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Community Development Manager

City of Ojai, CA
Ojai, CA
United States
$94,262 to $115,00 annually

The Government

The City functions under a Council-Manager form of government, with a Mayor and four Council Members elected by district. The Council appoints the City Manager, who hires all staff other than the City Attorney. Police services are provided by contract with Ventura County and fire services are provided by a county special district. The City has approximately 30 full-time employees and numerous part-time and contract employees. Departments include Finance, Community Development, Public Works, Recreation and the City Manager's Office. Human Resources and Risk Management are functions of the City Manager's Office.

The Community

The City of Ojai, a town of 8,000 residents, is nestled in the northwest corner of Ventura County. Ojai is known for its tourist and arts activities, including Southern California's renowned tennis tournament "The Ojai," and the Ojai Music Festival, a classical event which attracts talent from national and international sources. It is the home of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa resort, an upscale full-service destination venue that attracts tourists from the across the region and abroad. Ojai offers spectacular living in a small town atmosphere and is adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest. For more information visit

The Department/Position

The Community Development Manager reports directly to the Assistant City Manager. He or she is responsible for overseeing the department's Planning functions and interfaces with Building and Code Enforcement which are contract positions. In addition, the department manager is the City's liaison to the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission. The Community Development Department has one full time planner, one part-time contract planner, and two permit technicians who manage the counter and perform other administrative duties.

Responsibilities, Opportunities & Challenges Include but not limited to:

Manages the Planning function of the City of Ojai, currently in the process of a general plan update

Provides professional advice and assistance to business leaders, developers, applicants and community groups regarding environmental, general planning, zoning, and community development programs and processes of the City

Consults with and advises the City Manager and other City officials on the formulation of and implementation of plans, policies, and procedures relating to urban land use

Serves as the liason, produces agendas and minutes, and staffs the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission

Monitors, makes recommendations, and implements city policies and processes to improve City development and service delivery

Supervises staff, and develops and administers department goals, objectives and procedures

Ensures compliance with City policies, codes, ordinances and related regulations

Education & Experience

Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning or a related field is required

Master's degree preferred

The equivalent to four years of progressively responsible community development experience with two years in a management/supervisor capacity, preferably with a public agency

Proven management and leadership experience in working with an elected body, commissions, and with a highly-engaged citizenry

Knowledge of State of California law and regulations related to urban land use.

Personal Traits

The Community Development Manager will be a problem solver and excellent communicator who is poised and patient. He or she will rise to the challenge of working with highly engaged elected officials, citizens, and commissioners, and will have a strong work ethic.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary: $94,262 to $115,00 annually

Deferred Comp: ICMA; City matches lesser of 3% of salary or $200/month.

Retirement:  City participates in California Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and Social Security.

Health, Dental, Vision, Disability: Participation in PERS health plans; City pays 100% employee nd 80% of dependent premium up to PERS Choice rate; City pays 100% of employee premium for dental and vision. City paid short- and long-term disability and life insurance.

Holidays: 13 Holidays

Vacation: Initial 88 hours per year with subsequent additions for longevity.

Sick Leave: 96.0 hours per year.

Life Insurance: City paid, $30,000 Life plus ADD

Post-Employment Benefits Program: Employees hired after Nov. 1, 2010, who work 10 years continuously and retire from the City, will be eligible to participate in the CalPERS health plans after retirement; City pays the "Employer Minimum Contribution" toward the retirees' premium.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, September 20, 2019 at 5 p.m. Facsimiles, electronic mail, photocopies, and final filing date postmarks will not be accepted. 

Published on:
August 15, 2019 - 11:59am
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