Gainesville Regional Utilities Director of Sustainable Development in Gainesville, Florida
Director of Sustainable Development
Director of Sustainable Development
Depends on Qualifications
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
3/22/2021 11:59 PM Eastern
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From sports to the arts to outdoor recreation, Gainesville has something for everyone. We serve as the cultural, educational and commercial center for North Central Florida and are home to Florida's largest and oldest university – the University of Florida. Gainesville is also known as one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics.
Historic preservation, a dedication to environmentally sensitive lands and a commitment to maintaining our rich urban forest, makes Gainesville one of the most attractive cities in Florida. In fact, Gainesville is considered a “Tree City of the World.”
The City of Gainesville is seeking a Director of Sustainable Development. This is a higher level managerial and administrative role supporting staff in facilitating, assisting and guiding customers through the steps involved in the process of starting or growing a business in Gainesville. This position serves at the will of the City Manager and may be appointed or removed at will by the City Manager.
The Director of Sustainable Development will serve with the City's Planning and Development Services staff solving problems and creating opportunities for business development to flourish within the community. As a leader of sustainable cities you will apply in-depth experience from the disciplines of business development, planning & zoning, and community development to create a more resilient and sustainable Gainesville.
This position partners with Charter Officers, department directors, and the City Commission, to provide leadership with respect to all matters concerning business start-up and growth such as developing, implementing and monitoring long and short-range strategies for the department that are aligned with and support the City's organizational values, goals and objectives. This will be accomplished by applying principles of urban economics, following positive planning practices, sustainable development theory and fostering cities as powerhouses of economic growth.
In addition, the Director will coordinate the interests of private developers with those of the general public to encourage the most suitable development of the City's urbanized area; and provide professional advice and assistance to business leaders, industry and other groups and agencies regarding general planning and development within the City.
Candidates should apply directly to www.GovHRjobs.com no later than March 22, 2021 with résumé, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to the following:
Attention of Dele Lowman Smith, MPA, Senior Vice President, GovHRUSA
650 Dundee Road, #270, Northbrook, IL 60062
The City typically hires at the midpoint of the salary range, which is $167,000.00
All interests are to be submitted directly to www.GovHRjobs.com using the instructions above.
Note: Applications will only be accepted at www.govHRjobs.com
This is managerial and administrative work directing the City's Planning and Development Services Department, also known as the "Department of Sustainable Development", staff in facilitating, assisting and guiding customers through the steps involved in the process of starting or growing a business in Gainesville.
The Planning and Development Services Director serves at the will of the City Manager and may be appointed or removed at will by the City Manager. Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its management responsibilities directing the City's business start-up or growth process.
EXAMPLES OF WORK*
*This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position. The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job. Performance of lower level duties may be required.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Serves as a strategic partner with Charter Officers, department directors, and the City Commission, as appropriate.
Provides a leadership role for the City with respect to all matters concerning business start-up and growth within the City.
Develops, implements and monitors long- and short-range strategies for the department that are aligned with and support the City's organizational values, goals and objectives.
Plans, directs, coordinates and administers all activities and personnel of the City's Planning and Development Services staff in facilitating, assisting and guiding customers through the many steps involved in the process of starting or growing a business in Gainesville.
Stays abreast of and applies knowledge of cutting edge practices, technological platforms, software and programs that support business development, planning, zoning and community development functions.
Envisions processes and scenarios that do not exist today and encompasses a willingness to let go of old processes to expand the capabilities of the organization in new directions.
Coordinates interests of private developers with those of the general public to encourage the most suitable ultimate development of the City's urbanized area.
Provides professional advice and assistance to business leaders, industry and other groups and agencies regarding general planning and development of the City's urbanized area.
Coordinates planning and development activities with functions of other City departments and other agencies, both private and public.
Administers planning staff activities including long-range planning and growth management, development plan review, concurrency management, mapping and historic preservation.
Manages the multi-departmental development review process, including planning and building functions.
Oversees activities of the First Step Citizens Assistance Program, provides professional planning advice to the City Commission, coordinates planning activity with state agencies, Alachua County, adjacent local governments and the University of Florida.
Prepares annual budget for Planning and Development Services department involving multiple individual funding sources for various divisions.
Tracks financial reports monthly and participates in annual program and finance audits for numerous separate funding sources.
Serves as staff support to the City Plan Board, Historic Preservation Board, Board of Adjustment and Development Review Board. Presents staff recommendations concerning re-zoning requests, ordinance changes, site plan review and special studies. Presents Plan Board recommendations to the City Commission and answers related questions.
Serves as staff liaison to the Community Development Committee (CDC)
Reviews land use and development plans and specifications for compliance with City policy and sound planning principles. Keeps records and makes reports concerning community development activities.
