Director of Community and Economic Development

Job Information

Job Category

Environmental, Land Use, Parks Planning, Rural Planning, Urban Design

Company Name

City of Yakima

Position Level


Job Description

The City of Yakima is seeking a Director of Community and Economic Development for this vibrant city of 98,000 residents located about 150 miles east of Seattle. Yakima is known for its beautiful weather, central location, relatively low cost of living, and strong sense of community. THE CITY OF YAKIMA Serving as the county seat of Yakima County, Yakima has been the cultural, business, educational, healthcare, and governmental focal point of the Central Washington region since it was founded more than 125 years ago. Operating under the Council-Manager form of government, Yakima is a full-service city with a 2024 General Government budget of approximately $75 million and a total budget of approximately $251 million. Full-time staffing consists of approximately 750 employees. THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Reporting to the City Manager, the Director of Community and Economic Development is responsible for the proper administration and operation of the Community & Economic Development Department. The Department operates with a 2023 budget of $3,338,091 and a team of 30 FTEs. The Department is made up of three operating divisions: Planning (Land Use and Short Range), Economic & Neighborhood Development Services, and Code Administration (Permitting, Code Compliance, and Building Inspection). The City of Yakima is seeking a progressive leader who is approachable, knowledgeable, and collaborative for the position of Director of Community and Economic Development. The ideal candidate will have a common sense, can-do attitude with a passion for community growth and development.   WHY APPLY This is an excellent opportunity in a professional organization with a focus on customer service. Nestled in the beautiful Yakima Valley, the City is the heart of Central Washington and the hub for culture, business, education, services, health, and government. The City has a dedicated team of department directors and employees. The next Director of Community and Economic Development will be in a leadership position to help create a new strategic direction and plan for community and economic development.

Required Skills / Experience / Education

View the full position profile and job description at More Information: GMP Consultants is assisting the City of Yakima with this search. Learn more at The City of Yakima is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First Review is May 5, 2024.

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$127,212 - $162,385 annually DOQ

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

129 North Second Street
Yakima, Washington

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Ray Corpuz


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