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Director, Community Development

City of Americus

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The purpose of this classification is to plan, direct and manage the operation of the Community Development Department to include but not be limited to urban planning; housing, public transportation, grants, cemeteries, marketing, budgeting, planning, organizing, coordinating, and claims.



The following duties are normal for this position.  The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Plans, manages, and implements department programs and services.; establishes department goal and objectives; manages department resources; prepares and monitors the operating and capital improvement budgets; evaluates needed resources; assesses programs and services; and implements procedural and operational changes as needed.

Researches applicable grant opportunities for Community Development, initiatives and oversees the implementation of any grants received.

Chairs and/serves on  a variety of committees/boards which plan and govern community development programs and services, including Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Community Development Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Tree Board and the Revolving Loan Fund Review Committee; prepares agendas; researches and discusses issues, fosters consensus and decision making; develops plans for projects, services and programs; and ensures applicable governing policies, procedures, notification requirements, etc. are adhered to; prepares necessary documentation to include amendments, plans, notices, etc. and distributes as appropriate. 

Attends Planning and Zoning Committee meetings; discusses future plans and goals for the Community; answers any questions or discusses items with the Commission; prepares any necessary changes to take to Committee meeting and Council.

Directs the Community Home Investment Program (CHIP), which involves grant application preparations, housing rehabilitation, down payment assistance, relocation, acquisition, administration,  loan closings, bid preparation, and approval or denial of application.

Develops and implements goals and objectives for the Urban Planner, Transit, and Community Development departments; supervises, directs, and evaluates transportation, clerical and professional staff; provides guidance and direction; ensures training and professional development; establishes performance expectations and evaluates performance.

Represents the Department; provides presentations to community groups, developers and other interested parties concerning department programs and services; responds to inquires and/or complaints from citizens and other parties concerning urban planning, transportation, and other Department services/programs.

Directs the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which involves grant application preparation, acquisition/relocation, rehabilitation, reconstruction, public facilities and improvements, removal of architectural barriers, clearance and demolition, code enforcement planning and administration.

Directs the Transportation Enhancement (TE) Grants from DOT which involves acquisition, public facilities, environmental clearances, design concepts, engineering, administration, and monitoring; ensures all activities comply with grant requirements and that grant expenditures and activities are well documented.

Develops and administers contracts for improvements to City owned properties. 

Directs the census activities for the City; updates boundary and annexation survey; oversees housing counts conducted on scheduled intervals.  



Performs other related duties as required.



Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Planning, or related field; supplemented by five (5) years of progressively responsible experience implementing community development programs and services; or any equivalent combination of education, training, or experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain valid Georgia driver's license.



Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and/or theorize concerning data involving modification of existing policies, strategies and/or methods to meet unique or unusual conditions. Requires the ability to do so within the context of existing organizational theories and management principles.

Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to function in a managerial capacity for a division or organizational unit.  Includes the ability to make decisions on procedural and technical levels.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

 Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information.

Mathematical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions; may include ability to compute discount, interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion; may include ability to calculate surface areas, volumes, weights, and measures.

Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or synthesis functions; to deal with several concrete and abstract variables; and to analyze major problems that require complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several work units.

Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving broader aspects of organizational programs and operations, moderately unstable situations, or the direction, control and planning of an entire program or set of programs.



Physical Ability:  Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.


The City of Americus, Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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