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Community Development Director - City of Gig Harbor ( Job # 18-0013)

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Minimum Salary: $9,151.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $11,439.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Planning
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Friday, October 26, 2018
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Gig Harbor is seeking an outstanding manager and leader who has a clear understanding of the various facets of the Community Development Department, understands municipal government, and the many challenges cities face. We are looking for someone who is politically astute, honest and demonstrates integrity. This is a new department that merges our current Planning and Building Departments. The ideal candidate will be a positive facilitator of change and a problem solver who focuses on solutions. This is an excellent opportunity for a leader who enjoys a challenge and can work collaboratively with other departments, administration, and stakeholders.

Monthly Hiring Salary Range: $9,151 - $10,295

To learn more about Gig Harbor's rich history watch Tied to the Water.

Under the direction of the City Administrator and as a member of the City’s executive team, this position is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the functions of the Community Development Department including; current planning, long range planning, development review, environmental (SEPA) review, shoreline management, construction inspection, building code administration and enforcement, zoning and permitting.  The incumbent may have the responsibility for acting as the City Planning Officer, SEPA Responsible Official, and Shoreline Master Program Administrator. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with contractors, government agency personnel, elected officials, city employees, and the general public. 

Essential Functions


  • Exercise a leadership style that fosters teamwork, promotes staff engagement and initiative, and provides professional growth opportunities for department employees.
  • Lead Community Development operations in a manner that results in high customer service satisfaction levels, leveraging of resources, and continuous improvement.
  • Prepare, submit and administer an approved annual budget including the controls necessary to ensure budgetary compliance and ongoing evaluation of programs, services, and projects.
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategic plans and master plans, including the development of an Annual Work Plan consistent with the City Council's strategic priorities.
  • Lead and direct the ongoing facilitation of the City's Planning Commission meetings in a proactive and timely manner, ensuring the statutory implementation of development entitlements.
  • Serve as a City representative in presenting, explaining, and discussing the views, interests and policies of the City to the Council, Planning Commission, City task forces, targeted community groups, and other interested parties inside and outside the community.
  • Prepare reports and studies for the City Administrator, Mayor and City Council as scheduled or requested.
  • Perform other job-related responsibilities as evident or directed by the Mayor and City Administrator.
  • Create performance metrics to ensure the achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Conduct Departmental leadership team meetings to facilitate information sharing, development of team goals and objectives, work through key decisions and/or issues affecting the department and focus on employee development.
  • Actively participate on the City's Leadership Team and collaborate with the Departmental employees in setting and fulfilling the City's strategic plans and objectives.
  • Take part in the recruitment, selection, and orientation of new teammates.  Follow advancement and performance management practices to help employees be effective and successful.
  • Ensure a clear understanding of the steps that will be taken when service standards are not acceptable.
  • Actively engage and solicit input from employees to ensure a collaborative, team-oriented work environment is maintained.
  • Coordinates with, and ensures department staff coordinates with, other department staff on City-wide/inter-departmental projects.
  • Make customer satisfaction a department priority.  Obtain formal and informal customer feedback confirming the delivery of services meet customers' needs and wants.
  • Establish and maintain forward thinking and customer-focused operating policies, practices, and procedures.  Routinely evaluate for effectiveness.
  • Plan, assign and direct the work of the department through division managers.
  • Provide professional planning and development advice and assistance to the City Administrator, Mayor, City Council, Planning Commission and other City boards and commissions.
  • Coordinate project, program, contractual and planning activities related to long-range planning and community development issues with other public agencies;
  • Assist in the preparation of ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, covenants and other legal documents relating to planning, community development and administration and enforcement of city ordinances. 
  • Seek grants and donations in support of the priority planning projects selected by the City Council.
  • Under direction of the Mayor and/or City Administrator, responsible for coordination activities related to the City’s publicly owned land and buildings, including acquisition, leases, sales, maintenance and improvements processes.
  • Ensure appropriate training and development of department staff. 


