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Derry Township Seeking Assistant Director of Community Development

Job Position


Assistant Director of Community Development

Job Description 


The Assistant Director of Community Development serves as the assistant department head and acts in the absence of the Director of Community Development as required. The Assistant Director assists in the administration and direction of the functions of the Community Development Department by performing general code enforcement activities and by administering the Derry Township building codes, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, Downtown Core Design Standards, Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, and other regulations and ordinances administered by the Department. Maintains and operates the Township GIS files and software. The Assistant Director also serves as the assistant Zoning Officer.

The duties listed herein are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is a similar, related, or logical assignment to the position.

Planning Activities
Assists in the review of planning submissions and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors relevant to land development plans, subdivision plans, Conditional Use applications, Comprehensive Plan updates, amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, and amendments to the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. Assists with updates to the Township Comprehensive Plan, Official Map, and Code of Ordinances and may be involved in boards, committees, and groups promoting the planning activities of the Township. Serves as liaison between the Department of Community Development and Downtown Core Design Board.

Zoning Activities
Reviews proposed projects for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance. This includes the review of applications for zoning permits and completion of inspections for compliance with approved permits. Investigates and monitors violations of the Zoning Ordinance. Provides consultations with the public regarding questions relative to the Zoning Ordinance.

Building Codes and Permits
Reviews all applications for building, demolition, and sign permits for consistency with the Township Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Hearing Board decisions, the Township Stormwater Management Ordinance, and conditions of Land Development Plan approvals. Provides consultations with the public regarding questions relative to the building permits.

Job Requirements 


Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning, public or business administration, government, geography, or a closely related field and, at least two years of experience with either local government planning, zoning administration, a county planning agency, or planning consulting work or any comparable combination of education and/or experience will be considered.

Desirable Education and Experience
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a planning, public or business administration, government, or closely related field. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification, or ability to obtain one within one year of employment. Prior experience with the PA Uniform Construction Code and certification as a Building Code Official, or ability to obtain the certification within one year of employment. Prior experience with operation of ESRI ArcGIS products.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Must possess executive and administrative abilities, with demonstrated knowledge of best practices with respect to the duties of the office as herein outlined and in employee supervision and management. Knowledgeable in the PA Municipalities Planning Code and Second Class Township Code. Must have intermediate to advanced knowledge and skills in Microsoft Office products and other commonly used computer programs.

How to Apply 


Send a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to Township of Derry Municipal Complex, Department of Community Development, 600 Clearwater Rd., Hershey, PA 17033 or email to Charles Emerick, Director of Community Development at chuckemerick@derrytownship.org.

The Township of Derry is an Equal Opportunity Employer.