The City of Stockton is a community rich in heritage and diversity with a dynamic, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural population of over 300,000 residents. The City is currently seeking a Deputy Community Development Director. The Deputy Director is tasked with planning, organizing, and directing the activities and programs of the Building & Life Safety Division of the City’s Community Development Department, as well as providing expert professional assistance to other City departments. The City is seeking a knowledgeable, capable, and technically experienced Deputy Director who can provide strategic planning and effective leadership for the department. Candidate must exhibit excellent communication and customer service skills and demonstrate the ability to work well in a collaborative environment in which the views, contributions, and perspectives of staff are respected. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, or a related field, and three years of lead or supervisory experience in building and enforcement functions, including standards development, supervision, training, and evaluation of professional and administrative support staff. Additional supervisory experience may be substituted for the college education on a year for year basis to a maximum of two years. The monthly salary range for the Deputy Community Development Director is $9,595.99 to $12,317.04; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications.
The City of Stockton is the 13th largest city in California, with a dynamic, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural population of over 300,000 residents. Stockton is a community rich in heritage and diversity. Located in California’s Central Valley, Stockton has grown from a community heavily rooted in agriculture to an urban destination with an emerging arts and cultural scene, fine dining, shopping, sports, recreation, and family activities. Stockton is the home of the University of the Pacific, Stanislaus State Stockton Center, Humphreys College, San Joaquin Delta Community College, and the robust and thriving Port of Stockton with direct waterway access to the San Francisco Bay.
Year-round events and venues include the Annual Jazz Brubeck Festival, Bob Hope (Fox California) Theater, Children’s Museum, Haggin Museum, and the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The 10,000-seat multi-purpose waterfront Stockton Arena is home to the Stockton Heat, an American Hockey League affiliate of the Calgary Flames. The adjacent 5,000-seat Stockton Ballpark is home to the Stockton Ports, a single-A minor league baseball team affiliated with the Oakland Athletics.
Having successfully exited bankruptcy, Stockton is fiscally sound and better prepared for a fiscally stable future than most other cities in California. With a thorough understanding of its operations and finances, and a long-range financial plan, Stockton has the tools to adjust to economic conditions for decades into the future. Stockton has been through the most significant period of change ever experienced in its 166-year history and has its financial house in order.
With all of this and so much more to look forward to, Stockton’s future is bright.
The City of Stockton is a full-service city and operates under the Council-Manager form of government. As a charter city that was incorporated in 1850, the City’s districts are represented by a Council of seven. Assisting the City Council in an advisory capacity are a variety of boards, commissions, and committees. The City of Stockton has approximately 1,647 budgeted positions and a city-wide budget of $584 million for FY 2016-2017.
The Community Development Department is composed of the Building & Life Safety, Planning & Engineering, and Business Operations divisions and assists Council in planning for and regulating development in Stockton to ensure the economic, aesthetic, and environmental health of the community and a high quality of life for its residents. Within a business-friendly and customer service-oriented environment, the Department seeks to protect the health and safety of the community through building inspection and enforcement of local, state, and federal standards; and to work with applicants and residents to achieve high-quality development that will add value to the City of Stockton within the goals and policies established by the Council. The Department currently has 38 staff members.
The Deputy Community Development Director/Building & Life Safety is tasked with planning, organizing, and directing the activities and programs of the Building & Life Safety Division of the City’s Community Development Department, as well as providing expert professional assistance to other City departments. The Deputy Director has division level responsibility for overall administration and direction of the City’s building inspection, zoning, code enforcement as it relates to building construction activities, plan checking, and other related functions. Formulating policy, developing goals and objectives, supervising staff, administering the division budget, and directing day-to-day operations also falls under the Deputy Director’s umbrella of responsibility. These responsibilities allow for a high degree of administrative discretion and require a high level of technical expertise in their execution.
Other principal duties include, but are not limited to: advising the Director and City Manager’s Office on all aspects of building, housing, zoning, and related code interpretations; preparing appropriate reports, developing recommendations, and presenting those recommendations to City Council; keeping informed on current regulations, changes in codes and legislation, new building materials, and construction methods; providing staff resources and technical testimony for the Building Board of Appeals, Handicapped Access Board of Appeal, and the Housing Board of Appeal; serving as the “in-house arbitrator” regarding technical disputes concerning assigned areas of responsibility; and maintaining effective relations with a variety of community organizations, groups, and other individuals.
The City of Stockton is seeking a knowledgeable, capable, and technically experienced Deputy Community Development Director (Building Official) who can provide strategic planning and effective leadership for the department. A solutions-oriented, self-motivated candidate who can analyze current operating processes, procedures, and technology usage and identify the potential for greater efficiencies and stakeholder satisfaction is desired.
Candidates must exhibit excellent communication and customer service skills and demonstrate the ability to work well in a collaborative environment in which the views, contributions, and perspectives of staff are respected.
Stockton’s ideal candidate will form positive, cohesive working relationships founded upon mutual trust and respect with not only the Department’s staff, but also with other City departments, the City Manager, relevant boards and commissions, and the public. Individuals considering this position should be skilled professionals adept at working with a variety of interests in the community. An individual capable of developing recommendations that respect as many perspectives as possible will be valued. The chosen candidate will embrace the opportunity to serve in a hands-on capacity, as the Deputy Community Development Director/Building & Life Safety must both lead and mentor staff and ensure quality performance from consultants engaged to work on City projects.
The typical candidate will possess knowledge of administrative principles and practices, including budgeting, goals and objectives development, work planning, organization, and employee supervision, including career development; federal, state, and local codes and regulations governing housing and building construction, rehabilitation, alteration, use, and occupancy; problems, trends, and approaches used in municipal code inspection and enforcement programs; local government organization and service delivery; and building practices and materials in the structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical construction fields.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, or a related field, and three years of lead or supervisory experience in building and enforcement functions, including standards development, supervision, training, and evaluation of professional and administrative support staff. Additional supervisory experience may be substituted for the college education on a year for year basis to a maximum of two years.
The annual salary range for the Deputy Community Development Director/Building & Life Safety is up to $147,804; placement within the range is dependent upon qualifications. The City of Stockton also offers an attractive benefits package, including:
Retirement California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) with a 2% @ 62 formula for employees new to CalPERS. Employees considered “classic” members receive 2% @ 60 benefit formula.
Health Benefits The City pays a significant portion of the premium for medical/dental/vision coverage for employees and dependents and offers a choice of four plans.
Vacation Leave 120 hours per year.
Sick Leave 96 hours per year.
Holidays 12 fixed holidays per year; 1 floating holiday.
Work Schedule 9/80 with alternating Fridays off.
Life Insurance Policy value $50,000.
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with Bob Murray and Associates. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval. Finalist interviews will be held with the City of Stockton. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the Deputy Community Development Director.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Valerie Phillips at: (916) 784-9080