Director of Community Planning and Development – City of Twinsburg Dept. of Planning and Community Development

Mar 9, 2022 | Jobs

SALARY: $90,000 – $125,000 ANNUALLY

The Director of Community Planning and Development will perform a variety of administrative, technical and professional work in preparation for and implementation of economic and community development plans, programs and services. This position is responsible for serving as the pro-bono Executive Director of the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) and will work closely with the Mayor to develop and maintain relationships with the members of the business community.


  • Directs economic development initiatives and operations to achieve City’s goals and objectives by formulating and implementing marketing and business attraction strategies.
  • Leads the periodic updates of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and works with the Mayor and Department Heads to identify opportunities to align capital improvement projects and work efforts with the plan’s short and long term economic and community development goals, objectives, recommendations and policy statements.
  • Becomes familiar with existing inventory of available buildings, businesses and residential development sites within the city. This includes both public and private buildings and land areas.
  • Analyzes operating costs, grant and financial assistance opportunities, and leads grant and loan application efforts for implementation of development proposals.
  • Analyzes business retention and expansion programs, while scheduling visits on behalf of and with the Mayor.
  • Familiar with requirements for, and creation of, overly and special districts including special assessment, tax increment finance, historic districts, etc.
  • Acts as a liaison to various local, State, and Federal agencies, coordinating projects with said agencies as deemed appropriate.
  • Develops concepts and preliminary site plans for projects.
  • Prepares reports and makes presentations to City Council, Architectural Board of Review, Planning Commission, civic groups, and the general public on economic development issues, programs, services and plans.
  • Directs, conducts, evaluates, and reviews studies, reports, legislation, regulations and other publications relating to all issues concerning economic development reporting findings to the appropriate impacted parties.
  • Solicits information from businesses benefitting from tax incentive programs, prepares annual reports, organizes and manages annual meetings of the City’s Tax Incentive Review Council, reports findings and prepares appropriate legislation for Council consideration, and files annual reports with appropriate State and Federal authorities.
  • Evaluates third-party plans and proposals related to community planning and economic development plans and programs.
  • Consults with property owners and businesses regarding eligibility for participation in incentive programs.
  • Prepares and administers the Department’s annual operating budget.
  • Recommends governmental measures affecting land use, public utilities, community facilities, housing, and transportation.
  • Conducts other related work as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to ensure
that individuals with disabilities are able to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, and five to seven (5-7) years related experience and/or training in economic and community  development; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of business development, economic development, building and zoning codes.
  • Working knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure, planning programs and processes, and financial opportunities for local businesses.
  • Experience grant writing for local, state and federal grant opportunities  Ability to communicate effectively to groups and individuals, engineers, architects, contractors, developers, businesses, employees and the general public.
  • Ability to establish working relationships with other organizations and economic development practitioners
  • Self-motivation and an ability to work toward objectives with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work with people of all diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to read, and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instruction, general business periodicals, professional journals and technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited  standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to recognize potentially unsafe conditions and behaviors and correct them in a positive and appropriate manner.
  • Must possess a valid State of Ohio driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions, The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration.

Majority of work environment will consist of normal office conditions however, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste and smell.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Applications accepted until close of business April 4, 2022
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