This is highly responsible work assisting the Director of Community & Economic Development in the performance of managerial duties that include supporting the staff facilitation of affordable housing, community, business and economic development programs. An employee in this classification is responsible for relieving or assisting the Director of Community & Economic Development with a wide variety of administrative duties as directed. The basic function of the work is to provide leadership and direction to the various divisions of the department assist with the development and implementation of a common vision for growth and development. The incumbent may act for, or represent, the Director of Community & Economic Development at City Commission Meetings, committee meetings, civic gatherings, or other official functions.
Example of Duties:
Assists with the overall direction, coordination and supervision of the departments various divisions; conferring with and advising division managers on matters of daily operations, problem solving, and long-term goals and objectives.
Assists with the development, implementation and monitoring of long- and short-range strategies for the department that are aligned with and support the City's organizational values, goals and objectives.
Serves as department director during the absence of the director. Represents the department at various municipal board meetings, development review meetings, staff meetings, community meetings, and meeting of professional associations and civic clubs.
Coordinates inter-divisional activities and joint projects; ensures coordination of Community Development Department activities with federal, state, county, and local governments and with other city departments.
Assists with the direction of activities of professional, technical and clerical personnel engaged in planning, zoning, business development, redevelopment, mapping, affordable housing, building codes, business tax receipt collection, and code enforcement activities.
Ensures necessary interdepartmental coordination and effective communication with and outreach to stakeholders, agencies, residents and organizations relevant to the department's key functions.
Coordinates private development with city services and coordinates public and private participation in downtown redevelopment.
Assists in the preparation and administration of departmental budgets.
Performs related work as required.
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.
Five (5) years of experience with a recognized planning agency, including three (3) years in a supervisory role. Prefer at least two (2) years of municipal level planning experience.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Must maintain a valid telephone number.
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.
May be required to work overtime, or alternate hours, as necessary for the efficient operation of the department.
Position may be designated as Mission Critical by Department Director.
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.
Thorough knowledge of laws and ordinances affecting planning, community development, housing, private development, redevelopment, environmental review, historic preservation, construction and zoning processes.
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, City employees, 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 to accomplish a goal.
Ability to maintain security and confidentiality.
Demonstrates a strong customer orientation.
Ability to identify actual and potential problems.
Ability to work in a collaborative environment and respect the perspective and opinions of others.
Thorough knowledge of the principles of public administration, economics, municipal finance, sociology and other related subjects as applied to a holistic community development approach.
Ability to administer and participate in complex community development studies and to analyze information and formulate substantive recommendations based on such studies.
Ability to analyze complex community development problems and develop positive courses of action.
Ability to present written and oral reports and technical information clearly, concisely and in an interesting manner to city officials, to lay groups, and the general public.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with policy makers, supervisors, associates, subordinates, other City departments, other government agencies and the general public.
Requires sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a recurring basis, or routine keyboard operations.
The job risks exposure to no significant environmental hazards.
The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, depth perception, and texture perception.
All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g. written, oral, performance, computerized, interview, and/or any combination). Candidates selected for testing will be notified via email or telephone. Please check your e-mail and telephone messages regularly, including "junk" folders. Test times and locations to be announced.
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