Community Development Director (20004516)

Sacramento/Metro Area
Until filled
$135,000.00-$185,000.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


600 East A Street Dixon, 95620


The City delivers basic Administrative, Public Works Maintenance, Development, Engineering, Recreation and Public Safety services. The City also provides domestic water service to a portion of the City, sewer service throughout the City, and transit services as enterprise operations. The City has a full time workforce of 120 employees and a General Fund Budget of approximately $20 Million. Home prices remain affordable compared to many areas of the state. The public education system is well regarded and is served by the Dixon Joint Unified School District. The University of California at Davis, one of the nation’s fines public universities, and California State University at Sacramento are both within a short commute. Recreational facilities also abound within the City as well as the immediate areas. The combination of all these factors truly makes Dixon an ideal place in which to work, live and play. 

The Community Development Department is comprised of two divisions: Planning and Building.

The Planning division reviews proposals based on policies in the General Plan and Specific Plans, Zoning Ordinance, State Law and other local ordinances. The division ensures compliance with a number of constantly changing land use and environmental laws pertinent to development proposals. The division also provides staff support to the City of Dixon’s Planning Commission and advises the City Council.

The Building division is responsible for implementation of the various building codes, health and safety codes, and other codes related to proper construction practices. Duties include reviewing construction plans, issuance of permits and daily site inspections. Other duties include code enforcement and preparation of monthly activity reports.

Both the Planning and Building Divisions provide direct assistance to the public and ensure that the proper development review process is fulfilled. The two divisions work closely with other City departments, state and local agencies in meeting this objective.

Community Development Department Mission: To ensure the public health, safety and welfare for Dixon residents through the implementation of the policies in the City’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Building Codes and any applicable regulations.

The Position:  This is an at-will, executive management position reporting to the City Manager. The Community Development Director plans, organizes, directs and/or personally performs professional work related to the City’s community development activities; including current and advanced planning, environmental analysis, building plan check and other highly complex and responsible administrative duties related to the City’s community development activities including community development block grants. The Community Development Director also serves as staff to the City Planning Commission, maintains close liaison with other City departments and agencies, and performs other related duties as required.

General Plan Update: The City of Dixon is in the process of updating its General Plan. The foundation has been laid and the Dixon citizens are anxious to continue to update the General Plan in order to meet the vision statement and guiding principles that have been adopted. The City and citizens are committed to completing this General Plan Update in the coming year.

Employment Processing:  The City plans to review applications each week for review. Those selected may be subject to a medical exam including drug screen; DOJ fingerprint clearance; background investigation; and in accordance with Federal Law, are able to provide proof of identity and proof that they may legally work in the United States. It is the policy of the City of Dixon to practice fair and equal employment under the law.

The City of Dixon is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Reasonable Accommodation in the application, examination and selection process will be made upon request by calling (707) 678-7000.

Ideal Candidate

The new Director will have a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal planning or a related field, including at least three years of responsible administrative/management experience. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in City or Urban Planning or a related field is required; a Master’s degree is preferred. American Institute of Planners certification is desired.

The Ideal Candidate is an experienced, creative, and service oriented development professional who has outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills, and possesses a solid understanding of the local government development process. Desirable candidates will have a proven track record of effectively leading change, improving customer service, and building mutually productive relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders and interest groups. The City seeks candidates who are proactive and forward thinking, and are grounded in the best practices of development services. Successful candidates will be a skilled negotiator with the ability to effectively deal with developers and State representatives. The ideal candidate will have the proven abilities to work with elected officials to elicit core values and vision and translate those into policy documents. While a technical background in development services is expected, strong management and leadership are of the upmost importance.



This position is an “at-will” position and hired with an Employment Agreement. It has an attractive benefit package including, medical, dental and vision benefits, vehicle, CalPERS Retirement Plan, deferred compensation, accidental death insurance, paid leave and other competitive benefits.

The current salary for this position is in the range of $135,000 to $185,000 per year DOQ.

The benefits program includes:

  • CalPERS Retirement: There is no participation in Social Security. CalPERS will determine if employee is considered a “Classic” or “New Member” under Government Code section 7522.04 and employee shall contribute based on the enrolled tier.
  • Monthly Benefit Allowance: In addition to salary, the City contributes up to 70% of the CalPERS Region 1 family rate (currently $1,398.65) towards a CalPERS Medical Plan. If no medical plan is chosen, the City pays $600/mo.
  • Benefit Plan Choices: Choose from CalPERS health plans, Delta Dental plan(s) (DHMO employee only– paid by City), VSP vision plan (employee only-paid by City), supplemental life insurance plan, City provided $50K basic life insurance coverage, and several AFLAC Products. 
  • Deferred Compensation Plan: You may defer a portion of salary via a voluntary payroll deduction. The City contributes a percent of employee match, to be negotiated. 
  • Vacation/Holiday: Vacation with pay accrues at the rate of 12 days per year. Eleven paid holidays per year plus 2 floating holidays per year are provided. 
  • Sick Leave: Earned at the rate of one day per month, with unlimited accrual. Upon retirement or resignation, employee may be compensated for a percentage of unused sick leave. 
  • Administrative Leave: 120 hours per year (may cash out a percentage once per year). 
  • Long Term Disability: Provides income protection of 2/3 salary after 60 days for injury or illness. Premiums paid for by the City. 
  • Vehicle: None provided. 
  • Incentive Pay: Incentives available for Bilingual (Spanish), Longevity and Education. 
  • Severance Package: To be negotiated.


Special Instructions

This position is open until filled.

Candidates must:
1. Complete the on-line application
2. Attached a copy of Bachelor’s degree or transcripts to their on-line application

The most qualified candidates whose applications indicate that they, among those competing, are better qualified in terms of related training and experience will be considered.

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