Located in eastern Washington, Spokane is the second-largest city in Washington. It is the economic and cultural center of the Spokane metropolitan area and the hub of the Inland Northwest. The city’s population is approximately 220,000 and the regional population is nearing 600,000. In recent years, Spokane and the surrounding area have experienced significant growth—a trend that is forecasted to continue.
The Community and Economic Development Division Director is a key position in addressing the Mayor’s priorities/focus areas of Economic Development, Housing, Homelessness, and Public Safety. The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking professional who understands the value of planning for the future and can see the big picture. The preferred candidate is a relationship builder who is politically astute, and who has experience bringing diverse groups together, both internally and externally.
Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, is qualifying. Generally, this includes a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work related to public administration, community and economic development, planning, civil engineering, or a related field. This position requires at least eight years of increasingly responsible leadership experience in planning, housing, public administration, land use and development review, economic development, community development, or a directly related field. Three years of managerial experience in leading staff and programs of a complex department or division primarily engaged in planning, community development, economic development, and development services is required. Experience with civil service systems and collective bargaining is a plus. Candidates with a government background or a private-sector economic development background with experience working with local governments are highly desired.
The salary range for this position is $106,847 - 151,818.
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