Community Development Director

Job Information

Job Category

Environmental, Land Use, Rural Planning, Urban Design

Company Name

City of Moses Lake

Position Level


Job Description

The City of Moses Lake is accepting applications for a Community Development Director position in the Community Development department.  The Community Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the functions of the department, which includes Planning, Building, Development Review, Code Enforcement, and the Housing and Homeless programs. This position requires a high degree of subject matter expertise, independent judgment, initiative, and discretion. The Director is a key strategic partner of the City’s Manager’s leadership team and advises the City Manager and City Council by making recommendations on various land use and development issues. Essential functions of this position include but are not limited to: Oversees the safe and efficient operation of the Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Divisions, the Housing and Homeless programs, and the Development Review Program. Directs planning, research, analysis and implementation of strategies, policies, projects and activities to enhance and implement City plans. Under the direction of the City Manager, works closely with the Mayor, City Council, Directors, the Planning Commission and other designated advisory boards, the Hearings Examiner, and State and Federal agencies to carry out the community’s vision for long-term development. Oversees development, implementation and maintenance of the City’s long-range comprehensive land use plans and development regulations. Initiates and monitors amendments to reflect changing needs, demographic trends and economic influences. Act as SEPA Responsible Official for the City of Moses Lake. Monitors State and Federal legislative activity, and Growth Management Hearing Board cases as they relate to land use, community development, environmental issues and related subjects.  Advises the City Manager on opportunities and areas of concern. Ensures appropriate staff support to the City’s Planning Commission, Hearings Examiner, task forces and other advisory boards as may develop.  Assists developers, realtors and the public on development matters. Ensures compliance with municipal, State and Federal laws, ordinances, codes and engineering standards and specifications.  Ensures building and City codes and regulations are appropriately interpreted, applied and enforced.  Takes corrective action as necessary. Oversees the development review, permitting and construction inspection processes to ensure effective and timely delivery of services. Facilitates and directs the interpretation of City Development Codes to streamline and help the development process including management of pre-application meetings and responding to development inquiries. Works cooperatively and creatively with community groups and agencies to promote a positive vision, assess needs and recommend strategies.  Serves on related boards and committees. Develops and administers the department budget.  Approves, monitors and maintains expenditures within budget guidelines. Uses resources effectively. Ensures optimum employee levels. Controls and minimizes labor overtime and expenses. Develops and implements financing strategies, including grant writing and administration. This is a full-time position. Please click on the link provided below to view the complete job description that includes the full duties and requirements for this position.  If you are interested in applying for this position, you can do so at the same link by completing the online application and uploading your resume and cover letter. If you need assistance and/or have questions regarding the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 509-764-3704 or [email protected]. This position is open until filled, with first review of applications on May 17, 2024.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$120,922.88 - 154,791.51 annually

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required



Community Development

Job Location

Location Address

321 S. Balsam St.
Moses Lake, Washington

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Kerri Fenner


[email protected]

Phone Number

(509) 764-3714