Community Development Director

Jefferson County, Oregon

Madras, OR

Experience Level: Senior

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: $97,693 - $124,867

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Jefferson County, Oregon

Salary:  $97,693 - $124,867

Nestled in the heart of River Canyon Country in central Oregon, Jefferson County's exceptional climate enables residents and visitors to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, from water sports to golf and wine touring year-round. Jefferson County, (pop. 24,105), is located in a high desert climate east of Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood and enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year. The county’s largest city is Madras, (pop. 6,839), which is the county seat and is the gateway to central Oregon’s vast selection of outdoor recreational opportunities. Madras is just 30 miles from Redmond, which has a regional airport that offers daily flights to Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle.

Jefferson County's Community Development Department operates with 10 FTEs on a $2.67 million budget. Under the direction of the Board of Commissioners and the County Administrative Officer, the Community Development Director is responsible for the overall operation of community development services for the county, including building code permits, on-site septic, plumbing, electrical and inspections, nuisance abatement and code enforcement. The Director assures the efficient and economical use of departmental resources, including funding, personnel, and facilities, and implements and maintains sound practices to ensure communication with, participation of, and optimum service to the community.

Candidates must have four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience at a level equivalent to a Department Director or Supervisor/Lead. A master's degree or Juris Doctorate may substitute for up to four years of experience. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in planning, geography, engineering, law, public or business administration, or a related field may substitute for two years of experience. Lead work or supervisory experience is desirable, but not required. Knowledge of Oregon building codes, Oregon land use statutes, administrative rules, and case law is preferred. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may substitute for the above. It will be required that the selected candidate reside within Jefferson County within 12 months of hire.  

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: September 19, 2021 (open until filled).

Posted August 19, 2021, 3:41 PM PDT

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