Community and Economic Development Director

Date Posted: 02/07/2017
Location: Sweet Home
Employer: City of Sweet Home
Start Date:
Compensation Range: Pay Range: $5703.00 – $6671.00/month DOE/DOQ
Employer Address:
1140 12th Avenue
Sweet Home, OR 97386
Work Description

City of Sweet Home
Community and Economic Development Director
Job Description
FLSA Exempt

Pay Range: $5703.00 – $6671.00/month DOE/DOQ

The Community and Economic Development Director will be expected to plan, direct and administer all activities consistent with a Community and Economic Development department such as, land use and transportation planning, housing element and economic development programs with accountability for results in terms of urban form and community livability, costs, personnel and methods.

This position performs professional planning and design work, communicates with public in matters related to departmental activities and responsibilities, and supervises department personnel in the performance of their duties. This position is primarily responsible for all planning activities for the City of Sweet Home and related administration of City code. This position is overtime-exempt.

Sweet Home strives for a highly integrated senior staff where mutual support, advice, and collaboration cross all departments. As such, the primary responsibility of a Director-level position at the City of Sweet Home is to serve as a member of the Executive Team and work closely with the City Manager to provide businesses, community organizations, and citizens with information, guidance, and support to achieve their goals.

The duties listed here are intended for illustration. The omission of any assignment does not exclude it from the position.

1. Oversees the City’s long range and current planning. Administers the Comprehensive Plan and development codes; initiates long range planning and economic development program proposals. Track statistics and metrics needed to evaluate the progress of the program.
2. Evaluates, develops and implements programs, policies and procedures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the department. Establishes departmental goals and objectives consistent with Council’s goals and objectives.
3. Plans and develops departmental programs and services based on analysis of legal, social, economic, environmental and political factors, workload, and staffing levels to provide appropriate and effective planning and economic development to the community.
4. Work closely with the City Manager and Public Works Director to develop and implement strategies and policies related to economic development efforts.
5. Enforce the City’s development regulations, zoning codes, site-plan reviews, and related local, state, and Federal laws related to land use following Federal, State and City of Sweet Home laws and regulations.
6. Processes land use applications including preparation of staff reports with recommendations/findings and conditions of approval, in compliance with City and State of Oregon land use planning requirements. Answer questions with comprehensive knowledge of applicable statutes, procedures and permits.
7. Represent the City of Sweet Home in various arenas requiring expertise in land-use, development codes, economic development, procedures, and planning.
8. Attend and assist the City Council and Planning Commission with recommendations and information related to land-use, development codes, procedures, planning and economic development.
9. Gather and analyze a variety of data including, but not limited to, land-use, development codes, procedures, planning, and mapping.
10. Work in concert with the Public Works Director to oversee management of the City’s Geographic Information System interface.
11. Maintain accurate records and checklists for land-use, development codes, procedures, and planning. Reviews design of subdivisions, multi-family residential, commercial, and industrial development proposals and critique against municipal and state codes and professional design concepts
12. Ability to effectively speak for and advocate for the City’s interests and positions in regional settings and to integrate those interests and positions into regional programs, positions, and proposals.
13. Aids in the negotiation of right-of-ways and easements for City dedication or securing deeds and easements working closely with the Public Works Director.
14. Works with staff and property owners interested in annexation or LID’s to explain process and establish notice of intents, petitions, and cost estimates.
15. Review and recommend for adoption, simplification, or amendment, all City ordinances related to land-use, development codes, procedures, and planning.
16. Identifies potential grants to further city’s goals and strategies related to land use issues. Prepares and administers grant applications and requests for proposals.
17. Complete oversight of the Building Inspection Program and employees related thereto.
18. Provide advice, opinion, and act as a senior counselor to the City Manager.
19. May be responsible, through subordinate staff, for the planning and implementation of community Park & Recreation program(s) and events where appropriate and relevant.
20. Continues professional education and growth through membership in appropriate professional organizations and attendance at appropriate conferences and training opportunities as time and budget allow.

Other duties as assigned

1. The ability to creatively resolve complex issues successfully, effectively communicate, and engender positive interaction with Council, staff, and public is critical to this position
2. Ability to exercise independent judgment within established procedures
3. Ability to apply policies and procedures
4. Effectively communicate clearly, tactfully, and courteously
5. Must have strong organizational skills and strict attention to detail and process
6. Knowledge of office procedures, including effective filing and accurate record keeping techniques
7. Ability to use database, calendar, word-processing, and other organizational office computer software effectively
8. Ability to evaluate and understand people
9. Ability to evaluate, analyze and review plans, applications, public statutes, contracts, and maps
10. Ability to rapidly gather diverse information, formulate conclusions, and clearly communicate them

1. Ability to sit at a workstation for extended periods
2. Occasional ability to lift, carry, and put away parcels weighing up to 30 pounds each
3. Ability to monitor several audible communications devices, such as telephone, fax, and radio, etc. throughout day
4. Physical stamina to sustain long work days, including early morning and evening meetings, as necessary
5. Physical ability to have access to any and all City facilities sufficient to monitor programs and operations
6. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with diverse audiences, including the public, the Council, and City personnel at all levels
7. Ability to resolve conflicts and maintain harmonious working relationships throughout the organization and with other agencies and departments
8. Ability to read and write a variety of documents, including correspondence, proposals, and other persuasive and informative materials
9. Ability to gather and sort relevant information from various sources and records successfully
10. This position may be required to obtain special certifications
11. This position may work difficult and extended hours


1. Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration or any other related degree from an accredited university. Master’s Degree preferred.
2. State of Oregon Driver’s License or ability to obtain within six (6) months.
3. Previous experience working with the State of Oregon planning program preferred.
4. Extensive experience in local government preferred.
5. Ability to pass background check; pre-employment drug screenings

How to Apply

This position closes Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:00pm. To be considered, please submit a completed City of Sweet Home employment application, resume with salary history, cover letter describing your interest in the position and how your specific experience and skills make you the ideal candidate, at least three (3) professional references and applicable veteran’s preference forms to: Community and Economic Development Director Recruitment c/o Human Resources, 1140 12th Avenue, Sweet Home, OR 97386 or by email to

City of Sweet Home Employment Application may be found at

The City of Sweet Home is an Equal Opportunity Employer