The City of Bothell is seeking an experienced and highly regarded Community Development Director to provide strategic and visionary leadership to the Community Development Department. The Community Development Director establishes the strategic direction of the Community Development Department. The Director plans, organizes, implements, and oversees department operations and programs to ensure the level of services keeps pace with internal and external needs. The Director promotes and develops positive working relationships internally and externally and develops proactive response plans to provide the highest level of customer service.
The Community Development Director applies and administers development regulations, guaranteeing safe infrastructure and building construction, and provides accurate technical information on community-enhancing projects and programs to the greater community. This position assists with implementing Bothell’s Visions for Downtown and Canyon Park through establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with outside agencies, businesses, and municipal developers and provides overall project coordination. Director is responsible for the departmental budget and regularly meets with staff to identify and prioritize funding requests. The Director also prepares and reviews reports and recommends plan and code amendments, annexations, landmark preservation projects, and other planning, zoning, and building issues.
The Community Development Director reports to the City Manager and has four direct reports, including the Deputy Community Development Director, Building Official, Administrative Services Manager, and Community Engagement Specialist. The Director fosters a culture of integrated and inclusive problem solving while creating a sense of belonging and connection within the team. In addition, the ideal candidate promotes a positive and collaborative working environment where employees thrive, are treated with respect and are recognized for their accomplishments.
The Community Development Director is a strategic, forward-thinking leader excited by the opportunity to influence the planning, design, and growth of the Bothell community. The Director understands the big picture and clearly articulates the vision while remaining grounded and realistic in what is possible. The ideal candidate maintains an understanding of the issues affecting the Bothell community and leverages that knowledge to drive decisions.
With a true passion for community development and planning, the Director brings a fresh yet experienced voice to Bothell with a balanced approach to growth and development. The ideal candidate is familiar with the work and input of organizations like Strong Towns and Congress for the New Urbanism and effectively collaborates to ensure Bothell realizes its highest, fullest potential as a community. The Community Development Director leads with a City first mentality and provides strategic advice as the City defines and prioritizes projects and initiatives. The Director effectively builds and maintains relationships with leaders in other departments and supports collaborative partnerships between Community Development employees and staff in other departments.
The City of Bothell, Washington, is a thriving riverfront community going through exciting changes. The City is a community with heart, quiet charm, and urban amenities. Bothell offers a sense of community and place with quiet family neighborhoods, bustling urban centers, coffee houses and award-winning restaurants, beautiful parks, the famous paved Burke-Gilman/Sammamish River Trail, and so much more. Steeped in history but embracing the future, residents love living, working, and playing in Bothell. Located on the shores of the Sammamish River, the downtown area is the hub of the City with popular parks, open green spaces, and multiple play areas for children. Visitors and residents enjoy pedestrian-friendly shopping on the beautiful new Main Street and the newly designed Boulevard and satisfy their appetites at friendly cafes, stylish restaurants, and craft brewpubs.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for the Community Development Director is $146,924 - $186,798 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City provides an excellent benefits package. Please visit here to learn more.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply no later than July 17, 2022.
At least seven (7) years of experience managing community development and urban planning programs. Strong leadership experience and the ability to work closely with the City Council are essential. Knowledge of current principles and practices of urban planning, community development, land use, zoning regulation, building construction, code enforcement, permitting, and environmental protection are required. Prior experience developing and managing a budget is required. Demonstrated expertise in growth management is essential, with knowledge of Washington’s Growth Management Act ideal.
A bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field is required. Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.