Community Development Director

  • Job Reference: 00000472-1
  • Date Posted: 7 April 2021
  • Company: Crook County
  • Location: Prineville, Oregon
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Government & Defense
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Job Title: Director Community Development

Department: Community Development

Reports To: County Court

Salary Grade: $92,830 - $ 100,464

All applicant submissions must be received through the link provided below


The primary duty of this position is to manage activities of the Community Development Department including the planning, building, code compliance and on-site programs. The position is also responsible for conducting complex technical research and analysis on land use applications and for implementing the County's comprehensive plan and zoning code. The position leads the Department's management team and is responsible for n preparation of Department's budget and response to staffing needs. Supervises team of professionals, with experience in a range of Community Development programs including planning, code compliance, GIS and environmental health.

Essential Duties

  • Manages and administers the operation of the Community Development Department.
  • Leads and participates in major planning projects. Appropriately delegates project responsibilities to other planning staff and oversees project completion.
  • Participates in developing recommendation to the County Court and Planning Commission. Conducts research and develops recommendations for new and revised zoning and land use- ordinances Prepares legal findings to support proposals by the Planning Commission going before the County Court.
  • Supervises Community Development projects to ensure they are proceeding efficiently and on schedule by conferring with project management team members and key staff. Review preliminary and final project results.
  • Works with staff to establish priorities and shifts staff to meet program objectives. Ensure that the work environment supports team members problem solving and staff led initiatives.
  • Works with staff to maintain excellent customer service and an efficient flow of work. Takes appropriate action to eliminate disruptions, conflicts, and delays.
  • Serves as staff to the Planning Commission.
  • Counsels the public on problems, questions, and complaints regarding land use, land development, and zoning. Applies discretion, as needed, to respond to land use inquiries on a case by case basis, while complying with state and local laws.
  • Applies for grants to support Department projects.
  • Works with Community Development staff to identify and resolve policy issues and to
  • implement processes and tools to improve Department efficiency.
  • Responds to questions from the public, Planning Commission members, County Officials, and others, regarding land use issues, applications, and processes.
  • Works with Community Development Staff to review and develop application materials and public outreach information.
  • Serves as liaison with other County Departments, other local governments, and state and federal agencies on County land use and other issues. Works to ensure clear understanding and consistent application of County's zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan.
  • Serves as the advisor to the County Court on land use and other community development matters when requested by the County Counsel or County Court.
  • Stays current on court cases, legislative and administrative decisions that may affect the County.
  • Consults with representatives of the Building program, environmental health, and planning to establish fee schedules. Works with County Counsel to get fee schedules adopted.
  • Responsible for budget preparation for the Department.
  • Works with management team to ensure that staffing needs are met. Develops position descriptions.
  • Conducts employee performance reviews for direct reports.
  • Performs other duties s required to accomplish the objectives of the position


  • Knowledge of Oregon's land use program including statutes and administrative rules.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with applicants, employees, elected officials and the general public.
  • Ability to respond to and effectively prioritize phone calls, walk in traffic, emails, and other requests for information.
  • Ability to use GIS software effectively to access map and land use data. Ability to use electronic data bases including the Oregon E-Permitting System.
  • Knowledge of County's budget process.
  • Ability to coordinate the work of Department professionals and to coach staff as needed to achieve Department's goals.
  • Knowledge of community development and land use principles, methods, practices, procedures of County, regional and statewide planning. Knowledge of environmental, social, economic, and legal issues related to the County's community development projects.
  • General knowledge of State Building Codes and requirements regarding County administration of building codes program.
  • Ability to prepare defensible land use decisions, and to read and interpret laws and regulation.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to lead teams, manage workload and to ensure that priority programs and projects are delivered in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work with a variety of personalities to resolve complex issues.
  • Ability to represent the Department before a variety of audiences.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in planning or related field and a minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in land use planning or other community planning experience.
  • A minimum of three years of supervisory experience
  • Prior to or on date of hire:
  • Able to complete a thorough employment and/or criminal history check.
  • Able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug test (not required for all positions).
  • Final candidates will be required to provide official proof of college degree and certified transcripts (not required for all positions).

Position Details

  • The duties outlined in this job description are not all inclusive and additional duties and tasks will be assigned as required.
  • This position is at-will', and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause.
  • Work location is Community Development Department
  • Fair Labor Standards Classification: Exempt
  • Safety Sensitive Position: No
  • Crook County is an equal opportunity employer

Supervisory Duties

This position is responsible for 10-15 direct reports

Safety Sensitive Requirements

  • This position is not considered to be a safety sensitive position

AAP/EEO Statement

  • This position is at-will', and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause.
  • Crook County is an equal opportunity employer

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.