The City of Long Beach is seeking an exceptional and dynamic leader for its Director of Development Services. The new Director will have a progressive view on equitable growth and development, possess good judgment and decision-making skills, and be an expert in planning and development or a closely related field. Ideally located on the Pacific coast just south of Los Angeles and adjacent to Orange County, the City of Long Beach, California, with an estimated population of 470,000, is a thriving, year-round community with vibrant businesses and diverse communities. The Development Services Department is organized across five Bureaus and is comprised of approximately 210 staff members with an adopted FY22 budget of over $86 million and proposed FY23 budget of approximately $91 million. A minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible management experience in a similar local government setting is essential. Prior or current service in a community of comparable complexity will be welcomed. A Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, geography, sociology, public or business administration or related discipline is required. A Master’s degree in a related field and/or certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) will be considered favorably. Although knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other related federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to and affecting California planning and development, as well as experience with the California Coastal Commission is desired, the City highly encourages participation from qualified out-of-state candidates.
The annual base salary is $211,150 – $231,750, with an attractive benefits package including CalPERS retirement. This position is eligible for the City’s Recruitment Incentive Program. Moving and relocation expenses will be offered, as applicable.