City of Lakeland, Florida

Director of Community and Economic Development

$87,457.19 - $162,451.57 Annually


This is highly responsible administrative and professional work in directing the City's community and economic development programs.  This individual is responsible for the application of specialized knowledge and administrative skills in the formulation, adoption, implementation and amendment of comprehensive and subsidiary plans for the City's physical development.  This individual is responsible for the formulation, adoption and implementation of the City's Community and Economic Development Programs including the citywide comprehensive plan and associated land development regulations.  This individual will represent the City's efforts to attract private investment and business development and will provide strategic direction for economically preserving, enhancing and sustaining the community.  This individual serves as technical advisor to the City Manager, City Commission and is the official zoning administrator as well as staff to the Planning and Zoning Board.  This position has supervisory responsibility for other administrative staff who advise the Code Enforcement Board, Community Redevelopment Board, Historic Preservation Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Appeals, Neighborhood Association Coalition; the Director frequently addresses the public, agencies, civic groups and City officials on community and economic development matters.



  • Coordinates and supervises the administration of the Department's four Divisions including Planning, Business Development, Community Redevelopment and Community Improvement (i.e., Building Inspection, and Neighborhood Services which consists of Housing and Code Enforcement), working with Federal, State, County and Local governments and with other City Departments.
  • Prepares and administers the Community Development Department Budget in conjunction with the Assistant Department Director and Division Managers.
  • Plans, organizes, and directs the activities of professional, technical and clerical personnel engaged in planning, zoning, business development, redevelopment, mapping, housing rehabilitation, construction codes, business tax receipt collection, and code enforcement activities.
  • Articulates and helps sets vision and strategy for the city's growth management and related infrastructure services including annexation strategy.
  • Ensures effective and coordinated development review, building inspection and permitting functions, and code enforcement activities. Includes the preparation of the citywide comprehensive plan, special area plans, regulations regarding zoning and land development including subdivisions, signage, and impact fees, housing and building regulations and the timely revision of such regulations and all associated official maps.
  • Plans and executes economic development programs and projects; creates and implements economic development incentives; identifies and prioritizes economic development opportunities.
  • Oversees staff charged with managing grant applications to fund economic development opportunities, which includes: seeking grants, preparing applications, monitoring progress and ensuring compliance with grant requirements.
  • Negotiates contracts and/or agreements between the City, private developers and/or other governmental agencies related to development and redevelopment projects and associated economic growth and revitalization.
  • Reviews and approves written recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Board and City Commission on all requests for comprehensive plan amendments, re-zoning and conditional uses.
  • Develops and maintains performance measurements and standards to serve all customers; ensures customers receive timely assistance and accurate information; receives and works to resolve complex, difficult customer complaints relevant to the department's work.
  • Ensures necessary interdepartmental coordination and effective communication with and outreach to stakeholders, agencies, residents and organizations relevant to the department's key functions.



  • Supervises the review of site plans and construction plans for all development to ensure compliance with applicable codes and regulations. Supervises the review of all subdivision plats.
  • Administers requests for annexation, land use and zoning and coordinates all such requests with various City departments and the County.
  • Performs related work as required.



  • Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a degree in City or Urban Planning, Geography, Sociology, Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration or a related field.
  • Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration or closely related field is preferred.
  • Ten (10) years of experience with a recognized planning or economic development agency, including five (5) years in a supervisory role.
  • Prefer at least three years of municipal level planning or economic development experience.
  • AICP certification desired.


An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities and other competencies necessary for success in the target position.



  • Completion of Certified Public Manager (CPM) or completion within three (3) years.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state of Florida driver's license.
  • Must maintain a valid telephone number.
  • May be required to work overtime, or alternate hours, as necessary for the efficient operation of the department.
  • Position may be designated as Mission Critical by Department Director.



  • Extensive knowledge of the laws, ordinances, principles and practices affecting planning, community development, housing, private development, redevelopment, environmental review, historic preservation, construction and zoning processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Federal Community Development Block Grant Program.
  • Thorough knowledge of economics, municipal finance, engineering, sociology and other related subjects as applied to city planning and community development.
  • Considerable knowledge of local and regional economic issues and trends.
  • Ability to organize, administer and supervise employees of a large Department with four distinct divisions and a wide variety of programs simultaneously.
  • Ability to present reports, recommendations and technical information clearly, concisely and in an interesting manner, to appropriate City officials, to lay groups, and the general public, orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in project negotiation and economic development related work yielding new non-residential development that in turn increased job growth and taxable values.
  • Ability to provide complex demographic and real estate information to potential new and expanding businesses.
  • Demonstrated experience in navigating highly political environment including controversial development project proposals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, other government agencies, private agencies or organizations and the general public.



  • Requires sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a recurring basis, or routine keyboard operations.
  • The job risks exposure to no significant environmental hazards.
  • The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, depth perception, and texture perception.


All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g. written, oral, performance, computerized, interview, and/or any combination).  Candidates selected for testing will be notified via email or telephone.  Please check your e-mail and telephone messages regularly, including "junk" folders.  Test times and locations to be announced.


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