Director of Planning & Building

Town of Blacksburg

Blacksburg, VA United States

The TOWN OF BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA is seeking an experienced leader and innovator in the planning profession to serve as Director of Planning and Building. This highly visible senior management position will provide oversight and be responsible for the community’s growth management process, including citizen involvement, zoning and land use ordinances, Comprehensive Plan management and updates, and refining development codes and policies. 

Qualifications, Education & Experience
The following education and experience factors are the expected qualifications for successful performance:
• Bachelor’s degree with coursework in urban planning, urban design, public administration, or a related field. Master’s degree in a similar discipline is preferred.
• Ten years of progressively responsible professional planning experience with a minimum of five years of supervisory and project management experience.
• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to actively participate in and lead a dynamic team of professionals.
• Ability to successfully navigate an environment where public stakeholders, developers, and elected and appointed officials have differing views on planning policy issues and projects.
• Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment, functioning for the good of the organization and the community over the individual.
• Ability to assess social cues and maintain situational awareness.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage people and programs and to provide clear direction and establish accountability.
• Ability to prioritize, organize, and manage multiple projects.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, salary expectations, professional references and two or more representative project examples, to The Berkley Group via email to While the position is open until filled, review of candidates will begin on or around June 10, 2024; however, highly qualified candidates may be invited to interview at any time. Inquiries relating to the Director of Planning and Building position may be directed to:

Jennifer Whistleman
The Berkley Group
P.O. Box 181
Bridgewater, Virginia 22812
Mobile: (540) 435-2505

Town of Blacksburg Director of Planning & Building Recruitment Profile

Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$119,207 - $145,313