Community Development Director

The City of Horace is currently seeking a talented professional to fill the role of Community Development Director. This is a rewarding opportunity to make a difference in a dynamic, well-managed city!  

The Community Development Director will plan, direct, manage, and oversee city planning, economic development, and code enforcement/building inspection activities. The Community Development Director will coordinate with and represent the city planning department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies.

Summary of Responsibilities

·         Prepare and update planning studies for the Comprehensive Plan to include neighborhood, district, and sustainability plans as needed.

·         Manage and oversee major activities and special projects related to long-rang and sustainability efforts.

·         Coordinate with other governmental entities, organizations, and stakeholder groups on planning projects.

·         Process and analyze proposals for zoning text and map amendments, land development, conditional use permits, subdivision plats and regulation amendments, and provide and present recommendations related to long-range planning goals, objectives, projects, and the Comprehensive Plan.

·         Summarize information from maps, graphs, reports, and field studies to compile, prepare, and illustrate long-range planning studies, census information, and special projects.

·         Manage long-range planning efforts with other governmental jurisdictions.

·         Enforce zoning and subdivision regulations.

·         Prepare City Council legislation, such as ordinances and resolutions, related to both planning and economic development matters; develop and revise applicable City codes, policies, procedures and projects as assigned.


·         Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration, Geography, Community Development, Sustainability or related field; Master’s degree preferred.

·         At least three years of experience in city planning, economic and community development or related experience; equivalent combination of related education and work experience may be considered.

·         Experience interpreting and applying laws, statutes and/or ordinances governing planning, zoning, building, and economic development.

·         Success with applying principles, practices, and techniques of planning and development, zoning, urban design, and sustainability to include local resources.

·         Experience in interpreting legal descriptions of land, preparing/presenting written and oral reports/documents, strong time and multi-project management skills in a collaborative work environment with others, and strong communication skills.

·         Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with peers, superiors, other City departments, subordinates, vendors, contractors, external government agencies and organizations.

·         Must have a valid driver’s license.

·         Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

A complete list of responsibilities and qualifications can be reviewed at  Qualified applicants are encouraged to send a letter of intent and resume via email to  The position is open until filled with first review of applications on October 15, 2018.

The City of Horace, ND is committed to a diverse workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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