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Director of Community Development - City of Sammamish ( Job # 19-0050)

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Minimum Salary: $119,539.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $174,721.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Community Development
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)



This position serves as a member of the City’s Management Team and is responsible for leadership, administration, and overall management of the three separate divisions within the Community Development Department, Current & Long Range Planning, Building Inspection & Plan Review, and the Permit Center.  The incumbent will provide highly responsible assistance to the City Manager in the areas of land use planning and community development.  The incumbent will also be responsible for preparation and monitoring of the Community Development Department’s biennial budget.  Works independently, and has the authority to make decisions in completing assignments.  Communicates directly with the City Manager, other department directors. 

This position provides a flexible resource in the support of the City Manager for a wide range of programs and projects. Work assignments and focus may change significantly based on the City Manager’s determination of priorities and focus. Current core duties and assignments are reflected below, though specific assignments are expected to change from time to time.


Under the general direction of the City Manager, and within the framework of governing state and local laws and policies established by the City Council, the incumbent exercises wide latitude and independence in the performance of assigned projects and tasks.  Day-to-day activities are monitored by the City Manager for compliance within established internal policies and procedures and to assure coordination and cooperation.  Work is subject to review for quality and timeliness of completed projects.


  • Recruits, supervises trains, motivates, and evaluates employees in the performance of their duties and functions.  
  • Manages and coordinates City services and programs, as assigned, including: Current & Long Range Planning, Building Inspection & Plan Review, and the Permit Center. 
  • Represents the City on critical land use and land use policy issues.
  • Represents the City or serves as City liaison to community groups, City task forces, committees, governmental jurisdictions, boards and commissions, and the public.
  • Serves as the project manager for specific projects.
  • Prepares council agenda bills.
  • Responds to citizen requests for information and complaints.
  • Responsible for preparation and monitoring of the Community Development Department’s biennial budget.
  • Attendance at evening meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, City Committees, and Community Organizations.
  • Provides other related duties as assigned by the City Manager.


Knowledge of:

  • Federal, state, and local government land use planning, community development processes, and regulations.
  • Strong technical understanding of land use practices and building industry practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; skills in consensus building.
  • Municipal budgeting and a thorough understanding of the budget process.

Ability to:

  • Provide leadership, counsel, motivation and constructive performance reviews to department staff at all levels and securing their respect and commitment to achieving the department’s goals.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate the work of others
  • Express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing to groups and to individuals.
  • Commit to public service, municipal management and the ICMA Code of Ethics.
  • Negotiate and administer contracts with outside vendors and providers.
  • Make analytical and reasoned judgments on issues of public sensibility.
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with elected officials, business leaders, advisory boards, the news media, and the general public.
  • Develop a team approach to problem solving.
  • Take an active role in community relations and be willing to devote time to establish a positive and responsible City government.
  • Use a variety of computer software, including word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Drive a city vehicle. 
  • Provide excellent customer service skills.


Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, urban planning, or related field, and eight (8) years of work experience focusing on land use planning, community development, public administration or any combination of experience that would provide the incumbent with the necessary skills to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.  A Master’s Degree and direct supervisory experience is preferred.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee, in performing the duties of this job, will be required to talk, hear, smell, sit, stand, walk on a variety of surfaces, to reach with the arms, and to use hands to manipulate objects, tools or controls.  The employee will also sometimes be required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job are close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Hand-eye coordination and fine-manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office equipment.  The employee must occasionally lift and move up to twenty-five pounds.


Work is performed in office settings. The person filling this position will be required to attend evening meetings and support special project deadlines outside the normal workweek.  Some travel to off site locations may be required.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the City and the requirements of the job change.




Sammamish City Hall
801 - 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075