Job Announcement: Town of Fairfax, Director of Planning and Building Services
TOW N O F FA I R F A X
A N N O U N C E S A N E M P L O Y M E N T
O P P O RT U N I T Y F O R
D i r e c t o r o f P l a n n i n g
& Bu i l d i n g S e r v i c e s
TH E ID E A L CA N D I D AT E
The ideal candidate for this department head position
is a hands-on, outgoing veteran public administrator
with good communications skills who is comf
o rtable managing a staff, overseeing special planning
p rojects, and working at the counter as needed.
He/she is committed to public service and will be
able to confidently face challenges, work with elected
and appointed officials, community leaders, developers,
business people and the general public. He/she
is non-political but politically astute, respectful and
able to communicate with persons re p resenting all
sides of an issue. He/she is customer focused, a creative
thinker, a problem solver, and has a leadership
style that motivates staff to outstanding pro f e s s i o n a l -
level perf o rmance. He/she is pro-active, highly energetic,
pro g ressive, and does not know the meaning of
�it can�t be done�. He/she is an enviro n m e n t a l l y
conscious person who is familiar with and enthusiastic
about sustainable building techniques.
He/she will be a member of the American Planning
Association and preferably show a commitment to
the planning profession as a member of the
American Institute of Certified Planners.
DI R E C T O R O F P L A N N I N G
& B U I L D I N G S E RV I C E S
The Town of Fairfax is an environmentally
conscious community situated in the heart of
central Marin County and is considered the
most progressive of Marin�s 11 incorporated
cities. Fairfax was incorporated in 1931 and
has a current population of appro x i m a t e l y
7500. There are not many easily developed lots
left in Town so most of the planning activity is
related to steep hillside lots and remodels. The
Town has ordinances preventing chain stores
and take-out styrofoam food packaging and is in
the process of updating its General Plan with a
goal of retaining its small town character. The
A rt Deco era movie theater is the
centerpiece of a vibrant nightlife with
top-notch restaurants and well-known clubs
with venues for jazz and other popular music.
The population is quite diverse including a large
�green� political base, the largest in the San
Francisco Bay Area. Fairfax is a mountain
biking and hiking Mecca because it is surro u n d e d
by committed open space and a nature preserve.
The Town�s sylvan setting in the forested hills
and its Mediterranean climate encourage
outdoor activities year- round. Within a
30-minute drive of San Francisco to the South
or the Pt. Reyes National Seashore to the West,
the community is home to many local artists and
musicians. Housing costs are reasonable by
Marin County standards.
TH E PO S I T I O N
The Director of Planning and Building Services is an
�at will� position, appointed by the Town Council,
who re p o rts to the Town Administrator. The Dire c t o r
plans, supervises and coordinates the planning and
zoning activities of the Town, serves as Zoning
A d m i n i s t r a t o r, oversees the building inspection activities
of the Town, and does other related work as
assigned by the Town Administrator. This position
d i ffers from the Senior Planner in that the Director of
Planning and Building Services is involved with interjurisdictional
studies, General Plan and Zoning
O rdinance revisions, Master Plans and other longert
e rm planning issues, and is responsible for pro g r a m
planning and supervision and evaluation of the
d e p a rtment staff. The small town environment provides
an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of
planning from working with customers at the public
counter to guiding the creation of the long-range
vision for the town.
SU P E RV I S I O N EX E R C I S E D
The Director of Planning and Building Services
s u p e rvises a senior planner, a building inspector and an
administrative assistant and does annual perf o rm a n c e
evaluations and oversees and coordinates the work of
contract building and planning consultants.
Examples of Important and Essential Duties
� Plans, organizes and personally perf o rms the more
technical aspects of the work of the depart m e n t .
� T h rough staff and/or consultants, directs and
guides revisions to the To w n �s General Plan
� Mediates complaints from the public and
meets with and advises the public on planning
issues at the public counter.
� Develops monitors and maintains the
d e p a rt m e n t �s budget.
� C o o rdinates with outside agencies affected by
the To w n �s policies.
� Advises the Town Council and the Planning
Commission re g a rding planning issues and
works with public bodies including the Town
Council, the Planning Commission, the
Design Review Board, and related boards
and committees on a full array of planning,
building, and code enforcement issues.
� P rocesses planning-related permits and pre p a res
a p p ropriate staff re p o rts for presentation to the
Town Council, the Planning Commission and the
Design Review Board .
� P re p a res comprehensive planning re p o rts and
special re p o rts as issues arise.
� A s s u res project compliance with the
e n v i ronmental review pro c e s s .
� P rovides technical assistance to staff and other
d e p a rtments on planning-related issues.
� F o rmulates operating policies and pro c e d u res
for the Building Division.
JO B RE L AT E D & ES S E N T I A L
QU A L I F I C AT I O N S
The selected candidate will:
� Know and understand California laws relating
to planning, environmental re v i e w, subdivisions,
annexations, zoning and land use and will
understand principles, objectives and pro c e d u res
of municipal planning and development.
� Have computer skills and word processing
c o m p e t e n c e .
� Have knowledge of the general principles
and techniques of public administration,
s u p e rvision and motivation of employees
including how to supervise, motivate, mentor,
train, evaluate and plan the work of others.
� Have a general understanding of the Uniform
Building Codes and general construction terms
and techniques, particularly related to hillside
d e v e l o p m e n t .
� Will have communication, effective listening and
o rganizational skills and the ability to write clear
and concise re p o rt s .
ED U C AT I O N & TR A I N I N G
GU I D E L I N E S:
A combination of experience and training that
would likely provide the required knowledge and
abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the
knowledge and abilities would be:
� Experience - Five years of increasingly
responsible and broad experience in professional
planning work including management and
supervisory experience. A Master's degree may
be substituted for one year of required experience.
� Training - Graduation from an accredited
college or university with a degree in Urban
Planning or a closely related field.
� License - Possession of, or ability to obtain,
an appropriate driver's license.
CO M P E N S AT I O N / BE N E F I T S
� Annual Salary: $83,600 to $92,800
� Retirement - Employees are covered by the
Public Employee�s Retirement System (PERS)
2.5% at 55. The employee�s 8% contribution is
currently paid by the Town. The Town does not
participate in Social Security.
� Health Benefits - Through the Public
Employee�s Retirement System (PERS) several
health care programs are offered, including
Kaiser, Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
� Dental Benefits - Delta Dental coverage is
provided for our employees.
� Other Benefits:
� Paid life insurance.
� Paid vacation, holidays, sick leave and
� Optional deferred compensation plan.
� Optional accident insurance.
TH E PR O C E S S
If you are interested in pursuing this highly desirable
career opportunity, please forward a letter of interest,
your resume, current salary and the names and
phone numbers of five professional references to:
Town of Fairfax
142 Bolinas Road
Fairfax, CA 94930
Final Filing Date: March 24, 2005
If you have any questions re g a rding this position, please
feel free to contact Judy Anderson at 415: 453-1584.