Job Posting: Community & Economic Development Director

Job Posting: Community & Economic Development Director

Community & Economic Development Director

Town of Oro Valley, AZ

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Directs, oversees and administers all functional Community and Economic Development Services divisions and functions: Planning, Permitting, Inspection & Compliance and Economic Development. Leads, manages and coaches all department employees. Responsible for ensuring harmonious growth as well as the health, safety, and welfare of the public in the built environment. Provides leadership as a member of the Town’s executive leadership team on an organization-wide and community basis to ensure that public services are provided in alignment with the Town’s General Plan, Strategic Plan objectives, and other plans and documents that guide the future development of the town.


  • Exercises oversight authority and broad discretionary judgment to manage all facets of planning and zoning, permitting, code compliance, economic development and inspection of all horizontal and vertical construction and infrastructure elements within the Town of Oro Valley.  Ensures department staff provide excellent customer service. Analyzes department’s operations to provide services in a cost effective manner while maintaining a high level of service.
  • Develops, manages and implements the economic development strategy for the Town, to include the Town’s short and long range planning, and general plan development; manages continuing efforts in community development strategies, including fostering external partnerships to further the town’s economic development goals.
  • Effectively collaborates with Town Engineer, Water Utility Director and other Public Works and Water Utility staff to coordinate effective and efficient town-wide planning, development plan reviews, and other actions in the fulfillment of director’s responsibilities.
  • Meets with business representatives and community officials to determine overall growth and development needs and goals, and to develop and support activities, programs and plans.
  • Evaluates, identifies and promotes model community and business/economic development projects for attraction and retention.
  • Communicates goals and objectives and provides department leadership to focus employees so they may become proficient and motivated to provide functions and services for the Town.
  • Hires, disciplines, and evaluates employee performance; investigates and resolves grievances; and coordinates other human resources actions.
  • Directs the development and administration of budgets, policies, projects and programs of the department to effectively and efficiently deliver high quality services to the Town and the community.
  • Collaboratively and cooperatively works with the Mayor, Councilmembers, Town Manager, department directors and other senior managers to analyze organization and community needs, and takes action in response to those needs.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with community representatives, external agencies, and other organizations to develop a sense of relevant issues facing the community and responds as a representative of the Town.
  • Champions the values of the organization through example and accountabilities.
  • Ensures department operations conform with local, state, and federal government regulations, and other applicable rules and policies.
  • Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of economic development, redevelopment and community development while maintaining professional knowledge through such means as attending seminars, reviewing professional publications and participating in professional organizations.
  • Conducts periodic economic impact analyses to support Town planning and economic development activities and actions.
  • Manages a comprehensive plan review and field inspection process for residential and business construction activities, and seeks to identify and implement efficiencies that result in staff and organizational effectiveness.
  • Coordinates with local for-profit and non-profit groups, real estate organizations and other stakeholders to develop collaborative ventures, solve problems, and identify opportunities for improvements as well as community economic vitality.
  • Interfaces and works with historical preservation entities, federally mandated environmental protection programs, architectural review process, and boards and commissions to establish appropriate zoning and issuance of permits.
  • Performs other administrative duties including but not limited to:  advocating for or against proposed state legislation; attending neighborhood association meetings; attending community and Town Council meetings; and visiting commercial and residential field sites.
  • Coordinates the development of agendas and packet materials for meetings and the delivery to the appropriate parties.


  • Knowledge of applicable municipal, state and federal standards, rules, ordinances, codes and regulations governing planning, zoning, building codes and building safety.
  • Knowledge of Town and department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of economic development theories and practices.
  • Knowledge of public relations and customer service techniques and concepts.
  • Knowledge of development review and planning processes.
  • Knowledge of structural design and construction practices.
  • Knowledge of management and/or supervision principles.
  • Knowledge of process improvement techniques and practices.
  • Skill in developing and maintaining positive, constructive, cooperative relationships with colleagues, subordinates, customers and stakeholders.
  • Skill in effective delegation.
  • Skill in working within deadlines to complete projects and assignments.
  • Skill in data analysis.
  • Skill in negotiating complex agreements.
  • Skill in assessing, analyzing, identifying and developing and implementing solutions to complex problems.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting building plans and specifications.
  • Skill in identifying and recommending structural modifications for code compliance.
  • Skill in highly complex and detailed written communication, and effective oral communication; skill in using “layman’s language” to effectively communicate.
  • Skill in making effective public presentations.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Skill in initiating, overseeing and completing work with limited supervision, while keeping the Town Manager well-informed.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development, Planning, Public Administration or related field. Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Plus ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in the strategic leadership and management of the planning, economic development, municipal administration operations of a local government, or related work.  Minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience at a division or department head level. At least five (5) years of experience in municipal operations strongly preferred.
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and/or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) highly desired.


  • Work is performed in indoor and outdoor environments.