Community Development Director

City of Grover Beach
City of Grover Beach

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The position establishes department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures and provides assistance to the Planning Commission, the City Manager, and the City Council.  The position will work closely and coordinate activities with other City officials, departments, outside agencies, organizations, and the public.


The Community Development Director is the department director class managing the overall operation of the Community Development Department, including planning, building, code compliance, housing, community block grant programs, and commercial cannabis regulatory oversight.  The director also works with the City Manager’s office on economic development and expansion of commercial, industrial, and housing uses to enhance the City’s vitality.

Receives administrative direction from the City Manager.  Exercises direct and indirect supervision over management, professional, technical, and office support personnel.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   (include but are not limited to the following)
Directs all Community Development Department activities and services, while developing, implementing, and maintaining departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Leading and/or overseeing updates to the City’s General Plan, Development Code, and other policy documents.

  • Overseeing development application reviews in conjunction with department staff and coordinating the citywide Development Review Committee.
  • Overseeing contract building services for plan review and inspection.
  • Managing code compliance activities in coordination with Police, Fire, Public Works, and Administrative Services Departments.
  • Continuing to support the commercial cannabis industry and overseeing the implementation of on-site consumption lounges.
  • Implementing the recent Development Code update to implement the City’s updated Housing Element which included substantial revisions including fractional densities, objective design standards and by-right development for mixed-use projects with less than 10 dwellings.
  • Updating the Circulation and Noise Elements as well as the Local Coastal Program.
  • Preparing, managing, and coordinating the Community Development Department budget.
  • Assigning work activities to appropriate department personnel and evaluating work methods and procedures for improving organizational performance and enhancing services.
  • Managing the selection, training, and evaluation of programs for all Community Development personnel and reviewing the work of department personnel to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Attending and participating in professional and community meetings and resolving sensitive and complex community and organizational inquiries, issues, and complaints.
  • Continue to maintain and improve a proactive, customer service orientation within the department.
  • Developing and presenting reports and other information to the City Council, Planning Commission, and other governmental and non-governmental bodies.
  • Coordinating activities with other City officials, departments, agencies, organizations, and the public.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with representatives of state/local agencies, City management and staff, and the public.

QUALIFICATIONS:   (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, public administration, or a related field.  A master’s degree in a related field is desirable.

Equivalent of five years of increasingly responsible experience in urban or regional planning, including three years in a supervisory or management capacity.  Additionally, any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a Community Development Director.  Coastal planning experience is desirable but not required.


Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license prior to appointment.

KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS:   (The following are a representative sample of the KAS’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position.)

Knowledge of:

Modern principles, practices, and techniques of current and future planning, zoning, community development, public works, and utilities operations; California regulations relating to subdivisions, annexations, zoning, housing, redevelopment, and land use; physical design, demographic, environmental, economic, and social concepts as applied to municipal planning, community development, and housing; grant writing and administration; contract negotiation and administration; technological advances in land use planning; principles and practices of program and budget development, administration, and evaluation; methods and techniques of supervision, training, and motivation; basic principles of mathematics; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations; methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments; standard office procedures, practices, and equipment; modern office practices, methods, and equipment, including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling, and grammar; occupational hazards, and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

Plan, direct, manage, and coordinate the work of the Community Development Department; develop and administer sound departmental goals, objectives, policies, and methods for evaluating achievement and performance levels; provide professional and technical advice regarding program activities to the City Manager and the City Council; represent the interests of the City with a variety of boards, committees, commissions, outside agencies, and the public; read and interpret maps, sketches, plans, drawings, specifications, and technical manuals; develop and administer a budget; negotiate and oversee consultant contracts; coordinate, develop, and conduct training programs for assigned staff; attend evening meetings as required; perform mathematical calculations quickly and accurately; interpret, explain, and apply applicable laws, codes, and regulations; read, interpret, and record data accurately; organize, prioritize, and follow up on work assignments; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response; follow written and oral directions; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven, and slippery surfaces, kneeling, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities.  The position also requires repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing reports using a computer keyboard.  The position also requires both near and far vision in reading written reports and work-related documents.   Hearing sufficient to provide telephone and personal service is required.  The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to drive motorized vehicles.  The ability to lift, drag, and push files, paper, and documents weighing up to 25 pounds is also required.  Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Skill to:

Operate an office computer and a variety of word processing and software applications.

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