City Of Napa, CA Napa , CA 94558
The City of Napa is the dynamic and vibrant hub of the idyllic Napa Valley with a population of nearly 80,000. Napa offers an incredible combination of suburban amenities, rural beauty and the urban benefits within close proximity to San Francisco, the beach and snow.
Our city is undergoing a transition. What was once known for its tanneries, prune processing and State hospital, Napa is now more known for its residential quality of life, hospitality, fine food, and luxury hotels. As the County seat for one of the world's Great Wine Capitals, the Napa name is synonymous with quality. We believe that applies to our community and the people who make it what it is.
Today Napa is becoming a modern town with a respect for its past. Just down the road from our protected historic districts, home to some of northern California's finest Victorian homes, you will find contemporary architecture. Minutes from our many safe and comfortable neighborhoods are popular Downtown restaurants and the Oxbow Public Market. Our award-winning "living river" flood protection project is more than half-way to completion, making Napa safer while improving the ecosystem and providing stimulus to the economy and quality-of-life benefits. Napa is a city with a low crime rate, a high standard of living, clean air and great weather. Voted the "Happiest City in the U.S." by over 10 million Tweets in 2013, Napa is home to over 70 restaurants, regional and local boutique shops, major event venues including Bottle Rock, and recreation along its namesake river.
We are now looking for you, our next Community Development Director, to help lead Napa's transition and show us your proven success in:
Strategic Influence: Creating and executing influence strategies that gain commitment to one's ideas and persuade key stakeholders to take action that will advance shared interests and business goals.
Political Diplomacy: The ability to exhibit confidence and professional diplomacy, while effectively relating to people at all levels internally and externally.
Executive Presence: Demonstrating a poised, credible, and confident demeanor that reassures others and garners respect; conveying an image that is consistent with the department's vision and values.
Operational Decision Making: Securing and comparing information from multiple sources to identify business issues; committing to an action after weighing alternative solutions against important decision criteria.
Aligning Performance for Success: Focusing and managing individual performance by helping others set performance goals and then, tracking results and evaluating performance effectiveness.
Compelling Communication: Clearly and succinctly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups; communicating in a focused and compelling way that captures and holds others' attention.
Building Customer Relationships: Ensuring that the customer's (internal or external) needs are met; building productive relationships with high priority customers; taking accountability for customer satisfaction and loyalty; using appropriate interpersonal techniques to prevent and resolve customer complaints and regain customer confidence.
Leading Change: Driving organizational and cultural changes needed to achieve strategic objectives; catalyzing new approaches to improve results by transforming organizational culture, systems, or products/services; helping others overcome resistance to change.
Coaching and Developing Others: Providing feedback, instruction, and development guidance to help others excel in their current or future job responsibilities; planning and supporting the development of individual skills and abilities.
Energizing the Organization: Motivating increased employee effort by communicating a compelling view of the organization's purpose and its future state in a way that helps others understand the importance of their contributions and feel how outcomes will be different when progress is achieved.
The Community Development Department includes five Divisions (Planning, Building, Housing, Code Enforcement, and Economic Development). The Department provides community planning, development review and inspection services for the residents of Napa and the development community, and facilitates the permitting process in a manner that is consistent with City, State and federal standards. The Department also administers and maintains the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and prepares studies and documentation to address future planning needs. These services are delivered through:
We deliver professional and responsive services to enhance the quality of life in our community.
Our Core Values
Our Key Projects
Napa 2040 General Plan
Specific or area plans such as the Cinedome Master Plan, Brown Street Corridor Plan, First Street Napa Master Plan, and Revised Napa Pipe Plan
Significant downtown infill physical development projects including Civic Center, Super Block development, former Post Office, South Copia/County Corp Yard plan, and Wine Train mixed use project
Significant housing policy including streamline permitting, inclusionary housing policy development, fee reductions, employment and workforce housing policy development, reuse of surplus city property
Working manager contributing to significant housing development such as on the former County Health and Human Services site, new housing opportunities along major arterials of Soscol Avenue and Jefferson Street (e.g. Gasser property, downtown mixed use sites)
Manage Community Development Department budget and staff of classified employees and contractors
Support for contract management or planning and building staffing and building inspections
First contact for major developments in support of economic development and planning developments
Advance and promote City goals frequently presenting to organizations (real estate/development and leadership groups, citizen and employee academy, candidates forum), and serving on committees and boards (e.g. Napa Downtown Association)
For a full, detailed class specification of the Community Development Director, click here.
Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, and directs the operations of the Community Development Department which includes current and advanced planning, code enforcement, building and permit processing, building inspection, and housing assistance; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager; serves as a member of the City's management team; performs related duties as required.
CLASS CHARACTERISTICS: This position is At-Will and reports to the City Manager. This position is responsible for the activities, operations and implementation of services, functions and policies of the Community Development Department. The incumbent develops and administers projects and programs in accordance with the goals established by the Council and implemented through the City Manager's office. The responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of management, professional, technical and clerical personnel.
