BOARD OF SUMTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
JOB TITLE: Development Services Director
DEPARTMENT: Development Services
Highly responsible professional, administrative, and technical work in the management and administration of all Development Services Department activities as directed by the County Administrator.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Supervises and directs the Development Services Department staff, including personnel work schedules, project assignments, and provides technical guidance when necessary.
- Administers and implements County's and applicable cities', pursuant to interlocal coordination agreements, comprehensive plans. Plans, develops, and conducts special studies relative to land use. Performs research and studies to secure or verify needed planning data. Compiles and maintains a current database of statistical and planning data. Correlates a variety of statistical and planning data for various plans, projects, and programs. Analyzes planning data and projects development growth.
- Researches and writes recommendations for revisions to Land Development Regulations and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.
- Oversees the budget process for the Department, demonstrating forecasting abilities and incorporating strategic goals and performance measures. Performs financial analysis for rate/fee determination.
- Assists in the review of development plans, plats, and site plans. Confers with planning and building staff members, as well as other government agencies, private citizens, and other professionals in development matters.
- Assists in the preparation of land use controls, regulations, and ordinances that conform with the county's and applicable cities, pursuant to interlocal coordination agreements, comprehensive plans, and the interpretation and implementation of such controls to effect development consistent with the comprehensive plan.
- Serves as a resource person concerning growth management issues and routinely interacts and communicates with the general public and various interest groups. Explains clearly and concisely rules and procedures relating to zoning and land use to elected and appointed officials, the general public, contractors, and property owners. Prepares written documents that convey information clearly and professionally.
- Serves as County's and cities' floodplain manager.
- Provides oversight of the Building Official and Fire Marshal operations to ensure accreditation maintenance and customer service are achieved.
- Manages and implements contracts with outside consultants and contractors to support the functions and responsibilities of the Department.
- Attends and/or presents information regarding planning, zoning, and development issues to the Zoning & Adjustment Special Master hearings, and Board of County Commissioners, and applicable city governing or advisory bodies, pursuant to intergovernmental coordination agreements.
- Serves on committees or boards, as appointed.
- In case of an emergency or crisis situation (hurricane, flood, etc.), the position is required to respond/perform emergency and recovery duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.
- Employees hired on or after February 1, 2016, must be a tobacco-free person, both on and off the job, for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application and maintain the same tobacco-free status throughout the term of employment.
- Maintains regular physical attendance during normal work hours as assigned at one of the County's offices or work facilities with the ability to work evenings, nights, and holidays as required.
[These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related marginal duties as required.]
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge and experience with comprehensive planning, land development regulations, building inspection regulations, policies, rules, and laws to operate at a proficient level.
- Knowledge of telephone etiquette.
- Knowledge of the uses of a computer and equipment.
- Knowledge and experience in the use of geographic information systems.
- Skill in typing, filing, and records research techniques.
- Skill in operating office equipment.
- Ability to acquire sufficient knowledge of the processing of applications for development approval and permitting and development inspections to operate at a proficient level.
- Ability to read site plans and legal descriptions, to use a variety of maps and map scales, to interpret map data, and convey that information to the public
- Ability to acquire sufficient knowledge of property legal descriptions and construction terminology, documents, and inspections to operate at a proficient level.
- Ability to work effectively with the public.
- Ability to communicate in writing and orally.
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
- Ability to follow through on designated tasks.
- Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field.
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field is preferred.
- Six (6) years experience in a responsible position in planning, zoning, building, public administration, business administration, community development, or a closely related field.
- Three (3) years experience in the use of geographical information systems.
- Five (5) years experience in a supervisory role.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS:
- Valid Florida Driver's License and a driving record acceptable to the insurance provider.
- Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.
- Certified Floodplain Manager within one (1) year of employment.
- Required National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications within six (6) months of employment.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS:
- Acceptable vision (with or without correction)
- Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)
- Ability to communicate using speech, hearing, and vision skills.
- Ability to sit at a desk and view a display screen for extended periods of time.
- Ability to enter data into a computer.
- Ability to work at the service counter for extended periods of time.
- Works inside in an office environment.
- Field inspections and site visits are required periodically.
Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.
FLSA Exempt Status