City of Ridgecrest
100 W. California Ave. | Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone: 760-499-5024 | Fax: 760-499-1520 | E-mail:

Salary Range: $72,012 – $103,987 DOQ plus benefits
Closing Date: July 10, 2017

Community & Economic Development:
Full-time salaried Mid-Management position. Seeking self-motivated individual; must work well with others and have a good rapport with the public. Responsible for the development and administration of programs designed to address primary areas of City service and provide highly technical and complex professional assistance in matters relating to the City’s community and economic development projects. The incumbent is expected to exercise independent judgment, wisdom, common sense, and initiative in establishing efficient and effective departmental operations consistent with City Council policies and administrative guidelines established by the City Administrator. The incumbent may also function as a member of the City’s management team and participate actively in addressing issues of concern to the City,
which at times may not have a direct impact on area of specialization. Applicants must be able to adjust to new responsibilities, requirements and deadlines.

The City seeks candidates with a problem-solving management style that embraces collaboration, innovation, and technology with the community (especially residents, businesses, architects and designers), the City Council, Planning Commission and other departments. A strong candidate will be: An approachable and accessible person who values a collaborative process; A results-oriented manager who stays calm under pressure and thinks critically and strategically; A forward-thinking person who values creativity and supports innovation; A champion of organizational efficiency and problem-solving; One who possesses a strong work ethic, high integrity, credibility and trustworthiness and who operates transparently in an open government; A person who will take the time to become thoroughly acquainted with the community as well as the organization. The chosen individual will have experience serving a complex, active and informed community that places a great deal of importance on the community’s quality of life. Contemporary knowledge of community based planning principles and practices along with an advanced understanding of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) will be expected. A general working knowledge of local, state and federal laws, codes and regulations related to building construction and inspections is necessary to succeed in the role. This Manager will also possess a demonstrated history of working effectively with elected and appointed officials. A qualified candidate must have five years of increasingly responsible municipal planning and community development experience or comparable, including at least two years of responsible administrative and management experience. This manager will oversee the Building Department and support the Planning Commission. Please see our website for job duties detail.

Considerable knowledge of zoning laws and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption, and enforcement; Extensive knowledge of planning programs and processes; Working knowledge of personal computers and GIS applications; motor vehicles; and various office machinery. Considerable knowledge of HUD Community Development Block Grant, redevelopment agency dissolution process and other urban development programs.

Any combination of formal and informal education and experience that would demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities as outlined above is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is: A Bachelors’ degree from an accredited College in land-use planning, urban planning, public administration, business administration, economics or a closely related field, and five years’ experience in community and/or economic development or Any equivalent combination of education and experience, with additional education substituting on a year for year basis for the required experience.

Complete City employment application (available on our website) before the final filing date of July 10, 2017. APPLY AT City of Ridgecrest, City Hall – Finance Department or E-Mail to: This position is subject to a background check.

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