Job Posting: Director of Neighborhood and Development Services

Job Posting: Director of Neighborhood and Development Services

City of Iowa City, Iowa

Director of Neighborhood and Development Services

The Community

Offering big-city amenities along with small-town hospitality, Iowa City has it all. Nestled in the heart of the Midwest in east central Iowa, it has long served as a hub for culture, education, variety, and fun. The City enjoys an extensive parks and recreation system that includes nearly 1,000 acres of prairie, wetlands and forested areas with almost every Iowa City resident living within ½ mile of public open space areas. Iowa City also features a vibrant, walkable downtown, and in 2008 was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, currently the only City in North America to hold this honor. Numerous professional publications consistently rank Iowa City as a highly favorable place to do business, a vibrant center for arts and cultural activities, a great place to retire where seniors can age successfully.

Our diverse and welcoming community, set along the banks of the Iowa River and south of the Coralville Reservoir, is home to more than 74,000 people, and is easily accessible via Interstate 80 and the Avenue of the Saints. Iowa City is located in Johnson County (county population of 142,000) and serves as county seat. Approximately 26 miles north is the City of Cedar Rapids, serving a metropolitan area of 175,000. Several small rural towns are located throughout Johnson County. Iowa City also neighbors two bustling suburban communities, Coralville and North Liberty.

Iowa City is the home of the University of Iowa with Hawkeye athletics being a regional draw for college sports enthusiasts. Our community also offers excellent healthcare facilities, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mercy Hospital, and the Iowa VA Medical Center. Additionally, the City is the location of numerous private employers such as American College Testing, Pearson, Procter & Gamble, Oral B and many other smaller business and manufacturing firms.

The City’s fiscal year 2018 operating and capital budget totals $190.6 million. The primary revenue sources are property taxes hotel/motel taxes, user fees, permits and licenses, and franchise fees. Iowa City has received a Moody’s Aaa credit rating for more than 40 years and has been recognized for its efforts in budget preparation and comprehensive annual financial reporting.

City Organizational Structure

Iowa City is governed by a mayor and six council members elected to four-year overlapping terms, with four at-large members and three from districts. Administration of the City organization, which is comprised of approximately 600 permanent employees, is the responsibility of the City Manager, including the appointment of the Neighborhood and Development Services Director.

Neighborhood and Development Services Position

The Neighborhood and Development Services Director manages the operational, financial, personnel and related administrative activities of the Neighborhood and Development Services (NDS) Department. The department includes the Neighborhood Services and Development Services divisions and the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County. The NDS Director ensures responsiveness to neighborhood and general community issues related to planning, community development, nuisance abatement and development services including housing and building inspection services and Housing Authority operations. The NDS Director reports directly to the City Manager, or designee, and advises the City Council on a variety of neighborhood and development related issues.  The position also performs the duties of the City Building Official.  The NDS Director supervises five direct reports and is indirectly responsible for 35-45 employees.

Essential Functions

  • Plans, organizes, and coordinates department activities and ensures effective communication between the department and other City staff
  • Develops recommendations to the City Manager and City Council on policies related to planning, neighborhoods and development
  • Interviews, selects, and evaluates the performance of the department management staff
  • Performs the duties of the City Building Official
  • Develops expectations for high levels of customer service and ensures that all employees of the department understand and meet these expectations
  • Serves as a Hearing Officer for issues identified in the City Code or as requested by the City Manager
  • Oversees the review of development proposals and makes recommendations to the City Manager and City Council as appropriate, coordinating development review with other City departments
  • Monitors housing and building inspection programs to ensure that the public safety objectives of the City are being achieved
  • Drafts modifications to the City Code and presents materials to the City Council
  • Ensures close collaboration of the department and its divisions with other City Departments, state and federal agencies, neighborhood associations and various business interests in the community
  • Tracks compliance matters associated with state and federal grants, including activities of the Housing Authority, CDBG and HOME programs
  • Receives and coordinates responses to the media and public in a timely manner
  • Resolves conflicts as they arise
  • Conducts self in a manner which promotes and supports diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and community
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned

Candidate Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree business, community development, urban planning, public administration, engineering, architecture, construction management or a related field from an institution accredited by DOE recognized accreditation body required; Eight years’ experience in a related field required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Advanced degree or certification in relevant planning or building field and eight or more years’ supervisory experience preferred.  Must pass criminal background check and must reside within Iowa City city limits.  

Compensation and Benefits

-Salary schedule. Starting salary to be negotiated. Range of $99,257.60 – $158,808.00.

-Medical insurance. Employees contribute $55 per month for single coverage and $95 per month for family coverage

-Dental insurance. The City provides dental insurance for employees through Delta Dental. Employees have the option of purchasing family dental coverage.

-Section 125 Plan. The City offers premium conversion and medical and dependent care spending accounts through a pre-tax Section 125 plan.

-Life Insurance. The City provides life insurance coverage in an amount equal to annual salary.

-Supplemental Life Insurance. Employees may purchase supplemental life insurance for themselves and their dependents.

-Sick Leave. City employees accrue sick leave at the rate of one day per month, up to a total of 1440 hours.

-Vacation. City employees accrue vacation at a rate of one day per month for the first five years of employment. Accrual rates increase every five years.

-Holidays. City employees receive 11 holidays and one personal day each year.

-Longevity Pay. Longevity pay of $325 annually is paid following five years of service. Longevity pay increases in five-year increments.

-Deferred Compensation. Employees may voluntarily join a deferred compensation program which includes a Roth IRA option administered by the City.

-Pension Plan. Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Application and Selection Process

City of Iowa City online application and resume must be submitted by Friday, September 22, 2017. The online application can be accessed at  Selected candidates may be required to prepare additional information in the form of a questionnaire, writing sample, or other assessment tool to further assist in candidate screening. Selected candidates will be interviewed in Iowa City at City expense.

Questions regarding this recruitment process may be directed to:

Human Resources, City of Iowa City, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

319-356-5020 or email

The City of Iowa City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is subject to the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.