Development Services Director

  • City of Murrieta, CA
  • Murrieta, California
  • May 11, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development
  • Salary: Depends on Qualifications USD

Job Description

Description and Essential Functions

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SALARY: up to $216,403.20 Annually DOQ

The City of Murrieta is accepting applications for the position of Development Services Director to fill one (1) current vacancy in our Development Services Department. The eligibility list established may be used to fill upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to one (1) year.

Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, manages, and provides administrative direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the Development Services Department, including Planning, Building and Safety, Code Enforcement, and Economic Development; directs and administers the planning operations and activities of the City, which include Capital Improvement Program design and current, long-term, and environmental planning activities; 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 professional assistance to the City Manager in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.

Receives administrative direction from the City Manager or assigned supervisor. The work provides for a wide variety of independent decision-making, within legal and general policy and regulatory guidelines. Exercises direct and general supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative staff and through subordinate levels of supervision.

This is a Department Director classification that oversees, directs, and participates in all activities of the Development Services Department, including short- and long-term planning, development and administration of departmental policies, procedures and services. This class provides assistance to the City Manager in a variety of administrative, coordinative, analytical, and liaison capacities. Successful performance of the work requires knowledge of public policy, municipal functions and activities, including the role of an elected City Council, and the ability to develop, oversee, and implement projects and programs in a variety of areas. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing departmental planning and operational goals and objectives and for furthering City goals and objectives within general policy guidelines.

  • Assumes full management responsibility for all Development Services Department programs, facilities, services, and activities, including Capital Improvement, program design, construction and inspection, land development, engineering, as well as planning functions such as current, long-term, and/or environmental planning activities, Planning, and Building and Safety.
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures. Assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships. Identifies opportunities for improvement and directs and implements changes. Assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility.
  • Directs the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments, as necessary.
  • Acts as official department representative to other City departments, City Manager's office, officials, neighborhood associations, and outside agencies.
  • Negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.
  • Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary communications.
  • Attends City Council meetings and takes necessary action regarding Council agenda items.
  • Prepares comprehensive written reports for department, City council, or commission action; makes oral presentations to same; prepares annual reports required for State or Federal agencies or other interested parties.
  • Selects, trains, counsels, motivates and maintains harmony among staff.
  • As a Director, interviews applicants and recommends and approves hiring, termination, discipline, pay or other employee status changes in accordance with established procedures.
  • Develops, directs, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the department; establishes, within City policy, appropriate budget, service, and staffing levels.
  • Manages and participates in the development and administration of the department's annual budget and capital improvement budgets; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approval of expenditures; directs and implements adjustments as necessary.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department's service 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.
  • Directs, coordinates and reviews amendments to the comprehensive general plan; provides general plan and code interpretation as needed; provides analysis of, recommendations for, and implementation of voter initiatives.
  • Oversees negotiations and agreements with developers, engineers, property owners, contractors, and other agencies for environmental related issues, rights-of-way and open space easements, and financial participation.
  • Oversees the development of requests for proposals for professional services, including the advertising and bid processes; evaluates proposals and recommends project award; coordinates with legal counsel to determine City needs and requirements for contractual services; negotiates contracts and agreements; administers same after award.
  • Conducts a variety of departmental, organizational, and operational studies and investigations; recommends modifications to programs, policies and procedures, as appropriate.
  • Participates in and makes presentations to the City Council and a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of development services and other services as they relate to the area 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.
  • Demonstrates attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in business or public administration, urban planning, or landscape architecture, or a related field.
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in planning, building, or urban community development, or a closely related field, including five (5) years of supervisory and administrative management of a related major division or organization.
  • Equivalent to a master's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public administration.

  • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a valid California Driver's License or other means that would allow for attendance at meetings and special events and the ability to conduct site visits.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions

  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, and supervision of staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision.
  • Principles and practices of comprehensive planning and community development.
  • Principles and practices of economics and statistics.
  • Principles of organization, administration, budget and personnel management.
  • Principles of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and techniques of management and supervision.
  • Research methods and sources of information related to urban growth and development.
  • Laws, ordinances and regulations underlying building inspection, code enforcement, general plans, environmental matters, engineering, zoning, and land use.
  • Building and inspection methods and techniques.
  • Economics, engineering, municipal finance, and other related subjects as applied to City development.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to and affecting California community development, including property acquisition, funding and financial methods, disposal, rehabilitation and relocation.
  • General computer applications.
  • Public agency budget development, contract administration, Citywide administrative practices, and general principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area.
  • 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 a General Plan, land use, zoning, subdivision, and urban planning regulations, natural resources protection, and environmental laws.
  • Principles and techniques of conducting site planning, architectural reviews, subdivision design, land use, and other analytical studies; evaluating alternatives and making sound recommendations.
  • Basic principles and practices of planning, design, cost estimation, construction, installation, and inspection of a wide variety of municipal facilities, miscellaneous buildings and structures.
  • Technical, legal, financial, and public relations problems associated with the management of development services programs.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public, vendors, contractors and City staff.
  • The California Environmental Quality Act as it relates to discretionary land use permits.
  • Plan, assign, and coordinate the work of professional, technical, and clerical staff.
  • Plan, prioritize, and direct varied community development activities.
  • Schedule program work on a long-term basis.
  • Investigate and analyze administrative and technical problems, reach practical and logical conclusions, and effectively develop plans, procedures and policies.
  • Calculate long, short and interim budgetary projections for projects, capital equipment outlay, materials, supplies, facilities, personnel and other expenses.
  • Identify, coordinate and resolve a wide variety of interests in the development of land use policy.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, City officials, vendors, contractors, outside agencies, and the general public.
  • Develop and present clear and concise oral and written communications, make presentations, persuade, negotiate, and resolve differences of opinion or interpretation.
  • Identify, compile, organize and analyze data to prepare reports and maintain records, and recommend solutions to technical problems encountered in reviewing plans.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls for the department and assigned program areas.
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
  • Interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, codes, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional, and technical personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Motivate 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 development services programs and administrative activities.
  • Conduct effective negotiations and effectively represent the City and the department in meetings with governmental agencies, contractors, vendors, and various businesses, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, recordkeeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacts in the course of work.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development sites, to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Supplemental Information

