Director of Community Development

Organization: City of Perry, GA
Salary: The current salary range is $71,000 to $100,500 with excellent benefits. Beginning salary is negotiable. An employment contract will be provided.
Close Date: July 18, 2016

Job Description:

Perry is an historic City founded in 1824 and located in the heart of Middle Georgia. It is the county seat of Houston County. The City currently encompasses 16.4 square miles along Interstate 75 approximately 90 miles south of Atlanta. The City has been able to capitalize on proximity to Robins Air Force Base, excellent schools, unique downtown, high quality of life, reasonable cost-of-living and location in transforming from a small town to a vibrant and fast-growing community of nearly 15,000 people with a median age of 35.3. The expected growth rate is 1.5% per year and its fastest growth segment is people between 20 – 34 years of age. Most residents are well-educated young couples with relatively high median household incomes. As a hub of state and federal highways, home of the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter and the Georgia Artisans Center, and with events like the Dogwood Festival, the Perry Music Festival, and the annual Perry Buzzard Drop New Year’s Eve bash, Perry is “Where Georgia Comes Together”.

Perry is a full-service municipality providing a broad range of programs and services. It functions with a Council/Manager form of government. Accordingly, policy-making and legislative authority is vested in a City Council which consists of a Mayor and six (6) Council members. The Mayor is elected at-large and the Council members are elected from three (3) districts with two from each. The City Council appoints the City Manager who is responsible for supervising the City's daily operations and department heads and for overseeing all municipal operations. There are seven (7) City departments: Administration, Community Development, Economic Development, Fire and Emergency Services, Police, Public Works, and Leisure Services. The City’s projected FY2017 budget is approximately $27,936,400. There are a number of well-developed plans in place including the Perry Strategic Plan and Implementation Program that are guiding most of the activities of the City.

Perry’s Community Development Department is managed by the Director of Community Development. Departmental functions include Administration, Engineering, Building Inspection, Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Regional Planning, Geographical Information Systems (contracted), Stormwater Planning/Inspection and Planning Commission support. Community Development has six full-time employees plus several contracted personnel.

The Director of Community Development is appointed by the City Council with the recommendation of the City Manager and serves at the pleasure of the City Council. The Director appoints departmental staff and has full management authority over the department. Under general supervision, the Director prepares and administers the departmental budget; sets departmental and staff performance expectations and monitors the performance of staff; presents planning and development issues to the City Manager and Mayor/Council; plans and monitors the geographical information systems and code enforcement operations; plans and coordinates stormwater/functions and databases; provides options/alternatives for improving the development process based on citizen need; coordinates the application of grants related to development and redevelopment; responds to developer inquiries; coordinates the development review process; represents the City as assigned on planning boards, regional activities and development projects and ensures that staff is provided opportunities for professional growth.

Requirements include: possession of appropriate bachelors’ degree from accredited college or university combined with at least five (5) years experience in related field to include significant management/supervisory level experience. Must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of current land use planning and regulatory controls/permitting; proven ability to manage a multi-functional organization; be proficient in the use of current business technology and possess or have the ability to become proficient in GIS technology. Also must have excellent English language written and verbal skills and have a valid driver’s license.

The current salary range is $71,000 to $100,500 with excellent benefits. Beginning salary is negotiable. An employment contract will be provided.

To apply please submit a cover letter, detailed résumé and current salary by July 18, 2016 to: Robert E. Slavin, President; SLAVIN MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS; 3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1; Norcross, Georgia 30071; Phone: (770) 449-4656; Fax: (770) 416-0848; e-mail: (Electronic submissions are preferred.)


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