City of Ventura

Community Development Director (#E05)

Unit: Executive (E)
$72.14-$96.67 Hourly / $12,504.51-$16,756.13 Monthly / $150,054.11-$201,073.60 Yearly


The Community Development Director is a key member of the City strategic management team primarily responsible for achieving Ventura’s vision for a well-planned, well-designed, accessible and prosperous community. Under administrative direction provides leadership and management to the Community Development Department, including providing direction, planning and overseeing the activities of the Community Development Department.  The Community Development Director administers the planning and development functions of city government, working closely with the City Council, citizen advisory groups and stakeholders and other city departments. This is a high-profile professional role, embracing Ventura’s commitment to be a national model for smart growth, accountable government and civic engagement.

This position is designated as "at will," serving at the pleasure of the City Manager, and subject to discharge without cause and the right of appeal.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Provides professional leadership and guidance to the development of all community development programs. Makes recommendations to the City Council and other boards and commissions as necessary.

Advises the City Manager and City Council on strategies to achieve Ventura’s vision for a well-planned, well-designed, accessible and prosperous community.

Plans, develops, directs, manages, oversees, implements and monitors Community Development Department policies, goals, objectives, and priorities supporting Ventura’s General Plan, City Council directives, community needs, and in compliance with pertinent government laws, regulations, and guidelines.

Coordinates with other City departments to determine future plans and developments related to the City's Community Development activities. Acts as interface and liaison with community and stakeholder groups, citizen advisory commissions and committees as well as regional associations.

Plans, directs, manages and monitors the proper allocation and utilization of personnel according to projected needs and direction. Administers and carries out City personnel policies and procedures in supportive and productive manner. Projects future staffing needs. Participates in recruitment, selection, training, progressive discipline, and all related personnel matters to create a positive work environment.

Develops and prepares department's final annual budget for review by the City Manager and adoption by the City Council. Monitors actual expenditures and reviews status on an on-going basis, adjusting as necessary.

Promotes civic engagement to stimulate public awareness of Community Development activities and to encourage public participation and partnerships to achieve Ventura’s strategic visions.

Represents the City at various conferences, meetings, state and local organizations and associations, as required. Provides leadership in the larger arena of community development public policy. Develops and strengthens professional and administrative knowledge and skills for the entire staff to foster a vibrant “learning environment” in the workplace. Performs other related duties as assigned or required.


Knowledge of: Smart growth and sustainable development strategies; public administration techniques and procedures; theory and applications of structural, mechanical and electrical construction principles; material strengths and construction industry practices; relevant state, local and uniform codes, ordinances, regulations and enforcement procedures; Federal Housing Laws; HUD financial and documentation requirements; State Redevelopment Laws; real estate practices and procedures, engineering plans, architectural design and topographic mapping; modern principles and practices of planning, zoning administration, laws and ordinances affecting zoning and annexations; and trends and statistics affecting government planning.

Ability to: administer and coordinate a variety of diverse work programs and supervise the activities of a group of motivated and talented professionals operating within various disciplines; analyze and interpret economic and physical data pertaining to planning; prepare comprehensive reports and communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and maintain effective working relationships with other officials and the public.


License:  A valid California Class C driver's license may be required.


Environment:  works in indoor office conditions with some exposure to the outdoors; may drive a vehicle to different locations; attends evening meetings; works under pressure, in potentially stressful situations, and with media scrutiny.  Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person, at formal presentations, or on the telephone; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; uses hands to handle, feel or operate standard office equipment including personal computer; mental capability to read and interpret statistical data and documents, observe and interpret people and situations, perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks, work under intensive deadlines and with media scrutiny.  Hazards:  exposed to computer screens.


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in public or business administration, architecture, planning, engineering, or a related field and six years of progressively responsible experience in community development programs in the areas of planning, building and development, including two years of experience in a responsible administrative position, are required. A master's degree in public administration is preferred.

CLASS: E05; EST: ; REV: 2/8/2019;