Knowledge, Skill and Ability:

  • Knowledge of planning principles, practices, methods and techniques of current and long-range urban planning, and community development enforcement activities.
  • Knowledge of zoning ordinances, land use and comprehensive plans, including their formation, process of adoption and enforcement, Washington State Growth Management Act, Shoreline Act.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and methods of leadership, management, supervision, staff development, and performance evaluation.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and codes related to comprehensive and current planning standards, growth management, community development, building and code enforcement activities and GIS Services.
  • Knowledge of environmental impact assessment and urban forestry strategies.
  • Knowledge of grant writing methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of financial, statistical and/or economic analysis principles, preparation of annual operating and capital budgets, municipal budgeting principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of permit review and issuance procedures.
  • Knowledge of program planning, operations and implementations of community development programs and projects.
  • Knowledge of population and land use trends.
  • Knowledge of basic engineering, traffic circulation and the physical development of land.
  • Knowledge of technological tools associated with the efficient operation of the department.
  • Knowledge and ability to maintain professional communication usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skill and ability to exercise interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, patience, respect, courtesy and discretion in work, including confidential matters.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, citizens, members of boards and commissions, elected and appointed officials, and representatives of other agencies; in person, over the phone and in writing.
  • Ability to schedule, coordinate and monitor a variety of activities simultaneously and under pressure. 
  • Ability to coordinate and schedule complex activities involving several people with competing needs and expectations; work effectively under pressure with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to accurately interpret and apply laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Ability to act in an ethical and conscientious manner on behalf of the City.
  • Ability to effectively establish, administer, demonstrate and maintain sound management principles, practices and methods. 
  • Ability to act as a good steward with public funds and resources.
  • Ability to de-escalate disgruntled individuals requiring using conflict management skills while maintaining professional composure.
  • Ability to effectively present plans, programs and recommendations to the Mayor and City Administrator, the City Council and the public.
  • Ability to solve problems through innovation, collaborations and solicitation of ideas/input from others.
  • Ability to contribute to and allow employees to be involved in the City’s Wellness Program, and in achieving the WellCity award.
  • Ability to employ excellent conflict resolution skills to manage and resolve controversial situations


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds occasionally.
  • Ability to type, answer phones operate office equipment frequently.
  • Ability to drive to and from different worksites in personal vehicle.
  • Work is primarily performed in an office environment.
Supervisory Responsibility

This position assumes full responsibility for departmental operations. This position directly supervises positions within the Community Development Department. To be determined upon approval of the organizational structure.

Work Environment

Work is primarily performed in an office environment with required evening and weekend meetings. Travel is required to visit other worksites within the City of Gig Harbor and attend trainings or conferences within the state.


Driving for this position would typically be less than 5 hours per workweek. If driving on city business, the incumbent must meet and follow all driving requirements.

Required Education & Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, Urban Planning, Community and Environmental Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Public Administration, or closely related field from an accredited college or university; AND
  • Seven years of progressively responsible experience in professional municipal planning, building, engineering, or community development experience including a minimum of at least two years of experience in a supervisory capacity.
  • Relevant knowledge and experience in: development and implementation of planning, zoning, and community development goals; administration, interpretation and updating of municipal zoning ordinances, land use plans, shoreline plans; building, construction and development activities and processes, application review and development, plan review, permitting and inspections services; code enforcement.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective relations with City Council, Boards, Commissions, businesses, community groups, stakeholders, and subordinates.
  • Attributes of a successful candidate include sound decision making; critical thinking ability; problem solving and innovation; a results-oriented approach; analytical skills; excellent written and verbal communication ability; interpersonal, customer service and diplomatic proficiency; ethical conduct; and proven top performance.
Preferred Education & Experience
  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field is desirable.
  • Community Development experience with in a city, county or other municipality.
  • Demonstrated history of innovation, teamwork, forward thinking urban design, continuous improvement, learning, customer-focus, and integrity;
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) membership
  • International City/County Management Association Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM)
  • Economic Development or Housing Development Finance Professional
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)
  • Previous experience with Power BI and Lean Process Management.
To Apply

Please complete the online application with employment history and educational qualifications that at least meet the minimum qualifications. We would also appreciate a cover letter and a resume highlighting your knowledge, skills and abilities.


City of Gig Harbor Civic Center
3510 Grandview Street
Gig Harbor, WA 98335