Assistant Director of Community Development (#EE1105)
$80.48-$97.83 Hourly / $13,950.40-$16,956.80 Monthly / $167,404.85-$203,481.65 Yearly


Under administrative direction, assists in the organization, operation and administration of the San Joaquin County Community Development Department by performing highly responsible administrative and managerial work related to planning, zoning, building inspection, code enforcement, redevelopment, community development block grant programs, and other related functions; and does related or other work as required.


The Assistant Director of Community Development is a single position, at-will class that is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service system.  The incumbent reports to the Director of Community Development and serves as the assistant department head, acting in the absence of the Director as required.  The incumbent performs senior-level managerial duties in order to assist with the administration of department budgets, functions, and activities, while helping to ensure their compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as the policies established by the Director, the County Administrator, and the Board of Supervisors.  The incumbent is expected to model a strong work ethic and leadership skills, including accountability for oneself and others.


This specification is a general guideline for the class.  The statements below are not restrictive and the responsibilities and duties assigned to a position in this class may expand beyond those identified in the specification.

  • Assists in planning, organizing and directing the activities, functions, budgets, and programs within the Community Development Department; develops and recommends operational objectives; directs operations to maximize efficiency, improve service levels, reduce administrative and service provision costs, and ensure effective utilization of available resources; exercises good judgment and makes sound business decisions in managing assigned activities; provides strategic leadership through communication, demonstration, and accomplishment of the organizational mission, vision and values. 
  • Recommends, implements and revises work systems and procedures; recommends standards of performance; advises department staff on more difficult or complex problems; may assist staff with, or participate in, the most difficult activities, particularly in the areas of planning, zoning, and grant development.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of quality control and quality improvement programs and initiatives; analyzes and monitors performance indicators and ensures that assigned operations meet established standards; recommends process improvements to ensure operational effectiveness and superior customer service.
  • Directs the activities of assigned staff through subordinate managers and supervisors; selects staff and evaluates performance; reviews and takes action on disciplinary matters; directs staff training and development.
  • Assists with the establishment of departmental policies and procedures; ensures that assigned operations are in compliance with established policies, procedures, rules and regulations; analyzes and interprets existing and proposed federal, state, and local legislation, policies, procedures and other directives to determine impact on operations.
  • Directs and/or assists with the preparation, presentation, and administration of departmental budgets; analyzes fiscal information and recommends cost-efficiency options; develops and recommends budgetary controls.
  • Seeks grant opportunities, helps design grant plans, writes grant proposals, and implements/monitors grant projects.
  • Assists with the effective development and utilization of technology to improve departmental systems and processes.
  • Analyzes and summarizes complex narrative information and statistical data; prepares or supervises the preparation of reports, records, and correspondence for department and/or county management, as well as for federal, state, or other external agencies; prepares Board of Supervisors’ reports and related documents; makes presentations to groups and individuals, including boards and commissions.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative and collaborative working relationships and may represent the Community Development Department to federal, state, and county officials, other counties, community groups, and the public; meets and confers with various agents to negotiate effective solutions to difficult problems; coordinates the provision of departmental services as assigned.
  • Attends meetings and conferences; participates on committees and task forces pertaining to issues germane to the department; acts in the absence of the Director of Community Development.


Education:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in urban or regional planning, public or business administration, architecture, engineering, or a related field.

Experience:  Five years of public sector, development services-related management work, including at least three years in urban or regional planning.

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.    


Principles and effective practices of public administration, including organization, fiscal management, personnel management, and staff supervision; principles, practices, procedures, organization, and operation of a county community development  department, including planning, zoning, building inspection, code enforcement, redevelopment, and community development block grant programs; basic principles of economics, sociology and architecture; budget preparation and implementation; applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to community development services; resources available for the investigation, determination, and resolution of development-related problems; short- and long-range planning methods; project management; customer service; modern office automation technology and software relevant to community development operations.


Assist with planning, assigning and directing the staff and activities of complex community development services programs in a cost-effective manner while ensuring excellent customer service; provide appropriate and effective leadership and management of diverse staff teams, including subordinate managers and supervisors; work collaboratively with staff, other departments and pertinent stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes; exercise good judgment and make sound managerial decisions; exercise analytical and critical thinking to evaluate complex problems and recommend appropriate solutions; understand, interpret and apply complex rules and regulations pertaining to assigned operations; analyze and implement program mandates and work within federal, state, or other types of regulatory systems; formulate and present short- and long-range plans; appear before and/or conduct public meetings; recommend the development and utilization of effective automated systems; prepare and administer annual budgets and financial/statistical records; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; make presentations to various groups and individuals, including the County Board of Supervisors, as assigned; maintain effective working relationships with others, including the general public, department staff, advocacy groups, and other departments and agencies both internal and external to San Joaquin County government.


Mobility—operation of a data entry device; repetitive motion; sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time; driving; occasional pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; Lifting—frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual—constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; read computer screens; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity—reaching; grasping; repetitive motion; writing; Hearing/Talking—frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological—frequent decision-making, concentration, and public contact; public speaking; deal with emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, death; heights; occasional exposure to hazardous materials; Special Requirements—may occasionally require working weekends and nights or working alone; Environmental—occasionally may require working outdoors in varied weather conditions and/or poor ventilation.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: EE1105; EST: 8/9/2016;