Community Development Director

City of Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson, MO United States

Located 13 miles northwest of St. Louis, Missouri, the City of Ferguson is home to more than 18,500 residents and covers approximately 6.2 square miles. Ferguson is a diverse community united by shared goals and values. “Our strong neighborhoods and thriving businesses are the result of the respect we have for one another, our ability to collaborate towards our future, and the importance we place on community. Committed to working together, we are building a proud and flourishing community for all who live and work here.”


The City of Ferguson Planning & Development Department has four essential functions: research and develop economic activity within the city; plan zoning regulations throughout the city; develop and implement long-term planning initiatives that solidify the success of the community; and additional functions, including city planning.


Under the direction of the City Manager, the Community Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all activities and staff related to the city’s community development functions, including building plans review and inspection, code compliance, floodplain management, current and long-range planning, site planning and economic development, and other related aspects of development for the Planning and Development, Code Enforcement, Building Inspection, and Plan Review sections of the department. The position also involves responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, and participating in such diverse activities as home improvement loan programs, CDBG programs, Streetscape and other improvement programs and landmark initiatives. Work also involves responsibility for evaluating and developing city housing strategies for council consideration. Work involves advising the City Manager, Council and citizen commissions on housing, and directing diversified assisted and affordable housing programs and housing counseling. General services are also provided by the position for housing maintenance, property restoration, occupancy services, and program planning and development. The incumbent also serves as the Director of the Ferguson Neighborhood Improvement Program. This position will also be involved in comprehensive and community planning projects, day-to-day planning and zoning tasks/inquiries, and developing/implementing a business retention program. It is anticipated that the responsibilities in this section will be undertaken by a coordinator at a later date.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban or regional planning, public administration, or related field; a master’s degree is preferred. Candidates should have at least five (5) years of managerial level experience in urban housing, regional planning and urban development, code enforcement, building and site plan review, or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, abilities, and skills.


For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Ferguson is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply by February 12, 2023 (open until filled). Applications will be reviewed as submitted.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Community or Neighborhood Development
Salary Range
$85,000 - $95,000

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