Development Services Director

City of Mesquite, NV

The Development Services Director oversees/directs City Planning, and related development services of Building Inspections, Business Licensing, and Code Enforcement. The Director directs all operations of the department and reports to the City Manager. The Director directs planning initiatives and provides staff support to the City Manager, City Council, and the advisory committees for the Master Plan and Architectural Review.

Development Services include all functions, building inspection services, business licensing, and code enforcement activities.

(Essential functions are those functions that the individual who holds the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.)
1. Oversees the recruitment, employment, evaluation, and release of staff contract personnel.
2. Supervises all organization staff, either directly or indirectly through senior staff.
3. Develops organization-wide or department-wide goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
4. Prepares department operations budget.
5. Ensures that the City Manager and City Council are kept fully informed on the condition of the department and about any trends, events, or emerging issues of significance to the City’s success.
6. Reports events and activities to senior management and elected and appointed officials.
7. Represents the City on local and regional boards.
8. Implements the General Plan and Unified Development Code.
9. Reviews all departmental reports and presentations.
10. Evaluates planning-related legislation and its applicability to department projects.
11. Evaluates proposals to the local government for planning consulting services.
12. Attends periodic evening and weekend meetings.
13. Maintains historical files and records regarding Planning, Zoning, Building, Business Licensing, and Code Enforcement functions.
14. Oversees the adoption and amendment of Building Codes in conjunction with the Building officials and Southern Nevada Building Officials.

A. Performs other related duties as assigned.

The degree of knowledge and ability as outlined under this section is that which is necessary to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of this position.

Knowledge of:
• Thorough working knowledge of operational characteristics, services and activities of a municipal Building Department.
• The theory, principles, and practices of the planning profession, and development process.
• Principles of personnel management, including supervision, training and performance evaluation
• The methods and techniques of research and analysis.
• Principles of budgeting and finance.
• Real Estate terminology, laws, practices, principles, and regulations.
• Computer applications including Microsoft Office, Google, Database Management, GIS programs and applications.
• Methods of report preparation and presentation.
• Principles and practices of business licensing.
• Principles and practices of code enforcement.

Typical Skills:
• Effective and persuasive leadership comfortable with all levels of staff, appointed and elected officials, public stakeholders, and others.
• Strong written and oral communication skills, including the editing, oversight or preparation of technical reports and the presentation of information to government entities and various committees.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Strong interpersonal and public relations skills to work effectively with others.
• Ability to understand and manage high-profile, sensitive, or controversial political situations
• Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment within general policy guidelines
• Plan for the orderly growth and development of the City and meet all statutory requirements of Nevada’s Planning and Zoning enabling legislation.
Interpret and explain City development policies and procedures.

Experience, Education and Training:
This position requires a bachelor’s degree (a master’s is preferred) in urban planning, public administration or a related field, and a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible planning experience. Generally, four years of experience must be in a supervisory capacity.

License or Certificate:
• Must possess at the time of employment and continuously throughout employment a valid Nevada or "border state" driver's license, as defined by NRS 483.
• AICP Certification is required, or ability to obtain certification within one year. Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum.

Work is performed under the following conditions:

Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a typical office setting and use standard equipment including calculators or computers, sufficient vision with or without correction to read printed materials and video terminal screen, sufficient hearing and speech acuity to communicate in person and over the telephone, sufficient physical strength, stamina and mobility to occasionally walk on level, uneven or slippery surfaces, climb stairs, work out of doors and travel via automobile, train, airplane to out-of-state locations. Physical exertion present due to occasional bending, reaching, twisting, stooping, walking, and standing. Some accommodations may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodations.

NOTE: A resume is required in addition to the completed employment application. Applications submitted without a copy of the candidate’s resume are incomplete and will not be considered.

NOTE: As a condition of employment, incumbents in this position are restricted from working as a real estate agent or broker for properties within the City of Mesquite or owning or being in partnership with a company which is involved with development in Mesquite.

The City of Mesquite is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals. The City of Mesquite encourages both incumbents and individuals who have been offered employment to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Apply online at Provide - Letter of interest/Cover letter and Resume

Job Details

Job Function
Planning Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Mesquite


10 E Mesquite Blvd
Mesquite, NV 89027-4706
United States

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