Community Development Director

Job Information

Company Name

City of Chelan

Position Level


Job Description

The City of Chelan is looking for an energetic and talented individual for its next Community Development Director. Located three hours east of Seattle, Chelan is a resort community of 4,470 situated at the southern end of 50-mile-long Lake Chelan—arguably the most popular freshwater lake in Washington. Chelan is known for its small-town charm, tight-knit community, stunning lakeside setting, thriving wine industry, and for four-season outdoor recreation amid the natural beauty of Chelan County.    THE CITY OF CHELAN  The City of Chelan operates under the Mayor-Council form of government, serving a population of 4,470 across 7 square miles with a 2024 budget of $25.1 million and a team of 67 FTEs. The City is in excellent financial position based on a strong and growing economy stimulated by tourism, agriculture, development and very positive retail/commercial activity.    THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR  Reporting to the City Administrator, the Community Development Director is fully responsible for leading and managing the Planning and Building Department. This includes overseeing a range of services and activities such as short-term and long-term planning, building inspections, adherence to codes, examining plans, processing permits, and engaging with the community. The Department operates with a 2024 budget of $1.2 million and a team of 8 FTEs including the Director, Building Official, Assistant / Associate Planner, Community Development Officer, Building Inspector/Plan Reviewer, Permit Coordinator, and Permit Technician.    WHY APPLY  The Director serves as a key member of the City’s senior leadership team and advisor to the Mayor and City Administrator on all matters related to short and long-range planning, development, and code compliance. This is a phenomenal career opportunity for an individual ready to serve in this key leadership role.    View the full position profile and job description at   More Information: GMP Consultants is assisting the City of Chelan with this search. Learn more at The City of Chelan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First Review is May 5, 2024. 

Required Skills / Experience / Education

A master's degree in urban and regional planning or a related field and a minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience providing professional planning services in a city or county, or as a contract planning consultant to a city or county government; OR a bachelor's degree in planning or a related field and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional planning experience; OR any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the job. Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$117,168 - $142,428 annually DOQ

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required



Community Development

Job Location

Location Address

Chelan City Hall PO Box 1669
135 E Johnson
Chelan, Washington

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Debbie Tarry


[email protected]

Phone Number

(425) 308-2957