Community Development Director

Job Description


 Located in Josephine County, Oregon, Grants Pass is the County seat and largest city with an estimated population of just over 37,000. Grants Pass has a colorful past forged by the Native Americans, trappers, loggers, gold panners, celebrities and writers who were attracted to the area for its resources and scenery. Today, Grants Pass is a beautiful community with a "hometown" feeling, encompassing 7,475 acres of land. The City serves as the major commercial, cultural, and economic center for a County population of 86,000.  To learn more about our beautiful area visit and


 The City of Grants Pass is a High Performance Organization that has a well-defined Mission, Vision and Values which provides the framework for our organizational culture.  We believe that the best solutions come from empowered teams with the knowledge and shared vision of the community's goals.  We promote a legacy of excellence through a culture of trust, collaboration, and encouragement of personal growth and the celebration of our achievements.  We seek to attract adaptable, creative and motivated individuals who share our community pride and dedication to exceptional public service.



The ideal candidate is a collaborative team player with strong leadership and communication skills, with experience working in an engaged community. 

The Director of Community Development works closely with all other City departments.  A close working relationship between departments is beneficial in serving the City’s internal and external customers as efficiently as possible.  As a result, it is essential that the Director of Community Development have a working knowledge of urban planning, economic development, parks and a wide array of municipal functions.  The ideal candidate will have exceptional management, interpersonal, and communication skills, with a hands-on and proactive approach to addressing a broad range of urban planning and development related challenges.  The successful candidate will be a strategic and innovative thinker with a keen understanding of Oregon planning laws, who is comfortable operating in a dynamic planning environment.  This requires a visionary and proactive leader in the field of planning, with the ability to facilitate discussion and collaboration between elected officials, and who feels comfortable and at-ease serving an active and involved citizenry.  Acting as a facilitator and with a collaborative leadership style, the Director of Community Development will welcome input and debate.  Additionally, the Director will promote community meetings and other forms of civic engagement in the review and evaluation of planning and community development proposals and will endeavor to operate in an open-government manner.  The Director will also be a positive influence on day-to-day operations, have a “can-do” attitude, and will be comfortable with a hands-on approach to all aspects of departmental procedures.  The ideal candidate will have a natural interest in mentoring and guiding staff in delivering high quality customer service, having patience to not only explain strategy and procedures but also explaining how to effectively and efficiently achieve City-established goals with a pro-active approach versus a reactive response. 


Job Information

Position Title: Community Development Director

Position Level: Executive

Position Reports To: City Manager

Required Skills/Experience/Education:

This position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in  urban planning or a related field and five years of directly related departmental or administrative management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.  A master’s degree is preferred. The Director must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license for the State of Oregon.

US Citizenship: yes

Security Clearance: no

Salary Range: $102,218 to $129,339

Other Benefits: COMPENSATION: The City offers an annual salary range of $102,218 - $129,339 DOE BENEFITS: ¨ Oregon PERS with the City paying the employees 6% IAP contribution ¨ Medical, dental & vision insurance with the City paying 92.5% of the premium ¨ Life insurance one-time the annual salary and Long Term Disability LEAVE TIME: ¨ Holidays: 10 paid & 1 floating personal day annually ¨ Administrative leave: 2 paid days per quarter for use ¨ Vacation: 120 hours accrued annually 0-35 months increasing to 160 hours at 36 months ¨ Sick Leave: 96 hours annually with no maximum accrual

Start Date: June 1, 2020

Position Type: Permanent

Travel: 10%

Language: Spanish

Contact Information

Name: City of Grants Pass

Address: 101 NW A Grants Pass OR 97526

Industry: Municipal Government

Phone: 541-450-6055



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