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Growth Services Director

Location : Ocala
Job Type : Regular
Reference Code : 11231242
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 5
Required Education : Master's Degree
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :

Veterans Preference


This is a professional and executive administrative position directing the activities of Code Enforcement, Zoning, Planning and other assigned operations related to development permitting and economic services under the general oversight of an Assistant County Administrator


The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individual may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. Work performed is reviewed through conferences, reports, evaluation of department accomplishments, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the results obtained.

  • Directs Planning activities performed by County personnel and consultants on contracts, and coordinates with the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) on transportation planning matters.

  • Develops leadership, management and technical skills of subordinate employees and ensures that all employees are provided appropriate leadership and career development opportunities.

  • Directs the management and operation of the County’s Code Enforcement activities.

  • Exercises authority in approval or denial of zoning applications based on technical interpretation of the land development code.

  • Administers the Land Development Code (LDC) for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan and initiates updates and revisions for Board approval when needed.

  • Coordinates with other departments and assists in advancing economic development projects and streamlining development review and building permitting.

  • Coordinates the development and management of the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) program and administers State and Federal economic programs available for County use.

  • Directs the management and operation of the County’s Zoning activities to include the review, processing, and approval of zoning applications.

  • Provides recommendations and establish goals and objectives to carry out the vision of the Board of County Commissioners related to economic development and other general County priorities.

  • Develops and implements department policies and procedures consistent with Administration policies and the Employees Handbook.    

  • Provides for review and consultation with other County agencies related to land use and transportation activities.

  • Directs the formulation and development of departmental budgets.

  • Responsible for the preparation, review and administration of yearly and long-range operational budget plans to ensure optimum efficiency and effective use of the various revenues under his/her supervision.

  • Establishes objectives and associated goals for the various programs under his/her supervision designed to achieve the most effective and efficient operation possible with emphasis on outstanding customer service.

  • Establishes and maintains effective and positive relationships with the community.

  • Conducts special studies and makes recommendations when directed by the County Administrator and Board of County Commissioners.

  • Reviews new legislation and related local, state and federal regulatory codes and standards for application to the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

  • Provides recommendations regarding land use and zoning based on statutory requirements, existing ordinances and policies, code requirements, and County goals and objectives.

  • Attends conferences, public hearings, professional meetings, and board meetings, which may be conducted outdoors.

  • Serves as an ambassador for the County, creates newsworthy articles, and conduct public presentations within their areas of responsibility.

  • Implements the organization’s guiding principles and core values.



Performs other duties as assigned.



This is a front-line position for providing excellent customer service to members of the general public and other County employees. Personal contact occurs with other employees of the unit, employees of other departments in the County, citizens, and customers of the department. Service is provided in person, by phone, or thru electronic media.


Direct supervision over a number of managerial positions and indirect supervision over a relatively large number of employees. Includes assigning, directing, evaluating, and reviewing work of subordinate employees. Responsibilities include providing on-the-job training; evaluating job performance; recommending selection of new staff members, promotions, status changes, and discipline; and planning, scheduling, and coordinating work operations.

Required Qualifications :

Education and Experience

Masters Degree in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design or a related field with five years of progressively responsible experience in professional planning, community redevelopment, public administration and handling State and Federal economic programs; or equivalent combination of education and experience withbachelors degree as a minimum.


Valid Florida's Drivers License required for travel.


Certified Public Manager preferred.
Professional Certification in the field

Must reside in Marion County within six (6) months of hire.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the required knowledge, skills,and abilities.

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from legal documents, clients, customers, and the general public.

  • Ability to effectively interpret and express information on various matters derived from complex formats (e.g., legal, regulatory, statutory).

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.

  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Problem Solving Abilities

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

  • Functions independently as an expert in matters of specialized code, rules, policy, analysis, or technical systems.

Specialized Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret technical written material. This includes the ability to read text, identify themes, make inferences, and draw accurate conclusions.

  • Ability to direct and develop an on-going Planning program to promote efficiency with local government.

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulatory requirements applicable to code enforcement.. Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively with subordinates, public officials, employees, and members of the public.

  • Ability to interpret legal descriptions, maps, aerial photography, and site plans.

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

  • Ability to take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and considering larger organization or team goals ratherthan individual concerns. Includes the ability to build a constructive team spirit where team members are committed to the goals and objectives of the team.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally be required to use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and lift up to twenty-fivepounds; will regularly be required to stand, walk, and sit; and will frequently be required to talk and hear. Special vision requirements include close vision and the ability to adjust focus to bring an object into sharp focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performingthe duties of this job, the employee will occasionally be required to be exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The typical noise level for this environment is moderate.

Position is full-time, hours not specified

Salary: $38.92 - $54.82, per hour DOE
Skills :
Administrative Human Resources Microsoft Office Planning and development Public Administration
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