Davis – CA
The primary purpose of the position is to plan, organize, direct and coordinate major functions of the Department of Community Development and Sustainability, as assigned, such as Planning, Building Inspection, and Permit Services; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Assistant City Manager/ Director of Community Development and Sustainability. The primary area of functional responsibility for this position will be to oversee and manage the Planning Division of the department. The position assignment will oversee current planning staff: three planners, one planning technician as well as contract consultants. The position will also work closely with the Principal Planner who will oversee long range planning.

This is an executive level position providing high-level support to the Assistant City Manager/ Director of Community Development and Sustainability. This position is responsible for day-to-day supervision and special projects within the Department of Community Development and Sustainability as assigned. This position may act as Director in the absence of the Assistant City Manager/Director of Community Development and Sustainability. It is distinguished from the higher level of Assistant City Manager/ Director of Community Development and Sustainability in that this position is not a director, does not act in the City Manager’s absence, and only provides direct supervision over a division or department.

Ideal Candidate – The characteristics of the ideal candidate include:

  • A leader with a strong commitment to public service and outstanding customer service.
  • A dynamic leadership style that recognizes and empowers highly-creative and competent employees who are often themselves recognized as leaders in their particular areas.
  • A competent fiscal steward who deploys and manages people and resources effectively.
  • A high level of integrity and a commitment to transparency.
  • An appreciation for diversity of viewpoints and backgrounds and the ability to build strong relationships with employees, citizens and stakeholders.
  • An ability to set clear expectations and focus accountability for results and desired outcomes.
  • A visible and highly engaged member of the community.
  • Highly creative and experienced in identifying areas for greater efficiencies and utilization of technology.

Personality, Leadership & Management Style – In addition to the above, the ideal candidate will possess the following traits and skills:

  • Friendly, outgoing, flexible and approachable.
  • Politically astute without being political.
  • Seeks ideas and input from others and is decisive once input is obtained and considered.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Self-confident but not arrogant.
  • Motivated and energetic.
  • Collaborative, builds strategic partnerships.
  • Team Player, taking into account what is best for the organization as well as the Department.
  • Honest and ethical.
  • Ability to identify opportunities for innovative ways to deliver services and increase efficiencies in operations.
  • Leads by example, serving as a role model.
  • Effective in identifying areas for process improvement and efficiencies without compromising effectiveness.
  • Recognize and identify ways to utilize technology to the advantage of the organization.
  • Is a creative thinker
  • Understands the distinction between “Letter” and “Intent” of codes and policies and can effectively monitor codes and policies to ensure they remain relevant to the intent.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of governmental Community Development functions including planning, housing, historic review, urban design, sustainability and building inspection.
  • State, County and City laws and regulations applicable to development review and the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Principles of management, personnel administration, and public relations.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of organization, public administration, and management.
  • Strategic work plan and program evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Methods and techniques of time and project management.
  • Computer systems and software related to job tasks including word processing, complex spreadsheets, and database applications.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical and policy development, report preparation and presentation.
  • Organization and operations analysis techniques.
  • Principles and practices of customer service.

Ability to:

  • Prepare, review and interpret a sound development review program for the City.
  • Collect and analyze data, recommend revisions in municipal land use regulations consistent with local needs.
  • Analyze and plan department budget and technical reports.
  • Interpret and evaluate staff reports.
  • Interpret and apply laws, regulations and codes.
  • Problem solve department related issues.
  • Interpret and explain policy, rules and procedures.
  • Prepare ordinances and formulate recommendations for land use policies.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Mediate problems and resolve conflicts within the Department and with other City Departments and the community.
  • Gain cooperation though discussion and persuasion.
  • Interpret and apply City and department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Identify and analyze organizational, operational, processes and procedures and modify or develop changes as necessary.
  • Coordinate various administrative staff functions effectively.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, organize reports and make effective oral and written presentations.
  • Plan, organize, and implement complex projects and assignments.
  • Observe performance, manage, supervise, train, and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Operate modern office equipment including, word processing, spreadsheets and applicable software systems.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Six years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal development review work, including three years of supervisory experience preferably in a City or County agency or comparable setting. Equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, public administration or a related field. A Master’s degree and or AICP certification is highly desirable.


On a continuous basis, sit at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; occasionally stand, kneel, climb and bend; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; write or use a keyboard to communicate and occasionally lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less. Incumbents will travel to and participate in various meetings, programs and events throughout the city, which may involve exposure to traffic and weather conditions.

Online applications will be received by the Human Resources Office until 5:30PM, Thursday January 14, 2016. A City of Davis online employment application must be submitted to be considered for this position; paper applications will not be considered. You will find the online application and brochure at the City of Davis website: http://www.cityofdavis.org/jobs.