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Director of Community Development, City of Beaufort

Position Category: Community/Economic Development

Job Duties:
  • Guided by adopted master plans for the City, and in cohesion with the City Council and community input, the Director will oversee and direct implementation of short-term decisions that conform with long-term strategy. Advises the City Manager and Council on the achievement of planning goals associated with adopted plans and provides updates or recommendations for changes in regards to existing form-based code and community plans. Collaboratively and cooperatively works with the City Manager, department directors, and other senior managers to analyze organization and community needs.
  • Skilled in the administration of the Historic District, with a strong understanding of the history of the City’s development pattern and how to incorporate new development within the existing historical context. Proficient in the administration and implementation of form-based codes, while respecting the uniqueness and historic authenticity of the City. Effective communicator of the City’s vision and purpose of form-based code to developers and residents to maintain a predictable and consistent review process.
  • Proactively monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of Planning and Zoning policies, processes, and form-based code regulations while identifying opportunities for improvement. Excellent communication skills, consensus building, and tactful at handling challenging situations. Fosters external partnerships with local and regional organizations to further the City’s long-term planning goals within adopted master plans. Ensures department operations conform to the local, state, and federal government regulations, and other applicable rules and policies.

  • The Director will have a successful and verifiable career history with proven success as a strong leader with experience in strategic planning, annexation, community development, historic preservation, and administration. Must have demonstrated performance, as well as significant experience in developing and managing staff talent and staff optimization. Strong understanding or experience in the implementation of cloud-based permitting software that is driven by work-flow procedures.
  • Must have a record of building solid relationships with local and county elected officials and collaborations with diverse community stakeholders. Show innovative leadership and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external partners.
  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience; Master’s degree preferred) from an accredited four-year college or university and have eight or more years of progressively responsible related experience in community, strategic planning, and project management. American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) accreditation preferred.

Pay Info:
Salary Range: $84,000-$132,000 annally, based on skills and experience.

How to apply:
Please submit letter of interest and resume/CV to by September 30, 2022 for consideration. Direct any questions to Heather Simmons Jones at


​The City of Beaufort is an Equal Opportunity Employer.