Assistant Community Development Director

City of Visalia
Job Description
The Community Development Department is recruiting for Assistant Community Development Director-Development Services. This position is open until filled with the first review of applications on December 10, 2018. 

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:                Assistant Community Development Director-Development Services
DEPARTMENT:       Community Development
Under general administrative guidance, is responsible for the overall management and operation of various technical engineering support functions within the Community Development Department  including development plan reviews, surveying, CAD,  construction, design, and technical assistance activities; coordinates activities with other departments, agencies, developers and consultants; develops and makes presentations; provides support to the City's management team; and manages projects.
 Examples of Duties:
  • Plans, reviews, and directs assigned divisions within the department by planning and prioritizing tasks, ensuring policy and procedure compliance, recommending changes and adjustments, and monitoring staff performance and development of professional and technical staff.
  • Coordinates plan review by reviewing plans, recommending alternatives, attending meetings, updating standards, preparing and presenting materials to committees, management and elected officials, and representing the City to the public.
  • Resolves engineering problems with developers, contractors and construction companies by reviewing and analyzing problems, determining the economic feasibility of the solution, facilitating communication between parties, establishing solutions and distributing and necessary documents.
  • Oversees and administers assigned portions of annual budget by forecasting revenues and expenditures, presenting proposals for approval, authorizing payments and monitoring expenditures.
  • Supervises projects by coordinating activities with departments, consultants, developers and outside agencies, compiling data and statistics, reviewing plans and documents, preparing estimates, and ensuring all reporting activities are complete.
  • Directs administrative activities including personnel, budgeting, capital expenditures, development of annual plans and objectives and long-range planning to provide optimum support for assigned activities within the Engineering Division.
  • Ensures the effectiveness of assigned personnel through selecting, supervising, evaluating and training staff.
  • Performs related duties as required.
This position reports to the Community Development Director and supervises assigned division personnel.
 Qualifications / Requirements:
Knowledge of:                                                                              
  • Current practices and techniques in public works development and construction.
  • Engineering principles, practices and procedures relative to public works projects.
  • Principles and practices of organization and public administration.
  • Municipal budget preparation and analysis.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Federal, state and government agency laws and regulations pertaining to public works construction and engineering standards.
Skill in:
  • Problem analysis and resolution, development and presentation of related reports and recommendations.
  • Public relations.
  • Report preparation and presentation.
  • Research methods.
  • Short and long-range planning.
Ability to:
  • Coordinate Division activities with other government agencies, contractors, business and community representatives.
  • Direct, evaluate and supervise the work of personnel engaged in a variety of engineering, design, drafting, surveying and inspection assignments.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships.
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and abilities would be:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Planning or a related field.
  • Extensive previous management experience involving public works projects (both public and private), along with experience or education in public agency budgeting, organization and planning.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Driver's License may be required.
  • Registration or certification as a Professional Engineer, Architect, Planner and/or Land Surveyor is desirable.
 Additional Information:

Positions in this class are typically situated in a standard office environment resulting in little exposure to the weather and requiring no unusual physical abilities.


Applicants who appear to have the most relevant qualifications in terms of education, experience and training will be invited to participate in the appraisal process.  The process may include an appraisal interview, practical exercise, final interview, as well as full reference and background checks. References will only be contacted when a mutual interest has been established. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

FLSA: Exempt
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