Director of Development Services

  • Kingman, Arizona
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Administration and Management Planning and Development
  • Salary: $103,979.00 - $145,579.00 Annually USD Annually
  • Salary Top: 145579 USD Annually

Job Description

Job Summary


Relocation assistance and other allowances are readily available to support your seamless transition into this pivotal role.


The Director of Development Services is responsible for planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operations of the Building Safety, Code Enforcement, and Planning Divisions of the Development Services Department. This role encompasses various aspects, including land use planning, zoning, building inspections and general development. The Director's primary responsibilities include long-range planning, land use regulation, and ensuring that the city's planning efforts align with the city’s strategic objectives.


The Director of Development Services works independently with considerable latitude for discretion and judgment under the broad guidance and general supervision of the City Manager. The work is reviewed through meetings and reports relating to goals, objectives, and service delivery.


The Director directly provides management direction and supervision over professional and clerical/technician/paraprofessional staff within the department.

Minimum Qualifications/Special Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Construction Management, Geography, Public Administration, Social Sciences, or a related field. Advanced degree is preferred.
  • Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in municipal planning, plan review, general city planning, zoning administration, and building code application and enforcement with three (3) years in a supervisory or management capacity.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification required. Possession of International Code Council Building Official certificate is required within twelve months of hire.
  • OR an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the above minimum requirements.

  • Valid Arizona Driver’s License or ability to obtain within three (3) months of hire.

Essential Functions


Essential Functions are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it.
  • Develop, plan and implement department goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures related to planning, building inspection and engineering operations.
  • Coordinate department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the department’s work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Manage and participate in the development and administration of the Development Services Department budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures.
  • Monitor overall growth and development relative to the General Plan; design, prepare and recommend appropriate codes and ordinances related to the General Plan, land use, subdivisions, and other community development matters; administer current ordinances; prepare revisions as needed.
  • Coordinate and manage the review of private and public development projects; conduct public hearings as required.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.
  • Serve as liaison with developers, contractors, and citizen groups regarding planning related activities and projects.
  • Resolve and respond to controversial issues, citizen complaints or inquiries with excellent customer service.
  • Represent the department to outside groups and organizations and federal, state, county, and local officials on planning, building inspection, housing, flood plain management and related issues; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence; provide technical presentations to the City Council and Planning Commission.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Serve as a member of various committees.


Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Knowledge of the applicable federal, state and city construction codes and related laws and ordinances. Understanding of principles and practices of public administration, personnel administration, supervision, continuous quality improvement, customer service, and public meetings and hearings. Familiarity with the construction, nuisance, environmental, and zoning codes, ordinances, and development requirements as adopted by the City of Kingman, including their format, content, and purpose. Understanding of subdivision design principles and land-use relationships. Knowledge of leadership and team styles and skills. Proficiency in computer software applications, such as word processing, database, and spreadsheet software. Familiarity with modern methods and techniques as applied to the design and construction of buildings and site development. Understanding of construction or building permit issuance policies and procedures. Knowledge of construction or engineering trade codes and terminology. Understanding of the principles and practices of civil engineering, as well as the methods and techniques used in the design of public water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, underground utility lines, retention basins, and public street improvements. Familiarity with building construction materials, methods, building trade codes, and terminology. Knowledge of site planning and building design concepts.


Skilled in planning, organizing, coordinating, and administering comprehensive and coordinated programs. Proficient in designing, developing, and implementing development programs. Strong ability to communicate the City's development strategy effectively to diverse groups. Proficient at developing effective working partnerships with diverse individuals, boards, agencies, and organizations. Ability to identify and implement appropriate funding resources and strategies. Proficient in grant writing and grant management. Skilled in researching complex issues, collecting and analyzing data, and writing clear, accurate, and concise summaries, reports, and other written materials. Effective verbal communications, including public speaking to both large and small audiences. Ability to coordinate a variety of complex tasks simultaneously. Skill in mathematical calculations. Proficient in operating modern office equipment, including complex computer software and hardware related to assigned programs.


