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City of Reno, NV Assistant Community Development Director in Reno, Nevada

Assistant Community Development Director

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Assistant Community Development Director

Class Code



$136,020.41 - $178,168.52 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under direction, assists the Director of Community Development with the direction, management, supervision, and coordination of the activities and operations of the Community Development Department; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the department director.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Act as the Community Development Director during periods of the director's absence; assist in directing, monitoring, and supervising the day-to-day activities of the various divisions within the Community Development Department.

Supervise the day-to-day activities of one or more divisions within the Community Development Department.

Appear before and advise the City Council and City Manager on Community Development issues and related matters.

Assist in developing and implementing the goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the Community Development Department; assist in planning directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operation of Community Development.

Analyze, recommend and draft legislation for City Council and for state legislative action.

Supervise the collection and analysis of information gathered through surveys and studies on matters involving the Community Development Department.

Plan, organize, administer, review, and evaluate the activities of assigned professional and technical staff.

Work closely with subordinate managers to provide direction and leadership, solutions to problems, and make policy decisions and changes as required.

Represent the department before the City and Regional Planning Commissions; make presentations before committees, and before legislative, regulatory, and community groups.

Interpret regulations, City policies and procedures.

Provide staff assistance to the Community Development Director, Assistant City Manager, and City Manager; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Provide staff support to boards and commissions related to the Community Development function; represent the Community Development Department to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explain and justify Community Development programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant and controversial issues.

Assist in establishing appropriate service and staffing levels and allocating resources accordingly.

Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Assist in directing the preparation and review of all community development reports.

May represent the City in dealings with state agencies and various organizations.

Assist in planning, developing and implementing new or special community development programs.

Participate in the preparation and administration of budget; submit budget recommendations; monitor expenditures.

Represent the City on various negotiation teams during the collective bargaining process and participate in decisions of management affecting collective bargaining.

Participate in the decision making regarding work rules, regulations, operations, classification, and compensation for various collective bargaining groups.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive municipal planning program.

Principles and practices of urban planning and development.

Principles and applications of developmental engineering.

Principles and practices of current and advance planning.

Land use, physical design, demographic, environmental and socioeconomic concepts as applied to the planning process.

Statistical analysis and mathematical concepts involved in the planning process and community development.

Zoning and subdivision administration, practices and methods.

Land-use principles and applicable redevelopment responsibilities. methods and practices of real estate marketing and negotiations

Methods and techniques of permit processing, building inspection and code enforcement.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Thorough knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies, and operating procedures of the Community Development Department.

Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation.

Supervisory practices and procedures including managing employees through multiple levels of supervision.

Selection and management of consultant contracts.

Pertinent federal state, and local laws, codes, and ordinances.

Ability to:

Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives and procedures.

Analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.

Delegate authority and responsibility.

Research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.

Evaluate legislation and determine impacts on community development.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Interpret and apply applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.

Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff.

Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff and consultants.

Interpret and explain the policies and procedures of the City and Community Development Department.

Analyze zoning requirements and policies and make recommendations for needed revisions.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, public administration, business administration, or a related field. A Master's degree is desirable.


Eight years of increasingly responsible urban planning, civil engineering, or architecture experience, including three years of management and administrative responsibility.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

AICP certification, registration as a Professional Engineer, and/or registration as an Architect is desirable.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel to attend meetings; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements




JD 11/2018

**Existing benefit package is currently under review. Benefits are subject to change. No state income tax. Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years. No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%). City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; paid 100% for employee and 55% for dependents. City paid life insurance and long term disability insurance. Twelve paid holidays. Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available, with up to a 5% City match. Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period. Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.


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