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Jan. 9, 2017 - City Begins Search for Next Planning Director

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Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

City begins search for next planning director

The City of Boulder today announced that a national search firm has been hired to recruit candidates for Boulder’s next planning director.

New Jersey-based The Search Partnership LLC was hired by the City of Boulder to conduct a national search for professional city planners who could work with the community to establish a city planning vision and lead the Planning, Housing and Sustainability in implementing that vision.

 “Our goal for the Planning, Housing and Sustainability Department is to find the most qualified director who reflects the community’s planning values and can effectively engage our residents and businesses in the planning process to implement their vision,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Planning is an important aspect of Boulder that touches everything we do in the city to ensure our community remains a vibrant place for the future. It deserves a dynamic leader who understands city planning, public engagement and process, and who can build on the successes of our previous planning directors.”

Brautigam said the city retained a national executive search firm to ensure the selection process reflects the priorities of the community. The city had hired the Novak Consulting Group in 2016 to conduct a series of focus groups and stakeholder meetings to gather community input on the skills, characteristics and role of Boulder’s next planning director. That community input shaped the position’s focus toward planning and the implementation of projects, while also ensuring meaningful progress on the challenges of climate action and housing affordability; and integrating considerations of sustainability, resilience and equity in all areas of planning.

“The ideal candidate will have a strong background working directly with an engaged community and will share our common values around sustainability, resilience and social equity,” said Brautigam. “We are looking for candidates who are realistic and implementation focused as well as visionary.”

Following the recruitment and interview process, finalists will participate in a meet-and-greet with community members. The city intends to select a planning director by mid-spring. Information on the position is available on under “jobs.”

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