Deputy Director of Community Development for Operations

Albemarle County, VA | Full-time

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The Position

Albemarle County is seeking a Deputy Director of Community Development for Operations to support a dedicated staff leading, planning, and organizing the divisions within the Community Development Department (CDD). The operations divisions of Building, Engineering, Geographical Data Services, Planning, and Zoning all fall under the purview of the Deputy Director within the Community Development Department. Serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the Department, the Deputy Director of Community Development for Operations focuses on performance, productivity, regulatory compliance, customer service, and process improvement for the CDD.

The Deputy Director of Community Development for Operations collaborates with and advises the County Executive’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, the Director of Community Development, and the Organizational Leadership Team members. Working with Department’s Leadership Team and the Director of Community Development, the Deputy Director of Community Development for Operations will establish work priorities and the assignments necessary to carry out those priorities and provide supervisory functions relative to operational activities and personnel. Other tasks essential to success are implementing a yearly work program supporting the CDD objectives and County's strategic plan, preparing annual budgets, advising public and private community groups on future projects, streamlining development processes, and overseeing the Department's succession planning.

The Deputy Director reports to the Director of Community Development and serves as the Chief Operating Officer, running the day-to-day operations of the Department. The Deputy Director has five direct reports: Zoning Administrator/Director of Zoning; Director of Planning; County Engineer; GIS Manager; and Building Official.

The position is vacant due to a long-serving deputy director who is retiring.

Priorities

  • Modernizing the Zoning Ordinance for the first time in 40 years and completing the Comprehensive Planning process, which is underway.
  • Assisting the Department in making the shift from primarily rural land use to urbanizing land use in part of the County.
  • Implementing software and streamlining all related processes to simplify the development process as part of an overall countywide core systems modernization.
  • Developing career ladders for staff in the Operations division.

The Successful Candidate

The next Deputy Director of Community Development for Operations will be knowledgeable on the roles of county governments in the implementation of the federal, state, and local codes and ordinances as they apply to land use, zoning, erosion and sediment control, water protection, and building and safety. The next Deputy will be able to lead a talented staff team as the County moves from a rural to an urbanizing county, including ensuring compliance with the comprehensive plan and in keeping with all related infrastructure. In addition to having strong technical knowledge, the Deputy Director will be able to help draft policies that reflect the Board of Supervisors’ direction for the future of the County. The next Deputy Director will bring creative solutions and help build consensus around complicated and contentious land use issues.

A successful track record of cross-departmental management skills and team building is essential. Experience working with staff at all levels of the entire organization to solve problems, collaborate on solutions, and help improve processes, systems, and culture. While promoting cultural understanding and competency, the Deputy Director of Community Development for Operations advocates for and models an organizational culture of equity and inclusion. The next Deputy Director of Community Development for Operations has strong emotional intelligence with practical decision-making skills, diplomacy, and tact to garner solutions, as well as proven verbal and written communication skills. In addition, the next Deputy Director has experience with media, stakeholder, and elected officials’ communications.

Qualifications

Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, urban planning, or other property development field and seven years of professional experience focusing on community development in either the public or private sector, or both. Five years of leadership/management of staff is also required.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree, experience working in a growing and urbanizing community, community outreach and consensus-building skills, and experience improving land use tools and systems to better serve customers and stakeholders. Demonstrated collaborative leadership, team-building and staff development, and experience collaborating across departments is also preferred. Knowledge of applying high-performance organizational principles in a local government setting is desirable but not required. Experience in administering related federal, state, and local codes within the Commonwealth of Virginia is also desired.

This position will require possession of a valid driver's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia after employment.

