Given its beautiful coastal resources, rich cultural heritage, and historical interest, it is no surprise that Carmel-bythe

-Sea attracts an estimated two million visitors annually. In November 2010, Condé Nast Traveler listed the City as one of its 10 Places to Visit, and TripAdvisor named the community the #1 Small City in the U.S. Visitors can easily find excellent lodging, outstanding recreation, fine restaurants, and specialty shops adorning the streets of the business district, while civic leaders and residents work diligently to balance their focus on sustaining a quality residential village with nourishing a vibrant tourism base that supports and enhances the area. Carmel-by-the-Sea has a high median household income and high property values. The Carmel Unified School District offers outstanding educational opportunities and has won state and national awards for excellence. Opportunities for higher education are available nearby via California State University at Monterey Bay and Monterey Peninsula College, with numerous prestigious academic institutions located a short distance away. To learn more about this incomparable municipality, visit

ust 120 miles south of San Francisco on the California coast, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea (pop. 3,684) prides itself on its white sand beach, lush urban forest, natural parklands, and roadside greenbelts, all within a one-square mile community that has long attracted artists, authors, photographers, art enthusiasts, and vistors. Carmel-by-the-Sea was founded at the turn of the century by James Franklin Devendorf, who, stunned by the area’s natural beauty, decided to create a residential, familyoriented community that respected and enhanced the natural setting. In just a few short years the area became renowned for its art and culture, and in 1910 the Los Angeles Times declared it “the most amazing colony on earth.” The City officially incorporated in 1916 and passed an ordinance in 1929 to protect the community focus by declaring that “business and commerce have in the past, are now, and are proposed to be in the future subordinated to its residential character.” Today Carmel-by-the-Sea offers residents premium quality services and amenities that reflect the community’s commitment to its residential nature, the environment, and the arts. There are over 80 acres of parks located throughout the City. An urban forest of over 13,000 trees also grow on public property. Residents do not have home mail delivery and instead continue the village custom of daily trips to the Post Office, while the absence of streetlights and formal sidewalks in the residential district contribute to the City’s treasured charm and forestlike atmosphere. Completed in 2001, the $21.4 million renovation of the City’s famous Sunset Center created an outstanding venue for a number of impressive artistic offerings, as does the Forest Theater, the first outdoor theater west of the Mississippi river. Throughout the year, Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a diversity of festivals and events designed to promote and enhance the City’s creative traditions, including the Carmel Art Festival, Bach Festival, Authors & Ideas Festival, and the Concours d’Elegance Car Parade and Display, among others. Annual community events include a variety of celebrations such as the Fourth of July, the City’s Birthday and Parade, and the holiday tree lighting ceremony. The community also has a long history of being one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country.



armel-by-the-Sea is a General Law City operating under a City Council/City Administrator form of government. The City Council is composed of the Mayor and four Council Members, all of whom are elected at-large. The Mayor serves a two-year term and Council Members serve staggered, overlapping four-year terms. Elections are held in April of each even-numbered year. The City Council appoints the City Administrator, City Attorney, City Treasurer and the City Engineer, while the Mayor makes appointments to the City’s various advisory boards and commissions, with confirmation from the Council. In addition to the City Council, City Administrator, and City Attorney, the government of Carmel-by-the-Sea is comprised of the Departments of Public Safety; Administrative Services; Library; Public Services; and Community Planning & Building. The City is supported by a professional staff of 54 full-time and 20 part-time employees.





he Community Planning and Building Department is responsible for management of land use and environmental quality; for maintaining the City’s General Plan and ensuring that capital programs, zoning, and other activities are consistent with the Plan; providing staff support to the Planning Commission and Historic Resources Board; construction review and inspections; and zoning, design, building, and code compliance. The Department’s activities are supported by 4.5 staff supplemented by consultants and contractual assistance as needed. As an at-will employee, the Director reports to the City Administrator and is a critical member of the City’s Executive Team. The Department has not been staffed with a permanent Director since 1999, so the candidate selected will have the rare opportunity to cultivate a culture and mold a team around his/her vision for a department that is well positioned to serve this unique community. In addition, he/ she will be given the latitude to assess the Department’s structure, resources, systems and processes and make recommendations for change and/or improvement during the early stages of his/her tenure. The Director will also be extensively involved in the majority of City objectives relating to the planning, building and design responsibilities of the Department.

