Job Opportunity: Director of Community Development - City of Cleveland

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Job Opportunity: Director of Community Development - City of Cleveland

Job Opportunity: Director of Community Development - City of Cleveland

July 12, 2021

The position is responsible for directing the development, planning, ordinance, and building services activities promoting residential and commercial activity for the City of Cleveland.




  • Develop departmental policies and operating procedures related to development, planning, inspection, ordinance, and building services functions.
  • Direct and maintain consistent enforcement administration of adopted building and construction codes, city ordinances and other regulations; draft or amend ordinances when deemed necessary.
  • Manages the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy process.
  • Develop model codes and local ordinances to update or amend related city codes.
  • Serve as liaison to the public, construction and development community, other City departments, and governmental agencies to coordinate planning and building services activities such as historic preservation, property maintenance, floodplain management, ADA compliance, and residential and commercial development.
  • Provide staff services, attend Board meetings, and represent the city to various city boards and commissions. (e.g., Planning Commission, Heritage Commission, Contractor Licensing Board, and Beautification Commission)
  • Advise Board of Aldermen regarding development, planning, ordinance and building services operations and activities.
  • Administer the licensure of building and construction contractors.
  • Submit an annual departmental budget request and monitor departmental expenses.
  • Ensure proper care and disposition of departmental assets through the city's inventory program.
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and City government goals.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.




Perform limited for HR/Payroll functions for supervised employees, such as, but is not limited to, participating with hiring, discipline, and or termination of employees; time labor reporting; FMLA reporting, Worker’s Comp reporting, etc.




Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited College or University in business or public administration, architecture, engineering, or related field and six (6) years of experience in municipal code enforcement or construction which includes experience at a supervisory level is preferred. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered.




  • Experience and knowledge in planning, zoning, building inspection, property maintenance, development, and building codes and ordinances.
  • Experience with effectively interacting with legislative bodies, citizen boards, the media, and the general public.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of personnel management/employee relations.
  • Knowledge of budgets and formulation of policy.
  • Ability to remain calm and tactful in stressful situations.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete records.
  • Must possess a valid Mississippi driver's license with five (5) years of driver's record shall reflect no charges that would adversely affect insurability under the city carrier's policy.
  • Ability to respond and make decisions regarding life safety situations.




  • Proficient with operating office equipment including computers and software applications such as Microsoft Office and is willing to learn department's permit and code enforcement tracking software.
  • Ability to write comprehensive ordinances.
  • Ability to identify electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and building hazards.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, climb, balance, stoop, crouch, crawl, taste, smell, and lift/move objects up to 50 pounds. The employee will be frequently required to walk, reach with hand and arms, and lift/move objects up to 25 pounds. The employee is regularly required to sit, speak and listen, see or view, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and lift/move objects up to 10 pounds. The use of corrective lens to aid the employee is acceptable.

This position requires you to primarily work in a professional office environment with some field work required in various weather conditions.


TRAVEL: This position requires you to travel approximately 10% of the time.


Contact: Heather Williams

Human Resources