Development Director - City of Decatur, Alabama

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City of Decatur, Alabama
Development Director

DECATUR, ALABAMA (Population: 55,683) Located in Morgan and Limestone counties in Alabama, Decatur is nestled in the Tennessee River Valley. “The River City” boasts a rich and colorful history and serves as the county seat of Morgan County. Decatur is among one of the largest cities in Alabama and its location on the Tennessee River makes it a major transportation hub in the southeast.


With a total area of approximately 60 square miles, Decatur’s business climate is as progressive as it is diverse. It is home to industrial giants such as United Launch Alliance, GE Appliances, Nucor Steel, Daikin America, Indorama Ventures (a parent company to AlphaPet), J.M. Smucker Company, Toray, Bunge Limited, Hyosung, Ascend, 3M and Alabama Farmer’s Co-Op.


Since 1968, the City of Decatur has been governed by a Mayor-Council form of government. The City of Decatur provides a full range of services including: Finance, Public Works, Community Development, Fire and Police Protection, Parks & Recreation, Sanitation services and general administrative services.


Decatur is a fiscally conservative driven community placing value on keeping the financial stability of the community at the forefront of their capital planning and growth. They are a value-driven organization dedicated to responsive, respectful and courteous customer service.


The Development Department is comprised of Community Development, Planning and Zoning, Building Code Enforcement and Engineering. This merger of various departments has taken place over the last few years creating a department that is robust and has the ability to continue to help the city expand and grow both residentially, commercially and industrially. The 2020 operating budget for all operations under Community Development is $6.3M and the total allocated employees is 30.

The successful Candidate will have the following qualifications and experiences:


• A bachelor’s degree in a field of study conducive to success in this position (i.e. business/management/finance, urban planning, architecture, public administration, or a related field) from an accredited college or university and seven to ten years of progressively responsible senior level management experience. A master’s degree is highly desirable, as is a certification or eligibility for certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

• Possess a thorough knowledge of and experiences with the principles and practices of management and leadership. Experience in, or ability to quickly adapt experiences and knowledge to urban planning, land use, building construction, zoning, subdivision regulations, historic preservation, economic development, and site development rules, regulations and ordinances in a growing, comparably sized community. Prior experience in a senior management or department head capacity is required, including development and implementation of workable solutions and technical decisions.

The anticipated hiring salary range for the position is $86,000 - $131,000 DOQ with excellent benefits. Interested candidates should apply online by February 5, 2021 with a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least five (5) professional references to GovHRJobs.com and to the attention of Sarah McKee, Senior Vice-President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (224) 282-8310. All applications are subject to the Alabama Open Records Act and could be made visible to the public.

The City of Decatur is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Diversity and inclusion are critical to our success. We seek to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans to apply.

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