Director of Planning and Development

Organization: City of Branson, Missouri
Salary: Competitive salary negotiable DOQs. Branson provides excellent employee benefits.
Close Date: February 16, 2009

Job Description:

The City of Branson, with a growing resident population of 7,500 and more than 7.8 million annual visitors, is located in southwest Missouri in the heart of the beautiful Ozark Mountains and surrounded by three prize winning fishing lakes. Branson, which covers 20.8 square miles, is one of the nation’s top tourist destinations. It also serves a two-county region as the business hub for more than 70,000 year-round residents. The City is the focus of international attention as both a major development area and an entertainment and tourism Mecca. In fact, Branson is home to 49 music theaters with a total of 56,811 seats as well as 18,808 hotel rooms and 38,813 restaurant seats. Branson continues to grow and develop as a modern community while retaining its historical heritage, enhancing its friendly family-oriented personality and preserving its natural resources. In 2006, the value of the City’s new building permits was $268.7 million. In 2007, the City completed Branson Landing, a $420 million, mixed-use development containing a convention center, hotels, retail, restaurants and residential.

Branson is a full-service municipality which, to serve its large tourism base, functions like a city of 60,000 to 70,000. The City’s FY 2008 total budget is $58,000,000 with a General Fund of $19,959,017. There are 395 municipal employees. Branson utilizes a council/administrator form of government. The governing body includes six aldermen and a mayor. The Board appoints a City Administrator who, in turn, appoints department heads including the Director of Planning and Development. In turn the Director administers the development and implementation of the City’s comprehensive planning program including land use, transportation, housing and area plans; supervises the planning function including zoning and subdivision application review and processing; building and code enforcement; prepares various development and expansion plans; hires, supervises and evaluates departmental staff; prepares and administers the departmental budget; serves as primary City liaison with pertinent state and federal agencies; serves as technical advisor to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and the City Administrator on matters related to planning and development; serves as liaison to neighborhood associations. Performs other administrative duties as may be assigned by the City Administrator.

Requires graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning or closely related field (advanced degree in Planning is highly desirable) combined with five years of increasingly responsible experience in land use planning, preferably in a municipal government, to include at least three years in a supervisory or administrative capacity. An equivalent of education and experience may be considered. The new Director must be able and willing to revamp the City’s Comprehensive Plan, development code, and internal operations so as to enhance customer service, provide for quality growth and development (using smart growth techniques) and form active partnerships with community groups, key industries (tourism), and the development community to find a balance between enforcing vital development codes while creating an environment of cooperation and collaboration.

Code Official Certification and AICP are desired.

For more information, please visit the City’s website at

Competitive salary negotiable DOQs. Branson provides excellent employee benefits.

Please submit your confidential resume by February 16, 2009 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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