• Kitsap County
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Community and Economic Development
  • Salary: $90,024.48 - $127,202.22 Annually USD

Job Description


Be a leader for building safe, resilient, and sustainable Kitsap County
communities as the next Assistant Director of Community Development!

Kitsap County Department of Community Development (DCD) partners with residential and commercial customers to provide guidance and assistance through the design, building, and project review process. In each of the efforts, we are committed to ensuring our residents' safety, facilitating the construction of reliable and sustainable communities, and preserving our county's uniquely beautiful natural resources.

DCD is a nationally recognized, high performing governmental organization focused on the development of quality, affordable, safe, and environmentally sound communities. Its services include comprehensive planning and implementation, land use, drafting and implementing reasonable codes, fire investigations, code enforcement, and permitting. DCD has 77.5 employees and an operating budget of $12.1M for 2020.
The Department has four main divisions: Building and Fire Safety, Planning and Environmental Programs, Development Services and Engineering, and Administrative and Permit Services. DCD has earned national awards for its permitting system, risk check fire inspection program and public records request response system. It has received two Governor's Awards for comprehensive planning efforts and is recognized for its Natural Resource program by federal and state agencies as the "go to" organization for Puget Sound Restoration efforts. The department has worked to develop a lean culture and continuously improve its processes. The DCD staff's customer service and expertise are well-regarded.

About the Position
Kitsap County is seeking an experienced leader to join the executive management team as the ASSISTANT DIRECTOR for its Department of Community Development (DCD). A key focus of this position's duties will be the successful delivery of the County's Comprehensive Plan update due in 2024. As the work of the department grows in parallel to the growth of the Kitsap County, the Assistant Director will provide additional leadership and oversight to meet the needs of the community and County government.

The DCD Assistant Director will provide strategic oversight and leadership to the long-range planning, natural resources, and development services & engineering (land use, environmental planning and development engineering permit review) sections. The successful incumbent will be part of DCD's leadership team, reporting directly to the DCD Director and working in collaboration with the Assistant Director/Certified Building Official who oversees the Building/Fire and Safety Division, as well as executive managers within the DCD structure and in other County Departments. This position is perfect for a hands-on leader who seeks a challenge, values public service, and who wants to make a visible and lasting impact on local communities.

Opportunities and Challenges
Kitsap is poised to grow exponentially in the coming decades. This growth comes with the need to responsibly address infrastructure needs, protection of the environment while providing opportunities for economic development and affordable housing for all economic segments. The new Assistant Director will be partnering with external and internal stakeholders to recommend to the Director and/or the Board of County Commissioners ways to address some of the department's key challenges, and to take advantage of its opportunities. Some of the challenges include working to implement new state regulatory requirements in a way that balances the wide spectrums of needs and perspectives of the communities we serve. Further, as the impacts of climate change and integration of salmon recovery become focal topics at state and regional forums, this position will be vital in informing varies interested parties, elected officials, etc. on the potential impacts, as well as long-term benefits. These topics and much more will be a key focus of the County's Comprehensive Plan update due on or before June 30, 2024 and the Assistant Director will be key to its successful delivery. Finally, as communities want to achieve a more integrated, livable built form, the department needs to pivot from the current, conventional development code to a more efficient, predictable roadmap for sustainable development. The Assistant Director will be a key player to face and overcome these challenges.


Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Planning or closely related field; AND
  • Five (5) years of experience in community development and project review; AND
  • Three (3) years of experience in a supervisory or managerial role; OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Substantial exposure to urban growth issues similar to the Washington Growth Management Act is required.
  • Knowledge with the State's Environmental Policy Act, Shoreline Management Act, the Federal Clean Water Act and associated state's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System is desired.
Preferred Education and Experience:
  • Master's Degree in Planning or closely related field.
  • AICP certification.
  • Prior experience working for a public community development agency, budget management, and labor relations experience.
  • Experience utilizing community development information systems and geographical information systems.
  • Extensive experience in delivery of Count level comprehensive plan and associated environmental documents.
Successful candidate profile:
  • Possess the technical skills, expertise and knowledge to provide effective leadership in the areas noted above.
  • Ability to confidently and effectively represent the County on selected boards, committees and councils related to planning, environmental and natural resources programs at the local, regional and state levels.
  • Be a proven mentor with the ability to bring a team together to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Be highly ethical, solution-driven, and have a collaborative, balanced approach working with stakeholders, residents, federal and state granting agencies, as well as internal and external department staff, elected officials and other leaders.
  • Possess proven strong writing and verbal communication skills.

Working Conditions / Physical Activities:
Work is primarily performed in the office, but also requires driving to meetings and making site visits. Attendance at meetings will require working evening hours. May be exposed to physical hazards while conducting inspections of field sites. The incumbent must be able to inspect planning and permitting documents. Substantial telephonic and in-person contact with the public, other County departments and other governmental agencies require that the incumbent has the ability to communicate effectively. The ability to operate a personal computer is required.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Extensive knowledge of :
  • Land use planning principles, practices, and regulations, environmental regulations, permit processing statues and regulations.
  • Principles, practices and techniques of public administration.

Thorough knowledge of :
  • Community economics, geography, demography, and community design, community organization.
  • Application and interpretation of federal, state and County's rules, regulations, codes and ordinances as they relate to area of assignment.
  • Research methods and techniques applicable to land use planning, zoning, permit processing, building and fire codes, civil engineering and surveying.
  • Management and supervisory principles and practices including program planning, budgeting, direction, coordination, and evaluation of subordinates.
  • Working knowledge of Growth Management, State Environmental Policy Act, Shoreline Management Act, the Federal Clean Water Act and Washington State's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System is preferred.

Ability to:
  • Be a self-starter and demonstrate dependability and reliability to the management team.
  • Set work priorities and train, direct, motivate and evaluate the work of assigned staff.
  • Develop departmental goals and objectives and perform planning and budgeting functions.
  • Apply sound judgment and discretion in resolving problems and interpreting policies and regulations.
  • Prepare, research, and administer plans based upon survey and analysis of data, citizen input, and agency consultation.
  • Organize and oversee work programs, including monitoring budgets and funding, work schedules, grant requirements and progress reviews.
  • Effectively respond to organizations, service organizations, and public representatives as they affect the planning and operation of programs.
  • Read and interpret plans, specifications, maps, and engineering drawings. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, developers, contractors, public officials, the general public, and representatives of other agencies.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to make effective public presentations of technical, complex, and often controversial information.
  • Establish and maintain accurate records of assigned activities and operations.


Some of the job duties include:
  • Plan, organize, and manage land use development projects and applications, community planning functions including but not limited to comprehensive plan and its subarea plans updates.
  • Oversee implementation of planning programs and robust public outreach and engagement programs.
  • Lead the natural resources coordination functions, which include the management of the associated grant funding programs.
  • Mediate, negotiate and facilitate the planning process that balances the public and private interests, as well as the Tribal treaty rights, while ensuring consistency with statutory requirements, as well as adopted policies and regulations of Kitsap County.


Who May Apply:

  • This position is open to the general public.
  • Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is classified as "at will". Incumbent's continued employment is at the discretion of the Director/Elected Official/Board of County Commissioners.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please call Mandy Meigs 360-307-4343 or email at This position will remain open until November 28, 2021 and we intend to move the recruitment process quickly. Compensation

The annual salary range for this position is $85,737.60 - $121,201.60, depending on qualifications. Benefits include generous leave, highly subsidized health insurance and participation in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System. The County also provides access to the State's Deferred Compensation Program.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Port Orchard, Washington United States View Map