Community Development Director

City of Dunwoody
Dunwoody, GA

The City of Dunwoody is currently accepting applications for a Community Development Director.

This position is responsible for administering, planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the functions, programs, and operations of the Community Development Department including planning and zoning, building inspection and compliance, code enforcement, sustainability and redevelopment services and activities. Responsibilities include overseeing zoning code implementation and long-term comprehensive plan activities, enforcing the municipal code, and coordinating assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies. Duties are performed under the general supervision of the City Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assumes full responsibility for all Community Development Department functions, programs, and operations including planning, building inspection and compliance, code enforcement, engineering, and redevelopment activities.
  • Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.
  • Assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates, through subordinate level staff, the Community Development Department’s work plan; assigns projects; oversees the implementation of City Council’s plans for the department; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Implements and maintains the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  • Supervises and coordinates the development review process for all private and public development activities in the City; reviews plans and resolves sensitive, controversial and complex issues; solves problems with developers, property owners, the public, architects, engineers, planners, and Planning Commission.
  • Provides staff assistance to the City Manager; responds to inquiries; resolves major issues and problems; provides status on pending projects; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Represents the Community Development Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with other departments, developers, and outside agencies and organizations; meets with developers on submitted or proposed projects.
  • Prepares and reviews complex documents including development agreements and contracts; testifies in court as an expert witness for the City on development, land use, and transportation matters.
  • Attends and makes presentations at City Council meetings and other City-related meetings, as required.
  • Serves as staff to the Planning Commission, Design Review Advisory Committee, Zoning Board of Appeals, and other advisory commissions and boards as assigned.
  • Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of community development.
  • Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Will be required to perform other duties as requested, directed or assigned.
  • Regular attendance and punctuality are essential requirements of the job.

Minimum Education and/or Experience:
a) Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Public Administration or a related field is required. Master’s degree preferred.
b) Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal or regional planning, zoning, or community development, including three years of management and administrative responsibility.
c) An equivalent combination of education and experience may be acceptable.
d) Professional certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) preferred.

Salary & Benefits
Salary: $87,900 – $132,200


  • 100% City-Paid Employee Medical Insurance
  • 100% City-Paid Employee Dental Insurance
  • 100% City-Paid Employee Life/AD&D Insurance
  • 100% City-Paid Employee Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 100% City-Paid Wellness Program
  • Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Education Assistance
  • Fitness Center Membership
  • Vacation Leave, Holidays, and Sick Leave

How to Apply
The job application can be found within the job posting on the Career Opportunities page of the City of Dunwoody website.

For consideration, please send your completed application for employment and resume to or mail them to:

City of Dunwoody
Human Resources Department
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 250
Dunwoody, GA 30346

Only candidates that meet all the minimum requirements above will be considered. The City of Dunwoody has been certified as a Drug-Free Workplace by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. All job applicants for the City must undergo testing for the presence of illegal drugs as a condition of employment.