The City of Charlottesville, consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in the nation, is in search of a dynamic, innovative and progressive leader with a collaborative management style who will engage employees through teamwork and motivation.
The starting salary will be between $89,247.86 and $178,495.71 annually, dependent on education and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits program, including the option for participation in a Defined Benefits or Defined Contribution Retirement Plan. Reasonable relocation assistance will be available. To view a downloadable brochure about our Community, City Government and the position, please visit the job announcement on our employment page.
The Neighborhood Development Services Director will demonstrate a commitment to customer service and maintain an open door policy. Effective communication and interpersonal skills are imperative to interact effectively with and gain the respect and trust of the staff, city personnel, citizens and City Council. The candidate will effectively direct two deputy directors, set and achieve goals and monitor performance. The candidate must be politically astute and effectively able to analyze issues, gather facts and make appropriate, timely decisions. The ideal candidate must have experience and knowledge with all aspects of Planning and Development operations and a proven track record in managing a complex organization while demonstrating the ability to work with many stakeholders in a highly engaged community. Reports to the City Manager.
To view a downloadable brochure about our Community, City Government and the position, please visit the job announcement on our employment page.
Education and Experience:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning administration or related field;
At least five (5) years of management responsibility must be demonstrated, with a particular emphasis on municipal planning and management of a comprehensive plan, standards and design, and zoning regulations; (A Master's Degree may substitute for two (2) years of experience.)
Expertise in project reporting is expected, with a good understanding of the process;
Experience in serving as a prime spokesperson on planning and development matters, especially working with outside agencies and developers;
Prior experience should include involvement in day-to-day development and monitoring of project-based and department level budgets, knowledge of development practice and control of project performance, development and oversight of accountability, development of long-range development forecasts;
Strong leadership skills in building a team-oriented environment including supervisory experience, experience in the successful use of technology to enhance performance and expertise in a high level of concise, accurate communication with elected City and appointed officials and staff are imperative.
A Master's degree in Public or Business Administration is preferred with substantial experience in planning with designation as an AICP desirable.
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible local expertise in land-use planning is also preferred.
Prior Departmental Director experience is desirable.
Residency within the City of Charlottesville is preferred but not required.
TO APPLY: to view the complete job announcement, including a downloadable brochure about our Community, City Government and the position, visit our employment website listed. Applications must be submitted online prior to the closing date of March 27, 2020 at 5pm EST. Please include with your online application a cover letter, resume, salary history, and at least 5 professional references.
The City of Charlottesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Values Diversity at All Levels of its Workforce.
About City of Charlottesville
The City of Charlottesville is located in west Central Virginia, approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia. Situated within the upper Piedmont Plateau, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and at the headwaters of the Rivanna River, Charlottesville was established as a town in 1762 by the Virginia General Assembly, and was incorporated as an independent city in 1888. As a result of eight annexations, the most recent of which was effective in 1968, the City now encompasses a land area of 10.4 square miles. The City is autonomous and entirely independent of any county or any other political subdivision. It does not have the same boundaries with or is not subject to taxation by any county or school district, and is not liable for any county or school district indebtedness.