General Manager, Land Use Department

Organization: New Castle County, Delaware
Salary: Highly competitive salary and benefits with beginning salary negotiable DOQ
Close Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:

Population: 520,000

General Manager, Land Use Department
(Highly competitive salary and benefits with beginning salary negotiable DOQ)

New Castle County, DE is located near Philadelphia about midway between Washington, D.C. and New York City. The County covers 494 square miles. Topography varies from the rolling hills and forest covered “Chateau Country” in the north to farmland and tidal marshes in the south. New Castle County is one third of the state by area and is chiefly responsible for the zoning and land use planning for its area which is mostly unincorporated.

The General Manager — Land Use Department (General Manager) is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the County Executive. The General Manager receives day-to-day supervision from the Chief Administrative Officer and is responsible for directing and managing the overall activities of the County’s Land Use Department. This is a large, diverse and highly visible department responsible for regulating all new and existing development in the County and in enforcing property maintenance laws. This is a dynamic department that is in the midst of implementing a progressive comprehensive plan. It is tasked with ensuring that new growth is smart growth and encouraging environmental preservation and enhancement. Functional areas include; Property Assessment, Code Enforcement, Planning (including Subdivision and Zoning), Engineering, Stormwater and Licensing (including Permits and Inspections). The Department has a current budget of $14.7M and is allocated 156 full-time positions.

Requires any combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and
abilities. A typical qualifying background would be at least seven years of management level experience in
land use planning or a closely related field combined with a Masters Degree in planning, civil engineering,
architecture or a closely related field from an accredited school. Must be a proven manager, strategic thinker, team player and strong leader with exceptional communication skills, a focus on results and skilled at balancing a wide variety of often conflicting interests. Requires strong skills in inter-governmental collaboration given that the responsibility for schools and roads lies with the state government. Requires the ability to work effectively with associates, governmental and private officials and agencies and the public to promote an ongoing commitment to providing excellent customer service. Must value diversity and strive to achieve greater diversity throughout the Land Use Department. Must be able to pass a County pre-employment physical examination.

For additional information, please visit New Castle County on the web at

The position will remain open until filled. We are anxious to complete this search by Sept.2008. Please send your resume IMMEDIATELY to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848


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