DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Classification Specification
Non-Represented Senior Management (Unclassified/At Will)
Under administrative direction, leads, plans, organizes, and directs the services and activities of the Development Services Department including Engineering, Community Development, Planning Building and Safety, and the capital improvement program. serves as member of the City's Executive team and represents the City interest with federal, state and local agencies and organizations; assumes additional responsibilities as assigned; performs related duties as required. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This position is responsible for the development and administration of programs designed to address primary areas of City service. The incumbent is expected to exercise honesty, leadership, problem-solving, competent judgment, wisdom, common sense, and initiative in establishing efficient and effective departmental operations involving significant accountability and decision-making responsibility consistent with City Council policies and administrative guidelines established by the City Manager. SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED: Receives general direction from the City Manager or designee; and exercises direct and indirect supervision of management, supervisory, professional, technical and administrative staff. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (The following is a typical list of duties assigned to the Director of Development Services. The duties included on this list are examples and are not intended to be all-inclusive or restrictive.)
• Identifies, develops, recommends, establishes, implements, and administers policies, procedures, priorities, standards, services, and long-range goals, relating to the department ensuring equitability, efficiency and effectiveness of delivery.
• Plans, and directs, department services including Engineering, Community
Development, Planning, and Building and Safety; ensures that services are efficient and effective and provided according to Federal and State laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.
Class specifications are only intended to present a descriptive summary of the range of duties and responsibilities associated with specified positions. Therefore, specifications may not include all duties performed by individuals within a classification. In addition, specifications are intended to outline the minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the class and do not necessarily convey the qualifications of incumbents within the position.
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• Serves as a member of the executive team and a resource for City staff and elected
officials; coordinates pertinent information, resources and collaboration to support a positive and productive environment.
• Prepares and directs the administration of the Department budget, goals, objectives,
policies, and priorities; responsible for strategic implementation and administration of the General Plan, zoning, subdivision, environmental ordinances, adopted development policies, construction permits, mapping system; and land development, Supports recommendations and modifications to programs, codes, ordinances, policies, and procedures when necessary and prepares and presents reports of a complex nature regarding varying projects; supervises and analyzes the creation of staff reports and presentation materials; makes verbal and written presentations to City Staff, Management, Council, community associations, boards, outside agencies or organizations and schools.
• Guides the development of comprehensive plans to satisfy future needs for
department services. • Serves as the Department head for Development Services; approves and selects
Department employees; plans and directs work of assigned staff; develops and establishes work methods and standards; conducts or directs staff training and development; motivates and evaluates employee performance; executes disciplinary action.
• Prepares and directs the administration of the City’s capital improvement program,
including goals, priorities, budget and assessments of the needed construction or repair of City infrastructure and facilities; monitors the design of systems, facilities, and construction activities; approves completed plans, compiles estimates, contract provisions and specifications and ensures adequate capital resources to fund projects.
• Prepares and presents program to City Staff, Management and Planning
Commission and works collaboratively with the Finance Department to present program and budget for approval.
• Maintains the City’s high standards necessary for the efficient and professional
operation of the department; sets expectations and goals for performance and maintains staff accountability for results and actions.
• Represents Development Services or delegates such authority in relations with the
community, advisory committees, local, State, and Federal agencies, and professional organizations; schedules public hearings and leads discussions regarding proposed and related projects.
• Responds to inquiries, requests, and complaints as it relates to the department
functions and takes appropriate action; ensures the public and management is kept
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updated and aware of programs, projects, and other related activities through the department's public notification policies and procedures. Perform other related and peripheral duties as required and necessary for the successful performance of this job.
QUALIFICATIONS: (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)
Education and/or Experience: Any combination of education and experience that has provided the leadership, knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a Director of Development Services. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree with major work in civil engineering, urban planning, public administration, or a related field; eight (8) years of progressively responsible related experience in one or more of the assigned departments including collaborations and presentations with elected officials, staff, developers, businesses, and residents; four (4) years of direct administrative leadership responsibility. A master’s degree is desirable. Knowledge of Hesperia and the surrounding area is a benefit for this position. License/Certificate: Possession of or ability to obtain a Class “C” California driver's license.
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: (The following are a representative sample of the KSA’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position.)
Theory, principles, practices and techniques of engineering, urban planning, economic development, and related development services; applicable Federal, State and local law, codes and regulations governing the administration of planning, community development and the design and construction of streets, water systems, capital projects and other public works projects; Subdivision Map Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Act; Government Code, Public Utilities Code, Streets and Highways Code; municipal planning applications modification, and interrelationships between ordinances, policies, standards, procedures and practices associated with the planning function; methods employed in the preparation of land development projects; contracts, agreements, plans, specifications, procedures and forms associated with public works projects and laws research methods and sources of information related to urban growth and development laws, codes, regulations and principles of community redevelopment; principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing, revenue and the maintenance of public records; organization and functions of an elected City Council and appointed boards and
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commissions; the Brown Act and other laws and regulations governing the conduct of public meetings; the City's Personnel Rules and Regulations; planning, zoning and subdivision design; methods and techniques of public administration research, analysis, narrative, statistical, and technical writing, report preparation and presentation and record keeping; negotiation and conflict resolution techniques; principles of contract negotiation and administration; principles and practices of personnel administration, supervision and training.
Operate an office computer and a variety of word processing and software applications.
Lead, plan and direct the comprehensive development services programs and services including building safety, community development, engineering, inspections and planning; delegate, authorize, select, supervise, motivate, train and evaluate staff; prepare and administer the division’s budget; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner; interact effectively with the public; exercise flexibility, tact, confidentiality and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex, and confidential issues and situations; supervise and analyze complex data in either statistical or narrative form and perform statistical and cost benefit analyses; analyze complex development issues and problems, evaluate alternative solutions, and develop sound conclusions, recommendations and courses of action; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; prepare and evaluate verbal presentations and written reports; exercise sound, expert judgment within general policy guidelines; deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions; respond to requests and inquiries from the general public; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; develop comprehensive plans to satisfy future needs of department service; and work with the best interest of the entire city in mind.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Position requires prolonged or intermittent sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting and crouching. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing reports and using a computer keyboard in the performance of daily duties. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision when reading correspondence and using a computer and acute hearing is required when providing phone service and communicating in person. The need to lift, carry, push, and pull files, reports and other materials weighing up to 40 pounds is required. The employee may occasionally be required to travel to different sites and locations; when working outdoors the incumbent may encounter extreme weather conditions, including wet, hot, cold, wind, snow, ice, and heavy vehicle traffic. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate when indoors and moderate to loud when outdoors.
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Revised November 2022 Revised February 2016
Removed responsibilities related to Public Works October 2015 Working Conditions and Formatting Revised July 2008
Revised September 2005
9700 Seventh Avenue, Hesperia, California