Establish leadership over the assigned workgroup and direct staff in meeting acceptable service levels for customers. Supervise and evaluate the work of professional and technical staff. Coordinate and assign work to subordinates to maximize the quality and quantity of work within the hierarchy of priority. Use graphic instructions such as blueprints, schematic drawings, layouts, or other visual aids. Perform a broad range of supervisory responsibilities over others. Analyze various administrative, operational, and fiscal problems and make sound recommendations for solutions. Participate in the formulation of the unit operating budget. Resolve work procedure problems and questions presented by subordinate-level employees. Confer with engineers, developers, architects, attorneys, property owners, consultants, various agencies, and the general public to acquire information, coordinate division matters, and provide information related to the area of assignment. Assess and assign priorities to problems and work assignments when confronted with several pressing demands at one time. Participate in code development with appropriate agencies and jurisdictions. Identify and facilitate formal and informal review/appeal processes for disputed requirements. Identify process delays and demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations and decrease turnaround times. Make recommendations based on investigation and analysis of building conditions, construction, and code violations regarding property status. Resolve complex construction code interpretations related to field inspection decisions. Read and interpret building codes, plans, and specifications, and detect deficiencies or deviations from approved plans and field observations. Communicate with and respond tactfully to a diverse public in answering questions, handling complaints, and explaining work-related City policies. Partner with other City departments or outside entities to review and make recommendations to improve work processes. Maintains confidentiality of protected information, data, and records.


The work environment characteristics attached to the job description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Management is accountable for preventing workplace incidents, injuries and illnesses. Management will provide top-level support of safety program and wellness initiatives. Management will consider all employee suggestions for achieving a safer, healthier workplace. Management also will keep informed about workplace safety and health hazards, and it will regularly review the company safety and wellness program.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the position changes.

Personal Growth Opportunities ~ Meaningful and Challenging Work ~ Public Service
Community Spirit ~ Training and Development

2023-2024 Benefit Guide (PDF)

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision insurance.
    • Telemedicine available through BlueCare Anywhere for general medical and behavioral health.
  • Flexible spending (FSA) or health savings accounts (HSA).
    • Employer contribution to HSA equivalent to 50% of plan-year deductible. This is currently $750 for Single Coverage and $1,500 for Family Coverage.
  • Employer-paid group basic life insurance coverage for employee and dependents on medical plan.
    • Supplemental group insurance and third-party options available.
  • Virgin Pulse, our comprehensive well-being platform designed to push you towardsgood health in mind, body and spirit.
    • Participation incentives with up to $300 redeemable annually.
  • Work/Life support services through the SupportLincEmployee Assistance Program (EAP).
    • Six free counseling visits annually.

  • 12 paid holidays , including a floating birthday holiday each year.
  • 16-35 paid vacation days per year.
    • 6.15 hrs. 1-5 years; 7.69 hrs. 5-10 yrs.; 9.23 hrs. 10-15 yrs.; 10.77 hrs. 15+ yrs.
    • Shift fire personnel accrue leave at 1/3 more per pay period.
  • 3.69 sick hrs per pay period (approx. 9-12 sick days per year).
    • Shift fire personnel accrue leave at 1/3 more per pay period.
    • Part-time/seasonal employees earn 1 hours of sick time for every 30 hours worked.
Other leave types available, including:
  • 10 hours of Volunteer Time Off (VTO).
  • Up to 5 days for bereavement.
  • Jury Duty.
  • Military Training, and more.
Leave donation program.
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $4,500 annually.
  • Shift differential pay (2nd & 3rd shift).
  • Bonus Programs.
  • Skill-based, Certification & Bilingual Pay.
  • Clothing Allowance for Uniformed Personnel.

Recognition & Appreciation
  • Quarterly Performance Conversations (TrakStar).
  • Mission, Vision, Values (MVV) Excellence Awards.
  • Safety Awards.
  • Service Awards at 5, 10, 15, 20+ years of service.
  • Biannual All-Employee BBQ Lunch.
  • Annual Employee Pool Party.

  • City matching to AZ State Retirement System & Long Term Disability (ASRS).
  • Additional retirement solutions available through optional third-party on pre-tax basis, including457-deferred compensation and Roth IRA.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

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