Community Development Director

The award-winning Town of Windsor is located in Sonoma County and offers the highly acclaimed wine country experience, along with economic opportunity, temperate weather, safe and well-maintained streets and parks, and a beautiful location.  The Town has a population of 27,000 and is situated 63 miles north of San Francisco, 20 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, and 8 miles northwest of the County Seat in Santa Rosa. Incorporated as a common law city in July 1992, Windsor provides a modern, relaxed lifestyle with a growing retail and industrial center for the North County.  The Town is currently on a 4/10 work schedule from Monday through Thursday, and is closed on Friday, allowing employees more time to enjoy a work-life balance.

Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, manages, and provides administrative direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the Community Development Department, including planning, building and safety, and code compliance; directs and administers the planning and building operations and activities of the Town, which include current, advance, and environmental planning, building plan check, permitting, inspection, and historic preservation activities; coordinates assigned activities with other Town departments, officials, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among Town departments and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the Town Manager in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.

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

This is a Department Director classification that oversees, directs, and participates in all activities of the Community Development Department, including short- and long-term planning, development and administration of departmental policies, procedures, and services. This class provides assistance to the Town 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 Town Council, and the ability to develop, oversee, and implement projects and programs in a variety of areas. Responsibilities include coordinating the activities of the department with those of other departments and outside agencies and managing and overseeing the complex and varied functions of the department. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing departmental planning and operational goals and objectives and for furthering Town goals and objectives within general policy guidelines.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Assumes full management responsibility for all Community Development Department programs, services, and activities, including current, advance, and environmental planning, building plan check, permitting, inspection, historic preservation, and code compliance activities.
  •  Develops, directs, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the department; establishes, within Town policy, appropriate budget, service, and staffing levels.
  • Manages and participates in the development and administration of the department’s annual budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs and implements adjustments as necessary.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and directs department personnel; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with department standards, including program and project priorities and performance evaluations; works with employees on performance issues; implements discipline and termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department’s service by developing, reviewing, and implementing policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and Town 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.
  • Meets with developers, engineers, property owners, contractors, and other agencies to discuss merits and concerns of development proposals; provides various parties with guidance on how to proceed; oversees negotiations and agreements regarding environment-related issues, rights-of-way, and open space easements, and financial participation; discusses status of development projects with applicants.
  •  Directs, coordinates and reviews amendments to the General Plan; provides general plan and code interpretation as needed; provides analysis, recommendations, and implementation of policies and procedures; develops and presents recommendations on a variety of permits, maps, ordinances, zone changes and applications.
  • Oversees the development of consultant requests for proposals for professional services and the advertising and bid processes; evaluates proposals and recommends project award; coordinates with legal counsel to determine Town needs and requirements for contractual services; negotiates contracts and agreements and administers same after award.
  • Serves as the Town’s Environmental Coordinator.
  • Represents the department to other Town departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explains and interprets departmental programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves significant and controversial issues.
  • 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 Town Council, Planning Commission, 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 community development and other services as they relate to the area of assignment.
  • Interprets and applies the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Maintains and directs the maintenance of working and official departmental files.
  • Monitors changes in laws, regulations, and technology that may affect Town 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 Town Manager.
  • Responds to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

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 graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in community development, urban planning, civil engineering, or a related field and five (5) years of management and/or administrative experience in community development, urban planning, and project administration. A master’s degree and public sector experience are highly desirable.

Licenses and Certifications: 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment.  A.I.C.P. certification preferred.


A completed Town of Windsor application, cover letter and resume are required. Resumes will not be accepted without an application.  Application materials will be accepted by the Town of Windsor Human Resources Division until Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Closing date postmarks will not be accepted. To apply, click here.