Inside The Community Development Department

Albemarle County's Community Development Department is responsible for planning, reviewing, and implementing land uses on behalf of the community reflecting the County's interests in historical, natural, and cultural resources, the creation and protection of a healthy and safe built environment, the provision of diverse housing, and the effective stewardship of all of the County's assets. Five divisions report to this position, including:

  • Building Division: ensures public health, safety, and welfare through inspection compliance and permit approvals
  • Engineering Division: manages the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP), Water Protection Ordinance, and Erosion and Sediment Programs, as well as other engineering-related tasks
  • Geographic Data Services Division: maintains the Geographical Information System for the County and provides addressing services for both new development and 911 services
  • Planning Division: reviews and prepares staff reports on potential rezoning, rezoning applications, special use permit applications, site development plans, subdivision plans, and comprehensive plan amendments
  • Zoning Division: interprets, administers, and enforces the Zoning Ordinance

The Mission of Community Development is to advance Albemarle County’s recognition as a leader in providing an exceptional quality of life, creating a sustainable community, and protecting natural resources. Adopted FY22 goals include the following:

  • Ensure ordinances are fairly, consistently, and effectively enforced
  • Promote “open government”
  • Develop policies and processes
  • Continuously improve staff expertise

The current FY22 budget is $11,288,369, and the Department employs 74 employees.

FTEs by Division reporting to the Deputy Director:

DIVISION

FTE’S

Building

17 + 2 Part-Time

Engineering

14

Geographic Data Services

4 + 1 Part-Time

Planning

22 + 1 Part-Time

Zoning

13

LOVE WHERE YOU WORK

The County government, with an annual budget of approximately $467 Million planned in FY 2022, prides itself in sustaining responsive and accessible services to its residents while emphasizing professionalism and efficiency. Albemarle County is recognized for quality services and innovative programs while still maintaining a comparatively low tax rate. The County government takes pride in being One Organization Committed to Excellence, valuing partnership and teamwork opportunities.

One Organization Committed to Excellence

The idea of One Organization Committed to Excellence is meant to foster a sense of community through the organization. It underscores that we are all working together toward the betterment of our community through the sharing of knowledge and resources, collaboration with our colleagues, and working with our community partners and neighboring localities. Albemarle County is committed to a high-performing organization model. We value integrity, learning, stewardship, innovation, and a diverse and inclusive community.

Public Service

Albemarle County employees are passionate about and feel rewarded for their role in helping to build and support their community. Our employees are customer service oriented to all customers, both internal and external, and seek to provide every customer with an experience that is professional, empathetic, and responsive.

The Community

Albemarle County is one of the most desirable locations in Virginia and the nation, with an excellent school system, low taxes, low crime and unemployment rates, a skilled and educated workforce, and a wealth of cultural, historical, and recreational amenities in a beautiful setting. Our community is energized by entrepreneurship and invention fueled by the University of Virginia, one of the country’s most renowned research institutions. Our focus on innovation, ideas, and opportunity makes Albemarle an ideal place to live, work, and play. The County enjoys a strong economy, a healthy business presence, a school system among the top 10% in the state, thriving local arts, music and culture scenes, and parks and greenways that celebrate the County’s pastoral setting. The County’s wide variety of educational opportunities includes a public school system that has earned the VIP Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, two of Virginia’s four charter schools, and higher education facilities such as the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. Albemarle embraces its vibrant local arts and agritourism scene, hosting the Crozet Music Festival each year, as well as showcasing its artisan breweries, wineries, and craft studios through the Monticello Artisan Trail. Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway touch the western frontier of the County, and Albemarle itself possesses over 4000 acres within its parks system. Welcome home.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 112,395
  • Median Household Income: $93,700
  • Median Home Value: $429,900
  • Median Age: 39.1

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau and Albemarle County website.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected hiring range is up to $112,000, although there is room for future growth in this position. The selected candidate’s salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Albemarle County offers excellent benefits, including vacation and sick leave, health insurance options (health, vision, and dental), and Virginia Retirement System (VRS) benefits. This is a full-time FLSA Exempt position. County-paid life insurance and deferred compensation are available. Residency within the County is not required, and relocation assistance may be offered.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group, now part of Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on October 8, 2021.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

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