Location: Ocala, FL

Executive Director Growth Management

Salary: $125,000 - $140,000 annually

The Growth Management Department commitment is to guide growth and change for the City of Ocala while maintaining quality of life for its residents. The Executive Director is a visionary, forward and strategic thinker who easily sees the big picture and long-term vision for the City. The Executive Director is a highly responsible, professional, technical and leadership position charged with the complete responsibility for the overall operation of the Growth Management Department with an annual budget of $3,000,000. The ideal candidate is a “Servant Leader” and 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 Planning, Building, Transit, and Code Enforcement 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. This position also oversees the administration of the City’s Code as it pertains to building, zoning, plumbing, mechanical, electric, gas, housing and alcoholic beverage permits. The Executive Director will oversee the daily operations of the Growth Management Department, which includes transit, and supervision of the Planning Director and Development Director.

The Executive Director of Growth Management directly supervises five (5) individuals who supervise a total of forty-five (45) employees. The Executive Director of Growth Management reports to the Assistant City Manager.

Ideal Candidate
The Executive Director of Growth Management is a “Servant Leader,” by action and example who seeks to promote true collaboration to bring people together to foster a coordinated team to reach 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 citizens needs are met through efficient service request and permit intake, scheduling, and public information processes.
  • Plans, evaluates, and directs departmental goals, objectives, operations, programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Requires abstract thinking to continually provide the department with an innovative and productive workplace.
  • Responsible for the department’s budgetary compliance.
  • Directs and supervises all aspects of comprehensive, current, and historical preservation planning for the City.
  • Develops and presents recommendations for the growth strategies to the City Manager and City Council as needed to further the goals, objectives and policies of the City’s planning programs, including the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Meets with architects, attorneys, engineers, developers, etc. to discuss and solve problems relating to development.
  • Supervises and evaluates departmental staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to excellence.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to define problems, collect date, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Thorough knowledge of comprehensive land use planning, building and development regulations.
  • Ability to analyze and understand common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to complex or difficult inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • 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

  • Graduate degree in urban planning, geography, or public administration, plus
  • Nine to Ten (9-10) years of related experience and/or training.
  • Seven years (7) related management experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Must possess and maintain valid Florida operator’s driver’s license.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) preferred.

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.