As the capital of Rhode Island and third largest city in New England, Providence is the economic and cultural hub of southeastern New England. Located at the head of the Narragansett Bay in the heart of the Eastern Seaboard, Providence provides a small-town, urban alternative to Boston or New York City.
A growing city of approximately 175,000 individuals, the “Creative Capital” is home to more than two dozen universities and hospitals, a thriving arts-and-culture economy and vibrant, diverse neighborhoods. With the recent relocation of Interstate 195 complete, nearly 35 acres of vacant land in the heart of Downtown Providence has become newly available for redevelopment purposes, posing a once in a generation opportunity to transform the physical fabric of Providence’s former Jewelry District.
The Department of Planning and Development manages the city’s medium- and long-range development strategies on issues ranging from economic growth to historic preservation. This individual reports to the Director of Economic Development, manages an annual budget of approximately $5 million and a team of approximately 100 individuals.
Specific responsibilities shall include but are not limited to:
• Responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the City’s Comprehensive plan as
well as the development of a Consolidation Plan Strategy.
• Prepares rules and regulations relating to the government, control and restriction of the platting of land.
• Establishes long & short-range planning goals; sets objectives, policies, rules and regulations for all
divisions of the department.
• Assists the Economic Development Director in formulating and implementing marketing and commerce development strategies for the City.
• Establishes housing and community development policy and implements plans for City growth and development, including historic preservation, neighborhood and area development, zoning,
transportation, urban design and revitalization.
• Monitors statewide and national developments in planning, economic and community development
matters to evaluate their impact on City of Providence programs and operations in order to implement departmental process improvements where needed.
Board & Financial Management
• Oversees the Housing, Compliance & Monitoring, Business Services and Real Estate Services divisions.
• Prepares and administers the annual budget in conjunction with the Director of Economic Development,
the Mayor, Director of Administration and the City Council.
• Provides organizational leadership in a collaborative spirit to develop and retain highly competent,
public service-oriented staff.
• Administers various Boards and Commissions, including the City Planning Commission, the Providence Redevelopment Agency, the Downtown Design Review Committee, the Capital Center Commission,
and the Historic District Commission.
• Oversees the writing and facilitation of various grants and grant-funded programs, including the City’s allocation under the Community Development Block Grant program.
• Represents the City of Providence Department in regional and national planning & development forums.