Community Development Director: Job Description




Under administrative direction from the City Manager, plans, directs, and supervises the activities and operations of the Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement functions of the City of Livingston; and assist with the management of the Livingston Redevelopment Agency.


City Manager


Senior/Associate/Assistant Planner

Planning Technician

Administrative Assistant

Chief Building Official

Building Inspector

Building Permit Technician

Code Enforcement Officer


(The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)


1.     Assume full management responsibility for all Community Development Department services and activities, including comprehensive review of the general plan and zoning code, processing of land use applications, and coordinating code compliance and city beautification efforts; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

2.     Manage the development and implementation of the Community Development Department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area.

3.     Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate work methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.

4.     Plan, direct, and coordinate the community Development Department’s work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures, meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems.

5.     Assess and monitor workload, administrative, and support systems and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.

6.     Select, train, motivate, and evaluate Community Development Department personnel; provide or coordinate staff training’ work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

7.     Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the Community Development Department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.

8.     Review, prepare, and revise the comprehensive general plan and zoning code; interact with community groups, citizens, and business involved with zoning related issues.

9.     Assist, in concert with other departments, in the management of economic development activities; develop strategies to assist in business growth; negotiate development agreements.

10. Review and process planning applications; ensure compliance with appropriate laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances; prepare public hearing notices and staff reports; make presentations to the Planning Commission.

11. Conduct research and planning studies; prepare a variety of reports on findings, operations, and activities; make recommendations.

12.  Develop, justify and forecast Community Development Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.

13.  Represent the Community Development Department to other City departments, elected official, and outside activities; coordinate community Development Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.

14. Provide staff assistance and prepare reports to the Planning Commission, the City council, and the City manager and related boards and commission; prepare agendas, staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

15. Consult with developers, contractors, and the public on construction and land use issues, provide information on planning and zoning requirements.

16. Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

17. Develop long and short term planning goals.

18. Oversee code enforcement program.

19. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



·        Vision adequate to operate vehicles and office equipment, read instructions and follow directions.

·        Hearing adequate to converse on telephone and in person.

·        Body mobility adequate to drive and perform related office duties including reaching and bending for files and related office items.

·        Use of hands and fingers adequate for operating vehicles, writing, typing, computer, copier, and fax machine and related functions.

·        Ability to lift office files, binders, and small office equipment as needed.


Work is performed in an office environment; contact with other staff, the public, elected officials and outside agencies.


Knowledge of:


·        Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive planning program

·        Principles and policies of regional and urban planning.

·        Zoning administration practices and methods.

·        Management skills to analyze programs, policies, and operational needs.

·        Principles and practices of urban design and neighborhood revitalization.

·        Principles and practices of program development and administration.

·        Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

·        Principles and practices of short and long term planning.

·        Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

·        Principles of management and organizational behavior.

·        Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes, and regulations.


Ability to:

·        Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.

·        Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

·        Interpret and explain City policies and procedures.

·        Research, analyze and evaluate public service methods and techniques.

·        Delegate authority and responsibility.

·        Manage and direct the operations, services, and activities of the Community Development Department.

·        Identify and respond to community, Planning Commission, and City council issues, concerns and needs.

·        Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.

·        Analyze zoning requirements and policies and make recommendations for needed revisions.

·        Prepare and administer Community Development Department budget.

·        Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

·        Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

·        Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

·        Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Experience and/or Education and/or Training Guidelines:

·        Five years of increasingly responsible experience in public planning, zoning, permitting, redevelopment and economic development analysis, administration, enforcement, and consultation.

·        Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in city, urban and regional planning, architecture, urban design and economics, or a closely related field.

·        A Master’s degree in Planning and AICP membership is highly desirable and may be substituted for one year of experience.



Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.


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