Community Development Director in Meridian, Idaho (Open Until filled)

Job Title: Community Development Director
Department: Community Development
Reports To: Mayor
Open Date: August 18, 2017
Close Date: Open Until Filled
Hiring Range: $81,258.94 – $101,101.00 annually, DOE
Salary Range: $81,258.94 – $120,943.06 annually, DOE

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Mayor and City Council, the Director of Community Development manages and directs the function and activities of the Community Development Department. The position will direct the City’s programs encompassing economic development, current and long range planning, municipal infrastructure coordination and plan review, building permit issuance and inspection services, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The Director of Community Development ensures that the City’s mission, Council direction, core values and strategic initiatives are measurable and incorporated into operational activities and services. The position serves as a member of the City’s senior leadership team. This individual administers the City’s Uniform Development Code (UDC), and ensures compliance with the State and Local Standards and Policies in the review of municipal infrastructure plans, and for the adoption and enforcement of all the City codes for building. The individual is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in establishing efficient and effective departmental 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:

Planning, Land Development, Building, Economic Development, and CDBG

  • Supervise the initiation, amendment, and implementation of ordinances and resolutions relevant to community development such as zoning, land division and development, business attraction and retention, and building;
  • Provide administrative oversight of land development applications and projects. Engages with design professionals, architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and others to discuss land use and building-related matters. Ensures key performance measures are met;
  • Ensures that all records relating to, land use actions, building permits/inspections, case histories plan examinations, etc. are maintained;
  • Coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies;
  • Provides professional economic development, planning, development, and building guidance;
  • Communicates official plans, programs, policies, and procedures to staff and the general public;
  • Supervises the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan;
  • Oversees permitting functions and timelines of the department to ensure a high level of customer service in the areas of application, fee assessment and collection, application and plan review, permit issuance, inspection and occupancy;
  • Represents the City on critical economic development,, land development, land use policy and building issues where appropriate;
  • Directs ongoing research into new policies, technologies and trends, and recommends implementation of programs and equipment to help the Department achieve its objectives more efficiently;
  • Directs planning and presentation of public involvement programs for neighborhoods, businesses, and other community groups;
  • Provides annual growth presentation to City Departments;
  • Coordinates the Department’s activities with those of other City departments and offices to ensure a consistent approach towards common projects and interests;
  • Supervises and directs through subordinate managers, the activities of planning, development plan review, and building and permit services/, building code enforcement;
  • Supervises the City’s economic development programs and initiatives in collaboration with the Mayor;
  • Coordinates, researches and evaluates projects and programs that will enhance and preserve the City’s economic base;
  • Oversees the administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and other state and federal grant programs as assigned;
  • Coordinates and communicates both city wide and department strategic plan initiatives with the Mayor/Council, and stakeholders.

Administration & Management

  • Assures that citizen complaints and inquiries relating to department activity are researched and resolved in a timely fashion;
  • Provides managerial leadership to direct reports and manage department operations including budget administration, staff supervision and staff development and key performance indicators;.
  • 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 department expenditures and evaluates program effectiveness and department processes;
  • Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork;
  • Responds to requests for information from the Mayor, City Council, Boards and Commissions and other outside agencies;
  • Coordinates with the Meridian Chamber of Commerce projects and committees;
  • Coordinates with the Meridian Development Corporation (MDC), and the Meridian Downtown Business Association (MDBA), and often with downtown businesses.

Strategic & Analytical

  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans and projects for long term resiliency and economic vitality;
  • Prepares studies, reports and related information for data driven decision-making purposes;
  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Department to ensure City goals and strategic initiatives are met;
  • 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.
  • Performs Other Duties as Assigned

Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Community Development, Urban or Regional Planning, or related field plus a minimum 4 years’ experience in an upper management capacity in planning/land use, municipal infrastructure coordination/plan review, building permit issuance and inspection services , economic development, and (CDBG) field, including experience administering budget, 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 Master’s degree in Planning, Engineering or a related field is preferred;

  • American Institute of Certified Planning certification is preferred;

  • Must have proven leadership, strategic management, performance coaching, and communications skills and ability to lead a collaborative work environment;

  • Requires a high level of knowledge/skills across all land development functions and a proven record of progressive experience managing people and projects;

  • Must have excellent writing and research skills; have a strong attention to detail and be a data driven decision maker; 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, ICC certified);

  • Must be skilled at working in a team environment; display attitude of cooperation; communicate effectively with all levels within an organization;

  • Must demonstrate integrity and show respect to co-workers and customers;

  • Must demonstrate work experience in a high growth, urban city.

Working Knowledge of:

  • Sound management and supervisory practices leading to the successful execution of complex projects;

  • Economic development principles and practices;

  • Community planning and development, including ordinances, and regulations governing land use and Housing/Community Development;

  • Local building codes and regulations; ability to read and interpret complex construction drawings and legal documents;

  • Building inspection and building safety, building construction terminology, materials, methods and stages of construction;

  • City, state, and federal rules, regulations, policies, and laws relevant to the position;

  • Zoning laws, comprehensive and economic plans including their formation, process of adoption, and enforcement;

  • Extensive knowledge of planning programs and development processes;

  • Coordination with other local, state and federal agencies;

  • Project management;

  • Research methods and statistical analysis to make data driven decisions;

  • Report writing;

  • Presentation technologies and techniques;

  • Personal computers and related software applications;

  • Thorough knowledge of the funding process in a local government environment as related to budgeting, cost accounting, financial planning and management;

  • Skill in effective, clear and persuasive oral and written communications to individuals and groups.


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