Published date: May 25, 2024

Brochure – City of Fort Worth, TX – Assistant Director of Development Services


The City of Fort Worth, Texas offers a very rewarding opportunity to engineering leaders as it has reorganized its Development Services Department to centralize and streamline its processes. With many exciting development projects on the horizon, this is a very exciting time to advance your career as an Assistant Director of Development Services in Fort Worth!


A city of Cowboys and Culture, Fort Worth is known for its Texas hospitality. Exuding both charm and expansiveness, Fort Worth is the 12th largest and one of the fastest-growing big cities in the United States, distinguished as one of the fastest-growing urban centers in the nation. With great neighborhoods, scenic terrain, and a rich history of arts and culture, paired with world-class opportunities for business and education, it’s not only fun to visit Fort Worth, but it’s also even more rewarding to call it home. Fort Worth truly offers all the benefits and amenities of a bustling metropolitan city while keeping the small-town charm that keeps it unpretentious and charismatic in all the right ways. Designated as one of America’s “Most Livable Communities” by the Partners for Livable Communities, the city truly offers a melting pot of culture, commerce, community, and, yes, cowboys.


The City of Fort Worth operates under a council-manager form of government. The City Council comprises the mayor, elected at-large, and ten City Council members who represent single-member districts, all serving two-year terms. The City Council adopts municipal ordinances and resolutions, makes proclamations, sets the tax rate, and approves the budget. Positions appointed by the Council include the City Manager, City Secretary, City Attorney, City Auditor, municipal court judges, and City board and commission members. The City of Fort Worth has 8,165 authorized positions to implement the policies set forth by the Mayor and City Council, as well as managing an annual operating budget of approximately $2.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2024.


The Development Services Department’s mission is to work together to build thriving neighborhoods and an equitable community by helping people make sound decisions to create safe, orderly, and sustainable development. Our vision is to collaborate with development and community stakeholders to guide growth through innovative, inclusive, and accountable relationships and provide an exemplary customer experience. The Department currently has six divisions: Business and Customer Care, Development Coordination, Permitting and Inspections, Zoning and Design Review, Infrastructure Development, and a new, sixth division will be created to include 11 engineering positions from the Infrastructure Development Division. The specific areas of responsibility will be selected, depending upon the background of the selected candidate.


Along with another Assistant Director, this Assistant Director of Development Services will lead the department’s engineering activities and assist the Director of Development Services in the development and implementation of policies, programs, practices, and procedures required to lead and manage the infrastructure design and construction management functions of the department. This role is responsible for the development, administration, interpretation, application, and enforcement of public infrastructure design and construction specifications and codes adopted by the City Council.

The most successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of leadership and operational experience; in-depth knowledge of engineering and development principles; a strong customer-centric approach with the ability to negotiate, balance, and sustain strong stakeholder relationships; be detail-oriented with a good business acumen and strong negotiation skills; and be an innovative problem solver who is passionate about improving the quality of life for residents of Fort Worth.


Any combination of education and experience that is likely to provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and experience is qualifying. The following is a typical way to qualify:

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or a closely related field.

Experience: Six years of responsible experience in engineering design or engineering review, public works, or development. At least four years of supervisory experience.

Licensure: A valid driver’s license is required.


The City of Fort Worth is offering a salary range of up to $170,000 for this position, commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the City provides a benefits plan that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance, a pension plan (Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund), and a 457 deferred compensation plan. Partnering with Southwestern Health Resources, the City provides access to three employee health centers exclusive to Fort Worth employees, retirees, and their enrolled dependents.


To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and résumé online. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong pool of strong candidates has been established. Apply at:


Confidential inquiries are welcomed to:

Greg Nelson | | (916) 550-4100

Bryan Noblett | | (916) 550-4100


The City of Fort Worth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This recruitment incorporates existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Texas. In accordance with public disclosure/open record laws, information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public upon request by interested parties.

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