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Community Development Director

Glynn County

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The purpose of this classification is to direct operations and activities of the  Community  Development  Department,  including  Building  Permitting,  Building  Inspections,  Code  Enforcement,  Planning  &  Zoning,  and Development Review Management sections.


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.

  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing  work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals; coordinates staff training.
  • Coordinates daily work activities; organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; monitors status of work in progress     and inspects completed work; conducts staff meetings; confers with assigned staff, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise.
  • Carries out the policy direction of the  Board  of  County  Commissioners  related  to  growth  management  and  land development through the development, implementation and administration of the County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances, International and Local Building Code enforcement and any other  applicable  policies:  assigns,  coordinates,  and  oversees,  Land  Code   and   Comprehensive   Plan amendment  processes; assigns, coordinates, and oversees numerous special assignments, including development    of overlays, neighborhood planning initiatives, and rural area assessments; keeps abreast of pending  state  legislation and rule changes related to growth management, natural resources protection, and land use issues.
  • Oversees the County’s zoning, planning, permitting, and inspection processes: ensures all services are performed in a timely and professional manner; resolves problems that are not resolved at the staff level; responds to questions and complaints from contractors, builders, developers, citizens, or other  individuals;  researches  problems,  provides  information,  and  initiates  problem  resolution;  assists  staff  in  the  interpretation  of  applicable ordinaces and approves Expedited Subdivision Plats.
  • Serves as a liaison between departmental staff and and the Planning Commission's, Zoning Board of Appeals and other BOC appointed advisory  boards;  reviews  and  approves  staff  reports;   prepares   executive   summaries; and  presents  items  and  makes  recommendations  to  boards;  attends  meetings,   conducts   research,   and   makes presentations. Resolves outstanding development review issues.
  • Serves  on  various  county,  community,  and  inter-agency  boards  and  committees  as  applicable  to  departmental objectives: confers with key supervisory staff regularly to identify progress on tasks, problems, and resource issues; meets with associations; meets with citizens and development industry to resolve issues; provides technical assistance and/or input relative to the department’s position regarding matters at hand.
  • Coordinates community development activities with local, regional, and state agencies: coordinates department projects and work activities with those of other departments, contractors, or outside agencies; provides technical assistance and/or input relative to the County’s position regarding matters at hand; ensures all reporting requirements are met.
  • Ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Consults with County Manager, County Commissioners, elected officials, and other officials to review department operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations.
  • Lead County’s initiatives for community housing by creating and implementing a  locally  based  plan  to  meet  housing needs. This initiative includes but is not limited to: Identify issues and needs, develop new  ideas  and solutions, learn about best practices and available resources, produce  community  housing  plan,  begin  implementation of action plan, participate in annual retreats and training with  the  Department  of  Community  Affairs.
  • Delivers  input  into  the  long-range  housing  and  current  planning  processes,  to  practice  strategic  foresight  during community visioning processes, for scenario planning, or simply to inform future decision-making.
  • Develop solutions and create opportunities for the county to succeed in growing jobs, both through organic, small-business growth and through coordination for location of economic development prospects.
  • Develops and administers operating and capital budgets for the department; makes budgetary recommendations to individual division managers and reviews  division  budget  requests;  develops  and/or  updates  five-year  Capital  Plan, including timeline for purchase of vehicles and equipment; may present/defend budget at budget work sessions and budget hearings to County Board of Commissioners; monitors  expenditures  to  ensure  compliance  with  approved budgets.
  • Formulates department policies and procedures; reviews, amends, and updates department policies, procedures, rules, regulations,  and  standards;  develops  or  reviews   policies   relating   to   emergency   operations/management   during hurricanes or disasters. Serves on the Incident Management Team as the Planning Section Chief.
  • Develops long and short term goals/objectives and strategic plans for the provision of community development; establishes plans of action to promote achievement of organizational goals and objectives; allocates resources as appropriate to accomplish goals.
  • Monitors and assesses performance of department programs and County Strategic Initiatives. Coordinates Abandonments, Infrastructure Review for Acceptance and tree ordinance over-site.
  • Serves as the Director of the Brunswick Area Transportation Study (BATS) Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • Serves as the Secretary of the the BATS Policy Committee and is a voting member of the BATS Technical Coordinating Committee.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, budget documents, purchase orders, invoices, project status reports, work requests, policies, procedures, performance evaluations, presentations, or other documents.
  • Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, revenue/expenditure reports,  purchase  orders,  invoices,  time  sheets, position control reports, work orders, work request status reports, drainage requests, contracts,  bids,  engineering drawings, maps, policies, procedures, emergency plans, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Operates  a  computer  to  enter,  retrieve,  review  or  modify  data;  utilizes  word   processing,   spreadsheet,   database, presentation, fleet maintenance, Internet, email, or other computer programs; performs basic maintenance of computer system and office equipment, such as backing up data or replacing paper, ink, or toner.
  • Communicates   with   county   officials,   other   departments,   employees,   state/federal    agencies,    contractors, utility companies, vendors, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed  to  coordinate  work  activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive advice/direction.
  • Attends meetings, serves on committees, and makes presentations as needed.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains  an  awareness  of  new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.


Bachelor’s  degree  in  Planning,   Public   Administration,   or   closely   related   field;   Master’s   degree   preferred; supplemented by seven (7) years previous experience and/or training that includes progressively responsible planning, project management, program administration, or a related experience; or any equivalent combination of education,  training,  and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities   for this job. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

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