Job Title: Development Services Director

Job Location: Palm Desert

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The City of Palm Desert is looking for a forward-thinking development professional to join the City’s leadership cadre as their new Development Services Director. Palm Desert is a thriving, year-round community with the natural beauty, cultural, and recreational amenities of a resort destination. The City’s 105 employees are proud to work for the preservation and growth of the community and take pride in providing exceptional customer service to residents and visitors alike. The Development Services Department was recently created in a reorganization that aimed to bring all functions related to development into a single department. In doing so, a single director has overall responsibility for all development related activities which greatly increases the agility and efficiency of the City’s functions including Building and Safety (9 FTEs), Code Compliance (7 FTEs), One Stop Shop (4 FTEs), Planning and Engineering (4 FTEs), Housing (2 FTE), and Park Administration (1 FTE). Total staffing is 30 FTEs that also include a Deputy Director and a Management Specialist. Both the housing and parks functions primarily involve the administration of contracts to provide services for these significant functions. The Palm Desert Housing Authority operates over 1,100 affordable rental units and its outstanding park system significantly contributes to the high quality of life in Palm Desert.

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in major coursework in urban planning, engineering, business administration, public administration, or a related field. Seven years of increasingly responsible management and/or administrative experience in planning, engineering, or community development, or a closely related field.

The salary range for the Development Services Director is +/- $190,000, dependent on qualifications. In addition, an excellent executive benefit package including CalPERS retirement. Candidates are encouraged to apply by July 19, 2021. Electronic submittals are strongly preferred. Email compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume to Confidential inquires welcomed to Greg Nelson at 916-630-4900. Detailed brochure is available online at

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Apply by date: 07/19/2021