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Housing & Community Development Director

Salary: $12.07-$14.73 hourly / $2,099-$2,562 monthly / Range: 4326

DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, and directs the operations of the Housing & Community Development Department; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will, department head class. The incumbent is exempt from Civil Service and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator. The Housing & Community Development Director works in close cooperation with related boards and commissions and is responsible for countywide affordable and market housing, community and economic development, and redevelopment agency programs.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Plans, organizes, and directs all department activities relating to affordable and market housing, community and economic development, and redevelopment agency programs, including: affordable, market, special needs, and continuum of care housing policy development; fair housing administration; job creation and retention activities; Consolidated Plan preparation and update; and affordable housing finance administration.
2. Consults with and solicits the cooperation of community groups, government and non-profit agencies, developers, and the public in identifying county and regional housing needs and objectives and in formulating plans to meet those needs; directs the coordination and development of partnerships with private sector, non-profit, and public agencies to meet the needs of the community; and participates in professional and educational programs related to housing and community and economic development.
3. Analyzes and interprets existing and proposed legislation to determine its impact on the County's policies, practices, programs, and operations; proposes new legislation and state and federal policy in the areas of housing and community development and administration; and addresses legislative and regulatory bodies to explain, defend, and advocate the County's position and actions.
4. Makes presentations to the Board of Supervisors answering questions on technical and policy issues; makes presentations to the public and media to promote awareness of the department's services; serves as advisor to the County Administrator and Board of Supervisors on housing and community development issues; acts as a liaison between the department and the Planning and Development Department, as well as other County departments; and acts as liaison with federal, state, and community service agencies and other citizens' groups.
5. Oversees the development, revision, evaluation, and implementation of operational policies and procedures; identifies areas for organizational improvement; formulates long-range strategic plans; and provides vision and leadership to improve organizational effectiveness and ensure program conformance to federal, state, and county laws, regulations, and policies.
6. Directs staff in the preparation and administration of departmental budget, determination of appropriate level of services, and development of performance measures and project tracking; and proposes and defends proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors.
7. Selects executive, management, and support staff; establishes performance standards; evaluates staff performance; reviews performance evaluations prepared by subordinate staff; and reviews and takes action on personnel matters.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in business or public administration, finance, economics, accounting or related field and significant executive or management-level experience; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required upon appointment.

Knowledge of: housing laws, regulations, ordinances, programs, and resources; major social and economic issues and practices affecting housing, community development, and redevelopment; housing and real estate finance; fiscal management and budget administration; research methodologies; project management and performance measurement; long-range planning, current management theory and practice; organizational development; general operations and functions of local government services; principles and practices of effective supervision and personnel management; negotiating techniques; team-building techniques; and governmental auditing, budgetary, and related fiscal-control functions.

Ability to: evaluate and interpret auditing, statistical, and legal reports and documents; identify housing and community development needs and objectives and develop responsive plans; assess the economic climate in the County; develop affordable and market housing in a controlled growth environment; evaluate and develop countywide policies, programs, and ordinances; develop, organize, and utilize public, private, and citizen resources; exercise leadership, initiative, ingenuity, and sound judgment in solving countywide housing and community and economic development problems; provide professional consultation; plan, organize, delegate, and prioritize work; establish, modify, and adjust broad goals and priorities; provide clear and effective direction to staff; interpret and apply applicable laws, rules, and policies; communicate effectively orally and in writing; persuade and influence others; represent department and County with tact and diplomacy; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with County departments, boards, commissions, public officials, private contractors, local businesses, and the general public.
 



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