San Dimas

Director of Community Development (19880040)

Community Development/Development Services
Los Angeles Area
8/2/2019 at 4:30pm
$11,283.00-$13,714.00 Monthly


245 E. Bonita Ave. San Dimas, 91773


About the City

The City of San Dimas is located midway (about  25 miles) between Los Angeles and San Bernardino at the base of the San  Gabriel Mountains.  Superior access to the 10, 57 and 210 freeways offers a centralized location from which to enjoy Southern California’s many excellent cultural, recreational and shopping activities.  San Dimas is a blend of community amenities, wonderful parks and open space including Bonelli Regional Park,  Raging Waters and a network of neighborhood parks and trails, an abundance of community events and activities and attractive development and retail centers. San  Dimas has a rich history and the City takes pride in preserving and showcasing that history.  One of its greatest assets is its small-town feel, with approximately 33,000 residents, while still providing an abundance of employment and retail opportunities for its residents and the surrounding communities. 

The Organization

San Dimas was incorporated in 1960 with a Council-Manager form of government.  Its citizens receive a full range of services through the combined efforts of the City’s four primary departments (City Manager/Administrative Services, Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Community Development) and the contract services of Los Angeles County and other agencies and contractors.  The City is supported by 68 full-time and in peak season approximately 100, part-time employees. 


The Position

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Directs staffing and work plan for the department; establishes department goals and determines policies, projects and administrative work; reviews and approves performance development plans.
  2. Oversees the work of professional and managerial employees; checks work for acceptability and conformance with standards; plans, coordinates, and schedules employee assignments and projects.
  3. Meets with and negotiates with property owners and developers regarding major and sensitive planning projects.
  4. Attends and makes formal presentations at Planning Commission and City Council meetings and addresses policy questions and issues, including matters involving legal standards and historical precedents.
  5. Prepares, reviews and approves staff reports and correspondence pertaining to planning, building, and code compliance matters.
  6. Participates on management team in order to review City-wide goals, policies and issues.
  7. Supervises consultants on various current planning, advance planning, and development projects.
  8. Prepares and oversees adherence to the department budget.
  9. Oversees the customer services needs of the department and City; attends to a broad range of projects or specialized issues and needed or assigned.


Physical and Mental Demands

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee may occasionally walk and stand and lift and carry records and documents that weigh 20 pounds or less. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this class, the incumbent is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve complex problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; perform highly detailed work under changing, intensive deadlines, on multiple concurrent tasks; work with constant interruptions; attend after work hearings and meetings; and interact with City staff, officials and the general public, and occasionally deal with dissatisfied or quarrelsome individuals.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The employee works under typical office conditions; the noise level is usually quiet.


Selection Process

Interested persons who feel they meet the desirable qualifications should submit a completed City application. Not every applicant is interviewed.  Selected qualified applicants will be invited to appear before an oral interview board.  Application appraisal, oral interview(s) and written test shall constitute 100% of the selection process.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The City of San Dimas advises the public, employees and job applicants that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or any non-merit based factor in admission to, treatment of or employment in its programs and activities.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The City of San Dimas will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer)

Ideal Candidate

Candidate will have the ability to do the following:

  • Plan, direct, organize, assign and evaluate projects and work assignments of departmental staff.
  • Perform and oversee technical current, advanced, and project-planning activities, such as the collection, analysis, and preparation of reports and recommendations pertaining to complex issues.
  • Interpret laws, policies, procedures, regulations, maps, specifications, census data, site and building plans, graphs and other statistical data; understand a variety of complex wide-ranging issues and facilitate determination of appropriate policies regarding those matters
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with City Council, Planning Commission, other officials, management, and the general public; represent the City effectively in meetings with commissions, community groups, governmental bodies, the media, and the public.
  • Prepare clear, concise and complete technical planning documents, reports and correspondence; direct and conduct analyses and make accurate recommendations based on study findings.

Candidate will have knowledge of the following:

  • Planning, building, and code compliance policies and community relations practices.
  • Principles of management, budgeting and supervision; project management practices; theories, principles, procedures, standards, practices, information sources and trends in the fields of current and advanced planning.
  • Land use, physical design, demographic, environmental, and social/economic concepts; statistical analysis techniques related to municipal planning; application, modification, and inter-relationships among ordinances, policies, standards, procedures and practices associated with the planning function.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including state planning laws, Subdivision Map Act, California Environment Quality Act, Surface Mining and Reclamation Act, Local Government Reorganization Act and National Environmental Policy Act.
  • Terminology, symbols, methods, and techniques used in planning and planning exhibits such as site plans, grading plans and architectural elevations.
  • Local government organization and the functions and practices of a municipal planning unit.
  • Research methods and statistical techniques and applications; work planning and organization.



Any combination equivalent to education and experience that would likely provide the desired knowledge and abilities.   A typical way to obtain knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning or closely related field. Master's Degree in Urban Planning and/or equivalent certification and AICP is desirable.

Experience: Five or more years of professional planning, building and safety, and code compliance experience, including three years of management and supervision of technical management staff.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements: A valid Driver's License issued by a state Department of Motor Vehicles and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's vehicle insurance policy.


Retirement: The City participates in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). New members of CalPERS or an agency with CalPERS reciprocity will be subject to the provisions of the Public Employee’s Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) and will receive the 2% @ 62 formula. Employee pays 50% of the normal cost rate on a pretax basis to be calculated by CalPERS.

Employees who are current members of CalPERS or an agency with CalPERS reciprocity or who have less than a six-month break in service between employment in CalPERS (or reciprocal) agency or who have previously been employed by the City of San Dimas will be enrolled in the 2% @ 55 formula. Employee pays 7% of CalPERS contribution.

Health Benefits: San Dimas provides a $1,445 per month cafeteria plan for health, dental and vision insurance. The City also pays for long term disability and life insurance programs for employees.

Leave Benefits: Vacation leave is accrued beginning at 112 hours per year and increases after each five years of tenure. Employees accrue 96 hours annual sick leave. The City also provides 12 paid holidays.  The City also provides 12 paid holidays. The Director also will be provided with 80 hours of administrative leave per year.

Retiree Health Savings Account: The City has a program where employees can achieve a triple tax-free savings program for health insurance costs at retirement or separation.

Deferred Compensation: The City provides a deferred compensation match program for employees where the City will provide matching funds up to $200 monthly for employee contributions to the offered Section 457 deferred compensation plans.

Car and Phone Allowances: The City will provide the Director a $300 monthly car allowance and $85 monthly cell phone and data allowance.

Additional Benefits: Additional benefits include membership to a federal credit union, tuition reimbursement, computer loan program, Employee Assistance Program, membership to San Dimas Recreation Center and a Section 125 benefits program.

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