Municipal Planning and Development Officer: Lewes, Delaware

The City of Lewes is seeking its first Municipal Planning and Development Officer to support the City as it prospers while preserving its small-town, relaxed, and friendly culture. This presents an exceptional opportunity to start and shape the professional planning role for a historic coastal community.

Like many coastal communities, Lewes is facing challenges from development, demographic shifts, and climate change. The Municipal Planning and Development Officer will help Lewes preserve and enhance its social, economic, cultural, and natural resources in the face of these and other challenges

The Municipal Planning and Development Officer supports numerous groups, will report directly to the City Manager, and will work closely with the City’s building official and contract engineer.

Lewes is governed by a Mayor and four-member City Council. The City has a general fund budget of about $5.57 million and 32 full-time, one part-time, and 23 seasonal employees. The Lewes Planning Commission (LPC) is a nine-member advisory board appointed by the Mayor and Council and has four ex-officio members.

Requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in urban, land use, or municipal planning and a minimum of three years’ relevant experience as a planner for a city, town, county, or state entity. Preferred qualifications include an AICP, master’s degree, a broad range of skills, and experience with drafting regulations and transportation issues. Preferred qualifications are knowledge of FEMA programs and policies affecting seaside communities, experience in program and project development, and experience in identifying, developing, applying for, and administering grants.

The expected starting salary range is $60,000 to $65,000 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package. The City pays 100% of employee health care premiums and 80% of dependent care. The City also pays a 10% contribution to a defined contribution retirement program that does not require a match.

The Novak Consulting Group is accepting applications at and they will be kept confidential. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications October 21, 2016.

Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 240-832-1778.