Community Development Director

Job Information

Job Category

Environmental, Land Use, Rural Planning, Transportation

Company Name

County of Colusa

Position Level


Job Description

Are you ready to lead, innovate, and make a tangible impact in a dynamic, supportive work environment? Colusa County invites you to apply for the role of Community Development Director—a pivotal position where your vision and expertise will shape the future of our community. About the Role: As the Community Development Director, you will:
  • Lead the County's one-stop development services department, which encompasses building, planning, environmental health, code compliance, community & economic development, natural resources, and airport land use responsibilities.
  • Utilize a hands-on approach to tackle complex challenges and deliver smart, common-sense solutions.
  • Oversee an annual budget of $2.9 million and manage a team of 10 energetic, team-focused staff members.
About Colusa County: Nestled in the heart of the Sacramento Valley, Colusa County is approximately 60 miles north of Sacramento and 100 miles northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our vibrant community is rich in history and tradition, offering an excellent environment for living, working, and playing.
  • Community and Lifestyle: With a population of around 22,000 residents, Colusa County is a small but mighty community known for its agricultural prowess, generating over $900 million annually in economic activity. We proudly export farm commodities throughout the United States and the world.
  • Recreation: Enjoy a wealth of recreational activities, including hiking, bird watching, camping, and water sports. The Sacramento River and local lakes provide world-class fishing opportunities, making Colusa County an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
Why Choose Colusa County? Living and working in Colusa County means being part of a close-knit community with a strong sense of tradition and pride. Here, you’ll find a supportive work environment that encourages innovation and leadership. Whether you’re looking to advance your career, contribute to meaningful projects, or enjoy a high quality of life, Colusa County has it all. Join Us: If you’re a visionary leader with a passion for community development and a desire to make a difference, we want to hear from you. Step into this exciting opportunity to lead, innovate, and help shape the future of Colusa County. Apply Today! Make your mark in Colusa County—where your career and lifestyle aspirations can thrive. To learn more about this exciting opportunity and submit an online application, visit our Careers Page: Selection Procedure – The following is a tentative schedule of events that will occur as part of the selection process:
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Screening for minimum qualifications/first review: July 22, 2024
  • First interviews tentatively scheduled for August 5, 2024 or August 8, 2024
  • Panel interviews scheduled for August 21, 2024
  • Executive-Level interviews scheduled for August 22, 2024
  • The tentative start date is November 1, 2024, to provide a three (3) month overlap for cross-training. The current Community Director's anticipated retirement date is January 31, 2025.
If you have any questions, you may contact the Human Resources Department by phone at (530) 458-0420.  

Required Skills / Experience / Education

Experience: Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in governmental or similar land use planning work, including two (2) years of administrative/supervisory experience. Certified membership as an AICP member is desirable. Training: Bachelor's degree with major course work in Urban, Rural or Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Economics, Public Administration or a related field. Master's degree is preferred.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$133,668 - $219,120 Annually

Other Benefits

A beautiful, safe community in which to work and serve A caring, empathetic, & fun work family that you will be welcomed into A job with WORK-LIFE BALANCE A LIFETIME PAYCHECK (3% @ 60 for Classic Members and 2% @ 62 for New Members) Amazing health care BENEFITS at NO COST to you - Unless you choose a premium health care plan. Authentically kind and engaged leadership who truly enjoy developing staff 457 Deferred Compensation Management Leave: 10 days PAID vacation, PAID holidays (13), and PAID sick leave Vacation Parity! - Previous service with a public agency counts towards vacation accrual at Colusa County (Includes cities, counties, districts, military and similar entities.) To learn more about vacation parity please see our benefit summary.) To learn more about our excellent benefit package, please review the benefit section of the job bulletin.

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

1213 Market Street
Colusa, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Jorden Burrell


[email protected]

Phone Number

(530) 458-0738