Staten Island Borough Director

DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING - Staten Island, NY (30+ days ago)


THE AGENCYThe Department of City Planning (DCP) plans for the strategic growth and development of the City through community-based planning, developing land use policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide and sharing its perspectives on growth and community needs with sister agencies in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). DCP?s six strategic objectives include: (a) catalyze long-term neighborhood improvement through integrated planning and targeted accompanying public investments; (b) encourage housing production, affordability, and quality; (c) promote economic development and job growth; (d) enhance resiliency and sustainability of neighborhoods; (e) ensure integrity, timeliness and responsiveness in land use reviews; and, (f) supply objective data and expertise to a broad range of planning functions and stakeholders. Central to its mission, DCP supports the City Planning Commission in its annual review of approximately 450 land use applications. The Department also works closely with OMB in developing the Ten-Year Capital Strategy, and helping administer the $1 billion Neighborhood Development Fund, geared toward ensuring that growing neighborhoods undergoing rezoning have accompanying infrastructure investments. The New York City Department of City Planning is a great place to work ? cultivating intellectual inspiration, professional development and creativity. THE DIVISIONStaten Island is the smallest of the five NYC boroughs. The issues the Borough Office tackles are often similar to planning concerns facing mid-sized cities in the rest of the country. The Staten Island Office is responsible for the full range of planning activities, including formulating land use, zoning, housing and economic development strategies, street mapping and environmental recommendations for the City Planning Commission. The office also provides technical assistance and data for elected officials, public agencies, community boards, civic groups and citizens. Working in close consultation with the central divisions of the Department of City Planning, the Borough Office is responsible for the reviewing and processing of private and public land use applications, leading community outreach to develop borough-wide and local area plans to manage density from the more urban north shore to the more suburban south shore; planning for resiliency and climate change; advancing transit-oriented development, commercial corridor policy and affordable housing policy; and balancing future development with the goals of preserving the natural features that define Staten Island?s diverse neighborhoods. The zoning for the Borough of Staten Island is comprised of several distinct special zoning districts, including three special districts that, together, cover the majority of the island and place a large focus on the preservation of natural features. These districts require the technical review of public and private land use applications and coordination of their environmental reviews to ensure they meet local zoning regulations designed to support the suburban neighborhood character and town centers of the borough.The Borough Office is a dynamic work environment led by the Borough Director and Deputy Director, and comprised of 13 professional planners and an Office Manager. The team structure is arranged by the borough?s three community districts and includes subject matter experts that work borough-wide across a wide range of projects. The Borough Office is located just walking distance from the Staten Island Ferry in St. George and the agency headquarters is located downtown in Manhattan?s Financial District. THE ROLEThe agency is seeking to fill the position of Director of the Staten Island Borough Office. As a key member of the agency?s executive management, the Director of the Staten Island Office, along with the other borough directors, reports to the Executive Director, and works closely with the Chair of the City Planning Commission/Director of the Department. The director is responsible for administration and management of the office in carrying out the agency?s work plans. Under executive direction, with the greatest latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and decision making, the Director manages the office to fulfill the department?s missions in Staten Island: land use planning and review, housing and economic development, community and citywide plan and policy formulation, environmental impact and information dissemination. In addition, the Director identifies key issues and opportunities affecting borough development and formulates plans, programs and policies to address them.Specifically, the Director will: ? Advise the Chair, City Planning Commission and City Hall on all land use policies and issues affecting Staten Island? Develop and implement the Borough Office work program, including recommending and formulating planning studies, establish priorities and deadlines, and manage work assignments to ensure that strategic planning goals are met? Interview, select, train, motivate, supervise and evaluate the work of the office professional and administrative staff and support on-going staff development efforts? Manage Department initiatives, and oversee major Staten Island projects through the land use and environmental review process? Contribute to borough and agency planning and urban design studies, and coordinate this work with other divisions of the Department, other city agencies, community boards, elected officials and the public? Oversee the technical review of all special zoning district non-ULURP applications; ensure their timely review and maintain consistent standards; coordinate across agency divisions to respond to concerns of applicants, DOB, Industry representatives, and elected officials; and support efforts to streamline the agency?s operations.? Negotiate sensitive technical and land use policy issues with other agencies, developers, community groups, industry groups and elected officials. Use independent judgment in highly complex technical and policy matters.? Manage the bi-weekly all-agency Joint Review of proposed Staten Island developments.? Represent the Department and Chair at meetings with elected officials, civic, business and community groups, community boards and public agencies to communicate City Policy and maintain working relationships? Represent the Department and Chair at public forums to communicate city policies;? Perform other related tasks

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four (4) years of full-time experience in city planning, at least eighteen (18) months of which must have been in a managerial capacity; or 2. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" above. However, a baccalaureate degree and eighteen (18) months of managerial experience in city planning is required of all candidates. Graduate work leading to an advance degree in city planning or related field may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the non-managerial experience on a year-for-year basis. Graduation from an accredited United States Law School may be substituted for two (2) years of non-managerial experience.

Preferred Skills

? Working knowledge of the Department, the NYC Zoning Resolution and the City?s land use and environmental review procedures? Extensive knowledge of operation, policies and practices of governmental agencies? Knowledge of Staten Island?s land use, development issues, planning theory, and practice? Demonstrated ability to negotiate sensitive and complex technical planning issues with other agencies, developers, community groups and elected officials? Proven ability to apply independent judgment in highly complex policy and technical matters.? Demonstrated ability to design, develop and implement a work program and to initiate and complete specific tasks in a timely fashion and with a minimum of direct supervision? Excellent organizational skills, especially the ability to work well with others in a multi-disciplined forum and to resolve issues through consensus building, and? Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills ? Demonstrated public speaking skills

To Apply

Click on ?Apply Now? at the bottom of the postingPlease be advised only candidates under consideration will be contacted.Appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.The candidate selected for this position must be a resident of the City of New York or become a resident within 90 days of appointment.Authorization to work in the United States is required for this position. Sponsorship is not available for this position.THE DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND A COPY OF THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS IS AVAILABLE IN THE HUMAN CAPITAL DIVISION. THE DEPARTMENT MAKES AVAILABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED APPLICANTS.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.