The City of Encinitas is seeking an experienced talented leader and manager with strong technical skills to serve as the Director of the Planning and Building Department. The director is responsible for directing and overseeing the planning, coordination and administration of the department. All directors are members of the City Manager’s “Cabinet Team” whose charter is to ensure that Encinitas’ city government is efficiently delivering municipal services to its residents. Appointed by the City Manager, the Director will oversee a staff of 26.75 and department budget of $5.3 million. The ideal candidate must possess extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational management, budgeting, administration and personnel management and must possess excellent interpersonal, communication and written skills. A Planning and Building background is required.
The Planning and Building Department has a broad range of responsibilities related to the orderly development of Encinitas. The Planning and Building Department is organized into five divisions: Customer Service/Administration, Current Planning, Advanced Planning and Housing, Code Enforcement and Building. The following provides a brief overview of each division’s functions and responsibilities: The Customer Service/Administration Division is responsible for public counter activity, responding to inquiries regarding land use and zoning issues, review of building permit plan checks for zoning compliance, implementation of the Citizen Participation Program, and coordinating customer issues between the City Departments involved in development services. This division also manages the Department’s budget. In addition, Customer Service/Administration coordinates the City’s Green Building Incentive Program and processes Heritage Tree Nominations. The Current Planning Division is responsible for reviewing land development proposals, ensuring compliance with the City’s zoning regulations, Local Coastal Program, State Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other applicable local and state regulations. This division provides staff support to the Planning Commission, assists the public and responds to inquiries regarding land use and zoning issues. The division also recommends and implements changes to the land use section of the Municipal Code. The Advanced Planning and Housing Division address long-range planning issues; monitors and updates the City’s General Plan; and addresses regional planning issues affecting Encinitas. The Housing section of the division administers and monitors a variety of housing and community development programs and activities – Section 8 rental assistance program, Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership programs, homeless assistance, inclusionary housing, and other affordable housing opportunities. The Building Division provides plan check, permitting and building inspection services for the City. Building permit and inspections services are provided under contract with an outside firm. The Code Enforcement Division responds to inquiries and complaints regarding Municipal Code and Building Code violations, operating primarily on a complaint basis with priority given to health and safety issues. Code Enforcement is also responsible for the administration of the Private Property Clean-up Assistance Program, contested parking citations review, graffiti removal program, and abandoned vehicle abatement.
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in a related field, plus seven years of professional managerial experience which includes at least three years of supervision, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Ten years of related experience may be substituted for a Master’s Degree. Public sector management experience and extensive experience working with the California Coastal Commission is preferred.
A completed City application, cover letter and resume are required by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The cover letter should describe why you are interested in this position and why you believe you are qualified. Resumes received in lieu of applications or incomplete applications will not be considered. Those candidates with the most desirable qualifications will be invited to continue with the recruitment process. For more information about the City of Encinitas, please visit our website www.EncinitasCA.gov For questions regarding the selection process you may email lroner@EncinitasCA.org or call 760/633-2634. The City’s mailing address is 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.