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Director of Planning & Community Development 

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About the Organization Today Kaukauna is home to 15,858 people with its own full-time Police, Fire and Rescue services and a municipally owned electric and water utility. Kaukauna is well-maintained with regular garbage collection, street cleaning, well-lit and well-paved streets and other services vital to keeping our community safe and attractive. Kaukauna boasts a 350-acre Industrial Park Network, complete with rail and heavy truck access.

Our proximity to the Fox River affords our residents with numerous recreational opportunities such as the Historic Grignon Mansion, the 1000 Islands Environmental Center, many parks and sports fields, a public swimming pool, and a public library.

City-sponsored events held in the Central Business District include a weekly outdoor music series – Live! from Hydro Park, Fox Firecracker 5k Run/Walk and the Downtown Farmer’s Market June through October. With such a variety of activities available, it should not come as a surprise that Kaukauna is also known as “The Friendly City.”  
Position Director of Planning & Community Development  

This position is responsible for the economic development and job growth in the City. Manage and perform the administrative and operative activities of the Planning and Community Development Department in accordance with regulations and City objectives and plans to encourage quality economic growth.

  • Serve as contact for land sales and provide assistance to the City Industrial Park Commission.
  • Prepare long-range comprehensive planning documents and encourage orderly, quality community development.
  • Write, administer and coordinate grant programs, ensure grant compliance.
  • Administer Buisness Improvement Loan Programs, includes leveraging funds, conducting credit analyses, making loan recommendations and packages.
  • Act as project facilitator on proposed and accepted economic development projects.
  • Assist and provide staff recommendations on zoning administration and ordinance development to the Planning Commission and Council.
  • Provide staff support and technical advice to the Redevelopment Aurthority.
  • Collaborate with Engineering, Building Inspection, Finance and other departments to coordinate planning and development activities.
  • Perform administrative duites, includes supervision of staff, budget responsibility and meetings.
  • Perform and coordinate marketing and public relations activities to encourage economic development, business location and expansion and job growth.
  • Responsible for development and supervision of Community Development Coordinator, Principal Planner, Community Enrichment Coordinator, Grignon Mansion Executive Director, and Planning/Engineering Technician (shared with Engineer Department)
  • Other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements

Minimum of four years of public planning and economic development work experience, includes two years in both grant writing and administration plus Masters degree in Urban planning or related fields; or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of federal, state and municipal planning and community development policies and programs in order to develop and implement strategies for City plans and objectives.
  • Considerable knowledge of land uses and laws and ordinances governing zoning in order to revise, interpret and apply the codes in accordance with the same.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of marketing and financial anaylsis to conduct credit ratings, administer loan and grant programs and to achieve economic development goals.
  • Ability to write and administer grant programs.
  • Ability to react quickly and effectively to manage risk of economic development programs.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective public and working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing to market programs, provide information and perform administrative duties.
  • Ability to develop and manage direct reports.

This position does participate in various evening meetings.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Shift Days  
Compensation $84,962 - $92,871 annually  
Benefits Health, Dental and Life Insurance; Wisconsin Retirement System; Vacation, Sick and Holiday pay; Residency Incentive, Health Reimbursement Account, 457 Deferred Compensation Program  
Open Date 12/23/2020  
Close Date 1/15/2021  

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