Executive Director for Growth Management

City of Ocala, FL

The Executive Director of Growth Management is a “Servant Leader,” by action and example who seeks to promote true collaboration to bring people together to foster a coordinated team to reach mutually developed goals and objectives and hold staff accountable for results. He/She will inspire staff to be professional, progressive, and an effective communicator.
• Ensures citizens need are met through efficient service request and permit intake, scheduling, and public information processes.
• Plans, evaluates, and directs departmental goals, objectives, operations, programs, policies, and procedures.
• Requires abstract thinking to continually provide the department with an innovative and productive workplace.
• Responsible for the department’s budgetary compliance.
• Directs and supervises all aspects of comprehensive, current, and historical preservation planning for the City.
• Develops and presents recommendations for the growth strategies to the City Manager and City Council as needed to further the goals, objectives and policies of the City’s planning programs, including the Comprehensive Plan.
• Meets with architects, attorneys, engineers, developers, etc. to discuss and solve problems relating to development.
• Supervises and evaluates departmental staff.

• Commitment to excellence.
• Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to define problems, collect date, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
• Thorough knowledge of comprehensive land use planning, building and development regulations.
• Ability to analyze and understand common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
• Ability to respond to complex or difficult inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
• Ability to effectively communicate and interact with other employees.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, co-workers, and elected and appointed officials.
• Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule.
• Graduate degree in urban planning, geography, or public administration, plus
• Nine to Ten (9-10) years of related experience and/or training.
• Seven years (7) related management experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Must possess and maintain valid Florida operator’s driver’s license.
• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
• Geographic Information System (GIS) preferred.


In addition, the City provides an excellent and generous benefit package to the successful candidate, including:
• Medical and Life Insurance.
• Dental and vision plans.
• 401a contribution
• Generous Leave package.
• Car and cell phone provided.

How to Apply

www.MercerGroupIncFlorida.com/executive-recruiting Send cover letter and comprehensive resume, including salary history to: DHHiggin@att.net

Job Details

Job Function
Other, Department Head/Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Ocala


110 Se Watula Ave # 3
Ocala, FL 34471-2180
United States

Form of Government


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