The City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, seeks a customer focused, entrepreneurial Development Services Director to lead the newly renamed and reorganized Development Services and Inspections Divisions. A 2016 winner of the “Great Main Street in the Making” Award by the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Development Services Department is leading the way in development and revitalization efforts for the City. The award is just one example of working with internal and external stakeholders delivering on the community's vision. The Development Services Director must be an excellent communicator, collaborator and strategic thinker who will be part of the executive team providing leadership and oversight to carry out the goals of the organization.
About the City Government: The City of Rocky Mount operates under a Council / Manager form of government with a City Manager, two Assistant City Managers and 12 departments employing 900 FTE employees. The City Manager reports to a Mayor and a seven-member Council.
About the Department: The Development Services Department includes planning, zoning, subdivision administration, as well as inspection services. Daily functions of the Development Services Director involve the following: support of the City Council’s goals for implementation of a Comprehensive Plan and related policy documents, development of information, data, mapping, and analysis, administration and enforcement of regulations for building, zoning, land subdivision, planning and preservation. The Office is responsible for promoting a strong community to enhance and create quality of life options for all residents; preserving and enhancing the City’s diverse neighborhoods; fostering quality environments; involving stakeholders in planning for the City’s future; and helping the City’s government administer its programs and operations consistent with the community’s vision for a sustainable future. The Development Services department accomplishes its work with 19 dedicated employees and a budget of $1.8M.
About the Position: The Director reports to the City Manager’s office. The Position is responsible for leading and directing staff in coordination with other City Departments. The Director appears before the City Council multiple advisory boards and commissions, and public groups; represents the Manager’s interests and assists the Manager in carrying out directives and recommendations of the Boards and Commissions and the Council. A key goal for the next Director is to lead the effort to establish a customer focused development process with the integration of technology to facilitate one-stop service for developers and contractors. Expediting the entire development process from review to permitting, through inspections and “CO” is the primary Council driven focus for this department.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have a Master’s degree in urban planning, architecture, public administration, business administration or closely related field from an accredited University and 5-7 years of progressive experience responsibility with managerial experience in urban planning and community development. The hiring range is $88,848-$111,060. Base salary and compensation are negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Residency within the City limits is required within 12 months of hire.
To apply, you must complete an online application via Developmental Associates’ website at https://www.developmentalassociates.com/client-openings/client-positions/. Resumes and digital portfolios may be uploaded to the system but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application. All inquiries should be emailed to email@example.com. The application review begins July 5th and interviews and skill assessments will be held in Rocky Mount for selected finalists August 2-3, 2018. The City of Rocky Mount is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.
About City of Rocky Mount
The Community: Celebrating its 150th anniversary, and established at the Falls of the Tar River, Rocky Mount prides itself on being a leading cultural, economic, and education center of Eastern North Carolina. This city of over 60,000 lies in two counties, Nash and Edgecombe and is home to NC Wesleyan College as well as Nash and Edgecombe Community Colleges. With lovely parks and greenways, a jewel of the City is the Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences creatively and lovingly renovated from an abandoned Atlantic Coast Line Railroad water tank and pump house. The city is served by three major highways: I-95 to its west US 64 (Future 87) as its main east-west corridor and US 301 (Wesleyan Boulevard) as its main north-south corridor. The City has easy access to Raleigh (55 miles) and the Research Triangle. It is also a two-hour drive from Wilmington and the beautiful North Carolina coast. With such easy access to several major highways and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Rocky Mount is a great place to live and to do business. With its temperate climate and close proximity to both the mountains of North Carolina and Atlantic Ocean beaches, Rocky Mount provides residen...ts the best of both worlds.
About the Organization: The City of Rocky Mount is governed by a non-partisan City Council utilizing a council/manager form of government consisting of a Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem and six Council members. City Council sets the policy and direction; the City Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. The City, believing in active Community input and engagement has 15 Council Committees, Commissions, or Boards. Holding a Aa2 bond rating and multiple GFOA budget awards, the 2017-2018 adopted budget is $201M budget with a $64M General Fund, a $81.5M Electric and a $21M Gas Fund. The City holds a $400M debt load. The new Assistant City Manager would support the City Manager in leading 12 departments employing 900 FTE employees. In addition to traditional municipal departments, Rocky Mount is an ElectriCity which also has a fixed route transit system, a City library, museum and theater. Additional information about the City is available at http://www.rockymountnc.gov.