Assistant Director of Community Development

City of Laguna Beach

Salary: $120,756 - $185,940 DOE/DOQ

The City of Laguna Beach, California, seeks a dynamic and knowledgeable Assistant Director of Community Development (Assistant Director) to support the Director of Community Development in overseeing 44 staff, eight contractors, and an approximate budget of approximately $8.5M. This is a hands-on leadership role where you will have the opportunity to engage with staff and make meaningful change in the community. The Assistant Director will bring a combination of management and community development experience. This candidate will have an ability to understand current planning and building process details, the nuances of meeting the needs of developers and the community, and interpret local, state, and federal building and zoning codes, regulations, and laws to make effective decisions. These winning technical strengths combined with the ability to communicate effectively, demonstrate emotional intelligence and political acumen, and a desire to improve the customer service experience will ensure efficient management of the day-to-day department and staff needs. If you want to shape the future of the Community Development Department and bring your innovative ideas to fruition, apply today!

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The Assistant Director of Community Development will support the Director of Community Development in overseeing the Community Development Department, with a strong emphasis and focus on the City’s building division and their procedures. This hands-on leader will provide their team with clear direction about objectives, policies, and priorities of the Department while providing excellent customer service to the Laguna Beach community. Working on community development issues is an integral part of this role, as is working directly with community stakeholders and finding innovative ways to create more efficient processes. The Assistant Director will evaluate land-use proposals, ensure compliance with building codes, and oversee other technical aspects of this Department. They will have strong public speaking skills, giving presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission, and a variety of boards and commissions. 

The ideal candidate will be a professional, dedicated, and enthusiastic individual. They will strive to advance the Department’s process improvements and technology advancements, while also serving as an inspiring and uplifting leader. They will see challenges as opportunities for improvement and champion innovation. The successful candidate will have a solid understanding of planning, zoning, building, and code enforcement, along with environmental and development regulations. The Assistant Director will put cutting-edge planning and building strategies in place, work with experts in the field, and create an inclusive and collaborative Department culture.