Assistant Development Services Director

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Jun 14, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development
  • Salary: $56.82 - $76.14 Hourly USD

Job Description

The City of Costa Mesa is seeking an Assistant Development Services Director.  The City is looking for a dynamic leader with a high level of integrity and a strong work ethic. The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator with critical thinking skills and good judgment who will thrive in a fast-paced environment where expectations are high, and creativity is valued. The successful candidate will be committed to promoting a positive team environment through collaboration, supportive mentorship for our up-and-coming talent, and modeled behavior of professionalism, responsiveness, and public service.
The successful candidate will have proven track record of successful professional leadership and be able to effectively cultivate and maintain cooperative working relationships within the organization and the community. While technical expertise in planning and zoning is required and the Assistant Director must be able to review and establish high standards for lower-level staff work, this is a senior management role with a focus on the implementation of strategic objectives, the mentoring of junior staff, and the smooth administration of the Department. The ideal candidate must have excellent critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills and outstanding oral and written communication skills. A background of leadership in a public sector organization is ideal. Strong technical knowledge (CEQA, Subdivision Map Act, etc.) and planning skills, a willingness to invest in staff development and community relationships, and a passion for the work are helpful.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in urban planning and three (3) years supervisory/management experience.  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, public administration, or a related field is required.  A Master's degree in one of these fields is desirable.  Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners 9AICP) is preferred.  
The annual salary for this position is up to $158,364 DOQ. The City offers an attractive benefits package, including CalPERS retirement.
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Assistant Development Services Director  

Interested candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and six work-related references (two supervisors, two direct reports and two colleagues) by the first review date of Monday, June 21, 2021.  Resume should reflect years and months of employment, beginning/ending dates as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed.  Applications should be submitted at:

CPS HR Consulting  

For further information, please contact Mr. Andrew Nelson, CPS HR Consulting at (916) 471-3329 or
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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