• City of Thornton, Colorado
  • 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, Colorado
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Community and Economic Development Planning and Development
  • Salary: $160,000 USD
  • Salary Top: $189,500
  • Phone: 206-368-0050
  • Apply By: Sep 10, 2021

Job Description


City of Thornton, Colorado

Salary: $160,000 - $189,500


Located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver metropolitan area, the city of Thornton is Colorado’s sixth largest city and home to a diverse and growing population of 146,000 residents. The city is only 10 minutes from downtown Denver, 35 minutes from Denver International Airport and less than 2 hours from the Breckenridge and Vail ski areas. The community’s location provides an ideal environment for a wide range of businesses to thrive, and the community’s natural setting of ridgelines, wildlife, waterways, rolling hills, and undeveloped land provide Thornton residents with amenities and an abundance of recreational opportunities that contribute to a unique and excellent quality of life.


The City of Thornton’s City Development Department is responsible for guiding the current and future growth of the city. The department performs the following services: providing information to the public; managing development processes; regulating development in the city; enforcing compliance with codes and ordinances; reviewing and approving development applications; administering and amending the codes and ordinances related to development; advocating for Thornton’s regional transportation interests; developing and maintaining GIS databases; supporting citywide functions, provide regular GIS support citywide and maintaining standardized maps. The department’s divisions include Administration, Policy Planning, Code Compliance, Development Services, and GIS Services. Together, the department operates on a 2021 budget of $8,377,590 with 73.75 FTEs.


Under direction of the City Manager, the City Development Director leads, directs and manages all activities of the department, including the development review and inspection processes, current and long-range planning, development engineering, building permits and inspection, enforcement of codes and ordinances, and the development and maintenance of GIS databases and systems.


A bachelor’s degree in Planning or a related field from an accredited college or university, and eight years of management level experience in community development or a related field, including five years of supervisory experience is preferred. It is also preferred that candidates have AICP designation. Any equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Thornton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: September 10, 2021 (open until filled).

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9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, Colorado United States View Map