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City of Lima - Director of Community Development

August 21, 2023


CLASS TITLE: Director of Community Development Unclassified–Exempt CODE:260

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  In addition to the following, performs other related duties as required:
Under administrative direction, directs and administers planning, housing, property maintenance, economic development and community development programs, including federal and state grant programs, property reuse, landbank and brownfield initiatives, tax abatement incentives and neighborhood support functions; directs personnel functions; supervises planning and community development personnel; directs and performs public relations functions; establishes and maintains external relationships; maintains personal and professional competence and awareness; performs budget functions; performs payroll activities.

QUALIFICATIONS: The training, education and work experience which indicates possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below. The minimum acceptable qualifications for this position are:

Bachelor’s degree in city or regional planning, landscape architecture, architecture, geography, or related discipline and a minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience with a public planning, community development agency, or economic development organization including four (4) years of supervisory experience (preferably two {2} years as an agency director). Must demonstrate in-depth knowledge and proficiency in those areas listed under knowledge, skills, and abilities.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES OF THE CLASSIFICATIONS: The following duties are intended to depict tasks performed by this classification:

1. Directs and administers planning, housing, property maintenance and community development programs; reviews and approves land use projections; conducts functions related to periodic census tasks, research evaluations, demographic studies, economic strategies, environmental forecasts, and housing and development plans, programs and studies.

2 Directs personnel functions; established organizational structure’ determines organizational training programs; evaluates performance of supervisory personnel; hears and resolves grievances; recommends commendation, suspensions, reductions, or dismissals of employees; participates in employee selection and hiring process.

3. Supervises planning, housing, property maintenance and community development personnel; develops long range plans; allocates material resources; allocates personnel resources; determines work priorities; delegates work responsibilities to supervisory personnel.

4. Directs and performs public relations functions; prepares and delivers speeches/presentations; participates in service organizations, youth activities, community meetings and special events; plans and markets organization programs (i.e. CDBG program).

5. Researches and develops grant proposals for public and private resources and then manages diverse funding sources (13 currently) and reporting systems (22 currently), supporting dozens of interdepartmental and inter-agency projects and activities.

6. Establishes and maintains external relationships; participates in intra-governmental staff meetings; serves as liaison with numerous private entities and governmental agencies; works with external agency officials and employees in performing organizational functions; communicates with land developers regarding land use plans; communicates with general public and citizens’ groups; communicates with Council, Mayor and department heads.

7. Maintains personal and professional competence and awareness; acquires knowledge from professional journals; maintains required certifications; attends professional education and training sessions, seminars and workshops.

8. Performs budget functions; collects data to forecast budgetary needs; prepares, presents and revises budget requests; monitors expenditures.

9. Performs payroll functions; authorizes paid leaves of absence; authorizes overtime, reviews and approves time records.

10. Performs staff services for City Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES necessary to perform duties (* indicates developed after employment):

Knowledge of: organizational goals and objectives; federal and state regulations and systems, employee training and development; personnel practices; labor relations; resource management; manpower planning; management; delegation; organizational policies and procedures; Fair Labor Standards Act; bookkeeping; budgeting; public relations; marketing; land use planning; certification/licensure requirements.

Skill in: computer operation; word processing; spreadsheets; databases.

Ability to: deal with many variables and determine specific action; communicate effectively; apply principles to solve practical, everyday problems; interview job applicants; comprehend and/or discuss highly abstract materials; calculate fractions, decimals and percentages; complete routine forms; use proper research methods to gather data; define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; interpret extensive variety of technical material in books, journals and manuals; prepare and deliver speeches and presentations; develop and maintain effective working relationships; cooperate with co-workers on group projects.

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Essential Functions
With or without reasonable accommodation, the incumbent must:

  • complete all work as detailed in the illustrative duties section at acceptable productivity levels
  • demonstrate all skills and abilities as referenced in this job specification at acceptable productivity levels
  • demonstrate reasonable and reliable attendance
  • maintain all required licensures and/or certifications
  • operate all designated equipment at acceptable productivity levels

Member - American Institute of Certified Planners or equivalent. Must possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License.


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