Community Development Director
City of Dunwoody
|Job at a Glance|
|Job Category||Other topics not covered above|
|Job Level||Executive (10+ years)|
|Salary Range||$110,000 - $130,000 annually, DOE|
The City of Dunwoody is a newly incorporated city (2008) on the north side of metro Atlanta with a 2010 census population of 46,267. It is a scenic community including many of the metro-areas top dining, shopping, schools, and recreation. The City of Dunwoody is settled at the most northern tip of DeKalb County, bordered by Fulton County on the north and west, Interstate 285 to the south, and Gwinnett County on the northeast. Dunwoody is home to a large high-end shopping mall (Perimeter Mall), a significant amount of Fortune 500 companies, and an affluent residential base. The City is fortunate to have strong neighborhoods, a variety of places of worship and several neighborhood level shopping centers and office complexes. The road network and public transit provide easy access to Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown, and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Dunwoody is regarded as a family friendly and convenient location for businesses and visitors.
The City functions under the governance of a City Council and the management of a City Manager. The City provides municipal services to its citizens and businesses in a unique and progressive manner through a partnership with private firms. From the initial incorporation, the City has operated as a public‐private partnership (PPP), with the vast majority of City staff employed by private companies. The Community Development Department is staffed by the professional consulting firm, Clark Patterson Lee, www.clarkpattersonlee.com. The City has determined that the PPP model adds value and flexibility, promotes competition, builds accountability, and provides the highest level of customer service to the citizens of the City.
Under the direction of the City Manager, the Director of Community Development manages and directs the functions and activities of the Community Development Department. The position will direct the City’s programs encompassing the management of land use design and development, long range planning, economic development, transportation planning and coordination, municipal infrastructure coordination and plan review, building permit issuance and inspection services and code compliance services. Ensuring the City’s mission, core values and strategic initiatives are incorporated into operational activities and services while serving as a member of the City’s leadership team. This individual administers the City’s Zoning Code and Development Regulations, while ensuring compliance with the adopted International Codes for buildings. The individual is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in establishing effective and efficient operations and resolve difficult administrative and technical problems consistent with City policies and administrative guidelines established by the Mayor and City Council.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Provides managerial leadership to direct and manage departmental operations including budget administration, staff development, supervision for a staff of approximately 12 full-time employees, several part-time employees and other Clark Patterson Lee support staff that are available as necessary;
• Assures that citizen complaints and inquiries relating to departmental activity are researched and resolved in a timely fashion;
• Requires a high level of knowledge/skills across all land development functions and a proven record of progressive experience managing people and projects;
• Engages with design professionals, architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and others to discuss land use and building-related matters;
• Ensures that all records relating to land use actions, building permits, inspections, case histories, plan examinations, etc. are maintained;
• Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans and projects;
• Communicates official plans, programs, policies and procedures to staff and the general public;
• Oversees the permitting functions of the department to ensure a high level of customer service in the areas of application, plan review, fee assessment, permit issuance, inspection and occupancy;
• Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Department to ensure City goals and strategic initiatives are met;
• Prepares the annual budget for the Department and assists in preparing the city budget including determining service needs, capital purchases and allocation of resources. Monitors departmental expenditures and evaluates program effectiveness through the use of performance measures;
• Oversees the preparation and update of short and long range strategic plans to ensure the department’s contribution to the City’s overall plans and strategies;
• Serves as a member of senior management on task forces and committees participating in the City’s strategic planning efforts, and addressing City-wide policy and management issues;
• Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork;
• Directs planning and presentation of public involvement programs for neighborhoods, businesses, and other community groups;
• Coordinates the Department’s activities with those of other City departments and offices to ensure a consistent approach towards common projects and interests;
• Collaborates on economic development programs and initiatives;
• Directs the preparation of reports, correspondence and maintenance of records in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Community Development or related field plus a minimum 5 years experience in an upper management capacity in the planning/land use field, with at least 3 years experience in a public planning environment including experience administering planning budgets, contracts and grants, or equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the job.
• A Masters degree in planning, engineering or a related field is preferred.
• American Institute of Certified Planning certification is preferred;
• Certification through the International Code Council is a plus;
• Must have proven leadership, strategic management, performance coaching, and strong communications skills with the ability to lead a collaborative team work environment;
• Must have excellent writing and research skills; have a strong attention to detail; be a persuasive speaker; be committed to the American Institute of Certified Planning Code of Ethics and International Code Council Code of Ethics. (If AICP and/or ICC Certified)
Candidates interested in this position should forward a cover letter, resume and salary history via e-mail to email@example.com
No phone calls. Please direct all questions and correspondence regarding this opportunity to the above e-mail address.
Department: Community Development Department
Reports To: City Manager
Opens: September 27, 2013
Closes: October 15, 2013 or Until Filled
|Contact Name||Kevin McOmber|
|Postal Address||41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30338