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Director of Development Services

City of Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount, NC United States

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URL: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/rockymountnc/jobs/3954500/development-services-director?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs


The City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, seeks a customer focused, entrepreneurial Development Services Director to lead Development Services and Inspections Divisions. A 2020 winner of the Marvin Collins Small Area Plan Award for the Atlantic-Arlington Corridor Study, the Development Services Department is leading the way in development and revitalization efforts for the City. The award is just one example of working with internal and external stakeholders delivering on the community's vision. The Development Services Director must be an excellent communicator, collaborator, and strategic thinker who will be part of the executive team providing leadership and oversight to carry out the goals of the organization.

About the Position: The Director reports to an Assistant City Manager. The Director is responsible for leading and directing staff in coordination with other City Departments. The Director appears before the City Council multiple advisory boards and commissions and public groups; represents the Manager's interests and assists the Manager in carrying out directives and recommendations of the Boards and Commissions and the Council.

About the Department: The Development Services Department is responsible for the city's planning, zoning, building inspection, permitting, and code enforcement, all of which is done in coordination with other departments, the manager's office, and the city council. Daily functions of the Development Services Director involve the following: support of the City Council's goals for implementation of a Comprehensive Plan and related policy documents, development of information, data, mapping, and analysis, administration and enforcement of regulations for building, zoning, land subdivision, planning and preservation. The Department is responsible for promoting a strong community to enhance and create quality of life options for all residents; preserving and enhancing the City's diverse neighborhoods; fostering quality environments; involving stakeholders in planning for the City's future; and helping the City's government administer its programs and operations consistent with the community's vision for a sustainable future. The Development Services department accomplishes its work with 30 dedicated employees and a $2.5M budget.

About the Community: Established at the Falls of the Tar River, Rocky Mount prides itself on being a leading cultural, economic, and education center of Eastern North Carolina. This city of over 50,000 lies in two counties, Nash and Edgecombe and is home to NC Wesleyan College as well as Nash and Edgecombe Community Colleges. With lovely parks and greenways, a jewel of the City is the Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences creatively and lovingly renovated from an abandoned Atlantic Coast Line Railroad water tank and pump house. The city is served by three major highways: I-95 to its west US 87 as its main east-west corridor and US 301 (Wesleyan Boulevard) as its main north-south corridor. The City has easy access to Raleigh (55 miles) and the Research Triangle. It is also a two-hour drive from Wilmington and the beautiful North Carolina coast. With such easy access to several major highways and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Rocky Mount is a great place to live and do business. With its temperate climate and proximity to both the mountains of North Carolina and Atlantic Ocean beaches, Rocky Mount provides residents the best of both worlds. Additional information about the City is available at http://www.rockymountnc.gov.

About the City Government: The City of Rocky Mount operates under a Council / Manager form of government with a City Manager, two Assistant City Managers and 15 departments employing 900 FTE employees. The City Manager reports to a Mayor and a seven-member Council. Holding an Aa2 bond rating and multiple GFOA budget awards, the City's 2022-2023 adopted budget is $238M with a $84M General Fund, a $84M Electric and a $26M Gas Fund. In addition to traditional municipal departments, Rocky Mount is a member of ElectricCities, has a fixed route transit system, museum and theater. The city also boast a $44 million Downtown Event Center that was recently awarded the ConventionSouth Reader's Choice.


The Successful Candidate:

  • Has experience with transformative services through technology implementation and management.
  • Successfully builds partnerships with community, regional and inter-governmental stakeholder groups;
  • Embraces and enjoys engagement in the community to clearly and proactively communicate City values and initiatives to stakeholders;
  • Excels at innovative problem solving, seeking win-win solutions while keeping strategic goals in mind;
  • Communicates excellently including one on one, in small groups and public speaking to citizens, elected officials, community groups, and staff;
  • Has experience establishing budgets and business plans including developing, planning, organizing, and directing all of the staff and activities to meet established goals;
  • Is knowledgeable about and will administer sound planning, land use management, and community and business development programs for the City;
  • Has an extensive track record of successfully building and collaborating with cross functional teams, removing barriers and building bridges to achieve organizational goals;
  • Evaluates existing organizational, service and staffing structures and works with the planning team to maximize clear and coherent practices both internally and externally to meet the strategic objectives of the City; and
  • Is an empowering leader equally dedicated to building a cohesive team throughout the department as well as the development of individual employees.


Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have a Master's degree in urban planning, architecture, public administration, business administration or closely related field from an accredited University and 5-7 years of progressive experience responsibility with managerial experience in urban planning and community development.

Salary Range: $100,000 - $145,000. Base salary and compensation negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Benefit information can be found on the City's website https://rockymountnc.gov/services-hr-employee-benefits/.

To apply, you must upload a cover letter and resume to be considered.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$100,000 - $145,000

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