Oversees Code Enforcement processes and staff for the City.
Communicates with the City Commission, City Manager and other Charter Officers by providing periodic and on-request reports, and presentations as directed by the City Manager.
Recommends selection, promotion, discharge and other appropriate personnel actions.
Performs fair and timely performance evaluations.
Trains subordinates and advises them on more difficult aspects of their work.
Stays abreast of current nationwide trends and methods of planning and community development.
Attends work on continuous and regular basis.
NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Provides public education on planning and development subjects by giving speeches and preparing newspaper and radio releases.
Attends all City Commission and other relevant government and business meetings, when appropriate.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A Bachelor degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required.
A Master Degree from an accredited four-year college or university is preferred and may substitute for the required experience on a year-to-year basis.
Must have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in public, private or non-profit organizations in business development, planning & zoning, community development or a related area which includes three (3) or more years of supervisory or management experience.
Additional knowledge of cutting edge practices, technological platforms, software and programs that support business development, planning and zoning and community development functions (such as electronic plans review/submittal and interactive GIS mapping features) is highly desired.
CERTIFICATIONS OR LICENSES
Valid driver license required upon appointment. Valid Florida Driver License required within thirty (30) days of appointment and at all times whiles employed in this classification.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, methods and theories of planning and community development.
Thorough knowledge of laws, ordinances, regulations and statutes which govern urban planning functions.
Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of effective administration and supervision.
Knowledge of governmental budget procedures.
Ability to plan, direct, coordinate and administer a comprehensive program of urban planning.
Ability to analyze difficult planning problems and to develop a course of action consistent with established and contemporary planning procedures, theories and methods.
Ability to facilitate citizen's goals and objectives while maintaining fairness and integrity in process.
Ability to maintain transparency and ethical conduct.
Strong critical and creative thinking skills to assess and resolve problems or issues by gathering and assessing information, taking advice, and using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulations or law.
Excellent analytical and research skills as demonstrated by the ability to develop, assess, and blend information and recommendations from a wide variety of sources.
Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to translate and articulate complex technical data and information and issues clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to interact collaboratively and productively and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds including elected and appointed government officials, Charter Officers, City employees, union representatives, representatives of other agencies, and the general public.
Strong project management and organizational skills to plan and independently execute projects/tasks within specific deadlines.
Ability to teach, motivate, and influence others in order to accomplish a goal.
Ability to work under high stress levels, with frequent interruptions and with tight and often changing deadlines.
Strong attention to detail in order to compose a variety of written documents which are intended to present management's position on a given matter.
Ability to maintain security and confidentiality.
Ability to coach employees and management through complex and difficult issues and to handle difficult conversations.
Knowledge of principles and programs of City government.
Ability to develop and implement long- and short-term plans and programs and to evaluate results.
Ability to identify actual and potential problems.
Ability to work in a collaborative environment and respect the perspective and opinions of others.
Ability to effectively lead or work as a member of a self-directed work team.
Ability to work independently and take initiative.
Ability to plan, direct and supervise the work of others.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing facts and trends.
Ability to make effective presentations in a group or individual setting.
Ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands with the appropriate sense of urgency.
Demonstrates a strong customer orientation.
Demonstrated intermediate level knowledge of personal computers and related departmental software.
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to sit for prolonged periods of time.
Requires working outside regular business hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays.
Residence within the City limits required within six (6) months of appointment.
To learn more about benefits available to eligible City of Gainesville / Gainesville Regional Utilities employees, please CLICK HERE (http://www.cityofgainesville.org/Portals/0/risk/2020 Benefit Booklet.pdf) .
Do you possess a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience public, private or non-profit organizations in business development, planning & zoning, community development ?
Please select the option that best describes your highest level of education.
Please select the option that best describes your major course of study.
Urban & Regional Planning
If you answered "other" to the above question please outline your degree name and area of focus in the space below:
Please indicate that you are using a relevant Masters degree from an accredited four-year college or university as a substitution for the required experience on a year-to-year basis.
Do you possess three or more years of supervisory or management experience?
If you answered 'yes' to the above question please outline where you supervised and tell us a little about the circumstances. If you answered 'no' indicate N/A.
Do you possess experience working in a government or public sector service organization?
Do you possess skills in CAD and/or GIS?
If you responded "yes" to the above question please identify at what competency level you consider your abilities. If you responded 'no' indicate N/A.
Inquiry or review only
In the space below please outline any software or technological skills you possess that you find essential to success in this role?
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I understand this is a senior managerial position within the City of Gainesville that has a residency requirement and that I will be expected to reside within the City within six months of my hire date.
Please select from the option below where you initially learned about this employment opportunity:
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