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Director of Community Development

City of West Sacramento
West Sacramento, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Code Enforcement
Community Development
Infrastructure Planning
Land-Use Management
Landscape Architecture
Public/Nonprofit Administration
Real Estate Development
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Urban Design
Zoning Administration
Experience Level: 

An official City of West Sacramento application form must be filled out, in its entirety.  It is the applicant's responsibility to explain his/her qualifications fully and clearly.  In addition, applicants must submit a resume and complete the required supplemental questionnaire. Incomplete information on the application, resume and/or supplemental questionnaire may be cause for disqualification. Application packages will be reviewed and screened for qualifications.  Additional screening criteria may be developed based on the supplemental questionnaire. 

Tentative Search Schedule

  • Filing deadline - Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Semi-finalist interview – Week of October 28th
  • Final interviews - Week of November 12th
  • Anticipated appointment date – December 2nd

The City of West Sacramento Community Development Department is responsible for advancing the development of West Sacramento as a vibrant City where you can live, work and play by providing a comprehensive approach to planning and infrastructure that meets the needs of all segments of the community and facilitates responsible, high quality and well planned growth.
The Community Development Department consists of the Planning, Building, Development Engineering, Flood Protection, Environmental Services, Code Enforcement, and Business License Divisions.
The Position
The ideal candidate for the Director of Community Development will possess a strong background in Planning, Building, Development Engineering, Flood Protection, Environmental Services, Code Enforcement, and Business License Divisions. The City seeks a Director looking for a meaningful career who is excited to lead the continued growth and development of a thriving city. The Director must be professional, responsive, innovative, and dedicated to the mission of the City of West Sacramento and department and have a strategic vision for the future.
The following attributes are ideal for success in this role:

  • Collaborative professional with the ability to anticipate challenges in advance;
  • Relationship builder who works well in a team environment and is comfortable working across all areas of the organization and the community;
  • Ability to establish credibility and trust skillfully and quickly among stakeholders;
  • Provides exceptional customer service for both internal and external customers;
  • Capable of overseeing multiple projects and effectively translate direction clearly and concisely when delegating to others.

Required Skills and Experience:
Candidates possessing a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in a related field with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible community development experience are considered ideal for the position. It is important for the director to have technical skill and/or awareness in the areas of development, code enforcement, and planning.

DEFINITION:  Under direction of the City Manager, organizes, coordinates and directs the functions of the Community Development Department.  The Director of Community Development is an at-will position that is appointed by and sits at the pleasure of the City Manager.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:  Receives direction from the City Manager.  Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, administrative and supervisory staff.
CLASS CHARACTERISTICS:  This is a single, department head level position.  The incumbent reports to the City Manager and has responsibility for providing daily supervision to department staff.


Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  (Illustrative Only):  Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Plans, organizes, assigns and directs the activities, operations, projects, and programs of the Community Development Department, including, but not limited to Development Services, Housing and Community Investment, Redevelopment, and Economic Development.
  • Establishes, implements and evaluates departmental goals, priorities, procedures and policies.
  • Provides staff assistance to the City Manager, City Council, commissions and committees.
  • Represents the City and the Community Development Department to outside groups and organizations.
  • Coordinates department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies.
  • Directs the preparation, justification and administration of the department budget and work plan.
  • Directs the selection, development, evaluation and discipline of department staff.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of reports, memoranda, correspondence, studies, research and special projects.


Minimum qualifications & Requirements

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and skill.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skill would be:
Education:  A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major in business, finance, urban planning, public administration or related field.
Experience:  Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible professional and high-level management experience in planning, finance, redevelopment, housing or economic development, including three (3) years of supervisory experience.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES:  Possession of a valid California driver's license.

Supplemental information

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Serves as staff to City Council, boards and commissions and will be required to attend off-hour meetings.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Mobility to work in a standard office environment, use standard office equipment and attend off-site meetings.  On an intermittent basis, sit at a desk for long periods of time; intermittently walk, stand, bend, squat, twist, and reach while performing office duties.  Manual dexterity to use standard office equipment and supplies and to manipulate both single sheets of paper and large document holders (manuals, binders, etc.); vision to read handwritten and printed material and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person and by telephone; ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds such as files, manuals, or equipment for distances up to 50 feet.
ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS:  Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing department guidelines, policies and procedures.

Published on:
September 26, 2019 - 8:53am
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