Community Development Director

City of Larkspur


The City of Larkspur seeks a highly effective administrator to oversee the newly created Community Development Department. Reporting to the City Manager, the Community Development Director will manage and coordinate planning, building, and code enforcement activities and will have the ability to communicate technical planning issues and process to residents, the City Council, Planning Commission, Heritage Preservation Board, and other stakeholders. The City of Larkspur offers a competitive compensation package with salary up to $14,709 monthly DOQ. A full job description and job brochure is available on the City’s website at


The ideal candidate will have knowledge and practical experience in the areas of current and advanced planning and an understanding of the principles of economic development. The selected candidate is expected to work alongside the City Manager in modernizing the department and evaluating the operations and staffing of the newly created department (previously the Planning and Building Department) to identity improvements, immediately with the hiring of the Chief Building Official.
Minimum requirements for this position include a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, or a closely related field with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience involving interpretation and application of planning and zoning codes and regulations. This candidate will have strong administrative and leadership skills in addition to exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. The Community Development Director will be expected to hit the ground running and utilize their skill-sets to engage and respond to the community and execute priority projects of engagement and interest in their community.


It is important to complete all required application materials. All applications will be screened for completeness and possession of minimum qualifications. Qualified applications will be reviewed in detail to identify the most qualified candidates to invite forward in the selection process. One or more selection interviews will be scheduled; top candidates may also be asked to participate in a job-related written exercise. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin employment as soon as possible following successful completion of the pre-employment process which will likely include a background check, including Live Scan criminal history fingerprint check, medical and drug screening.

Application Procedure:
 To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates should submit the following to

1) Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
2) Current resume

Filing Deadline: October 18, 2021
Panel Interview: October 25, 2021

The employment application is available at
All required applications materials must be submitted; incomplete application packets will result in no further consideration. Inquiries may be directed to Janet Thiessen, Human Resources Manager, at or by phone at 209-321-3936 (mobile). Email contact is preferred.