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Director of Community Development

Director of Community Development

Riverbank, CA, USA

Riverbank, CA, USA

City of Riverbank

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


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Director of Community Development

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The City of Riverbank offers its next Director of Community Development a stellar opportunity to serve as a key team member responsible for helping shape the future of this community on the move. The City of Riverbank is known as “The City of Action” for its outstanding delivery of municipal services. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with a service-oriented team while enhancing the well-being and quality of life of those who call Riverbank home.


Riverbank is a welcoming and progressive city nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley. Located in Stanislaus County, Riverbank has blossomed into a pleasant, growing community and proudly celebrated its centennial anniversary last year. Situated along State Highway 108, Riverbank is a convenient day trip drive to destinations such as San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, and Yosemite National Park. Riverbank offers a unique blend of the new with the old and maintains a sense of harmony between its rich agricultural history and its desire to modernize its service delivery to enhance the quality of life for residents. The city spans approximately 4.7 square miles and has a population of nearly 25,000.


The newly reorganized Community Development Department includes the Planning, Building Services, Economic Development, and Code Enforcement functions in the City of Riverbank. The Department interacts collaboratively with builders, developers, outside agencies, and all community stakeholders and elected/appointed officials to ensure processes and development standards are followed in the interest of pursuing greatness for the residents of Riverbank.

The Director of Community Development will lead a current total of 4 staff members in Building Services, 2 staff in Code Enforcement, and 1 in Planning. As Economic Development continues to thrive in Riverbank, the possibility exists in the future to add staff in that functional area. The FY 23/24 Community Development overall budget is approximately $1.7 million.


The Director of Community Development is an FLSA exempt department head and a key member of the City’s management team who reports directly to the City Manager. The Director is responsible for the overall operation of the City’s Community Development Department, which includes Planning, Code Enforcement, Building Services, and Economic Development. Some of the general responsibilities performed by the Director of Community Development include directing and participating in all advance and current planning, building, code enforcement, and design review activities for the City; directing the development, update and enforcement of the City’s General Plan, zoning, subdivision, building inspection, and environmental regulations and ordinances; overseeing the analysis of plan submittals and the review and preparation of recommendations on all commercial, industrial, and residential development projects for compliance with the City’s goals and policies, regulations and standards; and coordinating the processing of all planning projects through project completion.

The ideal candidate will bring knowledge and experience that aids the Director and department staff in fulfilling requirements in the key service areas of Planning, Building Services, Economic Development, and Code Enforcement; be a strong relationship builder who develops positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state and local agencies, City management and staff, and members of the general community; and have experience serving communities of similar (or larger) size and complexity, along with an understanding of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and General Plan and Housing Elements.

The City is open to candidates with backgrounds in various areas of municipal management with a broad understanding of the development process in California.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. The most aligned candidates will minimally possess the following:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, public administration, or a related field.

  • Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in economic development, business development, urban or regional planning, including three years in a supervisory or management capacity.

  • License or Certificates: Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain a Class “C” and/or appropriate valid California driver’s license at the time of appointment.


The salary range for the Director of Community Development is up to $173,300 with placement in the range dependent on qualifications. In addition, an excellent executive benefit package is provided including retirement through CalPERS. Classic CalPERS members are eligible for 2% @ 60 formula, while PEPRA members are 2% @ 62. Additional benefit information can be found in the recruitment brochure by clicking on the .pdf link at

Employees work a 9/80 schedule with every other Friday off. Work hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM, and Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.


For first consideration, apply below immediately.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to:

Bryan Noblett | | (916) 550-4100

Greg Nelson | | (916) 550-4100

The City of Riverbank is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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