Director of Community Development | Fort Myers, FL

Lee County Community Development oversees planning, zoning, development, environmental review, inspections, and code enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Lee County. The Director of Community Development focuses on planning, managing, and monitoring the function and performance of all aspects of the department. This position formulates long-range goals for the organization and builds strategic partnerships with senior county management. The Director of Community Development evaluates and recommends improvements to existing programs, and proposes new initiatives as needed for efficiency and compliance. 

The ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker who can articulate a clear vision and embrace a department culture that focuses on emerging trends and community development best practices while focusing on customer service. The director must have a thorough understanding and knowledge of planning, zoning, code enforcement, land use principles, grants programs and contract oversight, including the interpretation and implementation of laws, code, rules, and regulations.

This position requires promoting a culture of teamwork by treating staff, stakeholders, and developers with respect and dignity and must have outstanding communication skills with the ability to engage with diverse groups. Candidates should possess highly developed interpersonal and active listening skills, as well as the ability to build trust with the City and County Elected Officials, City and County employees and the public. Must be comfortable presenting in a variety of settings and possess outstanding public speaking skills.

The ideal candidate will possess the following credentials and qualifications:
• A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration or a closely related field and five years of closely related and progressively responsible experience to include two years in a supervisor or management role.
• Must possess community development experience with a governmental/municipal agency, similar in size and scope to Lee County Community Development, or in a community that has experienced large, sustained growth and substantial redevelopment initiatives.
• Budgeting and fiscal management experience with and understanding of financials across multiple funding sources is expected.
• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is preferred.
Lee County strives to be an employer of choice by offering a supportive and dynamic work environment. Expected starting salary range for the right candidate is between $135,000 – $180,000 annually. Lee County provides a comprehensive benefits & wellness package, including medical insurance with both HMO and PPO options. Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, an Employee Assistance Program, and participation in the Florida Retirement System are provided at the full cost of the employer. Lee County Board of County Commissioners employees participate in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) and employees may also contribute to a Deferred Compensation 457 plan. Within the FRS, employees contribute 3% and the employer contributes 7.67% (before FRS deductions). Supplemental insurance coverage including Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, additional Life Insurance for Employee and Dependents, and Flexible Spending Accounts are offered at incredibly affordable premiums.

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references with email and phone numbers, as well as salary history no later than November 27, 2022: Lisa Ward, Senior Associate, Mercer Group Associates, at Any questions please call 706-983-9326.