Director of Community Development

City of Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs, IA United States

City of Council Bluffs

Director of Community Development


Department: Community Development

Supervisor: Chief of Staff

Location: City Hall

FLSA Status: Exempt

Prepared By: Cori Shaw, Recruiter

Prepared Date: November 2021

Union: Non-Union

Pay Grade: 34

Pay Range: $107,470.93 - $137,163.59


The City of Council Bluffs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Summary: Under the general direction of the Mayor, directs and administers the activities of the Community Development Department’s four divisions:  Planning, Housing & Economic Development, Permits & Inspections, and Animal Control.  Functions as the primary advisor to the Mayor with regard to community development affairs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Directs and coordinates the administration of the Community Development Department to assure that the desired level of service is being provided:

  • Hires, disciplines, and directs employees under his/her control in accordance with the policies of the City
  • Plans and directs training opportunities for departmental employees to develop their potential and ability to function in their jobs
  • Reviews and evaluates the performance of those departmental employees directly responsible to him/her on a regular basis
  • Defines and delegates authority and responsibility to appropriate subordinates
  • Administers applicable union contracts and personnel policies within the department
  • Administers the budget of the department
  • Administers grants within the department and obtains consensus on program emphasis to obtain departmental goals
  • Develops and makes application for various federal and state grant programs
  • Administers grant programs related to community development
  • Designs and may direct or perform studies related to community development, and coordinates those efforts with appropriate agencies, boards, or commissions

Provides advice and recommendations to the Mayor, to other management staff members, and to the City Council:

  • Prepares factual, clear, and concise written reports with specific recommendations
  • Serves as a member of management committees as assigned
  • Reviews proposals submitted by other management staff members and makes appropriate comments and recommendations
  • Keeps the Mayor and appropriate management staff members informed of important developments which may affect the administration of City government
  • Maintains current knowledge of innovative ideas and developments and recommends changes in current operations and practices where applicable
  • Attends meetings of boards and commissions, or arranges for staff attendance, and acts as staff liaison
  • Advises and consults with Planning Commission; Zoning Board of Adjustment; Historic Preservation Commission; Community Development Advisory Committee; and federal, state, or local agencies concerning departmental issues

Prepares an annual departmental budget request, with appropriate justifications and aids in the development of the proposed annual City budget

Makes public presentations and assists the public on an individual basis:

  • Gives presentations to civic and governmental organizations
  • Attends and makes presentations at City Council meetings as required
  • Responds to citizen calls, questions, and complaints

Represents the City in metropolitan, state, and national organizations where delegated and where the interests of the Council Bluffs community are involved

Regular and predictable attendance is required

Other duties as assigned

Residency Requirement:

Employees must live in City Limits within six (6) months from original hire date

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises employees within the Community Development Department’s four divisions. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


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

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Planning, Architecture, Engineering, or related area
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in planning, community development programs, economic development, code enforcement, and/or construction management
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • None required

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and see, talk, and hear.
  • The work environment is an office setting that is normally quiet.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and community development;
  • General knowledge of construction and building codes and processes;
  • General knowledge of code enforcement;
  • Knowledge of federal and state program policies; laws and programs pertaining to development and community development;
  • Considerable knowledge of economic development and redevelopment activities
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration
  • Ability to direct, supervise, and coordinate several programs and activities of the department with other municipal departments and other public and private agencies
  • Ability to analyze and systematically supervise subordinates engaged in research and development activities
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, subordinates, municipal officials, boards and commission members, representatives of other agencies, community leaders, and the general public
  • Ability to work effectively within a system of team management


Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
None Selected
Community or Neighborhood Development
Salary Range
$107,470.93 - $137,163.59

Contact Information

Cori Shaw
209 Pearl St.
Council Bluffs, IA
United States
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