Director of City Development

City of Racine

Racine, WI

Experience Level: Senior

Salary: $102,000 to $131,000 DOQ

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The City of Racine is seeking candidates for the position of Director of City Development. This position is responsible for a wide array of planning and development activities. Racine is a city of 78,000 people in an urban area of 140,000 people in southeastern Wisconsin located on Lake Michigan. Its location on Interstate 94 and on a Great Lake between the Milwaukee and Chicago metropolitan areas affords tremendous potential for urban development. As a land-locked community surrounded by suburbs, Racine is focusing on the redevelopment of many areas of the community. The City has a significant amount of federal, state, and local funds available to plan and implement infill housing and neighborhood redevelopment programs; to repurpose a regional mall to a mixed-use development; to and, several major projects in various stages of planning and development. This position will play a leadership role in the City’s growth and development.


  • Under the direction of the City Administrator and the Mayor, this position is responsible for general control, management, and direction of the following: 
  • Advises the Mayor and members of the Common Council on various matters pertaining to City development. Negotiates with potential real estate developers and community leaders relative to development matters within the city. Acts as a strategic interface with the mayor, city administrator and other senior leaders to facilitate essential communication of the executive and legislative direction of city leaders.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of long-term plans and objectives focused on achieving the City's mission. 
  • Serves as adviser and secretary to the Planning Heritage and Design Commission (PHDC) and the Director of the Community Development Authority (CDA).
  • Performs planning and zoning services as set forth in city ordinances and Wisconsin Statutes. Develops comprehensive plans and programs for utilization of land and physical structures of the City.
  • Directs the acquisition, sale, development, revitalization, and disposal of CDA and city owned real estate and land development sites. The director is responsible for the creation and management of the city's tax incremental financing districts.
  • The director oversees the environmental "brownfield "cleanup activities for City development sites and administers Environmental Protection Agency and other federal funds to eliminate blight.
  • Administers the Community Development Block Grant Program; the City Housing Program; prepares applications for federal and state grants-in-aid relating to redevelopment plans, urban renewal plans, and other programs. Collaborates with civic leaders, local authorities, and land planning specialists to devise and recommend arrangements of land for residential, commercial, industrial, and community use.
  • Serves as a member of committees dealing with local and state matters; maintains availability for presentation to various civic, business, and educational groups.



  • A master's degree preferred or bachelors from an accredited college or university with major work in public administration, business administration, finance accounting, urban planning, or a closely related field supplemented by a master’s degree. Progressively responsible experience in municipal administration or urban planning/city development of which three years are in a supervisory role. Combination of education and experience can be considered.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of community planning, zoning, development, redevelopment, housing, construction, and maintenance; real estate development, familiarity with land economics, urban design, mass property valuation, municipal finance and other related subjects as applied to community development.
  • Knowledge of appropriate legislation related to all aspects of City and regional planning, housing, federal and state grants, mandates, laws, planning and City Development principles and practices. Prefer experience in the creation and management of Tax Incremental Finance districts.
  • Organizational skills including the ability to plan, assign, delegate, supervise, and review the work of professional and technical personnel.
  • Ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts dealing with difficult and complex situations and to prepare written reports and oral presentations in a clear and logical order.
  • Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, federal and state officials, local government, business, industry, civic organizations, and the general public.

Supplemental Information


Standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing, balancing, bending, twisting; lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling up to a maximum of 25 lbs. Fine motor skills.

Ability to sit at a desk or workstation for extended periods. Manual dexterity sufficient to accomplish the duties and skills listed above. Acuity of senses sufficient to accomplish the duties and skills listed above.


Normal office environment; requires tolerance of background noise, including noise from office equipment, and odor from office machines. Work occasionally requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office).


Calculator, telephone, audio/visual equipment, and a personal computer.

This job description is intended to identify essential duties and also illustrates other types of duties that may be assigned. It should not be interpreted as describing all of the duties that will be required of an employee or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments that an individual is required to perform. In addition to the responsibilities and duties listed, it is expected that employees maintain a consistent and reliable attendance record. Job descriptions are subject to revision at any time at the discretion of the City of Racine.

The City of Racine is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


Posted June 22, 2022, 2:27 PM PDT

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