Director of Community Development
City of Woodstock, Georgia
: $97,500 – $102,500
Closing Date: October 29, 2021

The ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker who can articulate a clear vision and develop a Planning Department culture that embraces emerging trends and planning best practices. The new Community Development Director must be able to demonstrate effective performance through clear, concise communication; collaboration; proper allocation and utilization of resources; sound impartial decision-making and personal accountability. The Director must have a thorough understanding and knowledge of planning, zoning, and land use principles, including the interpretation and implementation of laws, codes, rules, and regulations. In addition, the Director should be skilled in providing positive, solutions-oriented, and effective recommendations for development and redevelopment to meet the needs of the community. This position requires promoting a culture of teamwork by treating coworkers, stakeholders, and developers with respect and dignity and must have outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to engage with diverse groups.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned.)
• Oversees Community Development Department functions, programs, and operations including planning, building inspection and compliance, code enforcement, development, and redevelopment operations and services.
• Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
• Establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; and allocates resources accordingly.
• Assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; and directs and implements changes.
• Plans, directs, and coordinates the Community Development Department’s work plan; assigns projects; oversees the implementation of City Council Action Plan for each assigned division; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; and meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
• Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures; and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
• Participates in the development and implementation of the City’s plan and the Economic Development Strategic Plan including attraction and retention of businesses and other regional economic partners; oversees and provides support to businesses that provide goods, services, and jobs for the community; and supports programs that assist the continued vitality of the traditional community core.
• Supervises and coordinates the development review process for private and public development activities in the City; reviews plan and resolves sensitive, controversial and complex issues; and solves problems with developers, property owners, the public, architects, engineers, and planners as well as City Council and Planning Commission.
• Responds to inquiries; resolves major issues and problems; provides status on pending projects; and prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
• Represents the Community Development Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments, developers, and outside agencies and organizations; and meets with developers on submitted or proposed projects


Bachelor’s degree required in urban/regional planning, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field. Master’s degree is preferred;
Minimum of five (5) years of related work experience in urban/regional planning, community development, or economic development including three years of supervisory responsibility; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Requires a valid State of Georgia driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one prior to employment;
AICP certification is highly desired

View Recruitment Brochure for more information

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references and salary history no later than
October 29, 2021:
Lisa Ward, Senior Associate, Mercer Group Associates, at
Any questions please call 706-983-9326.
Interviews are expected to be conducted the first week of December.