Community Development Director

City of Grand Ledge, MI

Under the general direction of the City Manager, coordinates and performs community and economic development functions of the City. Plans, directs, manages, and provides strategic leadership for community and economic development projects, working closely with Administration, Building, Planning and Zoning, and Public Services Departments.
Essential Job Functions: An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all the following essential functions. These examples do not include all the duties which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

Responsible for, but not limited to, meeting the goals and objectives of the City’s comprehensive master plan including current and long-term planning activities.
Oversees strategic planning and implementation of programs related to economic revitalization of the city and community development initiatives, including performing studies, writing reports, and evaluating future conditions for growth and land development. Serves as project manager for an array of community and economic development projects.
Plans, organizes, directs, and participates in all aspects of department operations. Develops and implements departmental policies and procedures, internal controls, and reporting forms in accordance with department needs, City directives and statutory requirements.
Relieves the City Manager of various administrative tasks in support of community and economic development activities, preparing resolutions, memorandums, and correspondence. Advises and assists the City Manager on special projects and development concerns as requested.
Studies trends in the region as well as in industrial, commercial, and residential markets to help provide information to guide city policy and strategy, and maintains a comprehensive inventory of available land and buildings.
Performs research and evaluation of community and economic development barriers; identifies, recommends and initiates planning, zoning, building or project management solutions.
Keeps abreast of legislative or regulatory developments, new administrative techniques, and current issues through continued education and professional growth. Maintains cooperative relations with peer agencies and other governmental units. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.
Develops understanding of all city departments and works closely with the management team to coordinate resources and procedures to ensure efficient exchange of information and project updates.
Represents the City and serves as department representative, in a professional manner, establishing and maintaining effective relationships with business and property owners, developers, contractors, citizens, City officials, employees, and other interests. Conducts site visits and meetings as needed.
Assists residents, developers, contractors, and others in answering their concerns and requests regarding construction projects being performed within the City. Responds to public inquiries and investigates complaints. Assists businesses and developers with problem solving and local municipal process.
Provides professional planning advice, project management, meeting attendance, and report presentation to the City Council, Downtown Development Authority, Local Development Finance Authority, Planning Commission, and other boards or commissions as directed by the City Manager and Assistant City Manager.
Serves as the Parks and Recreation Commission City staff representative. Prepares and attends meetings, and provides project management and planning directive recommendations, and reports on department activities to commissioners, as directed by the City Manager.
Works closely with public and private agencies at the local, state, and federal levels to coordinate planning projects and programs, obtain necessary funding, provide design assistance, and perform other contractual obligations and planning activities related to long-range planning, and community and economic development goals.
Performs technical work regarding flood plain and watershed management, brownfield and environmental project coordination, sub-division and development plan review, land development proposals and standards, long-range planning, and commercial, industrial, and residential projects. Ensuring compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and guidelines, and compliance with appropriate City codes and ordinances.
Manages and coordinates the development and compliance of all Public Infrastructure Agreements (PIA), providing recommendations and correspondence to the City Manager, City Attorneys, and department staff as directed.
Oversees the Capital Improvement Plan which includes gathering data from all departments, compiling information, and providing the final document to be included with the annual budget.
Proactively seeks out and, when necessary, administers grants and other financial incentives for priority planning projects that promote economic development, revitalization, and infrastructure development for the City. Responsible for managing financial data necessary for grant reporting.
Serves as the staff housing representative, evaluating changing status and conditions in subdivisions and neighborhoods, including oversight of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC).
Reviews, interprets, and assists in enforcement of City Code as necessary, providing recommendations or amendments as directed.
Works closely with the City Manager to administer and review intergovernmental agreements, providing recommendations when needed.
Performs related work as required.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Submit completed application, resume, five professional references, and letter of introduction.

Job Details

Job Function
Economic Development Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Grand Ledge


310 Greenwood St
Grand Ledge, MI 48837-1651
United States

Form of Government


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