Director of Planning & Economic Development – Kings Mountain, NC | 2.14.18

Name of Employer: City of Kings Mountain

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Kings Mountain, NC

Job title: Director of Planning & Economic Development

Job Details / Description


General Statement of Duties

Performs technical, professional and management work planning, organizing, and directing a department responsible for planned development for the City.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class directs the planning, zoning and community development activities in the City to ensure coordinated guidance and regulation of the orderly growth and development of the City.  Work involves conducting studies, performing planning duties, providing administrative guidance to the department and supervising the staff involved in planning, mapping, support to boards, and issuance of permits for land use in the City and at Moss Lake properties.  Work involves extensive public contact and coordination with other departments, boards, and commissions.  The role also includes developing a favorable relationship between the City and the business, development and commercial community.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the City Manager and is evaluated through conferences, review of work, results obtained, and management of and administrative adherence to the City’s plans, programs, and ordinances.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Tasks

Develops, coordinates and directs a variety of special and continuing plans related to the growth, development, and redevelopment of the City; balances concerns for current and long-range planning efforts.

Prepares and reviews comprehensive planning elements relating to a broad spectrum of social, economic, physical and community facility concerns including land use, zoning, and environmental impact.

Participates in meetings and public hearings to explain recommendations on planning proposals; answers citizen and developer questions regarding planning and related issues.

Administers City program of economic development grants; reviews documentation and authorizes payments.

Coordinates planning activities with affected federal, state, municipal, regional and private agencies; may develop and write grants as applicable; serves on a variety of area committees and task forces to represent the City and have input into issues.

Supervises personnel and develops and administers department budget.

Works with a variety of boards, including Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, City Council, Moss Lake Commission, Historic Landmark Commission and ad hoc advisory committees; assures appropriate placement of notices and other procedures to assure legal compliance; assures correct minutes are made of meetings and actions.

Serves as contact person for Community Development Block Grants.

Provides research and input into the development of ordinances, policies and procedures for the City and the department; advises the City Manager and Council on related issues.

Assures appropriate permitting and compliance with land use at Moss Lake; supervises staff involved in billing and collections for leases and lake use.

Performs related duties as required.

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of community and economic development and public sector planning.

Considerable knowledge of governmental laws, programs, and services pertinent to the community and economic development and planning processes.

Considerable knowledge of the environmental and socio economic implications of the planning process.

Considerable skill in the collection, analysis, and presentation of technical data and planning recommendations.

Working knowledge of management techniques as applied to municipal government.

Ability to organize, supervise and direct a group of subordinates and perform administrative functions such as budgeting and staffing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community groups, federal, state, regional, and City officials, and the general public.

Ability to direct the preparation of comprehensive reports and studies.

Ability to express ideas effectively in oral and written forms.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of reaching, standing, manual dexterity, walking, talking, and hearing.

Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Must possess the visual acuity to examine and work with maps, charts, and detailed materials, operate a computer, travel to and inspect sites regarding planning issues, use measuring devices, do figure computations, and do extensive reading.

Education and Experience

Graduation from a college or university with a degree in planning or related field – Master’s Degree in planning or related field preferred — and considerable professional experience in public sector planning, preferably including supervisory and administrative experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirement

NC Drivers’ License.

Possession of AICP certification

Salary Range: $55,800.00 – $85,750.00 depending upon education and experience

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Posted on

February 14, 2018