Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Mackenzie Eason & Associates has been retained by the City of Littleton's Public Works and Utilities Department to recruit a dynamic Development Services Manager.  Reporting to the City Engineer, the new Development Services Manager will join a high-functioning team focused on the future of Littleton and the continued evolution of the city.  The Development Services Manager will lead all engineering compliance issues within the built environment, focusing on industry best practices, safety, and ordinances in the development process.  The ideal candidate will be a collaborator and advocate at all levels; from their team of employees to management and peers, and of course, to the public it serves.  

The Opportunity

The Development Services Manager directs and manages all areas of the city's engineering protocols within the development review process, including inspection and engineering approvals, in coordination with the Community Development Department.  They also collaborate with the Community Development Department to evaluate and update ordinances and suggest code changes related to public infrastructure.  Littleton City Council recently approved a new Unified Land Use Code, the first in nearly 40 years, that governs future commercial and residential development as well as sets the standards for neighborhoods and the downtown area.  One of the challenges with this role will be to help the staff and community developers learn and interpret the new code and make policy and judgment calls that navigate issues not directly addressed within the new code. 

The Development Services Manager will require a high level of political understanding and acumen as they will liaise with members of the public, development and construction industries, and city, state, and federal agencies on all infrastructure associated with development on behalf of the city.  They will be a subject-matter expert and technical advisor to the City Manager, City Council, City Engineer, and the Directors of Public Works and Utilities and the Community Development Department.  In doing so, they will prepare ordinances and staff reports and make presentations to the City Council, and other boards and commissions as needed.  It is also expected that the Development Services Manager attend public hearings and meetings as required to share information on current projects, policies, and procedures.  Further contributions include master planning efforts and assisting with the preparation and administration of the annual budget with the City Engineer. 

With the responsibility of directly supervising three to five positions, this leader will need a positive, supportive, forward-looking approach to people management.  The Development Services Manager will break down siloes, provide mentorship, and promote diversity, collaboration, communication, and cooperation with internal departments and external stakeholders of the development community, ensuring the staff provides quality customer service to all customers.

It will be important that the next Development Services Manager operates with high standards of ethics, values, transparency, and accountability to gain trust and respect, internally and externally.  They will also bring new perspectives to the department and foster an environment that listens and values others' opinions.

Starting Salary at or near $130,000

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Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a strong leader and problem solver to join the City's Public Works and Utilities leadership team.  The Development Services Manager should ideally be an expert in understanding land use code and the development process.  

The ideal candidate will possess experience, knowledge, and skills in the following areas:

  • Updates to all State, Federal, and local land use, zoning, and development laws, ordinances, and policies.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering, including review requirements for drainage, utility and street design.
  • Principles and practices related to surface water management and control, including requirements of NPDES Phase II.
  • Principles and practices related to sanitary sewer management and operation, including requirements of Industrial Pretreatment.
  • Advanced skills of data entry into various software formats, such as spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and permitting.  Familiarity with TrackIt software is preferred.   
  • Expert ability to enforce codes and regulations in a firm, tactful, and impartial manner.
  • Outward mindset and furthering customer service culture.
  • Lead process improvements and change management.
  • Adaptable and strong supervisory experience that can boost and maintain positive employee morale and inspire them to maximize their performance, and consistently provide the highest level of internal/ external customer service.
  • Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation, financial reporting, and administration.
  • Robust track record of collaboration and building strong partnerships with developers, non-profits, business stakeholders, neighborhood groups, City departments, and other governmental agencies.
  • Solid negotiation skills in a broad range of project-related and administrative functions.
  • Managing organizational change through the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area.
  • Be able to build consensus among multiple and very diverse constituencies both internally and externally.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to articulate big ideas, sell a vision and influence others, and easily convey how to execute it.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience Requirements:

We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the professions related to land development such as Engineering, Planning, or Architecture, or related field; and
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in reviewing development plans, issuing permits, conducting inspections, and/or managing the above; and supervisory experience including employment regulations, or
  • An equivalent combination of education, formal training, and work experience that produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position. 
  • Professional Engineers (P.E.) License preferred.

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