Assistant Director of Transportation and Development (Development Focus)

Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development
Oregon City, OR
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Economic Development
Land-Use Management
Regional Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
Hourly: $52.40 - $70.75 | Annually: $109,009 - $147,163

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on May 22, 2018.



Wage and Benefit Information:

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package including competitive wages, annual cost-of-living adjustments, annual merit increases (for eligible positions), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status positions.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering a variety of gym memberships discounts, onsite fitness classes, onsite Farmers Market with fresh produce available for purchase, annual wellness fairs and alternative care benefits so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for full-time employees in non-represented GROUP 1 positions are detailed below. 

Generous paid time off package, including:

  • 16 hours per month of vacation accrual 
  • 9 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year
  • 8 hours per month sick leave accrual (no limit maximum)

Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution PLUS an additional 6.27% employer paid Deferred Comp contribution

  • A Choice of Medical Plans with Vision and Prescription Drug Coverage
  • A Choice of Dental Plans
  • Chiropractic Coverage and Alternative Care Benefit
  • Robust wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
  • A variety of optional benefits (see Benefits section below)
  • Longevity pay

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Work Schedule:

This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday, typically from 7:30-4:30. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.

Wage Information:                  

Hourly:     $52.40 - $70.75   |   Annually:  $109,009 - $147,163



The Department of Transportation and Development (DTD) has an exciting opportunity for a collaborative, strategic, and customer service focused Assistant Director to join their team. In this unique role you will  oversee planning and zoning, building codes, engineering development review, code enforcement, county survey, public land corners, and septic and sustainability/solid waste programs which includes over 100 employees. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong leadership and management background where you will be able to lead change, collaborate with division managers, work cross departmentally, and support and encourage a diverse work environment. Successful candidates will bring a minimum of 10 years of experience in land use, development, and permitting. Experience in this industry is typically gained by working in construction, building codes, community development, engineering, economic development and re-development, urban renewal, or capital project management.  

In this leadership you will be responsible for ensuring your programs and services achieve their targeted outcomes, provide leadership to division management within their functional service areas to support strategic planning, program development, establishment of annual goals and objectives, budget management, personnel management and customer service commitments.

Key Competencies for this position include:

  • Problem solving/strategic thinking
  • Organizational savviness
  • Department management
  • Innovativeness
  • Change agent
  • Participative leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Relationship building and effectiveness
  • Integrity
  • Cross cultural leadership

Our employees are what allow us to provide top notch services to the public day in and day out.

We value Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Individual Accountability, and Trust. These values build the foundation of the S.P.I.R.I.T. here at Clackamas County. Our mission, passion, and commitment to the community is our daily goal. Our pledge to customer service through our Customer Bill of Rights shines through in everything we do.


Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  1. A minimum of 10 years of experience working in a land use, development review, permitting, construction, economic development environment, or related field.
  2. A minimum of 2 years of progressive experience in a supervisory, management, or leadership role that included assigning work, training staff, preparing and reviewing performance appraisals, correcting performance deficiencies and recommending corrective actions.  
  3. Experience developing, monitoring, and coordinating a budget 
  4. Experience managing complex projects within established budgets and timelines
  5. Experience resolving complex and technical issues
  6. Experience demonstrating strong verbal and written communication skills in a leadership role, including the ability to effectively convey information through presentations to individuals, small groups and large audiences, including elected officials
  7. Excellent interpersonal skills that translate into:
    • ability to exercise tact and independent judgment;
    • experience using a collaborative, team-oriented approach to work;
    • effective active listening skills;
    • effective problem solving skills;
    • ability to maintain composure in difficult, stressful, and quickly emerging situations;
    • ability to handle a wide range of situations and circumstances effectively, positively, and professionally;
    • ability to lead and motivate staff as well as build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external customers; and
    • the ability to positively and professionally coordinate work across different departments
  8. Strong leadership and organizational management skills that demonstrate the ability to assess problems, bridge gaps, develop solutions, and drive engagement in order to build and grow successful teams
  9. Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Learn more about the County's driving policy.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  1. Experience negotiating the purchase of or sale of real estate
  2. Economic analysis experience and experience drafting development agreements
  3. Possession of a four-year degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public administration, business, civil engineering, development, water science, or related field
  4. Experience working in a unionized environment
  5. Knowledge of labor relations procedures and collective bargaining practices
  6. Experience overseeing a complex or multi-divisional department
  7. Knowledge of the principles of community organization and citizen involvement
  8. Experience making presentations and speaking with a variety of stakeholders (ex. County Administration, Commissioners, Legislatures, Public Government Affairs(PGA), members of the community, etc)