Carmel-by-the-Sea has a balanced operating budget of $13.4 million for fiscal year 2012-2013. The City’s top three revenue sources are transient occupancy tax, property tax, and sales tax, and recent data indicates there has been an increase in all three categories that is expected to continue. The City’s electorate approved a one-percent sales tax rate increase in November 2012. City goals focus on four enduring objectives: Community Character; Long-term Vitality; Organizational Effectiveness; and Fiscal Stability. For 2013, the City Council has identified the following key initiatives: • Update parking management plans and studies to enable the City to consider parking policies in 2013 and potential modifications in 2014. • Review implementation of Shoreline Management Plan and Forest Management. Plan and update as necessary, including attention to rights-of-way and trail connectivity. • Maintain a leadership role in developing a long-term solution to the region’s water supply while continuing to pursue a replacement and replenishment regional water supply and developing additional local water conservation and non-potable water supply alternatives. • Obtain estimates and develop a plan to address the extent to which the City’s pension assets are insufficient to cover the costs of the benefits. • Complete contract update for the effective operation of the Sunset Cultural Center. • Update and begin implementation of the Information Technology strategic plan including updating obsolete technology and encouraging interactive government projects. • Allocate Measure D funds in the spirit in which the voters passed the initiative and document for the public. • Begin the development of a comprehensive facilities use plan and inventory. The City utilizes a policy planning and management system to assure the organization meets the City Council’s policy outcomes.

Consistent with the highly engaged nature of this community, input from internal and external stakeholders was sought in the creation of the candidate profile. The description summarizes the common themes that resonated from these discussions.


he ideal candidate will be a visionary and contemporary planning professional who demonstrates the desire and capacity to understand and preserve the rare qualities of this unique coastal community. He/she must convey a sophisticated understanding and sincere commitment to New Urbanism principles combined with a record of accomplishments which support sustainable communities that offer a high quality of life.

The ideal candidate will possess a discriminating eye for quality design and authenticity. He/she will have a professional history that reflects respect for the importance of small details related to design coupled with a passion for architectural diversity. The Director of Community Planning and Building must be a superior communicator and active listener who is capable of exercising incredible diplomacy when appropriate. Displaying an outgoing and approachable personality, he/she must be comfortable with extensive interaction and involvement with a highly educated and knowledgeable constituency. The ideal candidate will display an exceptional customer orientation. Extensive experience interacting effectively with elected and appointed officials and the general public on a variety of issues will be expected. An even-keeled consensus builder who is accustomed to implementing strategies and programs that strengthen the fabric of a community will prove to be a good fit for this organization. A well-organized working manager, the individual selected will be a solutions-oriented, resourceful professional who is accustomed to being responsive and getting things done without the luxury of elaborate resources. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated professional who sets clear expectations and high professional standards, and holds people accountable accordingly. Qualified candidates will be high energy leaders who are committed to relationship building and developing strong teams. A demonstrated history of consistent and sound decision making is expected. Strong administrative skills are required. To that end, the City’s newest department head must be comfortable with creating and overseeing budgets as well as managing staff and consultants. A demonstrated history of mentoring and developing subordinates is desired. Familiarity with current technological applications in the industry will prove to be advantageous for the new Director as automating the different functions of the Department will likely be a top priority. A sophisticated understanding of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the California Coastal Act will be expected. Coastal experience and a general understanding regarding the role of the California Coastal Commission will be considered favorably. A Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Public or Business Administration, or relevant discipline is required. A Master’s degree and/or AICP certification is also desirable.


he current salary range for this position goes up to $154,752 and is currently under review. The salary is supplemented by an attractive benefits package which includes, but is not limited to CalPERS retirement, Cafeteria Plan, and generous leave plus much more.


he closing date for this recruitment is midnight, Sunday, May 5, 2013. To be considered for this opportunity, upload cover letter, resume and a list of six professional references using the “Apply Now” feature at

Teri Black-Brann • 310.377.2612 Carolyn Seeley • 949.487.7606 TERI BLACK & COMPANY, LLC

Following the May 5th closing date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria articulated in this brochure. Applicants with the most relevant qualifications will immediately be granted preliminary interviews by the consultants. Candidates deemed to be the best qualified will be invited back to meet with the City Administrator and other select stakeholders at a mutually convenient time. The City Administrator anticipates making an appointment in June, following the completion of extensive background and reference checks and compensation negotiations. Please note that references will not be contacted until the end of the process and, at that time, will be done so in close coordination with the candidate impacted.

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