A City application form must be submitted online. Applicants can apply online at .

Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of appraisal interview, performance test and writing exercise to evaluate the applicant's skill, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list. The City may also merge lists. The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which may include a physical, drug screen, and fingerprinting.

The City of Murrieta is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. All employment practices such as recruitment, selection, and promotions are administered in a manner designed to ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age (over 40), marital or veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, disability, or any other basis that is inconsistent with federal, state or local laws.

Located just north of San Diego County, the City of Murrieta is home to approximately 115,000 people. Family-oriented with more than 52 parks, 1,300 acres of trails and some of the nation's top school(s), it is consistently ranked the top place to live in SW Riverside County and one of the safest cities in California. With some of the lowest unemployment in the state, City-based Police and Fire, and a high median income, Murrieta's offers its residents an exceptional quality-of-life in an engaged and connected community.

The following is a summary of the provided benefits to full-time employees in the represented unit. For further information, please refer to the unit's Salary Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding .
  • RETIREMENT : The City participates inthe California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).
    • Tier 1 (Classic Members hired prior to 12/30/2012)
      • Formula: 2.7% at 55
      • Member Contribution: 8.0% of compensation
      • Final Compensation: Highest twelve (12) consecutive month period
Tier 2 (Classic Members hired on or after 12/30/2012)
  • Formula: 2.0% at 60
  • Member Contribution: 7.0% of compensation
  • Final Compensation: Highest thirty-six (36) consecutive month period
Tier 3 (New Members)
  • Formula: 2.0% at 62
  • Member Contribution: 50% of normal cost (currently 7.0% of compensation)
  • Final Compensation: Highest thirty-six (36) consecutive month period
MEDICAL INSURANCE : The City contributes up to $1,537.64 per month toward medical insurance for employees and their eligible dependents. RETIREE MEDICAL INSURANCE : Please refer to the unit's Memorandum of Understanding for details. DENTAL INSURANCE : The City pays for 100% of the premium for the employee and their eligible dependents. VISION INSURANCE : The City pays for 100% of the premium for the employee and their eligible dependents. LIFE INSURANCE : The City pays for 100% of the premium for a life insurance policy equal to one time an employee's base salary. Additional life insurance is available. SHORT-TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE: The City pays for 100% of the premium for the employee. LONG-TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE : The City pays for 100% of the premium for the employee. DEFERRED COMPENSATION : Employees are eligible to participate in a deferred compensation plan through Nationwide Retirement Solutions and/orICMA-RC. The City contributes a matching amount to the employee's account on a dollar for dollar basis, not to exceed $3,000 per year for Department Heads toward 401aplan, $2,600 per year for Managers and $1,600 per year for Confidential.
Note: The provisions of this summary do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this summary may be modified or revoked without notice. The types and levels of employee benefits provided, including City contributions toward benefit costs, are subject to change as a result of periodic contract negotiations between the recognized employee association and the City of Murrieta.

The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. The information you provide will be verified and documentation may be required. Please be as honest and accurate as possible. You may be asked to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a work sample or during an interview. By completing this supplemental questionnaire, you are attesting that the information you have provided is accurate. Any misstatements, omissions, or falsification of information may eliminate you from consideration or result in dismissal. Responses such as, "see resume" or "see application" will result in rejection of your application. Proof of education is required.
  • Yes, I understand and agree
  • No, I do not agree

What is the highest level of education you have completed?
  • Less than a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED)
  • Some college
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate Degree

Do you possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Business or Public Administration, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, or a related field?
  • Yes
  • No

Do you possess a master's degree or equivalent from an accredited college with major course work in public administration?
  • Yes
  • No

How many years of progressively responsible, professional experience do you possess in planning, building, or urban community development, or related field?
  • No experience
  • Less than five (5) years
  • More than five (5), but less than seven (7) years
  • More than seven (7), but less than nine (9) years
  • More than nine (9), but less than thirteen years
  • More than eleven (11) years

How many years of supervisory and administrative management experience of a related major division or organization do you possess?
  • No experience
  • Less than five (3) years
  • More than three (3), but less than five (5)years
  • More than five (5), but less than seven (7) years
  • More than seven (7)years

Which types of government agencies have you worked for? (Check all that apply)
  • City Government
  • County Government
  • State Government
  • Federal Government
  • Tribal Government
  • Special District
  • Public Education
  • None of the above

In reference to the previous question, at which government agency(s) did you receive this experience? Please include the name of the agency and the dates of employment. If you selected "No experience" in the previous question, please indicate N/A.

Do you possess or have the ability to obtain and maintain a California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question
Closing Date/Time: 5/16/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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