Under administrative direction, plans, directs and oversees the activities of the following functions: Planning and Zoning, Building Inspections, Development Engineering, Geographical Information Systems, and other regulatory functions as assigned. The Director of Development Services exercises considerable independence in carrying out policy decisions and departmental goals under general direction of the City Manager. Prepares and provides professional planning counsel and technical services to the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment and the public. Performs related duties as required.
Essential Job Functions
Directs, coordinates, monitors and controls general department projects and operations including, but not limited to Planning and Zoning Review, Grants Management, Community Development Block Grant Management, Right of Way Management and regulation, Geographical Information Systems, and all department related permitting functions; Represents the City and the Department on issues of regional significance, with grant agencies, with neighboring cities or other governmental agencies; prepares and approves work plans for the department. Prepares and administers the annual budget for the department. Prioritizes and directs activities of employees; hires, trains and evaluates the performance of employees; interprets policies or policy execution strategies. Reviews and evaluates programs assigned to the department.
Conducts long-range planning by securing, coordinating and managing consultants, coordinating with City staff, City management and City Council. Gathers, prepares and reviews information and makes recommendations for adoption and amendments to the Zoning Plan, Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and other land use and construction related codes. Provides analysis of proposals, preparation of staff reports/presentations and recommendations to Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council and other assigned boards and commissions.
Works with citizens, boards, business, other agencies, and development and other interests to plan for the City's growth and to identify and resolve specific development interests. Investigates and resolves conflicts and issues; negotiates technical agreements with developers and ensures compliance with the City's development policies, regulations and design expectations. Enforces the zoning, housing, signage, construction, and environmental ordinances and codes.
Coordinates the department's activities with other departments; coordinates activities, programs and policies of all divisions under the department; represents the City staff at appointed boards such as the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Attends Council meetings and work sessions to present department issues, recommendations, requests, budgets and projects.
Participates in strategic planning and thinking initiatives with the City executive team and the department; conducts subject matter department retreats; seeks and embraces innovation and technologies to provide efficiencies for departmental success.
Responsible for regular attendance and arriving to work on time. May be called upon to act in place of or represent the Assistant City Manager when assigned. Considered essential personnel with regard to emergency service functions.
Graduation from an accredited college to university with a Master's Degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Public Administration or closely related field. Ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in development related field, including a minimum of four (4) years in a key management/supervisory role. Must attain NIMS certifications within 6 months of appointment. (IS100; IS 200; IS700; IS800 minimum)
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of development related issues, including but not limited to building inspections, comprehensive planning, zoning, land use planning, geographical information systems, and environmental issues; comprehensive knowledge of policy and program development and evaluation; ability to effectively manage and supervise personnel; ability to prepare reports on highly technical projects and associated issues; ability to negotiate and resolve issues; ability to speak effectively before City officials, professional groups and the general public. Good knowledge of computer systems and decision support systems. Skill in the operation of computer mapping systems. Ability to establish and maintain effective relations with co-workers, City officials and the general public.
Membership in the American Planning Association's (APA) American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is required within 6 months of employment. Must be able to attend various evening meetings such as Zoning Board of Adjustments, Planning & Zoning Commission, City Council, and other required meetings.
Valid Texas driver's license. Must have and maintain a good driving record in accordance with the driving standards as established by the City of Rowlett. Must report all traffic citations to his/her departmental Director or his/her designee within two working days of receipt.
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