The City of Beaverton is seeking a Community Development Director to provide leadership, oversight, and direction to the Community Development Department. Serving as an integral member of the City’s Executive Leadership Team, the Community Development Director acts as an advisor to the City Manager, City Council, and staff on a wide range of development issues, including but not limited to urban development, planning, annexation functions, building and site development plan review and inspection, economic development, transportation planning, and urban renewal. The Director reports to an Assistant City Manager and exercises wide latitude in determining objectives and approaches to the Department’s strategic objectives. The Director provides strategic leadership in all community development-related issues. This position develops, reviews, and approves the departmental strategic plan and associated work plans. The Community Development Director also directs and manages departmental operations and services and develops department policies and procedures. The Director establishes performance standards, evaluates performance and program effectiveness, and recommends improvements. This position directs highly visible projects that support the implementation of City Council and community priorities. The Community Development Director may also serve as Executive Director of the Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA) and manages the implementation of the redevelopment plan. The Community Development Director is a strategic, forward-thinking leader excited by the opportunity to influence the continued growth of the Beaverton community. A visionary leader, the successful candidate brings a fresh, yet experienced, voice and perspective to community development with the ability to think ahead, anticipate issues, and proactively develop solutions. The Director, who embodies the values of a change agent, has a strong background in strategic planning and execution and embraces aligning community development initiatives with larger organizational goals. The Community Development Director will maintain an understanding of the issues affecting the Beaverton community and leverages that knowledge to drive decisions. The Community Development Director is a collaborative leader and recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels. With strong emotional intelligence, the successful candidate navigates political relationships with ease, values the diversity of thought, and believes in fostering mutual respect at all levels. The Director understands the big picture and can clearly articulate the vision while remaining grounded and realistic in what is possible. A person of exceptional character, the Community Development Director offers confidence grounded in experience in order to make balanced decisions for the best outcomes. Seven or more years of progressively responsible experience in community development and planning with at least three years in a leadership role is required. Experience working directly with an elected body, ideally in a council-manager form of government, is desired. Prior experience in change management with the ability to leverage best practices in a growing community is ideal. Prior experience developing and managing a budget is required, as is prior experience with strategic planning. A combination of both public and private sector experience is beneficial. A commitment to supporting the diversity of the Beaverton community is essential to success. A bachelor’s degree in planning, real estate, business or public administration, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience enabling the successful candidate to perform the essential functions of the position is required. A master’s degree is preferred. It is widely stated—and supported by studies—that candidates, especially women, are less likely to apply for a job unless they believe they meet 100% of the hiring criteria. The City’s talent acquisition goals include hiring the candidate who is best able to meet the performance objectives of the role. We, therefore, encourage persons with non-traditional skill sets and experiences to apply, even if you believe you do not meet 100% of the qualifications and hiring criteria described. The full salary range is $135,457 – $181,527 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Beaverton provides a generous benefits package. Learn more about our options and employee-based benefits here. Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with first review of applications on June 5, 2023.
Community Development Director