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Community Development Director


Listing Summary

The City of Woodstock, Georgia is seeking a Community Development Director to join the Leadership Team.  Woodstock is located in southern Cherokee county and is 30 miles north of downtown Atlanta. The city is 12.56 square miles and divided into three main sections: Historic Downtown, Towne Lake and Ridgewalk. Downtown Woodstock offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that can be found nowhere else. In the historic setting of the downtown area, you will find over 25 unique locally owned shops. Unique dining experience also awaits you in Downtown Woodstock. This dynamic city is a Georgia Plan First Community and a recipient of Georgia Municipal Association’s Live, Work, Play City Award.  In 2021, for the third time, Money Magazine named Woodstock as one of the top 50 cities in the country to live.  This year Woodstock was ranked 31 out of the thousands of communities analyzed across the U.S.  Only two other Georgia communities made the list.

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The ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker who can articulate a clear vision and develop a Planning Department culture that embraces emerging trends and planning best practices. The new Community Development Director must be able to demonstrate effective performance through clear, concise communication; collaboration; proper allocation and utilization of resources; sound impartial decision-making and personal accountability. The Director must have a thorough understanding and knowledge of planning, zoning, and land use principles, including the interpretation and implementation of laws, codes, rules, and regulations.   In addition, the Director should be skilled in providing positive, solutions-oriented, and effective recommendations for development and redevelopment to meet the needs of the community.  This position requires promoting a culture of teamwork by treating coworkers, stakeholders, and developers with respect and dignity and must have outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to engage with diverse groups.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in urban/regional planning, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field.  Master's degree is preferred;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of related work experience in urban/regional planning, community development, or economic development including three years of supervisory responsibility; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Requires a valid State of Georgia driver's license or have the ability to obtain one prior to employment;
  • AICP certification is highly desired

Compensation & Benefits:

The expected starting salary range for this position is $97,500 – $102,500 (depending on qualifications of the selected candidate), with a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance options, retirement plan and a generous leave package.  Relocation expenses are negotiable. 

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references and salary history no later than October 29, 2021:  Lisa Ward, Senior Associate, Mercer Group Associates, at  Any questions please call 706-983-9326. Interviews are expected to be conducted the first week of December. 

Alan Reddish, Senior Associate, 107 Indigo Lane, Athens, GA 30606, Cell:  706-614-4961  

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