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Decatur, AL - Development Director

DECATUR, ALABAMA (Population: 55,683) Development Director - 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 strong leader in development, planning and/or economic development with a proven record of providing effective leadership in a complex organization, preferably in a city, municipal organization or another level of government of similar size as Decatur. 
  • Ideal candidates will be able to drive innovation and move agendas forward in a multi-stakeholder environment.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills and significant career success in building collaborative, effective relationships across divisions.  Additional experience in strategic planning, budgeting and project management and complex problem solving with the ability to work effectively in a wide variety of governmental disciplines is important. 
  • A bachelor’s degree in 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 or an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation is strongly preferred.

The anticipated hiring salary range for the position is $86,000 - $131,000 DOQ with excellent benefits.  Interested candidates should apply online by April 3, 2020 with a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least five (5) professional references to and to the attention of Sarah McKee, Senior Vice-President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (224) 282-8310.

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Posted:March 6, 2020

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