Director of Community Development


Job Details

  • Salary: $91,009 - $148,555.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 98,970
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  • Form of Government: County Council-Administrator/Manager


About Community Development
The Department of Community Development (CDD) mission is to create a vision for the future of Albemarle County through a proactive community planning effort that involves all stakeholders in a consensus building process and ensures that all new development reflects the community’s vision. The CDD strives to achieve a future community of quality development, protected natural resources, vital business activity, and livable, walkable neighborhoods.

Director of Community Development: Executive Summary
The County Director of Community Development (CDD) is a senior level professional position in the County Executive form of government. The Director of Community Development Department provides community and executive leadership, advice, and consultation that will significantly impact the operations of the County and Commonwealth of Virginia as a whole. The successful candidate will join a successful midsize local government agency.

The Community Development Director will carry out the collective vision of the department;
Expand our knowledge of the best and most effective practices,
Educate and engage the community,
Guide an evolution of the County’s people, economy, and quality of life into an ever-brighter future.

The Director Supervises:
Administration/Central Operations
Building Inspections

In addition, the Director is responsible for:
All actions of the CDD and assuring actions are consistent with the County’s values and business operating principles;
Serving as a County representative on various boards, commissions and committees as appointed by the County Executive or Board of Supervisors;
Advising the County Executive, Deputy County Executive, Board of Supervisors and other County officials on all matters related to the work of the CDD;
Assuring proper administration of County Code and policies in keeping with the purpose of the Community Development Department Instituting CDD work priorities including making work assignments necessary to carry out such priorities, in addition to performing normal administrative/supervisory functions relative to operational activities and personnel;
Developing and implementing a yearly work program supporting the performance objectives of the Department in alignment with the goals of the County government and in furtherance of the provided by the County Executive;
Communicating department’s work efforts to Board of Supervisors, County Executive's office, other County departments and community at large;
Developing and supporting strong cross-team and interdepartmental collaboration;
Identifying high-potential employees with a focus on building skills, increased responsibilities and stretch assignments; develops and implements succession planning initiatives to cultivate emerging leaders;
Promoting cultural understanding and competency and an organizational climate of equity and inclusion;
Advising public and private bodies on new or contemplated new plans, projects or programs, prepares speeches, articles, reports and other presentations dealing with the planned development of the community.
Education & Experience
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major work in architecture, engineering, urban planning, or similar field of study related to property development.

Strongly prefer education be supplemented by a master’s degree in public administration, business administration, or similar professional development training with an emphasis on leadership and management skills.

Minimum of ten years related experience, including supervisory with demonstrated skills at leadership and team building. Demonstrated experience is public engagement and working in collaboration with others is also required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid driver's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Compensation and Benefits
Full salary range $91,009-$148,555 dependent upon candidate education and experience. Excellent benefits package including: vacation and sick leave, health insurance option and Virginia Retirement options.

Application & Selection Process
Submittal of cover letter, resume and County application is required. All applications will be processed through Albemarle County’s online application system at Please be advised that faxed and mailed applications will not be considered.

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