, train and implement programs, policies and performance standards for subordinate personal within the department.

Review and evaluate changes to Federal, State and Municipal requirements that could impact project plans and analyzes the impacts and assures compliance.

Ensure the department provides staff support to the planning and zoning commission, platting board, zoning board of examiners and appeals, urban design commission, and Municipal Assembly. Direct the conduct of site selection studies of areas under consideration then reviews and prepares recommendations for zoning, conditional use, variance, subdivision and site plan reviews. Communicate on behalf of the Municipality program activities to state, federal and local agencies, as required while advising and informing the administration on department projects and activities.

Minimum Qualifications / Substitutions / Preferences:

Bachelor's degree in Engineering Planning, Economics, Geography, Public Administration, Business Administration or closely related discipline and ten (10) years of pro­fessional experience in economic development, public planning, or a related field.


Master's degree in Engineering Planning, Economics, Geography, Public Administration, Business Administration or closely related discipline and eight (8) years of pro­fessional experience in economic development, public planning, or a related field.

Must possess and/or obtain

  • Valid State of Alaska Driver's License by the time of hire.


Applicants with professional accreditation from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) will be given preference.

Additional Important Information:

The Municipality Of Anchorage participates in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security E-verify Program. For more information, please go to E-Verify® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

If selected for hire, the appointment in this position will be conditional based upon a satisfactory Municipal Employment Office conducted Background Check. A Background Check encompasses criminal history, verifying education, and verifying dates of employment.

If selected for hire, appointment in this position will be conditional based upon the submission of a current copy of the applicant's Alaska Driver's License and a current (dated within 30 days from date requested) copy of his/her Department of Motor Vehicle driving record, including a driving record from previous states if the Alaska Driver's License was first issued within one year prior to application, documenting an acceptable driving history. The processing fee(s) are the responsibility of the selected applicant. For information on acceptable driving history, please refer to the MOA Driving Conviction Guidelines.

All required certifications and licenses must remain current for the duration of employment.

The Municipality of Anchorage is an Employer of National Service. Please be sure to include any volunteer work with AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service programs on your application in the work history portion.

Application Process:

Once an applicant clicks on the "Apply" link underneath the header section of a vacancy announcement, they will be directed to the website to log into their existing account (or to create an account) of their application profile. Applicants will create or review their profile, make any updates necessary, and submit their application from their personal account. NOTE: The GovernmentJobs website and applicant's profile accounts are not administered by the Municipality of Anchorage. For technical assistance or customer service regarding an account profile, applicants may contact the GovernmentJobs customer support line at 1-855-524-5627.

For general questions regarding Municipal vacancy announcements or the employment process with the Municipality of Anchorage, applicants may contact the Employee Relations Department at (907) 343-4447 during regular business hours of Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Alaska Time.

The MOA is an EO and AA employer and complies with Title I of the ADA.

For information regarding requests for reasonable accommodations related to employment under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Municipality of Anchorage ADA Coordinator at (907) 343-4571.