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Community Development Director

The City of Medina will be collecting detailed resumes w/cover letter through August 9, 2021 for consideration to fill the classification of:


SALARY: Compensation commensurate with experience having the starting annual salary range set between $86,886-$94,124.  Full-time benefits include group hospitalization/ or opt-out stipend, sick leave, paid holidays and paid vacation.

CLASSIFICATION FEATURES:  The individual in this classification, under the broad supervision of the Mayor, performs managerial, administrative and professional work relating to current planning, zoning, administration, comprehensive planning, redevelopment and other community development issues.  This individual oversees the Building Division, Economic Development Division, and Planning Division, all of which form the Community Development Department.


  • Plans, directs and coordinates the activities of the City’s Community Development Department, including the preparation of annual budgets and monitoring of revenues and expenditures for effective and efficient performance of each of the Community Development Department’s divisions.
  • Administers the City’s Comprehensive Plan, working with other City departments, agencies and citizen groups.
  • Oversees regular reviews of the Plan in order to enhance and improve the City’s Comprehensive Plan’s effectiveness, as well as its relationship to the City’s Strategic Plan.
  • Enforces zoning code regulations by supervising the enforcement of all development approvals and all regulations related to land use and development.
  • Establishes and oversees the development review process, including the coordination with the Building and Engineering Departments and other City departments for input, as well as other agencies when necessary.
  • Directs and acts as Secretary to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Historic Preservation Board.
  • Provides educational and informational materials.
  • Responsible for public notices of all meetings as required by the Ohio Revised Code and the City.
  • Supervises and participates in the preparation of zoning ordinances and zoning maps and the revision of such ordinances and maps.
  • Provides advice to and cooperates with City officials in connection with new or proposed capital improvement projects and coordinates those projects with a long-range capital improvements plan.
  • Supervise and work directly with the city’s Building Official to ensure the Building Division is performing as required and to ensure building regulations are being enforced.
  • Assists City officials in addressing the costs of services and the implications of capital improvement projects.
  • Serves as the City’s liaison to the Medina County Planning Commission, as well as to other public, private or nonprofit groups and associations involved in such issues as community development, housing and neighborhood improvement, transportation planning and other issues that impact the City’s planning efforts.
  • Identifies areas in need of housing rehabilitation and develops and implements programs to address those problem areas.
  • Serves as the Fair Housing Coordinator and works with the County’s Fair Housing Office.
  • Supervise and works with the city’s Economic Development Director to identify commercial or industrial areas in need of redevelopment and to ensure the Economic Development Division is running efficiently.
  • Develops and implements programs related to stabilizing the economy of the downtown Historic District, dealing with such issues as parking, traffic, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of older buildings and new development.
  • Plans, organizes and administers provisions of all community grants which might include interdepartmental coordination, neighborhood groups, development and communications.
  • Administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other grants as assigned.
  • Prepares and writes grant applications.
  • Advises the Mayor, City Council and Department Heads regarding planning and zoning issues and problems.
  • Coordinates historic preservation activities of the City including serving as the City’s certified local government coordinator.
  • Completes all state requirements of Certified Local Government program.
  • Maintains regular and consistent attendance.
  • Coordinates with and assists the City’s Law Director and any special City legal counsel with preparation of documents and exhibits as needed.
  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of planning and community development.
  • Attends City Council meetings and department meetings when required.
  • Able to perform physical demands that include but are not limited to being able to sit continuously at a computer terminal, desk or work station. Able to spend time walking, standing, bending, stooping, crawling, squatting, lifting, kneeling and reaching throughout the work day. 


  • Master’s Degree in municipal planning, urban affairs or a related field, along with considerable experience and responsibility in city planning and community development; or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Certifications:  American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification desirable or a commitment to gain such certification within two years of hiring.                           QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:  Advanced theories, principles and practices of city planning and community development; and Ohio planning and zoning laws, as well as federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and standards applicable to planning and community development. 

Skilled in: Word processing and spreadsheet software applications including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Excel and other Microsoft Office products; and reading and writing reports, correspondence and instructions.

Ability to:  Operate standard office equipment including but not limited to, personal computer, fax and copy machines, telephone and printers;

Communicate effectively in writing or orally with co-workers, supervisors and the general public; provide administrative and professional leadership and direction to Department personnel; make presentations to professional and lay groups, City Council, boards, commissions and the general public; and establish and maintain good working relationships with City employees, other governmental agencies and the general public. 

ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS:  This position requires the employee to spend part of each working day in the office at a desk or computer station and at meeting sites and facilities.  The position includes a high incidence of interaction with citizens, government officials, and other City employees, occasionally under stressful conditions.


May be required to work outside normal business hours including weekends, evenings and holidays.


Resumes with cover letter may be submitted by through the City of Medina’s website or sent through email to or in person at the Civil Service Office, lower level of Medina City Hall, 132 N. Elmwood.  Questions can be addressed through the Civil Service Commission office by calling (330)722-9077.  

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A RESUME IS 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021

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