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Community Development Director

City of Marysville
Marysville, WA Full-time
Posted on May 1, 2019
Salary $147,660.00 - $189,000.00 Annually
Location Marysville, WA
Job Type Full-time regular
Department Community Development
Job Number 00341
Position Summary

Open until filled. First review of applications 5/31/19.

This position is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the Community Development Department as well as administrative oversight of activities and programs including planning, land development, construction inspection, electrical inspection, permitting, and community development block grant (CDBG) functions.  Responsibilities include development and oversight of departmental goals and objectives, policies and procedures; budget development and oversight; and compliance with statutory requirements.  This position plans, organizes, and evaluates the work of subordinates. 
Considerable and frequent contact is maintained with the Executive Department, City Council, and other department directors as well as representatives of local, state and federal governments and agencies, and the general public.

Examples of Job Duties

Other duties may be assigned as needed:

  • Plans, directs and coordinates comprehensive community development services for the city and provides strong and creative leadership and vision to the department and staff. Develops, supports and models a positive and productive workplace culture based on city core values.
  • Develops a competent, well-trained, properly structured and motivated staff capable of achieving departmental goals and commitments; evaluates employee performance, reviews projects and programs, and distribution of work to ensure proper and efficient workflow.
  • Provides technical expertise and information to guide City decisions and activities related to community development in areas that include planning, land use, construction inspection, electrical inspection, permitting, and community development block grants.
  • Prepares and administers complex departmental budgets for assigned areas of responsibility; controls and monitors expenses; ensures fiscal responsibility of department and division budgets.
  • Develops and updates short and long-range strategic plans to ensure the Community Development Department's contribution to the city's overall plans and strategies.
  • Oversees compliance with zoning regulations, building codes and ordinances; efficiency of permit issuance systems, and the coordination and review of permit applications and plans.
  • Oversees land use planning and development activities, construction review and inspection, and compliance with applicable standards.
  • Directs the establishment and maintenance of effective and efficient departmental work policies, systems and procedures, consistent with city policies relating to personnel, budgeting and accounting, procurement, contract management and other administrative matters; participates in labor contract negotiations and responds to grievances as required.
  • Directs preparation and review of a variety of technical records and reports related to land use and development, inspection activities, environmental impact, SEPA compliance, and construction projects.
  • Keeps updated on applicable regulatory changes and best management practices; confers with executive management on matters concerning major departmental activities and furnishes technical advice on department programs.
  • Represents the department at City Council meetings, regional agencies and with the public; serves on city boards and commissions, committees, and citizen groups.
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of department service delivery methods and procedures, including technological enhancements, to provide more efficient and timely services.
  • Performs related duties as assigned in order to effectively accomplish assigned areas of responsibility and contribute to effective city operations.



A combination of the experience, education, and training listed below which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of this position.

  • Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in planning and land use policies and practices at the local government level.
  • Five years supervisory experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in urban design, urban planning, public administration, or a related field. Master's degree preferred. 
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate comprehensive community development programs.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of urban planning and zoning.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations and compliance requirements related to planning, land development, construction inspection, electrical inspection, permitting, and community development block grant (CDBG) functions.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of subordinate employees, including training, assigning and evaluating their work, and providing job performance feedback.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; make public presentations and respond to questions from a variety of audiences.
  • Must possess, or have the ability to possess within one month of hire, a Washington State Driver's License.


Work Environment

The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move 10 to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  This position is usually assigned to an office, and the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
Work is performed mainly during City office hours; however, some travel will be required and incumbent must attend night meetings of the City Council or city boards and commissions.  These meetings are frequently held in the evening and consequently require extended work hours.

This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position and the level of knowledge and skills typically required.  It does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and it is subject to change as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

The City of Marysville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or disability.

Posted in-house: 5/2/19 - 5/8/19