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Community Development Director

City of Grants Pass, oregon
Grants Pass, OR
United States
Professional Areas: 
Budgeting and Operations
Community Development
Land-Use Management
Parks and Recreation
Planning Law
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$102,218.00 - $129,339.00 Annually

Exciting Employment Opportunity:  Community Development Director

City of Grants Pass, Oregon

We are Community.  We are Grants Pass.


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. 

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.


Interested candidates may apply online at

Questions may be sent to:

[email protected] or give us a  call at 541-450-6050

Filing Deadline: Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Assessment Process:   Friday, April 3, 2020       

The successful candidate must pass a full background investigation and drug screen    

Anticipated Start Date:   June 1, 2020



Published on:
February 7, 2020 - 11:11am
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