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Community Development Director

Company: City Of Meridian - Hr
Location: Meridian
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job Title: Community Development Director
Department: Community Development
Reports To: Mayor
Open Date: October 8, 2021
Close Date: Open Until Filled
Hiring Salary: $ 8,178.56 - $10,443.73 per month, DOE
Salary Range: $ 8,178.56 - $12,263.10 per month, 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, current and long-range planning, municipal infrastructure coordination and plan review, and building permit issuance and inspection services. The position will have close interaction with the City's economic development program. The Director ensures that the City's mission, Council direction, core values and strategic initiatives are measurable and incorporated into operational activities and services of the Department. 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 state and local standards and policies in the review of municipal infrastructure plans, development applications, and the adoption and enforcement of all the City building codes. 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, and Building 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 planning, development, and building guidance, along with coordination of the City's economic development efforts; Communicates official plans, programs, policies, and procedures to staff and the general public; Supervises the development and implementation of the City's Comprehensive Plan;
2 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 and, building code enforcement; Coordinates with 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; 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 on projects and committees;
3 Coordinates with the Meridian Development Corporation (MDC) on downtown and urban renewal related projects and initiatives. Strategic & Analytical Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long-range plans and projects for long-term community sustainability; 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 an attitude of cooperation; communicate effectively with all levels of employees within an organization; Must demonstrate integrity and show respect to co-workers and customers; Must demonstrate work experience in a high growth, urban city.

4 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, housing and 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 and 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.

Ability To: Work under pressure and exercise independent initiative and judgment; Build and maintain effective working relationships with individuals, elected officials, City staff, interest groups, and other agencies; Create and maintain a teamwork environment based on mutual respect and trust; Identify and resolve problems and conflicts;
5 Promote positive public relations; Provide and promote excellent customer service; Negotiate and administer contracts with outside vendors and service providers; Provide leadership, counsel, motivation and constructive performance reviews to Department staff at all levels, securing their respective commitments to the Department's goals; Skill in identifying, implementing, and refining the Department's organizational structure to generate desired results as efficiently as possible; Respond strategically to changing environmental conditions, structuring the Department to be as efficient and effective as possible; Develop long-term plans and evaluate work accomplishments; Plan, direct, coordinate various phases of inspection and code enforcement; Direct the work of subordinate staff and deal effectively with employee performance issues; Conduct management studies and provide issue analysis, read, interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures; Use good judgment in problem-solving and decision-making; Present facts, ideas, and recommendations clearly and concisely in oral and written form appropriate for the needs of the audience; Cultivate and support effective community partnerships; Use initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: Work is performed primarily in an office environment with moderate noise level. An employee in this class is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, will be provide with protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions. The position also requires sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes which permits the employee to function in the general office environment to accomplish tasks; Constantly requires sitting at a desk for long periods of time, up to 8 hours, and ability to lift up to 20 lbs.; Constantly requires clarity of speech and hearing, which permits the employee to communicate effectively; Constantly requires clear vision to read printed materials and computer screen to accomplish work;
6 Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.

Travel Requirements: Frequent local travel is required using city-owned vehicles, requiring a valid driver's license; Occasional statewide or out-of-state travel may be required.
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Keywords: City Of Meridian - Hr, Meridian , Community Development Director, Executive , Meridian, Idaho

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