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JOB TITLE:          Community Development Director  
 FLSA:                   Exempt
DEPARTMENT:  Community Development                             
PAY RANGE:      $85,000/yr. - $100,000/yr. (DOQ/E)
ACCOUNTABLE TO:  City Manager                                    
 REVISED:          10/29/2021

JOB SUMMARY: This a highly visible management position providing leadership, direction, and administrative oversight to the Department’s Planning, Community Development Block Grant, and Homeless Program staff. As a member of the City’s management team, incumbent collaborates with the City Commission, City Manager, Planning Commission, Urban Renewal Authority, and Zoning Board of Adjustment, as well as other City departments on strategy and policy to ensure that the City’s mission and core values are incorporated into operational activities and services. Work involves significant community outreach, stakeholder engagement, and frequent interaction with elected officials, citizens, neighborhood groups, and other local, state, federal, and tribal entities. The incumbent is called on to promote and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and all program offerings.


  • Coordinates the Department's activities with other City departments to ensure a consistent approach and cost-effective delivery of services towards common projects and interests.
  • Works with internal and external partners to develop long-range goals, strategies, and benchmarks for growth management, housing, environmental sustainability, preservation of community character, and effective citizen involvement in the planning process.
  • Oversees the comprehensive planning process work of the City; directly or through staff, provides for the regular maintenance and update of the zoning and development codes and regulations to implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan; maintains currency of policy and practice with the organizational needs of the City and with applicable City Charter, municipal code, and state and federal laws.
  • Works with citizens, neighborhood groups, community service providers, business owners, and developers to address issues and concerns related to historic preservation, revitalization, residential and commercial development, health, and quality of life issues.
  • Collaborates with other City departments to streamline operations of the joint development and building plan review and permitting process.
  • Assists with the programing and use of Community Development Block Grant funds, various grants, and other funding sources for community and human services.
  • Supports the City’s Continuum of Care and its programs and plans for homeless prevention and diversion, outreach and coordinated entry, emergency shelter, and interim housing, as well as related homeless and community outreach.
  • Develops and maintains a workforce committed to, and with highly developed competencies in, customer service, results orientation, and teamwork; directly or through managers, appoints, supervises, provides for training and development, manages performance, and ensures accountability of Department staff.
  • Safeguards the financial well-being of the Department by establishing cost control measures and monitoring fiscal operations; prepares annual budget and justifies budget requests.
  • Must have the ability to clearly and effectively communicate both orally and in writing with a variety of audiences.
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting where conditions are controllable; field work may require walking and occasional climbing, stooping, kneeling, or crouching.
  • Some lifting is required, usually up to at least 25 pounds; may be required to lift up to 50 pounds on occasion.


  • Assumes full management responsibility for all Community Development Department programs, services, and activities, including comprehensive review and implementation of the general plan and zoning code, processing of land use applications, CDBG and other grants administration, homelessness mitigation, and coordination of general City growth management and beautification efforts.
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other City departments, elected officials, the media, and the public; must be highly effective at team-building and consensus-building to resolve conflicts, negotiate agreement, and gain cooperation among competing interest groups.
  • Possesses in-depth knowledge of urban and community planning and development principles, practices, and processes, as well as land use, parking, site development, subdivision, zoning ordinances, regulations, and development codes; serves as City’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator.
  • Must be well-versed in project management practices, City legislative activities, fiscal and budget management processes, and applicable administrative policies and procedures.
  • Leads by example, demonstrating honesty, integrity, diplomacy, and dependability; uses tact, discretion, and prudence in all their dealings with internal and external partners; motivates, supports, and empowers Department staff.
  • Performs other related work as required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or related field, Master’s Degree preferred, PLUS
  • Five years progressive experience in the planning or zoning field with three years in a supervisory capacity preferred; AICP Certification desired.
  • Valid Oklahoma Driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.

SUPERVISION - RESPONSIBILITY FOR WORK OF OTHERS: Supervises planning, CDBG, and homeless program staff of the Community Development Department         

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform any non-essential job duties

Contact :
Becki Reyes
HR Assistant

Deadline for Applying : Nov 29, 2021 11:59 PM