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Director of Community Development

City Of Gardena
Gardena, CA
United States
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$157,248.00 - $200,904.00 Annually


Under the direction of the City Manager, this classification directs, plans, organizes, budgets and oversees the activities and programs related to the efficient operations of the Community Development Department. The Community Development Department encompasses the following divisions: Planning, Building and Safety, Code Enforcement and Permits and Licensing.  

Examples of Duties

The following duties are typical of the various types of work that may be performed by this position.  The duties included on this list are examples and the omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class.

  • Directs, plans, manages, and evaluates the operations, programs, staffing, policies and procedures of the Community Development Department; establishes, prioritizes, and evaluates the attainment of departmental goals. 
  • Participates in meetings with developers, applicants, residents, and the City Manager and department heads. 
  • Oversees the efficient operations within planning, building and safety, code enforcement, and permits & licensing, and completion of major studies, projects, and assignments within the department; conducts site inspections. 
  • Directs the preparation of departmental reports, and reviews major land use, planning, building and safety, code enforcement, and permits and licensing issues with staff, other managers, commissions, committees, task force representatives, the City Manager and City Council. 
  • Presents policies and recommendations, and acts as staff liaison to the City Council, Planning Commission, and various Committees, and ad hoc task forces regarding variances, conditional use permits, zoning changes, specific plans, development agreements, and other alterations in the General Plan, Zoning Code, and other codes and regulations. 
  • Develops, coordinates, and oversees changes to the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, building and safety standards, and code enforcement ordinances. 
  • Develops, evaluates and presents departmental operating and capital budgets; manages and evaluates block grant program expenditures. 
  • Coordinates and oversees the City’s Sustainable Action Plan that was created to facilitate the process of developing and implementing model sustainability programs and provide leadership and support for practical solutions to improve the environment.
  • Coordinates departmental activities with other City departments, public and private agencies, and attends professional meetings and conferences. 
  • Oversees the administration of professional consulting services contracts. 
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates staff; prepares and presents employee performance evaluations; provides or coordinate staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; recommends and implements disciplinary procedures in consultation with Human Resources and the City Manager’s Office. 
  • Participates as a member of the City's Executive Management Team.

Education and Experience

A Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field AND seven (7) years of responsible professional, administrative and managerial experience involving planning, zoning, and community development matters within local government is required, including three (3) or more years of supervisory work. A Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration or a related field is desirable.

Knowledge and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the  theories, principles, and practices of urban planning, zoning, building and safety, community code enforcement, permits and licensing and sustainability practices; principles, standards, practices, information sources, and trends in the fields of current and advance planning; National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality Act, Subdivision Map Act, and Uniform Building and Safety Codes; land use planning, physical design, building construction, environmental design standards, and social and economic factors; City Municipal Code and related ordinances and County health and safety regulations and relationships to development policies, issues, and practices; budgetary planning and management practices; principles of economics, statistics and demographics; grant programs as related to planning, community development and housing; theories of management; principles of project management, program development and administration; principles of employee development, supervision, and evaluation.

Ability to plan, organize, and direct departmental planning, building, code enforcement and other developmental services, including the work of staff and consultants; review and approve projects and plans for conformance with the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, Municipal Code, Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and a range of other federal, State, County, and local land use laws, codes, regulations, and development and environmental standards; read and interpret construction plans; direct the compilation and presentation of staff, technical, and consulting reports; formulate and manage department budget; direct the selection, training, supervision, coaching, evaluation, and disciplining of departmental personnel; analyze plans, specifications and proposals and consider design issues and standards and make appropriate recommendations; communicate effectively, both orally or in writing; operate modern office equipment and computer hardware; use word processing, spreadsheet, and related software; prepare and make presentations to the City Council, Commissions, regional agencies, and advisory committees; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, consultants, contractors, developers, governmental officials, media, commissioners, and public and private representatives, and others in the course of work.


Certification by the American Institute of City Planners (AICP) or a related organization is desirable.

A valid California Driver's License, Class C.   

Special Conditions

Designated Management-level Exempt position

Conflict of Interest Statement  

Testing Process:

  1. Minimum Qualifications - Pass/Fail
  2. Oral Interview - 100% of total score

Candidates must pass all examinations to be placed on the eligibility list.  

Published on:
February 11, 2021 - 9:28am
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