Director of Development Services

$73,000 - $83,000 yearly
  • City of Pleasant Hill
  • Pleasant Hill, MO, USA
  • May 12, 2022
Full time Building & Zoning Community Development Planning

Job Description

Development Services Director - Job Posting

*ARPA-Funded Position


The City of Pleasant Hill is seeking a dynamic leader for its Development Services Director position. This position will manage all aspects of the department, including building inspections, code enforcement, planning/development, and historic preservation. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Urban Planning, or closely related field, and experience in a Community Development department. 

The pay range for this position is $73,154 - $82,846, depending on experience. The City offers health, dental, and vision insurance, LAGERS pension (L6, no employee match), employer-paid short-term disability/life insurance, and paid time off. 

*This position has been included in the budget as part of the American Rescue Plan Act funds, and will only be guaranteed for a period of two years. 

First review of applications on June 6th, 2022.

For more information on this position or to apply, please visit, or contact:

Jodie Wasson

City Clerk/HR Specialist


The Community

The City of Pleasant Hill is situated in northern Cass County and southeastern Jackson County at the intersection of three state highways. The City occupies 8.01 square miles and is located 30 miles southeast of Downtown Kansas City. Pleasant Hill is also on the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad where it intersects with the Missouri North Arkansas line.

Pleasant Hill’s 19th century origin as an agricultural and railroad community, its quintessential “hometown” character, and proximity to the rich cultural and entertainment amenities of a thriving urban center combine to give it a desirable livable lifestyle. We have the vibe of a small town, close knit, volunteeristic community in an exurban setting. Our history has given our community buildings great character. In fact, the City’s downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts and the City maintains a local historic district.

The Parks system enhances our quality of life through programming and outdoor recreation opportunities. The department’s 350 acres of park land include sporting fields, a swimming pool, City Lake, and multi-use trails. The parks and green spaces are spread throughout the community and provide ample green space for health and fitness activities, leisure pastimes, and community events. The westernmost trailhead for the Rock Island Spur of the KATY Trail is located at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pleasant Hill.

The City is encouraged by continued residential development. Being close to a metropolitan region, residential development typically precedes other development. While infill development continues to occur, future growth of the City will require new subdivisions and extensions of City services and roadways. 

Our residents are proud of their education system - the home of the “Roosters and the Chicks”. The Pleasant Hill R-3 School District offers instruction for approximately 2,250 students at five campuses and operates a central office for administrative services. The district’s quality programs and small class sizes have earned it an accredited rating by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Our 8,777 residents are proud to be from Pleasant Hill, and we strive to make them proud of their community on a daily basis.

Governance and Organization

The City of Pleasant Hill operates under a Special Charter, approved by the Missouri Legislature in 1859. The City is served by a Mayor and four Council members who serve two-year overlapping terms. The Mayor presides over the City Council meetings and only votes in the event of a tie. As the City’s legislative body, the City Council sets policy, passes ordinances, adopts resolutions, and makes appointments to advisory boards and commissions.

The City Administrator is appointed by and reports directly to the Mayor and City Council. The City Administrator is responsible for directing the City’s day-to-day operations and carrying out the policies set forth by the Council. 

The City has approximately 42 full-time employees. The City oversees parks and facilities, streets and transportation, water distribution, sewer collection, municipal court, animal control, and police service in addition to general administration. The City operates a $12 million budget.

The Position

The Development Services Director is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the Development Services Department. The Director will oversee the four main functions of the department, which include: Building Inspections, Planning/Development, Code Enforcement, and Historic Preservation. 

This position will supervise the following direct reports: Development Coordinator, PT Building Inspector, PT Code Enforcement Officer. Additionally, the Director will manage the city’s contracts for outsourced engineering review and commercial building inspections. This position serves as the staff liaison to the Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Commission. 

The Director will have several opportunities for high-level projects that impact the community, including:

  • Adopt and implement the 2018 International Building Codes
  • Assist with a full overhaul of the city’s Unified Development Code
  • Revise and implement needed updates to the Property Maintenance Code

In addition to departmental leadership and overseeing daily operations, the Director serves as an integral part of the City’s leadership team. The Director will be expected to work collaboratively with multiple departments in order to see the City’s vision into reality.

Please see below for the full job description. Thank you for your interest in this position and we look forward to your application.

First review of applications on June 6th, 2022.

Development Services Director - Job Description

Department: Development Services

FLSA Status: Exempt

Pay Grade: 31

Supervisor: Assistant City Administrator

Summary of Responsibilities:  Responsible for the overall administration of the Development Services department; including, planning, organizing, supervising, and evaluating policies and processes. 

Examples of Duties:  

  • Manage and oversee the functions of Building Inspections, Planning/Development, Code Enforcement, and Historic Preservation.
  • Assist developers through the development process and evaluate applications for preliminary and final plats, rezoning, commercial site plans, and other submittals. 
  • Make and present staff reports and recommendations to the Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Assist in the development of plans, studies, reports, and maps.
  • Prepare and monitor the annual department budget and make recommendations regarding fees.
  • Supervise department personnel including hiring, training, evaluation, and discipline.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Work closely with city administration to assist in implementing the goals and priorities of the City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and the community.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on urban planning, or a closely related field.
  • Extensive knowledge of or experience in planning and development processes.
  • Ability to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Ability to make decisions at the department head level; comprehend major policy, operational, and personnel issues and draw valid conclusions to provide sound recommendations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with an emphasis in urban planning, general management, public administration, or closely related field.
  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in local government or similar field, with at least three years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience in a management role in a Community Development or similar department. 
  • Knowledge of building codes and construction practices.
  • Knowledge of general code enforcement processes and policies.

Benefits: This is a full time, exempt position; pay range is $73,154 - $82,846, depending on experience. The City offers health, dental, and vision insurance, LAGERS pension (L6, no employee match), employer-paid short-term disability/life insurance, and paid time off.