Community Development Director

Recruitment #13-1004-01

Opening Date:4/12/2013 3:00:00 PM
Closing Date:9/6/2013 11:59:00 PM
Type of Recruitment: Open Competitive
Salary:$92,260 to $127,762, which includes 5% deferred compensation, and 6% PERS contributions
Employment Type: Full Time Career
Department:Community Development
Bargaining Unit:Unrepresented Executive Management

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The City

Salem is Oregon’s capital city located in the mid-Willamette Valley. Salem covers over 49 square miles, and has a population of 157,429 with a current growth rate of approximately 1.8% per year. The Salem/Keizer metropolitan area has a population of 396,338.

Salem is the employment and retail center for surrounding communities in Marion and Polk Counties. Large employers include state and county government, Salem Hospital, Willamette University, and Salem-Keizer School District. Major industries include value-added agriculture, food processing, high-tech manufacturing, and light manufacturing.

Salem provides a great environment for families, with affordable housing, an excellent transportation system, health care services, and an award-winning K-12 school system. Over 13 public or private universities and colleges are located within a 70-mile radius, providing opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Salem has easy access to the Oregon coast, Oregon Cascades, and the Portland metropolitan area. In addition, Salem provides excellent outdoor, urban, cultural, and recreational activities.

Salem residents have a strong culture of volunteerism, and have a demonstrated commitment to community improvement. In the last seven years, the voters approved bond measures to improve streets, replace bridges and fire equipment, build new fire stations and schools, and expand the community college campus.

For more information about the City of Salem, you can visit

City Government

The Salem charter establishes a council/manager form of government. The charter establishes a ward system for its city council, with a mayor that is elected at-large. The mayor and councilors are unpaid volunteers. The City Manager is the administrative head of the city, and is responsible for managing city operations.

Salem has a dynamic and progressive city government, dedicated to exceptional service and teamwork. Salem has nine department directors, reporting to the City Manager. Departments are the City Manager’s Office; Legal; Administrative Services; Community Development; Human Resources; Information Technology and Facilities; Fire; Police; Public Works; and Urban Development. All department directors, including the Community Development Director, are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the City Manager.

For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the total city budget is $447.4 million; the general fund budget is $110.8 million. The city has 1,147 employees and four collective bargaining groups. The city also has an active Urban Renewal Agency, and a Housing Authority.

Community Development Department

The Community Development department consists of three divisions; Building and Safety, Neighborhood Enhancement, and Planning. The department’s budget for 2013-2014 fiscal year is approximately $7 million.  Staffing levels are equivalent to 50 full time positions. Below is a brief description of services provided by each division. 

The Building and Safety division provides construction plans review, inspection services, and permitting; professional and police-protective licensing; multi-family-housing licensing; and other development or permit application information. Building and Safety is dedicated to ensuring public safety while addressing developer's needs for professional services by offering friendly assistance and efficiency through streamlined processes that promote positive community and business relationships.

The Neighborhood Enhancement division focuses on the city council goals related to quality of life and public safety through code compliance, civic involvement, social justice, and strong neighborhoods. The division's work involves actively seeking citizen participation in government, meeting with neighborhood associations, forging partnerships and collaborating to address the the community's needs. 

The Planning division enhances the quality of life for Salem residents by providing friendly, efficient, timely, and fair development review; ensuring compliance with land use rules; protectecting and preserving historic heritage; and enhancing the quality of life in Salem by preparing plans, maps and ordinances, and providing implementation support.   


Carries out the mission of the department as an executive level manager by assisting the citizens of Salem in  developing a dynamic and liveable community through long range planning, responsible land use codes, consistent application of building codes, and supervision of Neighborhood Services. Oversees and manages all community development services such as long and short term planning, building and safety, neighborhood enhancement, and Arts Commission to provide comprehensive managed growth within the community.


The listed job functions are illustrative of the classification level and not intended to list all duties typically assigned to this classification. Employees may do all or some of the listed duties, or other related duties.  

Operates, manages and administers the Community Development department, consisting of three divisions: Building and Safety, Neighborhood Enhancement, and Planning.  Additionally, provides support to the Salem Arts Commission.  

Manages staff and prepares performance evaluations for division administrators; delegates and accomplishes work through subordinates; provides leadership and coaching. Develops and implements programs and activities to enhance employee training and performance and to assure quality work.

