Development Services Director

Currituck County
March 25, 2021
153 Courthouse Road Ste 103, CURRITUCK, NC
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153 Courthouse Road Ste 103 Currituck North Carolina 27929
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Development Services Director


Currituck County seeks a highly organized professional with strong leadership qualities for the position of Development Services Director. This is a new position within Currituck County Government and the successful candidate will lead a restructured Developmental Services Division. As a division head, this person will answer directly to the County Manager.

Established in 1668, Currituck County is one of the five original counties in North Carolina. It is in the northeast corner of the state and includes the northern-most beaches of the world-famous Outer Banks barrier islands. Currituck County’s unique geography is divided into three sections, including the Outer Banks, mainland, and Knotts Island. Currituck County’s estimated population is 29,257 with a growth rate of 2.62% in the past year, according to the most recent United States Census data. The County Government has approximately 440 employees and the FY2021 Budget included a General Fund of approximately $55 million.

Currituck County has experienced a steady influx of growth and new home-building over the past several years and continues to do so, especially in the northern section of the mainland. The Developmental Services Director must understand the pressures of growth and be an effective leader of staff. This position will require excellent communication skills, collaboration, and strategic thinking to help the County Manager and Board of Commissioners plan for growth and meet future goals.

The Developmental Services Division includes the departments of Land Development, Planning, and Inspections. It includes approximately 23 employees. The Director will lead the daily operations of the Land Development Department while supervising the Planning and Inspections departments. This department also must provide effective code enforcement and positive customer service for customers submitting permit applications.

The ideal candidate should have strong skills in project management, long-range planning, and making public presentations, and be able to delegate work appropriately. Prior work experience in a coastal community that has managed significant growth is desired. The Development Services Director will attend all Board of Commissioner meetings and provide information to Commissioners and County Manager on projects and development applications, as necessary.

Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Planning, Architecture, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field from an accredited university. Candidates will also have 5-7 years of progressive experience with managerial experience in Planning and Community Development. A Master’s Degree and AICP certification are preferred. Hiring salary is approximately $100,000.

RECRUITMENT PERIOD: March 25, 2021 – until filled.

SPECIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid driver’s license. Employment drug test, driver’s history screen and criminal background check required of finalist applicant(s). 

HOW TO APPLY: Online application which may be accessed at

. The Currituck County Human Resources Department may be contacted at 252-232-3228.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer








                                     CURRITUCK COUNTY JOB DESCRIPTION



                                JOB TITLE: DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

                                           DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DIVISION


                                               GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB


Under limited supervision, performs technical, administrative, supervisory and professional work in directing and coordinating the activities of the County Development Services Division to ensure the orderly growth and efficient administration of County resources. Work involves preparation of land use ordinances such as those pertaining to subdivisions and zoning. Formulates, installs, modifies and improves master and subsidiary plans for the County's physical, economical, and social development. Work also involves serving as a technical advisor to the Planning Board, County Board of Commissioners, Board of Adjustment and County Manager on matters relating to planning and development. Supervises a staff of professional, technical and support personnel. Reports to the County Manager.

                                      SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


Plans, organizes and directs the activities of professional, technical and clerical personnel engaged in the compilation, analysis and interpretation of data affecting community planning and building construction; plans, develops and establishes departmental goals and objectives, policies and procedures, and ensures that subordinates receive orientation and training required for assigned positions; assists and advises subordinates as necessary, resolving problems as non-routine situations arise; performs yearly evaluations of personnel.

Performs various supervisory tasks in overseeing and managing the activities of assigned personnel; instructs, assigns and reviews work; maintains standards through the effective coordination of activities; allocates personnel; acts on employee problems; selects new employees; provides recommendations regarding disciplinary actions and discharge.

Develops and recommends policies for the Board; writes, reviews, and amends ordinances; ensures State statutory requirements are met.

Serves as technical advisor to the County Manager, County Board of Commissioners, Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and other County officials; provides assistance to other County departments and public agencies involved in long-range planning; provides input and advise regarding land use issues; conducts research regarding various land use issues.

Prepares and administers departmental work plans and budgets; prepares and reviews contracts and agreements; drafts recommendations.

Reviews complex development plans and permit applications of developers and property owners to ensure compliance with various codes and ordinances; reviews requests for amendments to the County zoning ordinance, and makes recommendations to the County Planning Board.

Coordinates County planning activities with affected state, federal and private agencies.

Works with attorneys on court cases involving the department; converses with State agencies about programs affecting County.

Receives and responds to detailed requests, concerns, and complaints from developers, contractors, the general public and other involved parties; provides professional input to the County Attorney and the County Manager in law suit situations.


Orders supplies, types letters, reports, documents etc; keeps files organized.

Performs duties as assigned by the County Manager or his designees during a State of Emergency or other disaster.

Performs other related work as required.


Masters degree in urban or regional planning from a recognized and accredited university, and six to nine years of experience in rural or regional planning at the local government level in a management level position; AICP Certification preferred; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.


                                     TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of office equipment. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are for those for Medium Work.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving instructions, assignments or directions to subordinates or assistants.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of reports, correspondence, real property appraisals and assessments, maps, deeds, surveys, permits, etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, permits, forms, maps, etc., using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak before groups of people with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret a variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages including the Queen's English.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; utilize decimals and percentages; understand and apply the theories of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, descriptive statistics, integral calculus, differential calculus and statistical inference.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using office equipment.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as office equipment. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words. Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear.) Must be able to communicate via a telephone.

                                         KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of urban and regional planning.

Thorough knowledge of economics, sociology, public administration and quantitative methods and research techniques as related to planning.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and physical design as generally related to planning and development.

Considerable knowledge of the environmental and socio‑economic implications of the plan­ning process.

Considerable knowledge of County zoning ordinances and related land use regulations.

Considerable knowledge of the current literature, trends and development in the field of rural and regional planning.

Considerable knowledge of the principles of supervision, organization and administration.

Considerable knowledge of the geographical layout of the County and socio‑economic characteristics.

Skilled in the collection, analysis and presentation of technical data and planning recommendations.

Ability to use ArcMap or other GIS software.

Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet and file maintenance programs.

Ability to interpret cadastral, orthophoto, topographical and other related maps.

Ability to read and interpret surveys and engineering drawings and plans.

Ability to review subdivision plans, site development plans and related drawings for compliance to applicable local regulations and ordinances.

Ability to plan, assign and direct the activities of a professional, technical and clerical staff.

Ability to explain planning theory, policy and practices to lay people individually or in groups.

Ability to exercise considerable tact and courtesy in frequent contacts with County, municipal, state and federal officials, and the general public.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

ED: 03/15/2021 (BOC)






$100,724 annually. Beginning salary


Masters degree in urban or regional planning from a recognized and accredited university, and six to nine years of experience in rural or regional planning at the local government level in a management level position; AICP Certification preferred; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.