City of Clayton – Community Development Director

The Community Development Director is the hands-on department head-level position that has the challenge of independently directing, supervising and participating in the day-to-day operations of the Department. Responsibilities include current and advanced planning, zoning and subdivision administration, environmental review,  land use code enforcement, transportation planning, and administration of affordable housing programs. This position reports and serves at-will to the City Manager, is an integral part of the overall City Management Team.  The Director serves as staff liaison to the five-member City Planning Commission, and directs and supervises an Assistant Planner and an Administrative Assistant.

In the last several years, there has been a mix of both current and advanced planning projects. It is expected the Director will add to the continued progress of the City in addressing both current and future planning issues and provide leadership in completing a new Housing Element by 2023.

Ranked high on the list of professional opportunity issues are:

  • Provide leadership and analysis in the preparation of the City’s 6th Cycle Housing Element.
  • Finalize the consultant study and implementation of Open Space and Affordable Housing Impact/In-Lieu Fees.
  • Continue processing several current planning projects.
  • Coordinate City progress on Municipal Code amendments to address Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), tiny homes and manufactured homes, SB 743 Circulation Element revisions, objective standards for processing wireless small cell tower installations, and permit streamlining standards for housing under SB 35.
  • Continue to successfully represent the City in regional transportation planning and other inter-governmental issues.

In addition to excellent management and supervisory skills, the successful candidate will possess a professional history that demonstrates the following necessary attributes and qualities:

  • Knowledge of current and advanced planning, storm water, zoning and subdivision administration, environmental review, affordable housing, economic development, plan check and building inspection services, and code enforcement
  • A history of being a “hands-on doer” who is not only creative in addressing issues but is successful in helping a small municipal organization move a community forward in a way that is reflective of the community’s image of itself.
  • A history of demonstrated listening skills and the ability to give options and provide reasons that support decisions; ability to see merit in both sides of every issue.
  • A history of developing sound strategies for implementing projects, working with the community to get support, and then clearly presenting the project to the City Manager, Planning Commission, and the City Council.
  • Knowledge of budgets, administrative and funding sources that may impact programs and project developments, particularly in a resources-constrained organization.
  • An understanding of social, political, and environmental issues influencing projects in a small active community.
  • A history of being a confident, reasonable, and well-spoken individual with a great deal of patience and a sense of humor.
  • Knowledge of contract and grant administration.
  • Understands the importance of developing working partnerships with state and regional governments, community groups, and organizations; fostering good relationships with citizens, staff and developers.
  • A history of being an open communicator with excellent public speaking, writing and presentation skills.
  • A positive customer service orientation and the ability to foster that attitude in others.

In addition to the profile described above, candidates should possess the equivalent of five years senior-level experience in community planning, community development, land use regulation, building inspection and code enforcement, with a Bachelor’s Degree in planning, public administration or a related field.  AICP accreditation is desirable.

The City of Clayton offers an attractive benefit package which includes:

¨ Salary: The annual salary ranges up to $135,504 DOQ.

¨ Retirement: CalPERS (pension plan and contribution rate dependent on member status in CalPERS).

The City does not participate in Social Security.

¨ Deferred Compensation: The City offers deferred compensation plans with voluntary employee contributions only.

¨ Health Plans: “Cafeteria plan” with a monthly health contribution cap paid by City.  The employee may apply City     portion toward premiums for         medical and/or dental under specified conditions and dependent categories.

Medical: Choice of Kaiser, Blue Shield, Anthem, HealthNet and/or PERS Choice (thru CalPERS).

Dental:  Available through Delta Dental.

¨ Vacation Leave: Accrual starts at 2 weeks up to 5 weeks annually based on longevity and increasing with years of        service.

¨ Sick Leave: 8 hours accrued per month.

¨ Management Leave: Up to 120 hours annually each fiscal year at the discretion of the City Manager.

¨ Car Allowance: $345.00 monthly auto allowance.

¨ Holidays: The City observes 11 paid holidays, plus 3 personal holidays at employee choice.

¨ Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability: The City pays for a life insurance policy of $50,000 and pays for Long Term Disability Insurance.

¨ Optional participation in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

The position will remain open until filled.  The first review of applications will be Friday, May 28, 2021.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply prior to the first review date.

To be considered for this excellent opportunity, please visit our website:  Only online applications will be accepted.  Candidates must attach a cover letter, resume and three to five professional references to their online application to be considered complete.   Following the first review date, applications and resumes will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to panel interviews tentatively scheduled for mid-June including a preliminary chat with the City Manager.

The City  of  Clayton is an  Equal  Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age (over 40), disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Candidates selected will be invited to participate in panel and individual interviews. The successful finalist must pass a Livescan/DOJ fingerprint check, a pre-employment physical examination, and a comprehensive background investigation. Upon appointment, each new employee must serve a probationary period during which the employee must demonstrate sufficient capacity and ability to perform the work assigned to this position.