Human Resources

To provide quality service to enable people to lead healthier, more secure, independent and productive lives; treat all people fairly, promoting dignity and self-respect; and administer public resources in a fiscally responsible and ethical manner.

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 a newly 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.

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, Engineering, Facilities, Fleet Management, Planning & Zoning, Public Works, and Transportation.  The Director of Development Services exercises considerable independence in carrying out policy decisions and departmental goals under general direction of the Assistant 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Advises staff on major projects.
  • Work involves extensive liaison, administrative and managerial responsibilities.
  • Directs the development and administration of the department budget; ensuring compliance with the provisions of the approved budget.
  • Directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals; interviews and selects new employees.
  • Represents the Organization and the department with various agencies/organizations.
  • Serves on internal quality committees.
  • 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, Assistant 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.
  • Trains appointed officials in development matters.
  • Ensures departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures: ensures adherence to established safety procedures.
  • Monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Serves as chief negotiator for major development projects, such as regional/joint projects, shopping malls, or other large-scale projects.
  • 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.
  • Prepares and/or receives various forms, reports, correspondence, payroll documents, vacation/sick leave requests, personnel requisitions, job applications, performance evaluations, invoices, purchase orders, expenditure reports, budget reports, contracts, census data, development applications, proposals, architectural drawings, construction plans, plats, project narratives, studies, staff reports, agendas, meeting minutes, media releases, legal descriptions, design guidelines, trade journals, publications, maps, photographs, General Plan, land use plans, laws, codes, ordinances, policies, procedures, manuals, directories, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Ensures compliance with records management and records retention schedules.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable codes, regulations, and standards.
  • Maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature.
  • Maintains professional affiliations; attends conferences, workshops, and training sessions as appropriate.
  • Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include planning/scheduling meetings, reviewing draft policies, sending/receiving faxes, or making copies.
  • Provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications 

Eight (8) to ten (10) years’ 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.  One or any combination of status as Registered Landscape Architect (R.L.A.), American Institute of Certified Planners certification (A.I.C.P.), licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), or Registered Land Surveyor (R.L.S.) preferred, in combination with registration with appropriate professional organizations.  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. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Public or Business administration or a closely related field

Residency Requirement

It is preferred that all members of the City Manager’s Executive Staff, which includes Department Directors, establish residency in the City of Maricopa within six months of appointment or promotion and maintain residency during their term of employment.

Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job, may be substituted for evaluation at the discretion of City Manager. 


Knowledge of:

  • 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 

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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