Community Development Director

City of Ramsey, MN

The Community Development Director of Ramsey Minnesota is responsible for the planning and implementation of development and redevelopment of residential, commercial and industrial land that help shape a vibrant, sustainable community.
This position reports to the City Administrator, exercises significant collaboration with the Leadership Team, strategic partnerships and manages the Community Development Department.

Essential Functions of the Position

1. Provide Leadership to the Community Development Department, including the Planning Division, Economic Development Division and Building Safety Inspection Division
2. Represent the City in a variety of settings, especially when working with residents, land use developers, building contractors, real estate brokers and business owners
3. Coach projects through the Planning and Zoning approval process
4. Advance the City Council’s strategic goals for community planning and economic development
5. Prepare, implement and monitor annual department budgets and work plan

General Leadership for the Community Development Department

1. Prepare Annual Budget and Work Plans for Planning Division, Economic Development Division and Building Inspection Division
2. Ensure that the Department Structure effectively delivers services consistent with the City Council’s Strategic Plan
3. Provide support to staff in the Planning Division, Economic Development Division and Building Inspection Division
4. Attend all City Council Meetings
5. Attend Economic Development Authority (EDA), Environmental Policy Board (EPB) and the Planning Commission meetings as needed

Planning and Zoning Administration/Development Review

1. Chair the multi-departmental Development Review Committee
2. Monitor and implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan, including coordination with the Metropolitan Council
3. Manage long-range planning projects such as corridor plans and small area plans
4. Ensure that goals and metrics for Land Use Applications, Building Permits and Inspections meet the expectations of the community
5. Demonstrate planning skills of developing healthy, mixed-use residential strategies for a City
6. Research and keep abreast of economic trends; monitor local, state and federal legislation and regulations that impact community development
7. Negotiate and implement development agreements for new and redevelopment agreements including coordination of housing subsidy requirements, property acquisition, relocation efforts, site preparation, and related actions
8. Advance the City’s housing goals and ability to assemble funding sources

Economic Development

1. Provide leadership and guidance to the Economic Development Manager in administering economic development goals and policies, including Tax Increment Financing (TIF), Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) and Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program
2. Maintain knowledge of available public and private financing resources including local bank financing, state assistance, and other funding sources
3. Oversee submittal of grant applications and other funding opportunities to further the City’s community development

Code Enforcement

1. Provide general support to the Planning Manager and/or their designee related to Code Enforcement Case management, Mediation and Resolution
2. Administer the Appeals Process to Notice of Violations

General Breakdown of Activity Levels

General Leadership 30%
Planning/Zoning Administration/Development Review 40%
Code Enforcement 5%
Economic Development 20%
Special Project Management 5%

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of management and operation’s principles and practices as they apply to the public sector
• Knowledge and experience of delivering timely and detailed submittal of review projects
• Knowledge of and ability to comply with all applicable reporting and statutory requirements
• Proven effective delegation skills
• Ability to staff effectively and build a team whose members have complementary strengths
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, builders, residents, commercial business owners, the public, staff, City Commissions and City Council
• Ability to prepare communication articles for the City newsletter and website
• Ability to develop written materials that are easy to read and informative
• Ability to execute outstanding customer-driven services
• Ability to design/redesign cost-effective programs/services
• Proven negotiation skills
• Demonstrate decisive and effective decision-making skills
• Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills, including effective listening skills and providing timely responses
• Ability to build relationships, tolerance for differing points of view and personalities
• Ability to work effectively with staff and government agencies and strategic partners (Metropolitan Council, Anoka County, State Legislature, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Land Use Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field and at least one of the following:
• more than five years’ professional experience in leading/managing development and marketing initiatives within a community as a City, County or State employee or the equivalent private sector experience in development review or planning to include both public and private infrastructure improvements
• more than five years’ experience related to Community Development, Planning/Zoning or Economic Development as a City, County or State employee or the equivalent private sector experience in development review or planning to include both public and private infrastructure improvements
• more than five years’ experience in municipal planning and development as a City, County or State employee or the equivalent private sector experience in development review or planning to include both public and private infrastructure improvements

Desired Qualifications
• Master’s degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field and proven municipal planning or economic development experience
• AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners), EDFP (Economic Development Finance Professional), or CEcD (Certified Economic Developer) Certification

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Apply online by September 25, 2022

Job Details

Job Function
Planning Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Ramsey


7550 Sunwood Dr Nw
Ramsey, MN 55303-5137
United States

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