Location: Ocala, FL

Development Services Director

Salary: $105,000 to $120,000

The Development Services Director is a highly responsible, professional, technical and leadership position charged with the complete responsibility for the operation of the Building, Code Enforcement and License and Permitting Divisions with an annual budget of $2,000,000. The Development Services Department commitment is to guide growth and change for the City of Ocala while maintaining quality of life for its residents. The ideal candidate is a Customer Service Team builder who will exercise a value system based on transparency and integrity that creates a high level of trust and confidence.

The department includes the Building, Code Enforcement and License and Permitting Divisions. All divisions support the permit center while providing quality short- and long-term planning and excellent customer care in meeting the needs of the building community.

The Development Services Director directly supervises two (2) who supervise a total of twenty-five (25) employees. The Development Services Director reports to the Growth Management Director.

Ideal Candidate
The Development Services Director is a “Servant Leader,” by action and example who seeks to bring true collaboration who seeks to bring people together to foster a coordinated team to meet mutually developed goals and objectives and hold staff accountable for results. He/She will inspire staff to be professional, progressive, and an effective communicator.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensures citizen needs are met through efficient service requests and permit intake, scheduling, and public information processes.
  • Plans, evaluates, and directs goals, objectives, operations, programs, policies, and procedures related to the Building/Permitting and Code Enforcement Division.
  • Requires abstract thinking to continually provide the department with an innovative and productive workplace.
  • Responsible for the department’s budgetary compliance with the Building and Code Enforcement funds.
  • Supervises and evaluates departmental staff.
  • Directs and supervises all aspects of comprehensive, current and historical preservation planning for the City.
  • Develops and presents recommendations for the strategies as needed to further growth Management Director as needed to further the goals, objectives, and policies of department.
  • Directs staff in assisting various advisory boards in making decisions and recommendations in the development of the City.
  • Meets with architects, attorneys, engineers, developers, etc. to discuss and solve problems relating to Florida Building Code and City’s Code of Ordinances.
  • Determines the amounts of permit fees, sewer assessments, zoning fees, licensing fees and is responsible for collection.
  • Monitors and updates codified processes to eliminate outdated, excessive, and unnecessary requirements.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to excellence.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of supervision, organization, and administration.
  • Ability to plan, implement and coordinate technical and administrative programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Thorough knowledge of comprehensive land use planning, building and development regulations
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with other employees.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, co-workers, and elected and appointed officials.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule.

Education and Experience

  • Graduation from accredited 4-year college or university with degree and major coursework in construction management, urban planning, geography, or public administration. Masters preferred.
  • Six (6) years related experience and/or training.
  • Six years (6) related of experience, including supervisory experience or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Required Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations

  • Must possess and maintain valid Florida operator’s driver’s license.
  • Preferred: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Software Skills Required

  • Presentation/PowerPoint and Spreadsheet
  • Accounting, Database, Human Resources Systems, Payroll Systems and Word Processing
  • Permitting and Plan Review Software
  • E Plans

How to Apply
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The position will remain open until filled and the process will move forward immediately upon receipt of an adequate pool of well-qualified applicants. Resumes are subject to the provisions of Florida Public Records Statutes.