[Posted 2022-11-02]

Director Development Services Department – City of Gretna

Job Title: Director
Department: Development Services Department
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: City Administrator

Come join a high-functioning, professional team in a fast-growth metropolitan area. Gretna, Nebraska is a booming community located in Sarpy County and the Omaha Metro area. The City is seeking a highly skilled person to oversee all aspects of the Development Services Department on a day-to-day basis. The Director is responsible for overseeing the functionality of all: supervision and training of professional staff, current and long-range planning of the community, identifying and evaluating economic opportunity throughout the jurisdiction, and building relationships with developers, investors and property owners.

The current Development Services Director is retiring, and it is anticipated the new Director will be on board prior to the departure of the current Director.

Gretna recently annexed acreages practically doubling the city’s footprint and population, began construction of the $55 million Gretna Crossing Park; expanded the building and zoning jurisdiction up to two miles from corporate limits, and master-planned one of the gateway corridors into the community. Gretna requires an enthusiastic self-starter who will promote the orderly growth of Gretna by ensuring the current levels of development activity meet City requirements while following the Comprehensive Plan. The individual will help guide the community as it prepares for a fast-growing future.   

The following education and experience is preferred:

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in planning, geography, urban studies, civil engineering or closely related field
  2. Must have five (5) years of experience in planning functions within a local government, 2 years of which must consist of supervisory experience.
  3. Must have a valid driver’s license at the time of hire and maintain it throughout the course of employment.
  4. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable.
  5. The City may accept any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Candidates will have knowledge of urban planning principles, municipal/county zoning, development proposal processing, comprehensive planning, demographic attributes and federal/state/ local laws relating to urban planning.  Please see the full job description for information about this position. 

This is an exciting time to join the City of Gretna team to aid in visioning and implementing the future of Gretna.  The Development Services Director position range is $75,252 – $95,326 with initial starting salary at $75,252 DOQ, with excellent benefits.  Application and Job Description are available from City Clerk’s office, 204 N. McKenna Avenue, P. O. Box 69, Gretna, NE. 68028-0069 or at www.gretnane.org.  This position remains open until filled.  Initial review of applications begins December 1, 2022.

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the City Administrator, the Development Services Director is responsible for strengthening the overall health and vitality of the City of Gretna through developing, managing and evaluating economic and community development programs, including planning, redevelopment, development review, housing rehabilitation and inspections, zoning, building plan review and inspection, code administration and enforcement, and various other services.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of the current principles and practices associated with municipal planning functions.
  • Knowledge of planning research principles and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of urban organization, housing, industrial, commercial, economic and related functions.
  • Knowledge of the geographical layout and demographic attributes of the City of Gretna and surrounding jurisdictions.
  • Knowledge of current principles and practices of public administration.
  • Knowledge of budgetary principles within a municipality.
  • Knowledge of governmental processes relating to development review and analysis.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws relating to urban planning.
  • Knowledge of the city’s responsibilities and use of independent judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Knowledge of economic development and incentive programs.

    Ability to:

    • Ability to identify planning needs within a municipality.
    • Ability to use computerized drafting and mapping techniques.
    • Ability to provide administrative direction within a municipal department.
    • Ability to supervise, train, evaluate and lead the work of others.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language.
    • Ability to understand and follow both oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions.
    • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.
    • Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks and other standard office equipment and software programs
    • Ability to perform job duties efficiently while managing frequent interruptions and under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
    • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, governmental officials, co-workers and supervisors.


      1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in planning, geography, urban studies, political science, civil engineering or closely related field.
      2. Must have five (5) years of experience in municipal planning, and two (2) years of which must be in a supervisory position.
      3. American Institute of Certified Planners credentials is preferred.
      4. City will consider equivalent combinations of education, training and experience.
      5. Must have a valid driver’s license at the time of hire and maintain it throughout the course of employment.


        Seeing and hearing: read documents, computer screen, answer phones, communicate in person.75-100%
        Standing and walking.0-24%
        Climbing, stooping, squatting and kneeling.0-24%
        Dexterity: utilizing phone, typing, and writing.75-100%
        Lift in excess of 10 pounds0-24%


        • Develops and administers the departmental budget.
        • Develops policies and procedures designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations, and to ensure the appropriate application of local, state and federal laws pertaining to the duties performed
        • Directs the preparation and maintenance of the Comprehensive Plan, Transportation Plan, Housing Study, and other plans as identified.
        • Performs supervisory functions such as staffing, scheduling work, assigning work duties, training personnel on various equipment and techniques, conducting performance evaluations and administering disciplinary actions.
        • Oversees development and planning activities, including plan reviews, responding to requests for information, writing zoning text amendments, staffing meetings, making recommendations for action and providing administrative support to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment.
        • Responsible for the enforcement of adopted building and municipal codes and zoning ordinances.
        • Coordinates and promotes planning activities with other governmental agencies, private entities and other groups.
        • Evaluates areas identified for annexation.
        • Attends various City meetings conferences, workshops and training sessions.
        • Answers inquiries and makes recommendations regarding the functions of the department.
        • Prepares reports on planning and development requests, operations and general information for the city and surrounding jurisdiction
        • Analyzes proposals for future public and private development, infrastructure, economic initiatives, and strategic objectives.
        • Serves as a liaison with the city and other governmental offices pursuing the resolution of mutual problems relating to the construction, renovation and alterations of buildings and other structures.
        • Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.
        • Communicates and coordinates regularly with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
        • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the general public, governmental officials, co-workers and supervisors.
        • Directs the economic development initiatives by pursuing the objectives of the City of Gretna’s economic development goals.
        • Provides economic development advice and assistance in the development of short and long term economic development goals.
        • Maintains a current database of available properties, infrastructure, taxes, zoning, financial tools, and incentives.
        • Prepares and presents data and demographic information in a variety of formats to the public, City Council, and other groups.
        • Performs other duties as assigned or as situation dictates

        Note:   The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be constructed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  This job description may be changed or updated at any time without notice.