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Job Listing: Community Development Director


Job Title: Community Development Director

Department: Community Development Department

Reports To: City Manager

Opens: September 27, 2013

Closes: October 15, 2013 or Until Filled

Hiring Salary: $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, 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.


Job Summary:

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 10 full-time employees, several part-time employees and other Clark Patterson Lee support staff that are available as necessary;
  • Supervise the initiation, amendment, and implementation of ordinances and resolutions relevant to community development such as zoning, land division and development, and building;
  • Provide administrative oversight of projects related to commercial and residential land development.
  • 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;
  • Gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations;
  • Coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies;
  • Provides professional planning, development, and building guidance to others;
  • Communicates official plans, programs, policies and procedures to staff and the general public:
  • Prepares and/or reviews studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes;
  • Supervises the development and implementation of the City’s recently adopted Comprehensive plan;
  • 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;
  • Responds to requests for information from the Mayor, City Council, Boards and Commissions and other outside agencies;
  • 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;
  • Represents the City on critical land use, land use policy, and building issues;
  • 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 ongoing research into new 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;
  • Presents departmental issues and recommendations on major issues requiring policy direction to appropriate advisory bodies and to the Mayor and City Council;
  • 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;
  • Supervises and directs through subordinate managers and administrators the activities of planning, development plan reviews, building and permit services, zoning/building code compliance and community development;
  • Coordinates, researches and evaluates projects and programs that will enhance and preserve the City’s economic base;
  • Directs the preparation of reports, correspondence and maintenance of records in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications: 

  • 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)


Working Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of sound management and supervisory practices leading to the successful execution of complex projects;
  • Knowledge of community planning and development, including ordinances, and regulations governing land use;
  • Knowledge of local building codes and regulations; ability to read and interpret complex construction drawings and legal documents;
  • Knowledge of building inspection and building safety;
  • Knowledge of building construction terminology, materials, methods and the stages of construction;
  • Knowledge of city, state, and federal rules, regulations, policies, and laws relevant to the position;
  • Knowledge of zoning laws, comprehensive and economic plans including their formation, process of adoption, and enforcement;
  • Extensive knowledge of planning programs and development processes;
  • Local, state and federal ordinances, codes, laws and regulations;
  • Coordinating responsibilities with other local, state and federal agencies;
  • Project management;
  • Public facilities and infrastructure planning;
  • Site planning and urban design;
  • Research methods and statistical analysis;
  • Report writing;
  • Presentation technologies;
  • Personal computers and related software applications;
  • Thorough knowledge of all applicable Federal, State of Georgia and local regulatory requirements;
  • 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;
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and written;
  • Apply management theories and practices;
  • Track and record revenues and expenditures;
  • Manage projects;
  • Write reports;
  • Make presentations;
  • Resolve conflicts;
  • Promote positive public relations;
  • Provide and promote excellent customer service;
  • Comply with safety requirements of the position and actively promote safe work practices.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, management, elected officials and the general public, and display excellent interpersonal skills and awareness of controversial and/or sensitive issues;
  • Ability to negotiate and administer contracts with outside vendors and service providers;
  • Ability to 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;
  • Ability to identify the department’s future direction in response to changing community needs, and to develop, implement, and monitor appropriate plans, schedules, and action steps;
  • Ability to develop long term plans and to evaluate work accomplishments;
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate the various phases of inspection and code enforcements;
  • Ability to direct the work of subordinate staff and to deal effectively with employee performance issues;
  • Ability to conduct management studies and provide issue analysis; to read, interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Ability to use good judgment in problem-solving and decision-making;
  • Ability to analyze information, identify alternatives and develop conclusions;
  • Ability to present facts, ideas and recommendations clearly and concisely in oral and written form;
  • Ability to cultivate and support effective community partnerships;
  • Use initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines.



  • Must hold a valid State of Georgia driver’s license or ability to obtain immediately upon hire. Interpersonal Skills: As part of the leadership and management team of the City the Community Development Director shall be expected to exhibit the following types of skills and to lead and exemplify the City’s values in managing the Department:
  • Work in a team environment as a team player;
  • Must display an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work well with others;
  • Communicate effectively with others;
  • Integrity;
  • how respect to other City Departments, fellow employees and customers.


Work Environment & Physical Demands:

Work is performed primarily in an office environment with moderate noise level. The employee in this class is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions which provide 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, 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;
  • Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Travel Requirements:
  • Occasional local travel is required using City and/or Clark Patterson Lee owned vehicles;
  • Occasional statewide or out of state travel may be required.


Candidates interested in this position should forward a cover letter, resume and salary history via e-mail to

Please direct all questions and correspondence regarding this opportunity to the above e-mail address.