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Director of Community Development

Department of Job Listing: 
Community Services
Salary Range: 

Salary Range $76,897.60 - $103,480.00

General Function: 

This is a senior management job of professional nature that serves to provide management and direction to an integrated community development department in support of the City’s overall redevelopment goals. 

Essential Duties: 
  •  Serves as department head for Community Services Department, including planning, inspections, code enforcement, administration and recreation divisions.
  • Prepares department budgets, monitors budget variance and provides general fiscal oversight.
  • Interacts with a variety of stakeholders, including residents, business owners, contractors, developers, appraisers, real estate agents, design professionals.
  • Ensures proper staffing, approves leave requests, addresses position vacancies and fills open positions per established policies.
  • Conducts or approves personnel reviews, including detailed development plans, for all department staff.  Provides regular training to staff.  Provides for employee counseling and undertakes disciplinary action as per established policy.
  • Develops, implements and reviews departmental policies and procedures to ensure efficient operation, maximize positive customer service interactions and achieve city-wide redevelopment goals.
  • Conducts studies and produces reports and other work product in support of department efforts or general City priorities.
  • Drafts ordinances, resolutions, and other policy documents necessary to implement City policy priorities.
  • Ensures that regulations, codes and other standards are kept current and updated.
  • Engages in proactive outreach to enhance communication with stakeholders.
  • Maintains sufficient knowledge, skill and ability to ensure that all divisions maintain adequate operational posture and conduct operations in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Remains current on pending legislative and administrative actions that could impact the department and provides input and testimony on city priority issues as appropriate.
  • Represents the City on a variety of boards, working groups and other bodies.
  • Obtains and maintains training and certification necessary to be recognized as an expert in applicable fields, regularly attends and presents at national, regional and state conferences and meetings, and seeks out appropriate education and training opportunities.
  • Completes special projects and assignments as directed.
Minimal Acceptable Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Government, Political Science, Management, Construction Management or related field. 

Minimum of five (5) years progressively responsible supervisory experience in Planning, Code Enforcement, Building Inspections or Recreation. 

Detailed knowledge of the principles and practices of at least two of the following: a) City Planning, b) Building Inspections, c) Code Enforcement and d) Community Recreation. 

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.  Ability to effectively give formal and informal presentations to audiences of varying size and makeup. 

Proven success record working with a variety of stakeholders and resolving difficult concerns.  Ability to analyze and resolve complex situations using sound professional judgement. 

Knowledge of relevant statutes and other regulations, including the Oklahoma Local Development Act, the Oklahoma Urban Renewal Law, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act and various applicable portions of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes. 

Must present a neat, professional appearance.

 Advanced competency in common productivity software, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation and publishing programs.

 Considerable knowledge of business English, spelling, arithmetic and vocabulary.

 Possession of a valid Oklahoma State Driver License and a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.


Additional Desirable Qualifications: 

Masters’ degree from an approved college or university in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Government, Political Science, Management, Construction Management or related field.

 Hold or be able to obtain advanced professional certification in one or more related fields, including but not limited to: Certified Economic Developer (CEcD),) Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Master Code Professional (MCP), Certified Building Official (CBO), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Certified Code Enforcement Administrator (CCEA)


Supervision Given and Received: 

Works under the direct supervision of the Deputy City Manager with a minimum of supervision. 

 Directly supervises Planning Director/Assistant Director, Parks and Recreation Director, Chief Inspector and Community Development Assistant.  Provides management oversight for all department personnel.