Employment Opportunity

Employment Opportunity: Development Services Director

The City of Southport, North Carolina, seeks a full-time qualified professional to fill the position of Development Services Director. Southport is located on the coast in Southeastern North Carolina, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. We’re known for our stunning scenery, our history, the maritime heritage of our forebears, and the salubrious breezes that cast a calm and welcoming ambiance over the residents and visitors.

Responsibilities:  An employee in this class performs current and long-range community planning, infrastructure needs, administration of the land development code, zoning administration, and floodplain management. Performs complex work in the direction of all planning functions, including, but not limited to, planning, zoning, and subdivision regulations. Serves as technical advisor to the City Manager, Board of Aldermen, Planning Board, and Board of Adjustment. Requires the ability to interpret and analyze technical data, knowledge of state statutes, procedures, and requirements relating to municipal government and CAMA Regulations. Performs code-related enforcement as required. Performs management-level project development and implementation, budget development and management, staff development, and supervision. Performs data collection, grant applications, analysis, and policy formulation. Performs related duties as assigned. Requires excellent communication and organizational skills. The Development Services Director reports to the City Manager and oversees several staff members, including the Building Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer, Permitting Technician, and a Senior Planner.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, and Urban Studies required. A Master’s degree in Geography, Planning, or Public Administration is preferred. 1) Five to seven years of increasingly responsible experience in administering planning and zoning regulations for a municipal government. Experience should be progressively responsible, including project management and supervisory experience, 2) Previous municipal management and coastal experience preferred, 3) AICP membership preferred or ability to obtain within one year of employment, 4) Certified Zoning Official and Certified Floodplain Manager preferred, 5) CAMA Local Permit Officer experience preferred 6) Local Historic Preservation planning experience is preferred.

Salary range: $85,000 to $95,000. The hiring salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package.

Send resume, letter of interest, sample staff report, salary history, and 3-5 professional references in a Word or PDF to: Gordon Hargrove, City Manager [email protected]Website: www.cityofsouthport.com. Submit your application materials by July 22, 2022. The City of Southport is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Special Requirement

Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.