Community Improvement Director

City of Commerce
Commerce, GA

Description of Job / Position
This position is responsible for managing, directing and supervising community improvement, planning and zoning, and development activities for the city.

  • Coordinates the comprehensive city planning process: develops land use and economic goals and objectives, plans capital projects, ensures public involvement in the process, and coordinates the documentation of a city plan.
  • Administers the city zoning ordinances: drafts new ordinances, supervises the enforcement of existing ordinances, administers rezoning and appeals and will be involved with the Planning and Zoning Commission.
  • Assists the City Manager with the industrial, commercial, and residential economic development of the city; works with the Chamber of Commerce and developers on industrial projects locating in the City of Commerce and the service territories, partners with the Downtown Development Authority and Tourism Authority to bring relevant development in those areas, and leads residential development through planning and creating relationships with developers and builders.
  • Coordinates with all necessary departments to ensure that development projects are completed timely, efficiently, and meet all standards necessary.
  • Manages the city building codes, including directing the issuance of permits and supervising the provision of building inspection services, planning and zoning efforts, and code enforcement activities.
  • Supervises the assigned work of departmental personnel, prepares the departmental budget, and monitors expenditures under the current budget.
  • Administers relevant capital improvement projects, including assisting with the development of budgets, overseeing the design and implementation of improvements, and processing contractor payments.
  • Manages the use of the Geographic Information System (GIS) for all departments.
  • Administers the annexation process, including processing annexation petitions and meeting with the public to provide annexation information.
  • Manages the grants acquisition process: prepares opportunities such as the Community Development Block Grant and Community Housing Improvement Program for the city and prepares applications for other departments as requested.

Job Requirements

  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to occupational field. A master’s degree is preferred.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.
  • Experience as a certified planner is a plus; proven economic development exposure is mandatory for this position.
  • Proven experience working with Boards and Committees.

Salary & Benefits
This is a general summary of benefits afforded to City of Commerce employees. The information contained herein is not exhaustive, is not a contract, and is subject to change at any time without notice. Specific current benefit information is available from the Human Resources department. Questions about this information should also be addressed to the Human Resources department. This information applies to regular full-time and part-time employees.

HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE: After 60 days of employment, employees are eligible for insurance coverage the first of the following month. The cost of employee health and dental insurance is paid by the City. The monthly cost the city pays for employee health and dental coverage effective 1/1/2019 is shown below for the two plans provided by the city.

BCBS of GA HMO 90 Open Access Employee Cost Employee Cost Amount Paid by City
EMPLOYEE ONLY $0.00 $0.00 $ 674.56
EMPLOYEE & SPOUSE $18.00 $40.00 $ 1362.66
EMPLOYEE & CHILDREN $16.00 $35.00 $ 1298.66
FAMILY $37.00 $80.00 $ 1998.66

BCBS of GA PPO 90 Employee Cost Employee Cost Amount Paid by City
EMPLOYEE ONLY $13.00 $28.00 $ 719.56
EMPLOYEE & SPOUSE $44.00 $96.00 $1452.66
EMPLOYEE & CHILDREN $41.00 $88.00 $1384.66
FAMILY $76.00 $164.00 $ 2133.66

Amounts listed above include Life & Short Term Disability premiums.

SHORT-TERM DISABILITY PROGRAM: Employees are provided short term disability at no cost; administered through Greater Georgia Life. Maximum Benefit: $150/week Duration of Benefits: 26 Weeks Benefit begins on the 15th day of sickness or injury. Short term disability insurance terminates at age 70.

LIFE INSURANCE: The city covers the cost of employee life insurance coverage. The basic employee life insurance benefit is $12,000 and $2,000 for spouse and children.

SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE: The City allows several types of supplemental insurance offered by companies to employees through payroll deduction. The City does not endorse these products, which include supplemental life, accident, short-term disability, cancer, intensive care and vision.

WORKER’S COMPENSATION INSURANCE: All City employees are covered for on-the-job injuries through worker’s compensation insurance. Premiums for this coverage are paid by the City and are based on payroll.

RETIREMENT PLANS: City employees are assisted in planning for retirement in several ways. First, all employees are a part of the Social Security System. 6.2% of gross wages are deducted from the employee and 6.2% is paid by the City. All employees pay a Medicare tax of 1.45% of gross wages which is also matched by the City. In addition, all regular City employees are enrolled in a Defined Benefits Plan. The City manages the plan and invests plan assets through the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System (GMEBS). Participation begins after completion of 1 year of continuous service. You must have 10 years of credited service to be fully vested in the plan. The benefit amount is based on your earnings for the period of 5 consecutive years in which they are highest.

457 DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN: The City also offers a voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation Plan through Georgia Municipal Association and the Newport Group. The City does not match employee contributions.


  • HOLIDAYS: The City of Commerce observes ten holidays each year.
  • VACATION LEAVE: Vacation leave for eligible City employees is accrued on the 1st pay period of each month. There is a graduated accrual schedule with the first increase coming after 1 year of service. Regular part-time employees accrue annual leave on a pro-rated basis. Prior service with another Georgia city or county will be considered in this calculation.
  • SICK LEAVE: Sick leave is also accrued on the 1st pay period of each month at 8 hours for all regular full-time employees. Regular part-time employees accrue sick leave on a pro-rated basis.
  • FAMILY DEATH LEAVE: The City has a policy, which allows time away from work in the event of the death of a family member as defined by our Personnel Policy.
  • MILITARY LEAVE: The City grants military leave in accordance with the provisions of State law.
  • JURY LEAVE: Employees required to serve as a juror shall be entitled to leave according to the provisions of the Personnel Policy.
  • FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA): Eligible employees are granted up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period according to the law.

PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT: Employees may have their paychecks deposited directly into checking or savings accounts at their bank through the direct payroll deposit plan offered by the City.

UNIFORMS/EQUIPMENT: Equipment and uniforms provided to employees varies by department

WELLNESS PROGRAM: The City sponsors a wellness program for our employees. Incentives include paid time off for participation, annual health fair with free biometric screening and several health seminars and luncheons throughout the year.

How to Apply
Application and complete job description are available on the city’s website. Please direct inquiries via email.