Represents department and makes presentation to city council, city Planning Commission, other city advisory boards, civic organizations, state legislative committees, and other groups on planning, growth management, and other community development issues.

Prepares, reviews, presents, and administers the department's budget within budget instructions. Reviews quarterly budget reports for expenditure rates and takes action as needed; reviews significant shortfall or unexpected savings with division administrators or Budget Office; ensures all purchases comply with city regulations, monitors building permit application tracking; and monitors and recommends fee and staffing adjustments as needed to maintain service levels in accordance with revenue projections.

Provides regular coaching on major projects to ensure policy recommendations are in compliance with city needs and consistent with State planning law, project deadlines are reasonable and attainable, and professional quality work is maintained; may take lead on significant projects. Reviews and establishes completion dates for major projects, tracks projects, and reviews with division administrators, City Manager, and project staff. Provides staff management and guidance, sets direction and monitors progress for major projects; maintains various commission and board work programs.

Communicates via formal written documents and reports for city council or their advisory bodies; prepares and reviews staff reports prior to submittal; provides status updates to City Manager on major issues.

Communicates verbally with staff, inter-divisional and/or departmental personnel, city management, council, decision makers, the media and the public via meetings and/or graphic presentations; seeks input and discusses issues and concerns with individual staff members; responds to questions and inquiries concisely and accurately.

Identifies potential problems and offers effective alternative solutions to resolve issues affecting the city; analyzes issues based on conformance with city goals and objectives, applicable laws and regulations, and long term benefits to the city.

Identifies and implements customer enhancements, participates in public outreach programs and management of institutional change; discusses service provisions with the public and project applicants; follows up on comments and improves services where appropriate; maintains clear and informative policy-oriented reports to city council, Planning Commission, and other decision bodies.

Plans long-range goals, objectives, organizational structure, and overall direction for the department.

Plans, allocates, and monitors time, people, equipment, and other resources for the department to ensure efficient organization and completion of work; selects, supervises, trains, and evaluates staff.

Develops, communicates, and monitors policies, procedures, and standards for the department; implements improvement when necessary.

Attends professional seminars, conferences, and training sessions to promote personal professional growth; identifies and satisfies staff development needs, including the hosting of department staff meetings. 

Attends meetings and various training seminars and conferences as needed.

Performs other duties as required by City Manager and Deputy City Manager.


Desktop computer, calculator.

Miscellaneous office automation equipment, i.e. – fax, phone, copier, etc.



Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, urban development, public administration or a related field required (a master's degree is highly desirable); and,


Ten or more years of experience in community development or planning, including five or more years experience as a department director or division manager in a public planning agency which includes supervision and management of subordinate staff; or,

Any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

License(s) and Certification(s):

American Institute of Certified Planners certification is desirable.


Demonstrates practices, principles, and philosophy of public administration, planning and community development, including developing and presenting both long and short range plans for Community Development divisions and programs.  

Effectively use contemporary office practices, procedures, and various office software products, including GIS and ARC-INFO/Map Object computer graphics, or other modern technologies relevant to planning or community development.  

Able to communicate effectively to a wide variety of individuals, both verbally and in writing, and present information in front of large groups in a clear, concise manner.

Able to plan, develop, and deliver programs essential to the operation of the city, which includes developing, revising, and/or implementing policies, procedures and programs.

Comprehend and apply concepts for enhancement and efficiency of department and general operations.

Develop and maintain interpersonal relations by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals, coworkers, other agencies and the public. May require attending meetings at various locations during business and non-business hours, including evenings, early mornings and weekends.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit an online application, three references and a resume by the closing date of this announcement. The application materials will be reviewed for the job requirements. The best qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.  A thorough background check will be required of those to be given final consideration.


TO APPLY:  Please complete the on-line Application, attach a resume, and three references, and submit electronically by the close date at Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. You will receive an email confirmation of your submitted electronic application. The City cannot be responsible for material that is illegible or missing as a result of transmitting or which may be lost through the mail.

All newly selected finalists for City employment are subject to a criminal background check and may be subject to testing for drugs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, Minorities and Disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request.  TTD/TTY 503-588-6009

This announcement is not an implied contract and may be modified or revoked without notice.

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