County of Alameda

Director, Community Development Agency (#2950)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Senior Executive Mgmt (071)
$96.01-$125.33 Hourly / $7,680.80-$10,026.40 BiWeekly /
$16,641.73-$21,723.87 Monthly / $199,700.80-$260,686.40 Yearly

Under administrative direction, plans and directs the work of the Alameda County Community Development Agency which includes a broad range of community development functions and functional departments such as Planning, Housing and Community Development, Redevelopment Successor Agency, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Neighborhood Preservation and Sustainability, Agriculture/Weights and Measures, Surplus Property Authority, Bonds and Finance, and Administration/Operations; solicits community cooperation and support for County community development programs; and performs other duties as required.


The Director, Community Development Agency, is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to lead a dynamic and diverse agency in the areas of comprehensive planning, transportation management, environmental planning, code enforcement, community development, revitalization and economic development, surplus property conversion, housing, neighborhood preservation, sustainability, lead poisoning prevention, agriculture, weights and measures, and census/demographic programs. This is a one-person class responsible for conferring with, advising and making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and various commissions. Direction is exercised through subordinate managers who have programmatic or departmental responsibility, whereas the Director has overall responsibility for the planning and operation of the agency, its programs and related matters.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the Community Development Agency; develops land use policies and ordinances upon consultation with the Board of Supervisors and various commissions; formulates Agency operating policies and procedures; and delegates responsibility to appropriate subordinates.

2. Develops and presents proposed plans; plans revisions, programs, ordinances and other recommendations to various commissions and the Board of Supervisors; and acts as community development adviser to the various commissions and the Board of Supervisors.

3. Directs the research, analysis, and formation of plans and programs for the development of physical, natural, human, economic and governmental resources consistent with approved Board of Supervisor policies and goals.

4. Oversees and provides direction to prepare and administer the annual budget for the Community Development Agency; reviews and evaluates current programs and anticipates future needs; and presents the Agency budget to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

5. Directs, through subordinate supervisors, the appointment, dismissal, transfer, or promotion of personnel; and directs a comprehensive program of staff development for the Agency.

6. Directs the preparation of reports, including graphic and statistical information and recommendations for community development activities and other matters submitted to various commissions and the Board of Supervisors.

7. Works with other jurisdictions and other County departments to promote a coordinated and comprehensive County community development program; keeps informed of the activity of these agencies; works with community groups and civic organizations to promote interest in and support of community development programs; and attends and speaks at meetings and otherwise provides information to the public.

8. Keeps informed of current trends, concepts and practices in community development; reads professional literature; and participates in and makes presentations to professional associations.


Either I


The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as a Deputy Director, Community Development Agency or equivalent or higher level class in Alameda County classified service.




Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university,




The equivalent of eight years of full-time, increasingly responsible professional experience in community and economic development that included the equivalent of four years of responsible supervisory and administrative experience.



Any combination of training, education and experience that is equivalent to one of the patterns listed above and will provide the required knowledge and abilities.



A master's degree in city, regional, or urban planning from an accredited college or university, based on a two-year curriculum may be substituted for the equivalent of two years of the non-supervisory experience, OR a master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, public health and social sciences may be substituted for the equivalent of one year of the non-supervisory experience.

Special Requirement:

Must be willing to participate in evening meetings.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles, methods, and procedures of urban planning and contemporary community development, including utilization of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, public health, social sciences, agriculture and weights and measures.
• Public administration, personnel management and staff development as they apply to the operation and administration of a community development agency.
• Governmental structures and their interrelationships, responsibilities, functions and limitations.
• Physical, social, economic, and legal implications involved in city and regional planning, lead poisoning prevention, housing and community development, including the development of urban and suburban environments, safe housing and aesthetic needs.
• Public outreach and public relations principles, practices and techniques.
• Transportation, communication, and public utility systems as related to planning.
• Pertinent laws and regulations related to land use, housing and community development including the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.

Ability to:

• Plan, organize, and administer the work of a large community development agency.
• Establish and maintain cooperative relations with staff, the general public, county agencies, other jurisdictions, and community groups and other agencies.
• Work effectively with commissions, boards, medical providers, community-based organizations and private organizations concerning matters related to community development.
• Communicate effectively verbally and in writing; and make compelling public presentations.
• Effectively choose a course of action or develop appropriate solutions to problems.
• Provide leadership to staff and engage and motivate others toward a common goal.
• Interpret and apply Federal, State, and County regulations for administering programs.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the County's Mission, Credo and Goals.
• Lead in a manner that is visionary, strategic and innovative when working towards change.
• Collaborate with other Agencies and Departments to meet overall county-wide needs while leveraging financial and other resources.
• Use business acumen to build a strong organization which delivers results.
• Provide the highest level of service delivery to diverse customers.
• Use interpersonal skills to communicate effectively.
• Promote personal and professional growth for self and others.
• Work effectively as a member and leader of diverse teams.

Revised 12/15/89
Prob 2-4-77
DF:pf Revised 3/28/97
Old document: 0364h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/2950
CSC Date: 4/30/97
RE Dept. Head Project 3/2012


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.