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FLSA Designation: Exempt
May, 2005


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under general administrative direction of the City Manager, plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Community Development Department including planning, building inspection and compliance, code enforcement, affordable housing, economic development, and redevelopment programs, services, and activities; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.

The Director of Community Development is considered a Department Director with responsibility for directing the activities of a Department within the City. Positions at this class level serve as a member of the City’s senior management team and provide advice and counsel to the City Manager regarding strategic policy and problem solving issues relating to the assigned Department and the City overall. A person appointed to the Director of Community Development classification is an “at-will” employee.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Assumes full management responsibility for all Community Development Department services and activities including planning, building inspection and compliance, code enforcement, affordable housing, economic development, and redevelopment operations and services.
  2. Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  3. Establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.
  4. Assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.
  5. Plans, directs, and coordinates, through subordinate level staff, the Community Development Department’s work plan; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
  6. Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
  7. Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  8. Directs and participates in the development and implementation of the City’s marketing plan and the Economic Development Strategic Plan including attraction and retention of businesses and other regional economic partners; oversees and provides support to businesses that provide goods, services, and jobs for the community; supports programs that assist the continued vitality of the traditional community core.
  9. Oversees the implementation of the Downtown Redevelopment and relocation of tenants and property owners; manages property owned by the Redevelopment Agency.
  10. Monitors financial data related to the tax increment and bond proceeds related to Economic Development and Redevelopment projects.
  11. Directs and supervises the compilation and publication of statistics and other information important to the commerce and industry of the City of Brentwood and its downtown.
  12. Oversees the City’s Affordable Housing services and activities; oversees and provides support to programs that provide safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for the community.
  13. Oversees the City’s Business and Technology Incubator; provides general management of the multi-tenant office building.
  14. Oversees the City’s planning functions and activities; develops, manages, and implements complex planning and policy programs such as the Agricultural Enterprise Preservation Program, General Plan Update, Residential Growth Management Program, and Affordable Housing Program.
  15. Supervises and coordinates the environmental review and development review process for all private and public development activities in the City; reviews plans and resolves sensitive, controversial and complex issues; solves problems with developers, property owners, the public, architects, engineers, and planners as well as City Council and Planning Commission.
  16. Oversees building plan check, building inspection, and code enforcement activities and ensures compliance with appropriate laws, ordinances, and regulations.
  17. Prepares and reviews complex documents including development agreements and contracts; testifies in court as an expert witness for the City on development, land use, and transportation matters.
  18. Provides staff assistance to the City Manager; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  19. Oversees and participates in assigned special projects including serving as senior project manager for new facilities.
  20. Represents the Community Development Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; oversees and provides community outreach activities including the Chamber of Commerce, individual businesses, and general community groups; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  21. Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  22. Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees including Planning Commission, City Council, and Redevelopment Agency.
  23. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields of community/economic development; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
  24. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  25. Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive community/economic development program. Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration. Modern principles, practices and techniques of community/economic development administration, organization, and operation. Principles and practices of building inspection, plan check, code enforcement, architecture, engineering, planning, economic development, and redevelopment. Current social, political and environmental issues influencing community/economic development programs. Private sector business practices. Redevelopment theory and law. Function of the Redevelopment Agency and the Regional Office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Real estate economics. Real estate acquisition and development. Legislation related to economic and redevelopment issues. Short-term and long-term economic trends in local, county, state, and national economy. Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration. Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:
Manage and direct a comprehensive community/economic development program. Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures. Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments. Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs. Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff. Delegate authority and responsibility. Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff. Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques. Facilitate group participation and consensus building. Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports. Prepare and administer large and complex budgets. Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, public administration, business administration, or related field. A Master’s degree is desirable.

Eight years of broad and extensive experience in urban planning, community development, economic development, or related experience including three years of management and administrative responsibility.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of certification as a professional planner from the American Institute of Certified Planners is highly desirable.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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