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Development Director- Exempt

SALARY: $105,000
The essential function of the position within the organization is to oversee and direct the operations of the City’s Planning and Development Department.  The position is responsible for staff supervision, establishing long-range plans, developing policy and procedures, managing planning activities and events, managing and overseeing all building and code enforcement operations, managing stormwater operations and enforcement, preparing budgets, and evaluating, documenting, and reporting on events and activities to senior management and elected or appointed officials.  The position develops and implements programs within organizational policies; reports major activities to executive-level administrators through conferences and reports.
This position’s primary duties are: 
  • Supervises staff including establishing staffing standards, organizing, selecting or recommending selection, training, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining, and terminating or recommending termination.
  • Develops goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for City planning activities, code enforcement, stormwater and programs in consultation with elected or appointed officials, senior management, department heads, and departmental staff; articulates policies and procedures to all departmental levels and evaluates to ensure compliance and identify deficiencies.
  • Reviews, edits, and/or composes amendments to ordinances and regulations; provides information to the general public on existing ordinances and regulations and implemented changes.
  • Monitors and researches trends, studies, statistics, new methodology and technology, laws, rules, and City policy to develop and enhance City development processes and activities.
  • Directs planning activities, including developing comprehensive and multiyear plans, coordinating local and regional planning, drafting planning ordinances or resolutions, and monitoring federal or state laws and programs to coordinate functional or special planning to foster planned and coordinated growth and development.
  • Directs stormwater activities, including coordination with the local jurisdictions within the County administering the joint MS4 Permit in accordance with federal or state laws.
  • Directs code enforcement activities, including oversight and enforcement of the adopted local and international codes in accordance with federal or state laws.
  • Advises and consults with elected and appointed officials, commissions, department heads, staff agencies, developers, civic or private groups, and individuals on problems, strategies, policies, and procedures related to development.
  • Represents the City on regional and local boards or committees and at meetings involved with development related issues; makes presentations to elected or appointed officials, department heads and staff, and other public or private agencies or groups.
  • Oversees administrative matters such as conducting special studies, developing and defending departmental budgets, administering expenditures, preparing routine or special reports, managing correspondence and records, developing and administering training, or providing staff with technical or professional growth.
  • Conducts staff, contractor, and other professional meetings and conferences to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars, or conferences to make presentations and/or improve professional skills.
Requires a master’s degree in urban, community or regional planning or a closely related field.  Requires eight years of related experience. Experience in management at the Department Head level preferred and a valid TN Driver’s License.  
Applications can be completed online
Resumes may be faxed to (865)453-5518 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Application and/or resume can be mailed in an envelope marked “Development Director” to:
City of Sevierville
Att: Human Resources
P.O. Box 5500
Sevierville, TN 37864-5500
The City of Sevierville is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex or handicap in its programs or activities pursuant to Public Law 93-112 or 101-336
The City of Sevierville does not discriminate based on race, color or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d.)
The City is a Drug-Free Workplace, and all applicants are subject to a background check, driving history check, and drug testing in accordance with City policy.
NOTE:  Only applicants who provide a valid e-mail address will be notified when the position has been filled.

Contact Us

Kristi Ward, Human Resources Manager

120 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville, TN 37864-5500
Phone: 865.453.5504


The City of Sevierville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected class as identified under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, the Tennessee Human Rights Act, or on any basis protected by law.

The City is a Drug-Free Workplace, and all applicants are subject to a background check, driving history check, and drug testing in accordance with City policy.

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