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The City of Lewes, P. O. Box 227, Lewes, Delaware 19958
Tel: (302) 645-7777 | Fax: (302) 645-6406

Planning & Development Officer - Full Time

The City of Lewes, Delaware, known as the “First City in the First State,” is seeking an experienced and imaginative individual to assist the City to prosper while preserving its small-town, relaxed, and friendly culture.  Lewes is an historic town dating from the 17th century surrounded by the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  In addition to its permanent population of 3,000, Lewes welcomes thousands of visitors each summer who are drawn to Lewes’s beaches, recreational opportunities, restaurants, shopping, and small town atmosphere.
Like many coastal communities, Lewes is facing challenges from development, demographic shifts, and climate change.  A successful candidate will assist Lewes to preserve and enhance its social, economic, cultural, and natural resources in the face of these and other challenges.  This candidate also should be conversant in all aspects of city planning for a small, historic oceanside municipality, including such concepts of smart growth, coastal resilience, climate adaptation, and historic preservation. 
Position Functions
  • Analyze and advise concerning city planning issues applying planning theories, principles, and practices, within fiscal constraints of City resources and budget, to issues such as development, redevelopment, open space, complete streets, walkability, etc.
  • Analyze and advise on comprehensive plan development and implementation.
  • Analyze and advise on climatic conditions affecting the City, including sea level rise, hazard identification and mitigation, and adaptive strategies.
  • Identify, develop, apply for, and administer grants relevant to city planning and development.
  • Support commissions, committees, and boards involved in city planning and land use, including Mayor and City Council, Planning Commission, Hazard Mitigation Team, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, Commercial Architecture Review Board, Parks and Recreation Commission, Scenic and Historic Byways Commission, Greenways and Trails Committee, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, including development, management, and documentation of training.
  • Coordinate closely with the Office of Building Official, including regarding FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, Community Rating System, and flood plain management, and regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.
  • As directed by the City Manager, coordinate and collaborate with planning offices and officials of Sussex County, the State of Delaware, and other municipalities and entities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the City Manager.
Minimum Requirements
  • AICP Certification preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban, Land Use, or Municipal Planning; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three years relevant experience as a planner for a city, town, county, or state entity; five years of experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of municipal planning.
  • Knowledge of comprehensive planning, neighborhood planning, flood control and storm water management, zoning and building codes, planning and disposition of municipal properties and municipal grant funding sources.
  • Knowledge of climatic conditions affecting seaside communities, including sea level rise.
  • Knowledge of FEMA programs and policies affecting seaside communities, including National Flood Insurance Program and Community Rating System.
  • Experience in identifying, developing, applying for, and administering grants.
  • Experience in program and project development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, including in providing technical reports and presentations.
  • Ability to work closely and respectfully with citizens, City employees, City Boards and Commissions, and City Council.
    Salary and Benefits
  • Salary range of $50,000 to $60,000, depending on qualifications.
  • Employer contribution to retirement account.
  • Health, unemployment, and workers compensation benefits.
  • Sick, holiday, and annual leave days.
Deadline for submission of applications: Complete applications must be submitted via email or postmarked by June 5, 2015, and addressed to peckrich@ci.lewes.de.us or City Manager, City Hall, P.O. Box 227, Lewes, DE 19958.
Contents of applications: Applications must contain the following:
  • Cover letter stating, with specificity, qualifications and experience.
  • Current resume.
  • Recent writing sample (planning document preferred).
  • List of at least three references with contact names, email addresses, and telephone numbers.
Additional information: For additional information concerning submission of proposals, please contact City Manager Paul Eckrich at peckrich@ci.lewes.de.us or 302 645-7777.