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The City of Maricopa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Management’s vision is “to be open, responsive and accountable while serving the public with integrity.”

Job Description 

The following duties are normal for this position.  The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this position.  Other duties may be required, assigned, and expected commensurate with the administrative needs of the incorporated city. This position is an at-will exempt position which means that is appointed by the City Manager and may be removed by the City Manager with or without cause. This position is FLSA – Exempt and Non-Classified.

Distinguishing Features

The Development Services Director plans, supervises, organizes and manages the activities of the department, including the major functions of Planning, Zoning, Building Safety, Permit Administration, Plan Review, Business Registration, and Code Compliance. The fundamental reason for this position exists to formulate, install, modify, and improve the activities involved in the management of highly complex multidisciplinary planning and development activities, private development plan review, inspection, and permitting processes within the City of Maricopa.

General Purpose

Duties involve interaction with others outside the organization on key organizational and departmental issues and require exercising participative management skills, high levels of negotiation, conflict management, and the ability to reach consensus on complex issues to achieve organizational goals and objectives. The Director of Development Services oversees the following divisions: Code Enforcement, Facilities, Planning & Zoning, and Transportation. The Director of Development Services exercises considerable independence in carrying out policy decisions and departmental goals under general direction of the City Manager.

Essential Duties 

Essential Duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.  They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it.  Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.

  • Translates administrative and planning objectives into specific programs and projects;
  • Build and maintain strong professional working relationships with the business and development communities;
  • Actively promote collaboration on multiple levels between Development Services, Economic Development, and the Public Works Department;
  • Develops, plans, implements and manages department goals and objectives consistent with approved development plans; recommends and reviews department issues relating to capital improvement plan, reviews the General Plan;
  • Confers with and advises Directors and division heads on issues relating to various code interpretations, plans review, permit issuance, inspections, and administrative matters such as fee collections;
  • Develops and implements new systems to improve and simplify the development approval process;
  • Responds to City Council requests regarding major development projects and the application of City codes;
  • Works to resolve problems and conflicts that surface during the development approval process among applicants, department staff, and other City departments;
  • Evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of department operations, procedures and use of resources; implements improvements;
  • Responsible for the planning, management and application of financial, human and capital resources to accomplish responsibilities assigned to the department in accordance with all laws and regulations;
  • Gives advice to and cooperates with municipal officials, developers, and community organizations in connection with new or contemplated development projects;
  • Implements organizational, departmental, and workgroup goals and objectives;
  • Exhibits a service orientation toward customers and maintains effective and productive working relationships;
  • Directs development services to support the growth and redevelopment efforts of the community: prepares plans, standards, ordinances, and guidelines for managing growth;
  • Resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries, complaints and requests for services from the development community and the public;
  • Directs the development and administration of the department budget; ensuring compliance with the provisions of the approved budget;
  • Represents the Organization and the department with various agencies/organizations;
  • Serves on regional/state committees, boards, and associations as Organization representative;
  • Prepares, facilitates, or delivers presentations to various agencies/organizations in relation to projects, plans, or studies; conducts public meetings and delivers presentations to community groups;
  • Consults with City Manager, Council, elected/appointed officials, or other officials to review department operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations and support to Council, and Advisory Boards in professional and administrative matters;
  • Serves on management team in establishing and maintaining good management policies and procedures and prepares presentations to communicate information and provide updates on major projects and initiatives;
  • Ensures departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures: ensures adherence to established safety procedures;
  • Oversees selection, hiring, and performance of consultants providing plan reviews, inspection and compliance services, special studies, or other professional services;
  • Researches and compiles statistical, demographic, or administrative data pertaining to department projects: analyzes data and identifies trends;
  • Prepares/generates reports and charts; conducts research of computer databases, department files, Internet sites, hardcopy materials, or other sources as needed;
  • Demonstrates familiarity with purpose and function of automation and information technology systems in managing the planning, development, implementation and records management systems for department operations;
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable codes, regulations, and standards;
  • Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include planning/scheduling meetings, reviewing draft policies, sending/receiving faxes, or making copies;
  • May act as the building official;
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance;
  • Demonstrates superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscally responsible activity;
  • Works more than forty (40) hours in a workweek without additional compensation to perform assigned job duties, including weekends, evenings, early morning hours, and holidays as required;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

Eight (8) to ten (10) years of experience in management of a multi-functional regulatory agency servicing the development and construction community, including five (5) to seven (7) years at a supervisory level, and a bachelor's degree in urban planning or closely related field required.

This position requires the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. The individual must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid Arizona driver's license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners certification (A.I.C.P.), in combination with registration with appropriate professional organizations.
  • Master's degree in Public or Business administration or a closely related field preferred.

Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job, may be substituted for Preferred Qualifications at the discretion of the hiring authority.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of City planning.
  • Plan review processes.
  • Long-range city planning principles and practices.
  • Lane use relationships.
  • Codes and ordinances governing the property development process.
  • Modern principles and practices of building design and construction site development.
  • The principles, concepts, and practices of municipal management, including budget development and administration.
  • Generally accepted budget systems, procedures, and practices.
  • Principles, concepts, and practices of City administration.

Skills required:

  • Organizing, staffing, planning, and management of divisions;
  • Communicating effectively, orally and in writing, including making public presentations to the
  • City Council and / or commissions;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with professionals, other agencies, city staff, and the public;
  • Using office equipment, including a personal computer;
  • Analyzing municipal systems, procedures and controls, and recommending improvements.

Abilities required:

  • Encourage a positive work environment and positive working relationships with management teams;
  • Prepare and analyze complex reports;
  • Understand and interpret building construction plans and specifications;
  • Study operations and institute improvements without disruption of existing operations;
  • Perform a broad range of supervisory responsibilities over employees in the technical details of planning, property development, and property maintenance;
  • Effectively supervise staff;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizen groups, governmental committees, and City Departments;
  • Communicate effectively in English orally and in writing.

Performance Aptitudes

Physical Ability:  Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort including, but not limited to, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling, etc. of objects and materials of light weight (generally 25 pounds and less).  Tasks may involve extended periods of time in seated position and at a keyboard or workstation.

Project Management:  Tasks require the ability to schedule, coordinate, and manage various projects of varying degrees of difficulty, size and complexity.   

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials:  Tasks require the ability to operate, maneuver, and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials, commensurate with duties of the position.

Social and Interpersonal Communication Skills:  Position requires professional social and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to function in a major organizational unit requiring significant internal and external interaction.

Reasoning:  Position requires functional reasoning skills enabling the analysis of major problems that necessitate complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several work units.  Position requires situational reasoning skills allowing for the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and innovation in situations involving broader aspects of the organization.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change. 

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