Community Services & Economic Development Director

City of Edmonds   Edmonds, WA   Full-time     Business Development
Posted on November 10, 2021
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Community Services & Economic Development Director


Salary: $125,008.00 - $167,524.00 Annually

Location: Edmonds, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Regular

Department: Community Services

Job Number: 2021-055

Union Classification: Non Represented

Application Requirements: A completed online application, an attached resume, and an accompanying cover letter are required to be considered for this position. An incomplete application packet will disqualify you. Applicants may attach additional information that will assist us in the review and selection process.

COVID-19 Notice: This position has been approved to be filled and recruitments efforts are ongoing. Please be conscious of possible delays in the process related to COVID-19.

Applications received through Monday, December 6, 2021 at 4:30 PM will receive priority first review. This position will remain opened until filled but may be closed at any time a qualified candidate is selected.

About the Position

Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, coordinates, and implements special projects as assigned by the Mayor and City Council related to the planning of long-term policies and strategies for the City; develops community relations and public information programs and policies and establishes customer services programs; serves as administrative Mayor in the absence of the Mayor; assists the Mayor/Council in the formulation and development of administrative and operational policies, procedures and programs, including the planning of long-term growth strategies, meets with representatives from the public and private sector to negotiate agreements; communicates and forges cooperative partnerships to promote and develop the City’s economic and community development programs.  Directors are responsible for the operations of the departments and may delegate signing authority except as limited by the provisions of Edmonds City Code or state or federal law.

About the Department

The Community Services Department consists of several key functions within Edmonds city government: Communications, Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Special Projects.

About the City

The City of Edmonds is a beautiful community on the Puget Sound waterfront with a population of 42,470 and is the gateway to the Olympic peninsula via the state ferry system. Edmonds provides a full range of services, including contracted fire services, police services a municipal court, a community pool, a regional performing arts facility, public works and utilities, a regional wastewater treatment facility, along with parks and recreation community events and services. Six department directors report directly to the Mayor and oversee approximately 241 full–time-equivalent employees.

Examples of Duties

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Directs Department operations to maintain effective and efficient programs; ensures compliance and accountability with Federal, State, and local regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, monitors and reviews the work of assigned staff ensuring that services and work products meet quality and safety standards; assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects and programs.
  • Supervises, coaches, trains and motivates staff; coordinates and/or provides staff training.
  • Provides constructive feedback to staff; reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations.
  • Directs the Department employment and hiring process and employee relations.
  • Manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures the performance of the department and all related staff and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary.
  • Develops, administers, maintains and oversees the Departmental budget including: the annual or biannual budget, outside funding revenues, assists with the Capital Improvement Program and Capital Facilities Program.
  •  Makes recommendations and forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; recommends efficiencies to keep costs within established financial guidelines and approves Departmental expenditures and implements adjustments.
  • Provides advice and coaching to staff; develops work plans for staff.
  •  Implements and / or recommends corrective actions and discipline and termination procedures as appropriate / necessary.
  • Develops action plans and metrics; analyzes operational results and assures the effective allocation and utilization of resources.
  • Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees and prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.       
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings maintaining awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate and ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively.
  • Oversees the preparation and maintenance of a variety of reports, records and files related to assigned activities; prepare and maintain records and reports related to budgets, plans progress, personnel and related activities.
  • Provides leadership and knowledge on emergency response/emergency operations and recovery activities. 
  • Plans, organizes, and directs special projects for the City; provides leadership and direction in such areas as long-range capital programs and a variety of city-wide projects and programs which involve multiple departments.
  • Works on special projects at the Mayor’s direction assuming the lead role and directing the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narratives and statistical reports, records, and files related to assigned activities.
  • At the direction of the Mayor, provides direct support to City Council, works with Council to provide thorough information, analysis, pros/cons, consequences, options and recommendations for Council to make informed decisions. 
  • Serves as in-house consultant on department related projects, long range and strategic planning issues; assists council members in drafting policies and facilitating the development of goals, plans, regulations, and ordinances; attends Council meetings as needed/required.
  • Develops community relations programs and policies; maintains close contact with community groups and regional/State organizations as assigned by the Mayor.
  • Represents the City to the news media; meets with citizens to review and resolve customer service and other issues; establishes customer services programs to ensure that citizens achieve their objectives in the most timely and efficient manner.
  • Coordinates agreements, legislation, contracts and partnerships associated with assigned functions; meets with representatives of public and private sector entities to negotiate formal and informal agreements between City, State, and County governments and private interests as issues arise.
  •  Communicates with neighboring jurisdictions to form cooperative partnerships to guide future regional-related development; communicates with state and federal officials and legislators to present the City’s viewpoint on pending administrative or legislative actions.
  • Serves as administrative Mayor in the absence of the Mayor; represents the Mayor at meetings as directed; provides technical expertise, information and assistance to the Mayor as requested.
  • Assists the Mayor in the formulation and development of administrative and operational policies, procedures and programs.  Assists the Mayor and Council with the planning and implementation of long-term strategies for the City.
  • Analyzes operational results and ensures the effective allocation and utilization of resources; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees and prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Fulfills roles and responsibilities on the EOC team as assigned by the Mayor.
  • Performs related duties as assigned by Mayor.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Engineering, Economic Development, Public or Policy Administration or related field and seven years of experience in economic or community development, legislative and policy development, or business/industry development that includes four years of staff supervisory, budgetary, and management responsibility for a department or major division; preferably in a municipal or public sector environment; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree

Required Licenses or Certifications:

State of Washington Driver’s License.

Must be able to successfully complete and pass a background check.

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