General Purpose

Under the general supervision of the City Manager, this employee will perform a variety of first-line supervisory, professional and technical duties as needed to plan, organize, direct and coordinate the daily operation of the Community Development Department. Oversees the development and implementation of comprehensive current and long-range planning. Oversees the City’s Planning, Engineering and Building Departments.

Reporting Relationships

Supervision Received: Community Development Director works under the general guidance and direction of the City Manager.

Supervision Exercised: The Community Development Director supervises the City Planner, City Engineer, Sustainability Director, Communications and Engagement Manager and, Affordable Housing Manager.

Essential Functions

  • Participates in the departmental decision making process;
  • Develops, implements, evaluates and revises division policies, practices, priorities, methods and procedures;
  • Serves as administrative advisor and liaison to City Council, Planning Commission;
  • Receives directives, implements options and strategies;
  • Coordinates personnel and resources as needed to accomplish projects and programs;
  • Participates in City Council Meeting, Planning Commission Meetings and other public meetings and hearings as needed to solicit public response and to keep informed of policy and project options;
  • Educates the public through media, reports, public meetings and presentations;
  • Prepares and submits Department budgets;
  • Monitors fiscal activity to assure conformity with established budget constraints;
  • Supervises Planning, Engineering, Sustainability, Affordable Housing and Communications staff;
  • Delegates staff assignments and monitors work quality, assures standards of performance;
  • Establishes performance plans, evaluates employee performance and initiates corrective action as needed;
  • Evaluates employee performance;
  • Maintains on-going comprehensive planning processes and procedures;
  • Identifies alternatives for converting policy ideas into action plans affecting City development, expansion, transportation, sustainability, affordable housing, and related public programs;
  • Directs or conducts feasibility studies;
  • Prepares a variety of reports related to project progress;
  • Reviews and updates ordinances affecting planning, zoning, signage, land use, development, sustainability, affordable housing and related departmental areas;
  • Coordinates projects with other departments or governmental agencies;
  • Conducts public meetings to determine public policy preferences and establish policies and goals;
  • Reviews and amends City General Plan based upon established goals and policies;
  • Identify sources for alternative funding related to special projects;
  • Applies for grants, implements administrative processes as needed to comply with grant conditions;
  • Monitors grant compliance to ensure effective working relationships with funding agencies;
  • Meets with public, developers, entrepreneurs and contractors;
  • Discusses planning, zoning, development, sustainability, and affordable housing issues;
  • Interprets information in city ordinances pertaining to department responsibilities;
  • Performs economic development responsibilities by preparing site information packets, conducting special projects, distributing information, working closely with businesses, keeping statistics up to date and conducting related studies;
  • Oversees activities of contract planners, engineers, architects, and other outside consultants in the performance of community development projects;
  • Develops requests for proposals, work plans, and schedules for outside consultants;
  • Monitors contract expenditures and compliance;
  • Works with agencies in developing and implementing community development programs and projects;
  • Maintains community history file;
  • Coordinates citizen participation programs and special events;
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Planning or a closely related field, and
  • Five year’s prior experience in Community Development functions involving grant writing, or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Legal system and procedures affecting planning, zoning, and related operations of the City;
  • Principles and practices related to local government;
  • Planning and zoning subdivision law, theory and application;
  • Local government structure and operations, including the budgetary procedures and fiscal management;
  • Research methodology statistical analysis and evaluation of research data on land use, zoning, sustainability, affordable house, federal, state, and local laws;
  • Interpersonal communication skills;
  • Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Ability to:

  • Administer a comprehensive work program;
  • Interpret codes accurately and effectively;
  • Prepare and present budget estimates, enforce regulations with fairness, tact, and impartiality;
  • Communicate effectively both written and verbal;
  • Plan and organize comprehensive research studies;
  • Prepare and present technical reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, other governmental entities, the public and elected officials;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates and the public.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Employees work under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet.

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone: use hands repetitively to operate standard office equipment and lift up to 25 pounds.

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve non-routine and complex office administrative problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with City managers, staff, customers, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

Selection Guidelines

A formal application and resume are required; finalists will interview with the appropriate hiring authority. Applicant must pass a pre-employment drug test and background check, and upon employment, must possess a valid Utah driver's license.