Community Development Director

San Juan County, Washington
Published
September 1, 2023
Location
Friday Harbor, WA
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Community Development Director

San Juan County, Washington

Salary: $119,430 - $155,133 (salary survey in progress)

Plus excellent benefits and a $10,000 bonus incentive

San Juan County is located in the northwest corner of Washington State, surrounded by the vast waters of the Salish Sea. The county is home to roughly 18,557 people and the famous San Juan Islands. The county and its waterfront wonders are just a scenic ferry ride away from the mainland. The area enjoys roughly 300 days of sunshine throughout the year and is one of the best places in the world to see orca whales. Seasonal tourism can bring as many as 25,000 daily visitors to the area. Most of the population lives on the four largest islands, Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw. Home to 2,550 residents, the Town of Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, is the county seat and the only incorporated town in the county. Getting to Friday Harbor requires transportation by ferry, airplane/seaplane or private boat, though there are multiple ferry departures per day and several daily commercial flights available to reach the San Juan Islands.

The San Juan County Department of Community Development has 18 FTEs, a 2023 adopted budget of $2,460,179, and its divisions include: Building Permitting & Inspection, Current Planning, Long Range Planning, Code Enforcement, Office of the Fire Marshal, and Departmental Support.

Under the direction of the County Manager, the Community Development Director administers all aspects of the land use and building planning and permitting processes for the county, including Administrator of the Comprehensive Plan and Shoreline Master Program, and SEPA Responsible Official. The director plans, organizes, and directs the long-range planning activities of the county, provides staff support and staff reports to the Planning Commission, County Council, and various standing and ad hoc committees, and performs special projects as assigned. This position provides direction in the day-to-day operation of the department and makes decisions regarding the policies, projects and regulations when presented with information and recommendations from staff. The director is also responsible for administering an annual department budget.

Education and Experience: A bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning is required. A master's degree and AICP certification is highly desirable. Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in land use/building planning and code administration, or demonstrated management experience in the same or a closely related field. Demonstrated competency with relevant computer systems and software, including a management knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Experience with environmental regulations, preferably within the State of Washington, and experience with drafting regulations, including Critical Areas Ordinances. Any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/ and click on "Open Recruitments". For questions, call 206-368-0050. San Juan County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply by August 27, 2023. (First review, open until filled.)

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