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
1.Plans, organizes, directs and supervises the activities of the Community Development Department; directs and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, polices, procedures and priorities to ensure project and program objectives are met.
2.Directs, monitors and administers the development and implementation of immediate and long-range growth and development initiatives of the community; directs and supervises research and special studies relating to the preparation of the general plan, specific plans, capital improvement programs, zoning, building inspection, and related matters and ordinances.
3.Prepare and monitors the annual budget, making recommendation to the Assistant City Manager on final expenditure levels; forecasts additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs and supervises the administration, implementation and enforcement for planning, zoning and related codes; directs and supervises the compilation and publication of statistics and other information important to commerce and industry as well as other City departments.
4.Supervises staff of the Community Development Department; selects, assigns, monitors and evaluates work performance; establishes rules, procedures and/or standards; provides training and guidance; administers personnel policies; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline.
5.Provides technical assistance and represents the department to the City Council, Planning Commission, citizens, developers, engineers, architects and numerous other citizen committees and other City departments; establishes and maintains liaison with various Federal, State, county and local officials on planning, building inspection, flood plain management, and related issues important to the community.
6.Represents the department at public meetings and presents planning matters to the City Council, Planning Commission, Cultural Heritage Commission, Housing Authority, and citizen committees as required; serves as staff to the Planning Commission and other boards and committees as assigned; prepares or directs the preparation of reports, studies and recommendations for boards and committees.
7.May act as the zoning administrator, performing a variety of related functions and responsibilities including interpreting, applying, evaluating, and implementing standards and requirements of the zoning ordinance.
8.Meets the developers and the general public regarding development/planning efforts, development applications and processes to explain purposes, regulations, policies and accepted development practices; serves as technical advisor to the City Manager and other City staff on land use, building codes, housing assistance and other technical areas pertaining to development and other community development activities.
9.Advises, consults, and assists in administering contracts with professional planning/engineering consultants retained for the development of plans, and related studies and reports; provides direction and oversight as needed.
10. Analyzes and recommends improvements to existing services and operating systems of the department; develops and maintains systems and records that provide for proper evaluation, control, and documentation of department operations.
Education/Experience: A typical way of gaining the requisite knowledge and abilities is: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in community development which included urban planning, including four years of administrative and supervisory responsibility coupled with a Bachelor's degree with major coursework in land use planning, public administration or a related field. A Master's degree in a related field and oversight experience of housing assistance programs is desirable.
Possession of a valid Class C Driver's License and a good driving record. Independent travel is required. Attendance at evening meetings necessitates work outside normal working hours. This is an exempt, at-will position.
Knowledge of: Principles, practices and methods of modern, complex, comprehensive community development program development and administration; organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs; advanced principles and practices of urban planning; Federal, State and local regulations dealing with housing assistance and neighborhood conservation; procedures, requirements and eligibility criteria relating to housing rehabilitation loans; municipal and private sector finances, federal grants management and statistics; research methods and sources of information related to urban growth and development; principles of economics and statistics; pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations; principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management; practices and methods of supervision, training techniques, personnel management, leadership, organizational and operational control; current trends in community development and land use planning; general principles of effective administration and budget preparation; costs recovery techniques and fee structuring; computer applications.
Ability to: Develop, organize and administer the functions of the Community Development Department; plan, revise and implement a sound community development and land use planning and zoning program for the City; oversee Housing Authority programs and initiatives, analyze and interpret data pertaining to planning, zoning and building; plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the work of professional and technical staff including monitoring work schedules and evaluating the work of subordinates; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, developers, consultants, governmental officials and public bodies; interpret and apply zoning and building regulations and planning concepts to unusual or difficult land use problems; prepare and present comprehensive reports; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; utilize personal computers to perform word processing, spread sheet and specialized functions; administer budgets; train, direct and motivate employees engaged in a community development program; exemplify and foster an enthusiastic, resourceful and effective service attitude with public and co-workers.
Please list all employers held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in disqualification.
What happens next?
We will review your application and all supplemental materials to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. Screening will include a review of qualifications, application appraisal rating of education, training and experience and relevance of background qualifications related to the target job as well as supplemental questions if applicable.
Applicants selected to move forward in the process may be asked to participate in any combination of the following (at any phase of the selection process): a written examination, job related exercise, phone interview and in-person interview(s).
Reasonable Accommodations: The City of Napa Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified disabled applicants. Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation in the testing process must inform the HR Department in writing by the final filing date. A Reasonable Accommodation Request Form is available from HR and may be obtained by calling 707-257-9505, or dial 7-1-1 for the California Relay Service, offering free text-to-speech, speech-to-speech, and Spanish-language services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The City of Napa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.