Community Development Director
The City of Napa is the dynamic and vibrant hub of the idyllic Napa Valley with a population of nearly 80,000. Napa offers an incredible combination of suburban amenities, rural beauty and the urban benefits within close proximity to San Francisco, the beach and snow.
Our city is undergoing a transition. What was once known for its tanneries, prune processing and State hospital, Napa is now more known for its residential quality of life, hospitality, fine food, and luxury hotels. As the County seat for one of the world's Great Wine Capitals, the Napa name is synonymous with quality. We believe that applies to our community and the people who make it what it is.
Today Napa is becoming a modern town with a respect for its past. Just down the road from our protected historic districts, home to some of northern California's finest Victorian homes, you will find contemporary architecture. Minutes from our many safe and comfortable neighborhoods are popular Downtown restaurants and the Oxbow Public Market. Our award-winning "living river" flood protection project is more than half-way to completion, making Napa safer while improving the ecosystem and providing stimulus to the economy and quality-of-life benefits. Napa is a city with a low crime rate, a high standard of living, clean air and great weather. Voted the "Happiest City in the U.S." by over 10 million Tweets in 2013, Napa is home to over 70 restaurants, regional and local boutique shops, major event venues including Bottle Rock, and recreation along its namesake river.
We are now looking for you, our next Community Development Director, to help lead Napa's transition and show us your proven success in:
- Strategic Influence: Creating and executing influence strategies that gain commitment to one's ideas and persuade key stakeholders to take action that will advance shared interests and business goals.
- Political Diplomacy: The ability to exhibit confidence and professional diplomacy, while effectively relating to people at all levels internally and externally.
- Executive Presence: Demonstrating a poised, credible, and confident demeanor that reassures others and garners respect; conveying an image that is consistent with the department's vision and values.
- Operational Decision Making: Securing and comparing information from multiple sources to identify business issues; committing to an action after weighing alternative solutions against important decision criteria.
- Aligning Performance for Success: Focusing and managing individual performance by helping others set performance goals and then, tracking results and evaluating performance effectiveness.
- Compelling Communication: Clearly and succinctly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups; communicating in a focused and compelling way that captures and holds others' attention.
- Building Customer Relationships: Ensuring that the customer's (internal or external) needs are met; building productive relationships with high priority customers; taking accountability for customer satisfaction and loyalty; using appropriate interpersonal techniques to prevent and resolve customer complaints and regain customer confidence.
- Leading Change: Driving organizational and cultural changes needed to achieve strategic objectives; catalyzing new approaches to improve results by transforming organizational culture, systems, or products/services; helping others overcome resistance to change.
- Coaching and Developing Others: Providing feedback, instruction, and development guidance to help others excel in their current or future job responsibilities; planning and supporting the development of individual skills and abilities.
- Energizing the Organization: Motivating increased employee effort by communicating a compelling view of the organization's purpose and its future state in a way that helps others understand the importance of their contributions and feel how outcomes will be different when progress is achieved.
- Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills: Having achieved an expert level of technical, functional, and/or professional skill or knowledge in the area of Community Development; keeping up with current developments and trends in planning, building, housing, and economic development.
The Community Development Department includes five Divisions (Planning, Building, Housing, Code Enforcement, and Economic Development). The Department provides community planning, development review and inspection services for the residents of Napa and the development community, and facilitates the permitting process in a manner that is consistent with City, State and federal standards. The Department also administers and maintains the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and prepares studies and documentation to address future planning needs. These services are delivered through:
We deliver professional and responsive services to enhance the quality of life in our community.
Our Core Values
- COOPERATION - We are committed to teamwork where every employee is a valued member, and is treated with respect, encouraged to contribute, recognized, and rewarded for his/her efforts.
- INTEGRITY - We employ the highest ethical standards, demonstrating honesty and fairness in every action we take with the public and one another.
- KNOWLEDGE - We are empowered to seek continuous improvement through lifelong learning, innovation and creativity to achieve performance excellence.
- RESPONSIBILITY - We take responsibility for our performance in all our actions.
Our Key Projects
- Napa 2040 General Plan
- Specific or area plans such as the Cinedome Master Plan, Brown Street Corridor Plan, First Street Napa Master Plan, and Revised Napa Pipe Plan
- Significant downtown infill physical development projects including Civic Center, Super Block development, former Post Office, South Copia/County Corp Yard plan, and Wine Train mixed use project
- Significant housing policy including streamline permitting, inclusionary housing policy development, fee reductions, employment and workforce housing policy development, reuse of surplus city property
- Working manager contributing to significant housing development such as on the former County Health and Human Services site, new housing opportunities along major arterials of Soscol Avenue and Jefferson Street (e.g. Gasser property, downtown mixed use sites)
- Manage Community Development Department budget and staff of classified employees and contractors
- Support for contract management or planning and building staffing and building inspections
- First contact for major developments in support of economic development and planning developments
- Advance and promote City goals frequently presenting to organizations (real estate/development and leadership groups, citizen and employee academy, candidates forum), and serving on committees and boards (e.g. Napa Downtown Association)
For a full, detailed class specification of the Community Development Director, click here.
Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, and directs the operations of the Community Development Department which includes current and advanced planning, code enforcement, building and permit processing, building inspection, and housing assistance; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager; serves as a member of the City's management team; performs related duties as required.
CLASS CHARACTERISTICS: This position is At-Will and reports to the City Manager. This position is responsible for the activities, operations and implementation of services, functions and policies of the Community Development Department. The incumbent develops and administers projects and programs in accordance with the goals established by the Council and implemented through the City Manager's office. The responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of management, professional, technical and clerical personnel.