The City of Pasadena is seeking a Deputy Director of Planning and Community Development. The Department protects and advances quality of life through the application of sound land use planning principles, development review standards and building codes; facilitates informed land use decisions through community participation and collaborative process; protects and enhances safe, livable neighborhoods which reflect and preserve Pasadena’s unique cultural and historic character; supports and encourages healthy reinvestment in the community to provide for a strong local economy; and promotes smart planning and a sustainable future for generations to come.
The Deputy Director assists the Director in managing the Planning and Community Development Department. The Deputy Director is directly responsible for the Planning Division, including: Design and Historic Preservation, and Zoning and Community Planning. The Deputy Director may also be given management assignments for the Building Safety division, Code Compliance division, Cultural Affairs division and the Administration division, which handles budget, personnel, and facilities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assists in the planning, administration, and implementation of a variety of planning and community development programs to ensure compliance with and other related laws, standards and regulations.
- Plans, organizes, and directs the day-to-day management functions for the Department, to ensure department wide support and maintain compliance with city policies, procedures and processes.
- Guides the selection of staff; establishes and communicates department goals and performance expectations; monitors the department employee relations and evaluation process; coordinates the orientation, training, career development and staff motivation activities.
- Monitors community needs, division resources, legislative mandates and grant funded requirements; assists with strategic planning, goal setting and policy development to establish and maintain programs and services that meet the needs of the community.
- Develops and oversees policies, programs and activities for community education and public information; participates in the preparation of legislation and codes and testifies or represents the department at City Council meetings, legislative committee hearings, City Commissions, and other City, state, and federal bodies.
- Provides representation on various committees, commissions and before special interest groups; makes presentations and provides information regarding the department’s operation to committees, community groups, City Commissions, other federal, state, and local agencies and the general public; relates effectively with multiple and diverse constituencies; effectively maintains and expands partnerships.
- Coordinates related activities with those of other agencies; establishes and maintains mutually productive working relationships with residents, community/business groups, and other public and environmental health organizations.
- Executes and oversees service contracts and assures proper monitoring of contracts and programs.
- Researches and prepares special projects for the Director, including grant applications, reports, policies and procedures.
- Acts in the absence of the Department Director as assigned.
The following list presents some of the core competencies for this position (see Class Description for more detailed information):
- Well-developed knowledge of urban planning principals
- Knowledge of management best practices
- Willing and able to hold others accountable for high-quality work
- Strong leadership and coaching skills
- Excellent problem solving ability and analytic skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including making public presentations
- Knowledge of budget and accounting practices
- Expertise in the use of spreadsheet software
- Strong customer-service skills
- Ability to deal flexibly with ambiguous information, changing priorities and tight deadlines
- Strong decision-making skills
- Strategic thinking and planning abilities
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor's degree required in public administration, planning, engineering, geography, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture or a related field;
- Seven or more years of increasingly responsible experience in planning, land use, construction/building process including at least 2 years in a supervisory capacity.
- A Master's degree is preferred.
- Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.
- Public sector experience is required.
The process will most likely consist of an evaluation of training and experience and/or other examination test parts which may include an oral interview, work sample, and/or online work preferences questionnaire.
NOTE: This is an unclassified, executive-level position that is designated as "at-will". At will employees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority, which for this position is the Director of Planning for the City of Pasadena.