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Torrance California, the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County, is situated in a region of southern California known as the South Bay. This City of nearly 150,000 residents, with a peak day-time population that grows to 250,000 or more, spans an area of almost 22 square miles including 1 mile of beach.
Torrance features world-class medical and research facilities, vibrant shopping, four-star dining, as well as an intricate mix of burgeoning industrial and commercial facilities. Torrance is one of the few cities in the South Bay to feature its own municipal airport and support facilities. It is also considered to be a "headquarters" city, with major corporations such as Sunrider International, Alpinestars USA, Health-Ade Kombucha, Pelican Products, L3 Technologies, RapiScan Systems, American Honda Motor Company, and Robinson Helicopter Company all calling Torrance home.
The Community Development Department oversees and initiates plans for: economic growth; commercial, industrial, and residential development and re-development; zoning; code enforcement; permitting; and building inspections. The Department has 69.5 employees over 10 different divisions: Administration, Development Services, Environmental & Noise Abatement, Downtown, Housing, GIS, Plan Check, Building Inspection, Public Works Records & Inspections, and Permit Center.
A tremendous opportunity exists for an experienced, dedicated planning professional to positively influence Torrance's future. Major responsibilities of the Community Development Director include redevelopment, comprehensive planning, zoning, housing programs, project planning, permitting, environmental stewardship, building and code enforcement.
The Community Development Director is a department head, executive position charged with administrative, managerial, supervisory, and professional duties in directing the City's planning and engineering development.
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The Ideal Candidate
As a vibrant community committed to redevelopment and economic growth, Torrance needs a strategic and self-motivated leader committed to building trust, creating a shared vision and strategy, executing their vision and strategy all the way through completion, and developing the leadership potential in others by improving performance through consistent feedback and coaching. The City also seeks to hire someone who understands and is responsive to the business community's needs. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of building and maintaining effective working relationships with coworkers (peers and subordinates), elected officials, citizens, and contractors. As a member of the Executive Management Team, the Community Development Director will collaborate with team members to achieve the City's long-term goals.
The City will evaluate the position's success based on building a department poised to support existing development and redevelopment opportunities, large and small. The candidate will also demonstrate the leadership to independently implement programs, projects, and policies in a manner that maximizes results.
Key Community Development Director Responsibilities include:
Major Initiatives & Opportunities
The City Council has placed a high emphasis on redevelopment, and has established values that are progressive, innovative, proactive, and inclusive. Initiatives that require immediate focus include:
Education and Experience
Any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the necessary knowledge and abilities would be:
Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree in City or regional planning, building and development services administration, public administration, engineering or a related field; and six years of increasingly responsible professional planning experience, at least three years of a supervisory experience, one year of which included management responsibility for a major function in Community Development (e.g., general plan development, redevelopment, zoning, transportation planning, code enforcement, building, engineering etc.).
Master's degree in planning, business, or public administration preferred.
License and/or Certificates
Possession of an appropriate, valid California driver’s license.
HOW TO APPLY & EXAM PROCESS
Interested candidates are required to complete an online application and a resume that clearly demonstrates that qualifications have been met. Resumes must include start and end dates reported by month and year for each position held.
The application filing period begins Thursday, May 27, 2021 and closes Thursday, June 17, 2021. Only those candidates who best meet the Department's and City's requirements will be invited to participate in the examination process.
The examination will consist of a qualifying application review and an oral interview (weighted 100%). Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 1, 2021.