Community Development Director

City of Larkspur
(209) 321-3936

The City of Larkspur seeks a highly effective administrator to oversee the newly created Community Development Department. Reporting to the City Manager, the Community Development Director will manage and coordinate planning, building, and code enforcement activities and will have the ability to communicate technical planning issues and process to residents, the City Council, Planning Commission, Heritage Preservation Board, and other stakeholders.

IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will have knowledge and practical experience in the areas of current and advanced planning and an understanding of the principles of economic development. The selected candidate is expected to work alongside the City Manager in modernizing the department and evaluating the operations and staffing of the newly created department (previously the Planning and Building Department) to identity improvements, immediately with the hiring of the Chief Building Official.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Minimum requirements for this position include a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, or a closely related field with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience involving interpretation and application of planning and zoning codes and regulations. This candidate will have strong administrative and leadership skills in addition to exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. The Community Development Director will be expected to hit the ground running and utilize their skill-sets to engage and respond to the community and execute priority projects of engagement and interest in their community.

RECRUITMENT PERIOD: Application materials reviewed upon receipt; OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

TO APPLY: To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, candidates should submit the following to Janet Thiessen, Human Resources Manager, at

1) Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
2) Current resume

Qualified applicants will be asked to complete a City of Larkspur employment application form at a later date. To view the full job description and job brochure, please visit

Please direct all inquiries to Janet Thiessen at via email or via telephone at (209) 321-3936 (mobile).