Development Services Director

  • City of Mount Vernon
  • 910 Cleveland, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, Mount Vernon, Washington
  • May 13, 2022
Full Time Community and Economic Development Executive, Management, Supervisory
  • Salary: $130,259 USD
  • Salary Top: $171,412
  • Phone: (360) 336-0636
  • Apply By: May 31, 2022


Under administrative direction, the Development Services Director develops, implements, and evaluates community development plans, regulations, programs, and services to meet the needs of the growing community.

Effective August 16, 2021, all new hires to the City will be required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start date.  If you have questions or need an accommodation for this requirement due to a disability or religious reason, you can speak to our HR Department for further information.

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Job Description

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Manages and coordinates the activities of established product-oriented Development Engineering Services, Planning, Building, and GIS divisions.
  • Plans and organizes programs, activities, and objectives to meet and evaluate Department strategic goals; integrates and implements policies and procedures for all Development Services. 
  • Monitors and prepares reports on Department activities; supervises and participates in the development and administration of the Department budget. 
  • Supervises and evaluates the job performance of assigned staff; interviews and selects employees for hire; implements transfer, reassignment, termination, and disciplinary actions as appropriate; coordinates and arranges employee training.
  • Provides complex technical and administrative support to City Council, the Mayor, Planning Commission, various Boards, and citizens concerning land use and code compliance issues; responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive customer inquiries and complaints.
  • Serves as a Department liaison with other City departments and outside agencies.
  • Performs related duties as assigned. 

Knowledge of: 

  • Applicable local, State, and Federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances. 
  • General office policies, procedures, and equipment. 
  • Customer service principles, practices, and etiquette. 
  • Records maintenance and retention policies and procedures. 
  • Project management principles, practices, and methods. 
  • Supervisory principles and practices. 
  • Budget development and administration. 
  • Development review processes. 
  • International Code Council (ICC) Building and Fire codes. 
  • Total quality control principles. 

Skill in:

  • Reviewing and accurately interpreting development codes and regulations that impact the development review process. 
  • Reviewing and accurately interpreting the City of Mount Vernon Development Codes and Regulations and Comprehensive Plan to respond to community goals and innovative development programs, trends and philosophies.
  • Providing direction and support for implementing the State's Growth Management Act, UGA management and annexation process, annual impact fee review and implementation strategy, and Shorelines and Critical Area management programs.
  • Coordinating with state and federal representatives on City projects
  • Administering and coordinating grants and consultant activities. 
  • Maintaining accurate records and filing systems. 
  • Interacting tactfully and professionally with City staff, outside agencies, and the public. 
  • Organizing and prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines. 
  • Completing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Typing and entering data with speed and accuracy. 
  • Preparing clear and concise communications, reports, and technical documents. 
  • Analyzing complex issues and implementing appropriate responses.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Engineering, or related field AND seven (7) years of progressively responsible planning or municipal development services experience which includes three (3) years of supervisory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Special Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and responses to supplemental questions.

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Job Address

910 Cleveland, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, Mount Vernon, Washington United States View Map