The City is seeking a hands-on, detail and team-oriented professional with energy and focus, strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills as well as an ability to make decisions independently while keeping the City Manager informed.
THE COMMUNITY AND ORGANIZATION
The City of Oceanside is seeking a dynamic, experienced housing professional to lead the Housing and Neighborhood Services Department. This is an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of Oceanside’s neediest residents and fulfill the City’s mission to “Enhance the quality of life through outstanding service to our diverse community.”
Oceanside is the gateway to San Diego County from the north, adjacent to Camp Pendleton, encompassing 177,335 people over 42 square miles, including 3.5 miles of city-owned beaches. Oceanside is a full-service city with its own police and fire departments, water and wastewater utilities, library and housing authority. The City’s parks and recreation facilities consist of five recreation centers, two senior centers, 15 community parks, 17 neighborhood parks, one regional park, five skate parks, two pools, and two gymnasiums. Other features include miles of trails, acres of open space, a small craft harbor, a fishing pier, two community theaters, an art museum, a surf museum, a nature center, a community college and two municipal golf courses. The City was incorporated in 1888 and includes diverse neighborhoods and planned developments, multiple 55+ communities, 17 mobile home parks, an urban downtown and 3,500 acres of farmland. Manufacturing, distribution, tourism and agriculture remain the region's top industries, but in recent years, Oceanside has become home to biotech industries that are among the area's fastest growing business sectors.
The Housing & Neighborhood Services Department is a team of 81 full time and 113 part time/seasonal staff that works collaboratively with other City departments, the community, and service providers and includes the Housing & Community Services Division, Parks & Recreation Division, and Code Enforcement. With an annual budget of $38.5 million, key programs and functions include:
• Affordable Housing, which develops and rehabilitates affordable housing and assists first time home buyers utilizing federal HOME funds, inclusionary housing funds, CalHome, and other funding sources;
• Housing policy implementation to include Inclusionary Housing Ordinance administration, discretionary application review, Housing Element update and administration, Analysis of Impediments, and related policies and programs;
• Homelessness Initiatives including bridge housing, housing navigation, outreach services and coordination with homeless service providers, and exploring shelter solutions;
• Resource Centers which provide a focal point for neighborhood revitalization and community services including non-profit health and social service agencies, after-school programs, neighborhood groups, and computer access and training;
• Community Development Block Grant administration; and
• Mobile home rent control ordinance administration.
Parks and Recreation Division:
• Recreational programming at the City’s 4 recreational centers, beachfront, 28 parks, plus the El Corazon Community Room expansion expected to open in Summer 2021;
• Sports programing and field/gymnasium/facility rentals;
• Aquatics – two swim centers plus the El Corazon Aquatics Center which is under construction, scheduled to open Summer 2021;
• Special Events permitting including film permits and operation of Heritage Park;
• Senior Services including two senior centers, senior transportation and senior meals programs; and
• Implementation of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan, Parks Impact Fee Study, and parks development.
Code Enforcement Division:
• Responsible for assuring compliance with the zoning ordinance and other code sections that are related to private property usage and which address promoting health, safety, property preservation and community enhancement;
• The majority of Code Enforcement concerns involve substandard dwelling units, securing of dangerous or abandoned buildings, illegal encampments, unpermitted construction, and wrecked or inoperable vehicles on private property;
• Operates the graffiti removal program for privately owned properties; and administers programs in collaboration with other City departments including the Short-Term Rental program, sign enforcement, storm water enforcement, neighborhood revitalization, tobacco retailer license, and annual weed abatement.
A longer-term organizational goal is to separate Parks & Recreation and Housing & Community Services into stand-alone departments, however this is not financially feasible at this time. With this objective in mind, we are seeking a Director with particular expertise in affordable housing but who also possesses the ability to effectively manage the Parks & Recreation and Code Enforcement divisions.
THE POSITION AND IDEAL CANDIDATE
The Housing and Neighborhood Services Director is a key member of the City's Management Team reporting to the City Manager. The City is seeking a hands-on, detail and team-oriented professional with energy, focus, strong ethics, as well as the ability to make decisions independently while keeping the City Manager informed. The Director plans, develops, organizes, implements, directs and controls policies, goals, objectives and priorities for City housing and community services, parks and recreation, and code enforcement programs and services through subordinate staff.
The ideal candidate will:
Possess a keen understanding of the affordable housing landscape and financing possibilities, familiarity with recreational programming and operations, and have a good understanding of local government administration and applicable California laws and regulations.
A working manager able to operate a wide range of projects simultaneously. They will possess an impressive track record of delivering large and small-scale projects which reflects their ability to see projects and initiatives through from beginning to full completion.
Models the behaviors expected throughout the City and Department, including unquestioned integrity, a strong work ethic, high motivation, and the ability to self-start and work independently.
Promotes a culture of inclusiveness that embraces the City’s diversity and works to engage all facets of the community in civic affairs and departmental programming.
Has a team-oriented and collegial approach but is results-oriented. Sets goals and objectives and closely monitors progress toward achieving those goals.
Will be an effective coach and mentor to staff, will establish performance expectations and hold staff accountable for performance while fostering a culture of mutual respect and continuous improvement where team members are always striving to be better.
An articulate and credible communicator both verbally and in writing, with outstanding interpersonal skills and an extraordinary customer orientation. To that end, this professional must be a proactive internal and external communicator who is sensitive to the information needs of all stakeholders.
Candidates for this position must possess at least eight years of increasingly responsible professional administrative and leadership experience in the field of housing and community development, human services, public administration or closely related field, including a minimum of five years supervising professional level staff and a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Public or Business Administration, or a closely related field is required. Public sector experience is highly also desirable.
A Master’s degree in Public or Business Administration or a closely related field and five years of management experience in a housing department is highly desirable. Bilingual in Spanish/English speaking skills are desirable.
The salary for the Housing and Neighborhood Services Director is dependent upon qualifications. It ranges from: $137,436 to $192,420 annually.