Salary:          $125,134 – $226,108, commensurate with qualifications

Department:  Planning, Zoning, and Building

Location:       2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach

Hours:           8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday - Friday             

Other:           Valid Florida Driver's License and PBC Risk Management Department driving history approval prior to appointment.


                                                                                                                                     THIS IS AN AT-WILL POSITION.


The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (PBC BCC) invites applications for Executive Director, Planning, Zoning & Building (PZB) Department. In this high-profile role, you will be responsible for a budget of approximately $35M while exercising operational and administrative control over all divisions of the PZB Department.


Coordinates the internal activities of a 300+ employee department with six divisions, and external activities with other County departments, public and private organizations. Your responsibilities will include:


  • Working closely with elected officials and having significant interaction with the public , business and community groups
  • Developing departmental goals, policies, and programs
  • Promoting effective operations
  • Implementing organizational and administrative improvements
  • Preparing proposed and final budgets for the Department for presentation to the County Administrator and the BCC
  • Responding to the general public regarding questions, requests or complaints
  • Reviewing and approving department agenda items
  • Interfacing with the BCC, County Administration, land use entities, legal advisors, and individual members of the public
  • Demonstrating your thorough knowledge of the County's Comprehensive Plan and Unified Land Development Codes, as well as the functions of Code Enforcement, Contractors’ Certification, and responsibilities of the Building Division


The PZB Department has received numerous awards in fields such as Workforce Housing, the Managed Growth Tier System, Urban Redevelopment and its online permitting system. PBC is looking for a highly experienced and motivated individual to work with a team of professional, technical, and administrative staff and lead the County's growth and development.


We are seeking an Executive Director with demonstrated ability to: Initiate, install and provide direction in the execution of administrative programs and procedures; monitor their effectiveness; direct and improve customer service response; and engage stakeholders to craft a clear and attainable vision for PZB operations in PBC. You must be well versed in comprehensive plan development and implementation, and be prepared to identify and respond appropriately to current challenges Counties face in the land use and building industries.

OUR COMMUNITY: Palm Beach County is truly the Best of Everything. The average temperature is 78 degrees; the 47-mile shoreline has numerous public beaches; and the landscape ranges from urban to agricultural to natural wetlands. In Palm Beach County, there are more than 150 public and private golf courses, hundreds of tennis courts, dozens of parks, waterparks, boating docks, snorkeling and diving sites, cultural and historic attractions, regional libraries, adult education pro­grams, hundreds of houses of worship, and dozens of schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and shopping/entertainment centers. Palm Beach County government provides diverse and comprehensive services, from animal care to libraries, public works to Palm Beach International Airport.

Palm Beach County is geographically among the largest of the 67 counties in Florida and is larger than the state of Delaware. The county is bounded by Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean, all of which offer recreational opportunities in beautiful natural settings. Major industries in Palm Beach County include tourism and agriculture, with the western portion of the county producing about 10% of the nation's sugar. There are an estimated 1.4 million people living in Palm Beach County. The life­styles of residents range from urban to rural, with the more densely populated areas in the east. There are 39 municipalities in Palm Beach County ranging in size from 5 residents in Westlake to approximately 105,000 in West Palm Beach. The remainder live in unincorporated areas.

PBC GOVERNMENT:  The Palm Beach County Home Rule Charter became effective in 1985. True Home Rule gives the BCC the ability to create, through a local public hearing ordinance procedure, local laws that are not in conflict with or specifically prohibited by state general law or the state constitution. This process is done without going to the Florida Legislature to request special legislation to create these laws.  The seven-member BCC is the legislative governing body of Palm Beach County. Commissioners are elected to staggered four-year terms by voters in the district in which they reside.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  BA/BS in Public Administration, Planning, Engineering, Architecture or related field and 10 years of professional experience in planning and/or zoning functions or in a closely related management area, including five (5) years of experience in progressively responsible professional administrative work. Related M.S. or J.D. a plus; public sector experience, experience in the State of Florida, and experience managing a staff of 100+ employees in diverse functional areas highly preferred.

BENEFITS:  The PBC BCC provides an excellent executive benefits package, including a salary competitive for the South Florida marketplace, travel reimbursementfor interviews, relocation reimbursement assistance, medical, dental and life insurance, as well as vacation, paid parental, and sick leave, tuition reimbursement and participation in the Florida Retirement System.

Deadline for application:  5:00 p.m. on July 13, 2018.  Please apply online (or download an employment application) at www.pbcgov.jobs or send your employment application/resume to: Palm Beach County Human Resources, 100 Australian Avenue, Suite 300, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Fax 561-616-6893. No emailed resumes accepted. EO/AA M/F/D/V (DFWP) All employees of Palm Beach County may be required to work before, during and/or after a natural or man-made disaster or hurricane.