Director, Community Development - Fort Myers Beach

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Town of Fort Myers Beach

Position:        Director
Department:        Community Development


This is highly responsible work providing management, leadership and direction to the department of community development in the areas of zoning, planning, building permitting and inspection, via contract with Lee County, enforcement and licensing, development (site plan) review, and environmental review. Incumbent will make recommendations to the Town Manager and Town Council regarding land development issues, and propose changes for the future direction of the Town in balancing the needs of the community, quality of life and development growth within the community.

Work involves responsibility for providing administrative leadership to division coordinators and employees in carrying out the goals and objectives of the programs.  The incumbent exercises independent judgment and initiative.  Work is subject to general review of the Town Manager who reviews programs for adherence to Town goals and objectives.

•    Recommends to the Town Manager and Town Council laws, policies, ordinances, resolutions, directives and regulations needed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the administrative function of the department and added growth management issues.
•    Reviews Community Development programs and projects in progress and initiates new programs as needed, initiates and conducts studies and surveys as an aid in recommending development decisions.
•    Plans, directs and coordinates through subordinate employees the operation of the Permitting/ Code Enforcement/Zoning and Development Review departments.  Organizes and directs the administrative programs within each of the operating units; organizes, assigns and trains personnel; evaluates work performances; implements employee in service training programs.
•    Works with each division in preparing budgets, maintaining monetary controls, and the accounting of appropriations; develops policies and procedures for divisions and units.
•    Coordinates with Town Manager on any changes in laws or developments affecting community development.
•    Maintains effective working relationships and coordinate between  the department and outside agencies;  other departments of Town government; members of the general public; Council approved committees, building and development industry, and federal, state and local agencies, officers and officials.
•    Exercises supervision over employees conducting zoning, development services, planning, building, environmental and code enforcement reviews.
•    Implementation  and maintenance of all electronic tracking systems within the department; oversight of the web content and information for the Department of Community Development for both internal and external customers alike
•    Manage the implementation of the floodplain regulations for consistency with Federal requirements
•    Oversees Planning and Development Services and Enforcement; Permitting and is liaison with other local, county state and federal building, community development and economic development counterparts as related to Town codes.

(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed.  Employees will be required to perform other job related duties as required.)

•    Prepares and submits operational reports.  Completes paperwork and prepares clerical reports as required.
•    Thorough knowledge of Town laws and regulations; Assists the general public by answering questions based on knowledge of the Town and surrounding areas.  
•    Ability to supervise men and women engaged in the town operations.    
•    Ability to keep records and prepare reports.
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.    
•    Performs other duties of this position or related positions as may become necessary or as directed by the Town Manager and/or his/her designee.

•    Must be a United States Citizen or eligible to work in the United States.
•    A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, engineering, or a related field and ten years of community development experience is required.
•    Five years management and direct customer service experience in a regulatory environment is preferred.
•    Working experience in the implementation of a code enforcement program is preferred.
•    Must successfully pass a thorough police background check, and alcohol and drug test, and a fingerprint check.
•    Able to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.
•    Ability to read and follow written and oral instructions.
•    Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
•    Able to operate necessary equipment.
•    Excellent work history and attendance record preferred.
•    Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Florida Class “E” Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record is required.  
•    Performance of duties may be necessary during emergency operations.

•    Knowledge of the principles and practice of governmental planning and development.
•    Knowledge of community development codes and ordinances, zoning standards and public management practices.
•    Working knowledge of Florida State Statutes as it relates to building, licensing, development and code enforcement
•    Ability to plan, develop and coordinate a comprehensive community development program.
•    Ability to prepare, administer and monitor budget.
•    Ability to think independently, excellent verbal and written skills, interpersonal and cognitive skills, technical knowledge and basic knowledge of legal issues and cases.
•    Proficient with the use of standard office equipment including the Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent. Familiarity with Trak-it and online programming preferable.
•    Ability to read and follow written and oral instructions.
•    Ability to work cooperatively with other employees and the general public.
•    Ability to coordinate and account for monies collected.

•    Ability to perform strenuous work in varying and adverse weather conditions including heat, cold, rain and potentially dangerous environments.
•    May be required to work hours other than the regular Town Hall hours including, nights, weekends, and holidays and during emergency situations.
•    Possess sight/hearing senses, or use of prosthesis that will enable these senses to function adequately so the requirements of this position can be fully met.
•    Significant standing, walking, moving, climbing, carrying, bending, and kneeling.
•    Some crawling, reaching, handling, sitting, pushing, and pulling, bending, stooping and digging.  
•    Must have the use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other employees and the public through the use of the telephone and personal contact.
•    Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to, word processor, calculator, copier, scanner and fax machine and related vehicles and machinery due to job requirements.   Work is performed inside in an office environment with occasional work outside.
•    Possess sight/hearing senses, or use of prosthesis that will enable these senses to function adequately so the requirements of this position can be fully met.

(Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with existing ADA requirements for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)
This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position.  While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.