Community Development Director
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Situated at the mouth of the Columbia River in northwestern Oregon along the Oregon Coast Highway, the City of Astoria offers unique natural beauty and a rich history in a charming town near the coast. Because of its steep hills and beautiful Victorian homes, Astoria has also been called the “Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest.” The city takes great pride in the 200-year history of their downtown district buildings. Roughly 40 square blocks highlight the well-restored architecture of the Victorian and Craftsman style buildings and homes
Operating on a budget of approximately $900,000, the City of Astoria's Community Development Department is responsible for economic development, land use planning, zoning administration, building inspection, and historic preservation. Community Development administers both the City Comprehensive Plan and the Development Code, and provides staff support to three land use commissions—the Planning Commission, Design Review Committee and Historic Landmarks Commission, as well as the Astoria Development Commission, which administers two urban renewal districts.
Under the direction of the City Manager, the Community Development Director plans, directs and administers all activities related to land use planning, zoning administration, economic development, urban redevelopment, code enforcement, historic preservation and other related operations. The Director also develops, implements, and administers programs and policies to ensure effective development of public and private properties, and fosters positive relationships with the community. The Director oversees four employees, including the city planner, building inspector/code enforcement officer, administrative assistant and building permit technician, and is responsible for interviewing, hiring, training, directing and evaluating Community Development staff.
A bachelor’s degree in planning, resource management, public administration or a related field, and five to seven years of municipal work experience at the supervisory or department head level is required. Candidates must have experience in both current and long-range planning, real estate development, economic development, urban renewal programs, historic preservation, and tax increment financing. A master’s degree in a related field is preferred.
The City of Astoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review: March 31, 2019 (open until filled). To apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/ and click on "Submit Your Application" and follow the directions provided. Application materials will only be accepted electronically via the website. For questions, please call 206-368-0050.