Community Development Director

Organization: City of Tempe, AZ
Salary: $128,905 - $158,286
Close Date: Open until the needs of the City are met. First review of applications will be November 13, 2012; this position may close at that time.

Job Description:

(Community Development Department)
Recruitment Code: 900122

OPENING DATE: October 1, 2012
CLOSING DATE: Open until the needs of the City are met. First review of applications will be November 13, 2012; this position may close at that time.

$128,905 - $158,286
Starting salary negotiable upon offer
The City provides a $6,000 annual contribution towards deferred compensation.

This position is FLSA Exempt - ineligible for overtime compensation and/or compensatory time.

This is an unclassified, at-will position.

Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in business management, public administration, planning, architecture, or a degree related to the core functions of this position. A Master’s degree is preferred.

Work Experience:
Requires eight years of increasingly responsible full-time management / administrative experience in at least one of the following areas:

- Planning; and/or
- Economic Development; and/or
- Building Safety and Zoning; and/or
- Community Development

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume (including an e-mail address), and the attached supplemental questionnaire. Continuation of employment is contingent upon passing an FBI background investigation. If requesting veteran’s preference, the appropriate DD214 must be attached at the time of application.

The Community Development Director’s role is to plan, direct and review the activities and operations of the City's Community Development Department including building safety & permits, planning, zoning, housing, economic development, revitalization and redevelopment, and transportation planning as well as manage the activities of the Town Lake Operations and Code Compliance programs; and to provide highly responsible, complex administrative support to City management staff and the City Council.

In addition, the Community Development Director develops and promotes a solid relationship with the general public; City Council; boards and commissions; various employee groups, other City departments; and other municipalities.

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• Administer, plan, and direct the activities of the following divisions / sections / programs: Economic Development, Revitalization and Redevelopment; Rio Salado Project; Business Retention and Recruitment; Affordable Housing Assistance, Development and Grants; Neighborhood Rehabilitation and Revitalization; Historic Preservation; Town Lake Operations; Planning and Zoning, Building Safety and Code Compliance.
• Provide leadership and direction in planning and prioritizing tasks, strategic planning initiatives, and upholding the City’s stated mission and values.
• Lead the City Manager’s initiative to provide focused learning experiences and resources to improve performance and maximize leadership in the workplace.
• Administer and direct comprehensive programs; formulate and recommend policies, regulations and practices for carrying out the program; consult with and advise the City staff to coordinate the various phases of the policies, practices, ordinances and resolutions.
• Direct and participate in meetings with vendors, contractors, and consultants regarding the administration of work and/or contracts.
• Provide continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
• Confer, advise and/or direct division heads on problems relating to activities within their division.
• Facilitate the resolution of employee relation issues as well as represent the City in matters of concern to associations representing City employees.
• Advise and assist the City Manager, department management, and employees in a variety of work related matters including the interpretation and application of policies and processes.
• Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the department's work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
• Coordinate activities with those of other City departments and outside agencies and organizations; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
• Make presentations before the City Council and other boards, commissions and community organizations.
• Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; and implement midyear adjustments.
• Select, train, motivate and implement discipline and termination procedures.
• Perform related duties as assigned; evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies;

Applicants whose experience and training most closely suit the needs of the City may be selected for further testing/interviews. Falsifying information or lying during any stage of the selection/hiring process will make you ineligible for new or continued City employment. The City of Tempe conducts thorough background checks.

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