Over the years I've appreciated the depth and breadth of experience present in this forum, and I'm curious about any advice that anyone can offer.
I find myself increasingly frustrated with the expectations/directives of my position and I have realized it is beyond time to make a change. While a complete change has some appeal to me, the practical part of me would like to parlay my planning career into something more development-related that allows me to re-purpose the skills I've acquired into something more satisfying. My favorite positions have been those in which I've been tasked with improving processes, coordinating review teams, and acting as the point of contact between all of the development-related groups (i.e., Engineering, Fire Prevention, Permitting, Utility Companies, Public Works, and of course, Planning) and the development community (i.e., builders, architects, engineers, realtors).
My experience has ranged from serving as an entry-level planner to coordinating plan reviews, from chairing plat committees to performing site analyses, from managing a Planning division to directing an entire Community Development department, and acting as the Administrator/"quality control" for a department - implementing performance and customer service measures and streamlining processes. I have my AICP & CNU-A, though neither seems to mean much in the environment I currently am involved in, but I'll maintain them anyhow. I've worked closely with consultants over the years, and while the obvious choice is to move into the consulting world, I'm not sure that would be altogether satisfying for me at this time in my life. Any ideas for further examination are much appreciated - especially from folks who know how it is!