The Director of Community Development is responsible for the planning, administering, and directing of all planning, building safety, code enforcement, business licensing, and economic development activities of the City.
Essential Functions: -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provides direction, planning, and leadership for all Community Development Department activities; evaluates operational performance, reviews programs and projects, fosters communications within the department; identifies problems, collaborates with other staff, and provides conflict resolution.
Supervises, guides, motivates, manages, and evaluates assigned staff; delegates work, fosters working relationships and provides training and instruction on methods, procedures, and program goals; reviews, evaluates, and provides feedback on employee performance.
Prepares and administers the Department budget; provides annual and monthly feedback on revenue and expenditures; proposes changes or updates to the budget and consistently reviews potential areas needing fund re-allocation.
Collaborates and engages with other department heads, leaders, supervisors, community members, and the general public on community development needs; provides recommendations for planning, programs, projects, business licensing, code enforcement, and economic development; coordinates work to ensure timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy.
Develops and maintains extensive work relationships; works on special projects requested by the City Manager, the City Council, or other departments; conducts strategic and long-range planning, research, and analysis for the Department and the City.
Attends, engages, and represents the City at various meetings; develops, prepares, and presents documents and reports to the planning commission and City Council; studies and presents potential changes which could impact Community Development; writes staff reports as necessary.
Supports the relationship between the City and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and pertinent information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
Manages City owned properties & Leases.
Works closely with the Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce.
Manages loan payoffs and the CDBG Program for the City.
Community development administration, planning, and management.
Applicable State and Federal statutes and codes.
Project management principles and practices.
Negotiation techniques, real estate principles, legislative analysis, cost benefit analysis, and public administration.
Budget development and implementation.
California Uniform Building Code, Government Code, Health and Safety Code
City General Plan, City Housing Element.
Personnel management and supervision.
Record keeping, report preparation, and public speaking.
General office policies and procedures
Skill in –
Organizing work and setting priorities to meet deadlines.
Using tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgement within established guidelines.
Affordable housing development, land entitlement process, and planning principles.
Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data.
Understanding building codes, municipal finance, and municipal law.
Understanding and interpreting complex policies, protocols, and procedures.
Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, and evaluating the work of assigned staff.
Operating a computer with intermediate level proficiency in document and file management, word-processing, database management, and internet and email usage.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration or Urban Planning. Master's Degree is highly desireable.
Experience: Ten years of experience in housing, planning, administration, real estate finance, or public policy; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Licenses or Certifications: A valid State driver's license is required.
Physical Requirements: Work is done in a standard office environment with several hours spent sitting and using a computer terminal. May be necessary to travel to attend meetings and conferences.
Mandatory Attachments: Interested candidates are asked to attach a letter of interest, resume, and five professional references to this application.
Selection Process Following a review of all applicants, the best-qualified candidates as determined by applicable experience and education will be scheduled for further assessment procedures. Initial appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a City paid physical examination, drug screening, background check and verification of U.S. Citizenship or right to work in the United States.