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference:  If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


  • Serves as an authority and resource in land use, permitting, and development; actively participates with state and area associations, organizations and business and community leaders concerning development specialties and needs.
  • Develops and recommends new and revised policies, programs, goals and objectives; establishes priorities and directs, with division managers, the preparation of the Department's strategic plans, annual work programs and outcome reporting; monitors division operations for customer service improvement success in achieving target performance metrics and compliance with Federal, State and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; develops effective management programs and systems for special services and assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Assists the Director in the administration of department programs and operations including coordination of staff, consultants and contractors; facilitates and coordinates revenue and resource sharing among the various divisions; develops systems and controls to improve quality of business processes and performance; promotes excellence in customer service , executes customer service enhancement programs and assists in the development of improved internal communications standards with department management, the County Administrator and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC)
  • In cooperation with the Director, hires and directs division management and other staff to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts, coordinates and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes professionalism and cooperative team efforts among staff, department personnel and with other County departments.
  • Assists the department director and management leadership team with division and department budget development and administration; reviews and analyzes financial, operating and investment policies; researches and recommends funding sources and cost control measures; accountable for the propriety of expenditures and establishes financial initiatives and standards.
  • Represents the department, division and programs to public and private agencies and groups; makes technical presentations before commissions, boards and the public; responds to citizen inquiries and complaints in a timely and effective manner; researches, mediates and resolves technical, sensitive and/or controversial issues and concerns for internal and external customers; coordinates department work efforts and objectives with other county departments or divisions and the community; represents the department to elected officials, outside agencies, the community and media.
  • Provides consultation and direction to divisions on personnel issues such as discipline, grievances, staffing, recruitments, employee development, employee relations, promotions and layoffs; may participate in the collective bargaining process as a member of the negotiating team.
  • Works closely and in concert with County Administration and Public and Government Affairs regarding state, regional and local issues related to DTD; monitors and evaluates legislation, regulations and other issues and their potential impact on DTD and regularly updates department director; establishes rapport, builds coalitions and coordinates with similar departments or agencies in order to support, oppose or amend pending litigation and/or legislative proposals; provides and coordinates information and testimony before legislative committees, regulatory agencies and other appropriate bodies.
  • Manages the development, negotiation, approval, implementation and monitoring of development agreements, complex real estate and financial negotiations, often with multiple parties and partnerships; oversees property acquisition, disposal and maintenance agreements.



Thorough knowledge of:
Principles and practices of public administration, including personnel management, program planning and budget, grant and contract administration; State and local regulations, rules, codes and ordinances and environmental, social, economic and legal issues related to County transportation planning, land use,  economic development, road engineering, road maintenance, environmental protection and building restrictions; Federal, State and local government operating methods, procedures, funding sources and financing methods; principles, methods and procedures of city, county, regional and statewide planning; rules, functions and authority of State and local planning and economic development commissions and agencies; participative management theories; labor relations procedures; techniques of mediation, negotiation public relations; principles of community organization and citizen involvement.

Skill to:
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; facilitate consensus building and problem solving; formulate and implement operational and administrative policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; review contracts for compliance with County policies and legal requirements; analyze and evaluate comprehensive research studies utilizing various sources of information; prepare clear and concise reports; interpret and apply appropriate laws, regulations and codes; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other County personnel, special interest groups, elected officials and other public and private agencies.



Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.

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The mission of the Department of Transportation and Development (DTD) is to assist citizens and businesses in creating vibrant, sustainable communities through innovative and responsive public service.

The Department of Transportation and Development (DTD) is comprised of nearly 300 employees that provide a variety of services to County residents and businesses through its various programs that include Building Codes, Planning and Zoning, Transportation Engineering, Office of the Surveyor, Transportation Maintenance, Code Enforcement, Solid Waste and Resource Management, Business and Administrative Services, Dog Services, Street Lighting District and the Development Agency (Urban Renewal).

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    Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


    Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

    If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date.  You may request an accommodation during the online application process

    Published on:
    May 15, 2018 - 4:22pm
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