City of Athens
Director of Development Services
City of Athens
City of Athens
508 E. Tyler
75751 Athens , TX
Job Description: 

Under general direction of the City Manager or his designee, the Director of Development Services oversees and manages the Planning and Zoning, Permits, Building Inspections and Code Enforcement departments for the City of Athens. This position may also serve the Building Official.

Responsibilities Include: 


Essential functions may include any of the following representative duties. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND



  • Oversee daily operations, activities, programs and services of the Planning and Zoning, Inspections and Code Enforcement Departments.
  • Develop, plan and implement goals and objectives relating to department operations.
  • Recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Comply with all written department and City policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate and direct the inspection of residential and commercial construction.
  • Maintain department efficiency, effectiveness, and safety.
  • Project additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Participate, oversee and manage the administration of the department budget, budget projections and justifications for the annual budget.
  • Serve as a member of the City's management team; provide information and recommendations regarding operations.
  • Develop strategic long range and short-range plans to determine goals and objectives for the department.
  • Coordinate the preparation of a variety of technical and departmental activities, reports and records.
  • Coordinate development projects with developer, contractors and other departments as necessary.
  • Coordinate weekly project development meeting. Personnel
  • Interact and consult with staff regarding overall management, staff motivation and morale.
  • Initiate policy development and implementation providing direction and vision.
  • Review and assign staff resources as needed to achieve objectives of programs and services while monitoring safety and personnel issues.
  • Conduct problem solving sessions with other personnel for internal personnel issues, investigations, and coordination of services to best meet department and community needs.
  • Coordinate selection, training and motivation of personnel and evaluate progress.
  • Monitor employee performance objectives and review shift activities.
  • Ensure department personnel receive training/continuing education as necessary and as the budget allows.
  • Work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Ensure bi-weekly payroll timesheets are processed accurately and efficiently for submission to Payroll.

Public Relations

  • Respond to the complaints and requests for information.
  • Represent the City in meetings with individuals, community groups, professional organizations, and leaders to determine needs and issues of the community.

Other Duties

  • Prepares presentations, training, statistical analysis and management level reports as needed.
  • Travels to attend meetings, conferences and training.
  • Ensures required reports are submitted to regulatory entities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the City Manager.
  • Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work hours is essential

Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Architecture, Building Science or a closely related field; and other related coursework and training that demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning and practices in this profession. Five years of progressively responsible experience in a municipal development services. Certification as a Building Official with the International Code Council preferred.

Special Skills/Abilities/Knowledge: 
  • Administration management and oversight of similar municipal departments.
  • Applicable laws, rules, regulations, ordinances and codes pertaining to planning and zoning, permitting, inspections and code enforcement.
  • Principles and techniques of budget development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management.
  • Budget projection, development, management and justification practices and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign and direct the work of personnel.
  • Develop and administer sound departmental policies.
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
  • Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.
  • Skill in effective oral and written communication.
  • Skill in conducting inspections and investigations and enforcing building codes and regulations.
  • Skill in responding to and managing emergencies and incidents.
  • Skill in planning, developing and implementing department procedures and objectives.
  • Skill in effectively leading, supervising and delegating duties to assigned staff.
  • Skill in resolving citizen complaints and concerns.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Ability to be punctual and regular in attendance. 
Work Environment: 


  • May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing, data entry and vision to monitor.
  • May require standing, sitting, walking.
  • May be subject to lifting, carrying, bending, reaching, kneeling, pulling, and crouching.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time.


  • Must be able to work in outdoors and in an office setting.
  • Must be able to work in stressful situations.
  • May be exposed to varying conditions associated with providing inspections services.


This position requires extensive knowledge of and experience with the principles, practices and procedures of planning, zoning, code compliance and building construction; extensive knowledge of laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to the operation of a Development Services Department; human relations skills necessary to deal effectively with personnel and the public. Must have and maintain a valid Texas Driver’s License. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record. Punctuality and regular attendance are required. Must satisfactorily complete a one-year probation period.

The above job description has been reviewed with the employee and specific duties and responsibilities were explained. It was also explained that all questions concerning duties, responsibilities, working conditions, hour, etc., should be directed to the immediate supervisor.