Community Development Director

City of Santa Barbara
September 11, 2020
Job Type


The Position

The Community Development Director reports to the City Administrator and plans, organizes, and oversees the programs, services, and operations of the Community Development Department, including planning, building, zoning, redevelopment, housing, and neighborhood preservation. The Director provides the vision and strategic leadership to improve organizational effectiveness while ensuring that all development meets established design, zoning, environmental, and building safety requirements.

The Community Development Director is an active member of the Executive Management leadership team. The Director leads the development and administration of the departmental budget, reviews budget proposals of division heads, and directs the preparation of reports on the budgetary and staffing requirements of proposed policies and projects.

The Director represents the Community Development Department before the City Council, commissions, and other governmental bodies on extremely controversial items. This person routinely presents Community Development policies, programs, and procedures to public officials and private agencies, community groups, and the general public. The Community Development Director consistently solicits community involvement in programs and initiatives. Keeping an eye to the community, the Director creates partnerships and engages with neighborhood organizations, architects, contractors, developers, and property owners. The Director also coordinates departmental activities and serves as liaison with federal, county, and local agencies that govern community development activities.

The Community Development Director formulates long-range strategic plans, develops departmental goals and performance measures, and effectively leads staff in the implementation of projects and programs. Through division managers, the Director oversees a wide variety of redevelopment programs and policies that meet community economic, demographic, and developmental needs. Leading by example, this key leader provides exemplary customer service to all individuals by demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, understanding, responsive, fair, courteous, and respectful and actively participates in maintaining a customer-focused environment.


Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree in public administration, civil engineering, or a related field and eight or more years of increasingly responsible experience in related planning, housing, redevelopment, building inspection, code enforcement, and related community services, including five years of supervisory and management experience. A master’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or a related field is preferred.

Applicants must also possess or obtain a valid Class C California driver’s license.


The salary range is $168,106 to $204,334, depending on qualifications. Benefits offered include the following:

  • Medical, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Holiday, vacation, personal, sick, and management leave
  • Defined benefit pension plan through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)
  • Monthly car allowance
  • Deferred Compensation (457) Savings Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flex work/telecommuting
  • Home loan assistance and rental reductions

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply by November 1, 2020.

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