Community Development Director

Employer: City of Burien
Job Title: Community Development Director
Job Type: Full-Time
Division: Community Development - Planning
Location: Burien, WA 
Opening Date: 05/01/2019
Closing Date: 05/31/2019
Salary: $136,638 - $166,084 DOE

Job Description: Leads, plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Community Development Department including current and long-range planning, and building services.

Job Duties
Essential Functions:

  • Supports and models the identified vision, values and behaviors of the organization.
  • Plans, organizes and directs the Community Development functions.
  • Reviews and monitors proposed changes to federal, state, and local laws to determine their impact on departmental policies and practices; prepares, coordinates, and implements responses and recommendations to the City Manager, City Council, and other department directors.
  • Anticipates City planning and zoning needs, coordinates with other Directors/disciplines, and facilitates short and long-range planning efforts in order to develop and implement the City’s strategic vision.
  • Provides staff support to City Council Committees and citizen advisory bodies.
  • Plans and directs short- and long-range projects related to comprehensive and current planning, zoning, subdivision activities, environmental analysis, building, and code enforcement.
  • Provides managerial assistance to subordinates in planning and implementing programs.
  • Establishes direction, goals, objectives, and priorities for the department.
  • Prepares materials for and makes presentations to elected officials and the public.
  • Investigates and responds to complaints regarding Community Development operations.
  • Coordinates activities of the department with those of other City departments and governmental agencies.
  • Attends Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings, and a variety of other special interest meetings.
  • Develops and administers departmental budget, including the forecasting of funds for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies, and monitoring of expenses.
  • Oversees the comprehensive plan revisions process.
  • Serves as the City’s State Environmental Policy Act Official and Shoreline Management Official.
  • Provides for staff development and training in areas of functional specialization.
  • Conducts research and writes reports on various issues and regulations.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Secondary Functions:

  • Negotiate and administer contracts for services.
  • Write and monitor grant applications.
  • Serves as a member of the City’s emergency response team.


  • Bachelor's degree in urban planning and design, land use planning, or related field,
  • Plus nine years of increasingly responsible professional public sector experience in related field, including five years in a supervisory capacity OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • AICP preferred.
  • State of Washington GMA experience preferred.

How to Apply: Please visit the City of Burien website to apply.

Supplemental Information: Excellent benefits package! Details on the City of Burien website.