Seal Beach


Orange County
3/22/2018 at 4pm
$11,722.97-$14,249.35 Monthly

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City Hall, 211 8th Street, Seal Beach, CA, 90740


The Community:

Located on the coast of Southern California, Seal Beach enjoys a well-informed and engaged community. Seal Beach is well known for its historic wooden pier that juts out into the blue Pacific and a view and climate that is a weekend draw for the greater Southland.  With a population of approximately 25,000, Seal Beach is nestled between Long Beach and Huntington Beach in Orange County, and has retained its quaint “village-by-the-sea” ambiance.

Job Summary:

The position of Director of Community Development is designated as an “at will” position. Under direction of the City Manager, plans, organizes, manages the Community Development Department, including planning, housing, building and safety, and code compliance; directs and administers the planning and building operations activities of the City, which include current, advance, and environmental planning, building plan check, permitting and issuance, inspection, and historic preservation activities; plans, organizes, manages, and provides administrative direction and oversight of the Community Services Department including Main Street cleaning, Street sweeping and janitorial cleaning, development, operations, and maintenance of the City’s recreation and parks programs and facilities; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments, officials, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among City departments, intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; provides highly responsible and complex assistance to the City Manager.

The Director of Community Development is a member of the City Manager’s Executive Management Team. The person hired for this position will perform the duties listed below:

Essential Functions:

  • Assumes full management responsibility for all Community Development Department programs, services, and activities, including current, advance, and environmental planning, building plan check, permitting, inspection, historic preservation, and code compliance activities.
  • Assumes full management responsibility for all Community Services Department programs, facilities, and services.
  • Develops, directs, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the departments; establishes, within City policy, appropriate budget, service, and staffing levels.
  • Manages and participates in the development and administration of the departmental annual budgets; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs and implements adjustments as necessary.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and directs department personnel; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with department standards, including program and project priorities and performance evaluations; works with employees on performance issues; implements discipline and termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of departmental services by developing, reviewing, and implementing policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and City needs; continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors the distribution of work, support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of change.
  • Meets with developers, engineers, property owners, contractors, and other agencies to discuss merits and concerns of development proposals; provides various parties with guidance on how to proceed; oversees negotiations and agreements regarding environment-related issues, rights-of-way, and open space easements, and financial participation; discusses status of development projects with applicants.
  • Directs, coordinates and reviews amendments to the General Plan; provides general plan and code interpretation as needed; provides analysis, recommendations, and implementation of policies and procedures; develops and presents recommendations on a variety of permits, maps, ordinances, zone changes and applications.
  • Plans, organizes, manages, controls, and evaluates through subordinate management staff all of the construction, maintenance, and repair activities assigned to the Community Services department including landscaped areas, parkways, open spaces, pavilions, athletic fields, park amenities, and facilities to assure the safety and security of City patrons.
  • Plans, organizes, manages, controls, and evaluates through subordinate management staff, the City’s recreational programs including youth programs, adult and youth sports, aquatics, cultural arts, social services, contract programs, and special events.
  • Supervises and conducts surveys of community recreational requirements including construction of additional parks; identifies areas of community needs and develops service delivery systems; evaluates the need for parks, recreational activities, the arts, and community services, and enlists community participation in programs and fundraising campaigns; develops and directs public relations programs.
  • Represents the Community Development and Community Services departments to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explains and interprets departmental programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves significant and controversial issues.
  • Conducts a variety of departmental organizational and operational studies and investigations; recommends modifications to programs, policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Participates in, makes presentations, and serves as liaison to the City Council, Planning Commission, Historic Resource Commission, Environmental Quality Control Board, and a variety of other boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends, innovations, and other services as they relate to the areas of assignment.
  • Maintains and directs the maintenance of working and official departmental files.
  • Monitors changes in laws, regulations, and technology that may affect City or departmental operations; implements policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the City Manager.
  • Responds to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Ideal Candidate

Education and Experience:

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited (4) four-year college or university with major coursework in community development, urban planning, civil engineering, business or public administration, or a related field and at least seven (7) years of management and/or administrative experience in community development, urban planning, and project administration. Possession of a Graduate degree from an accredited college or university is highly desirable.

Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment.

Possession of an American Institute of Certified Planners (A.I.C.P.) Certification is desirable.

Knowledge of:

Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, and supervision of staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision; Public agency budget development, contract administration, City-wide administrative practices, and general principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned areas; organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, procedures, and operational needs; principles and practices of municipal government administration; theories, principles, and contents of the General Plan and the Municipal Code as well as land use, zoning, subdivision, and urban planning regulations, natural resource protection, and environmental laws; principles and techniques of conducting site planning, architectural review, subdivision design, land use, and other analytical studies, evaluating alternatives, and making sound recommendation; methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of community services projects; principles, procedures, and practices for planning, implementing, and maintaining a variety of recreation and leisure activities and programs through community participation; applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and organizational policies and procedures relevant to assigned areas of responsibility; principles and practices of employee supervision; methods and techniques for the development of presentations and contract negotiations; techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.

Ability to:

Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls for the assigned departments and program areas; provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the departments and the City; prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner; interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional, and technical personnel; delegate authority and responsibility; select, train, motivate, and evaluate the work of staff and train staff in work procedures; research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques; effectively administer special projects with contractual agreements and ensure compliance with stipulations; effectively administer a variety of community development and community services programs and administrative activities; conduct effective negotiations and effectively represent the City and the departments in meetings with governmental agencies, contractors, vendors, and various businesses, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations; conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports; establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; ability to work extended hours in order to complete projects, attend meetings and accommodate City needs.


Retirement:  CalPERS Classic members 2% at 55, CalPERS New members 2% @ 62.

Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance:  Section 125, various plans available. The City offers a full flex cafeteria plan for health care, dental, and vision.

Term Life Insurance:  $50,000 policy, 100% paid by City.

Long Term Disability 100% paid by City.

Holidays:  (12) Paid Holidays per year.

Vacation:  (120) hours after (1) of continuous service.

Administration Leave:  (48) hours per year.

Paid Sick Leave Accrued (8) hours per month of service.

Deferred Compensation:  The City participates in the International City/County Management Association Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC)  557 plan, with City-paid contributions of 3.5% of salary.

Executive Medical Exam/Wellness Program:  $850 per fiscal year.

Retiree Benefits:  Health Savings Account (HSA) is available with sick leave conversion.

Tuition Reimbursement:  Reimbursement is capped each calendar year at the rate of California State University system for up to (2) semesters of full-time undergraduate enrollment.








Special Instructions

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a City on-line application, cover letter, and resume that reflects the scope of your responsibilities, significant accomplishments, and (6) professional references.

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: 
Contact phone extension: 
Bob Franco at Ext. 1335 - or - Nancy Ralsten at Ext. 1301