Job Opportunity: City of Starkville - Community Development Director

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Job Opportunity: City of Starkville - Community Development Director

Job Opportunity: City of Starkville - Community Development Director

October 04, 2018

Job Title: Community Development Director                 FLSA: Exempt/Grade 19

Direct Report: Mayor and Board of Aldermen              Department: Community Development

Date Prepared:  8/21/18                                               Approved by Board:  ______________



The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and guidance to the Community Development Department, which includes Planning Professionals, Building Inspectors, Codes Enforcement Officers and Support Staff all working towards a shared mission of providing professional services to enhance, maintain, and develop the City's orderly growth.


This is accomplished by providing direction and leadership to each division; developing and implementing policies and procedures; responding to inquiries and requests; developing goals and objectives for each area of responsibility; reviewing the status of major projects; and evaluating staff performance.



  • Supervises personnel and administration of all operations and activities of the Community Development Department. Handles disciplinary problems, administers the Personnel Manual and conducts periodic performance evaluations of the Community Development Department staff.
  • Oversees the City’s Comprehensive Plan and its implementation.
  • Develops, organizes and implements procedures for reviewing all land use and development applications for all categories of zoning including the form-based areas for the City.
  • Identifies needed revisions and policy issues, and reviews and recommends changes/additions to City zoning and building ordinances.
  • Provides recommendations, guidance and consultation on any annexation opportunities and plans for the City.
  • Prepares long range plans for the department; conducts research; prepares surveys; interprets results for use in planning, evaluation and decision making.
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of services, assesses work load, reporting relationships and opportunities for improvements within the services and facilities managed and maintained by each division.
  • Oversees and coordinates the pre-application and development review process for all departments in the handling of preliminary plats, final plats, site plan review and other related development projects.
  • Serves as a single point of contact to facilitate coordination for finality in the planning and execution of development projects. 
  • Oversees and coordinates the development review process utilized by staff, the Planning Commission and the City Council to review and approve zoning/development items.
  • Oversees the code enforcement of violations of zoning codes, building codes, and other related city regulations.
  • Oversees the overall management of administration, operation and maintenance of Cemetery properties.
  • Researches, respond to and resolve complaints, conflicts, concerns and questions from elected officials, city departments, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Serves as the principal advisor to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Board of Adjustments and Appeals and the Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Prepares and manages budgets for the division; conducts fiscal/economic impact studies and cost/benefit analysis to prepare budget projections; develops annual operating and capital improvement budgets; monitors revenues for services; reviews and proposes fee structures for services.
  • Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.
  • Responsible for staff training within the Community Development Department. Provide creative leadership and vision to the department; analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Provides excellent customer service and resolve/diffuse customer issues and complaints.
  • Works closely with the City of Starkville Partnership to identify areas of concern in the promotion of business location and expansion within the City. Serves as principle representative of the City in coordinating with the county on planning matters.
  • Performs other related duties as required. This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The list of essential functions below does not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent in this position.


Knowledge of:

  • Municipal planning, site planning and urban design principles; Federal, state and local laws and other laws pertaining land use planning and development.
  • Codes, ordinances, and planning regulations and processes.
  • Design techniques, tools, and principals involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Ability to:

  • Disseminate information in a timely and accurate manner, effectively organize thoughts and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Operate assigned equipment, including computer equipment and various software packages.
  • Deal effectively with development professionals and the public using tact and diplomacy.
  • Provide final interpretation, administration, and enforcement of city ordinances in a fair and impartial manner.
  • Accurately interpret and apply the provisions of pertinent laws, ordinances, and policies
  • Read plans, descriptions, maps, and plats
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in both small and large groups, and in formal and informal settings.
  • Train and instruct groups and individuals. Work with a diverse staff by leading, guiding and directing the staff to ensure the best performance consistent with good customer service and management principles
  • Be bonded and receive notary public commission




Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, business administration, public administration, architecture, landscape architecture, or a related field
  • Six (6) years of progressively responsible job experience with municipal planning and development, zoning, permitting, redevelopment and economic development analysis, administration, enforcement, and consultation.
  • Demonstrated supervisory or management experience.
  • Must be computer literate – This position will be heavily computer based (Including but not limited to Microsoft Office Proficiency, iWorq permitting software, and all GSuite Programs
  • Must possess a valid MS driver’s license and acceptable MVR.

Preferred Education and/or Experience:

  • Master's Degree in urban planning, business administration, public administration, architecture, landscape architecture, or a related field.
  • Experience with Form Based Code standards.




Working Environment and Physical Demands

The majority of this position’s duties are performed in an office environment. Visual and physical ability to work on computers for substantial amounts of time, constant sitting in office chair, standing, frequent walking, writing, bending, and reaching; occasional lifting of items weighing 50 pounds and reaching and lifting above the shoulders. Field visits to inspect sites will occur on a regular basis. Work in the field exposes the employee to all weather conditions and requires the operation of a motor vehicle in a variety of traffic conditions.


The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific job duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


The job description does not constitute an employment contract and is subject to change as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.


Regular and consistent attendance is a condition of continuing employment.


The City of Starkville, is an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer. Candidates are considered for employment with the City, without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, protected veteran status or other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

A drug screen is required for this position.


Nav Ashford
662-323-2525 ext. 3124