• Kitsap County, WA
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • May 01, 2024
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development
  • Salary: $138,799.27 - $177,674.81 Annually USD

Job Description


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Director of Community Development
Kitsap County is seeking an experienced leader and director for its Department of Community Development (DCD). This excellent long-term career opportunity will be a great chance for a growth-oriented, staff-development focused leader to help an accomplished team and dynamic community navigate change.

The DCD Director, reporting to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) through the County Administrator, provides accessible, visible community leadership, and staff development and strategic direction to the 78 employees of the department and the department's myriad customers, partners, and stakeholders.

About the County
Small communities, friendly people, and miles of waterfront - it's a great place to live, work and play!

As more people move to Kitsap County, known for its natural beauty and livable communities, the County faces new challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities. Kitsap County is a short ferry ride across the Puget Sound from Seattle and has over 200 miles of saltwater shoreline, mountains, estuaries and lakes, forests, and parklands. Diverse and growing unincorporated communities, including the County's largest urban growth area Silverdale and unique small town community Kingston, rely on DCD for their permitting and land use. In partnership with other government entities in Kitsap County, the County is planning now for how to accommodate significant state-mandated growth targets in housing and population.
About the Department
Kitsap County DCD has earned national awards for its permitting system, public disclosure request system, risk check program, and its workflow management dashboards. It has received two Governor's Awards for comprehensive planning efforts and is recognized for its natural resources program by federal and state agencies as a "go to organization" for Puget Sound water quality restoration efforts.

DCD’s mission is to foster the development of quality, affordable, safe, and environmentally sound communities. DCD’s engaged employees are dedicated to delivering effective and efficient services to the citizens of Kitsap County. Nearly all employees are Lean Six Sigma trained and have development plans that encourage career growth at all levels. Please learn more about the department at its website .

About the Position
The DCD Director reports to the County Administrator, who manages BOCC Departments on behalf of the Board. The role has both outward-facing and internally focused elements. First, the Director serves as the face of the department to the community, engaging with community stakeholders over key planning and land use initiatives. Second, the Director must ensure staff are well-resourced, focused, cared for, heard, and considered, so all work together to execute the department's strategic work plans.

The Director facilitates problem-solving for high-level issues having far-reaching impacts on Kitsap County.

This position is perfect for those who relish challenges, value public service, and who want to make a visible and lasting impact on local communities in alignment with the Board’s values of Integrity, Welcoming, Professionalism, Accountability, Responsiveness, and Efficiency.

Opportunities and Challenges
Kitsap is poised to grow in the coming decade, as residents leave surrounding Puget Sound counties to enjoy Kitsap's quality of life and housing market. The new director will partner with external and internal stakeholders to recommend to the Board of 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 regulatory requirements in a way that balances state mandates with maintaining housing affordability and quality of life. Further, as the impacts of climate change become clearer, climate hazards will need to inform planning efforts to foster resiliency. Finally, the department needs to be able to provide leadership on zoning and code revisions that will help to achieve a more integrated, livable built forms in Kitsap County’s urbanizing communities, while maintain natural systems and resource lads that the residents value.

The Department has many qualified, experienced staff members who care very deeply for the Kitsap County community and about doing their jobs well and professionally. With a focus on improving services for permit customers, the Department has recently made significant strides in improving speed of permit times, use of technology, and elimination of redundancies.

Alongside this, the County, returning from the COVID-19 pandemic, would like to build stronger connections through quality, in-person customer service and community engagement. 2025 is planned to be a significant year of community engagement with an emphasis on Kitsap’s unincorporated area Silverdale and environmental assets in a “Year of the Rural.” Community needs will be mediation, strategic planning, thoughtful discussions of character, public participation and customer service.

Job Summary
Each at-will appointed position is very unique to the Department they serve.

The Community Development Director leads, plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the Department including Permit Services, Planning & Environmental Services, Development Engineering, and Building and Fire Safety.

The Director is responsible for the departments Management/Leadership, ensuring that the department fosters a culture of innovation and continuous improvement to meet customer need and achieve the Board of County Commissioners stated goals and policy direction. Typical duties involve staff supervision, departmental policy management, workload/ resource leveling, executive advisory, contract administration, budget, regulation compliance, departmental records and reporting, stake holder collaboration and regional coordination.



  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, Planning (Land Use, Urban, Environmental, Long, Current) or closely related field from a college or university accredited by the US Department of Education, and
  • Ten years of progressively responsible professional level experience in a public planning position, including three years of supervisory and managerial responsibilities is required; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work.

  • AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners),
  • Master’s degree Public Administration, Political Science, Community Planning, Environmental Planning, or closely related field.
  • Certification as a building official, planner, or professional engineer.
  • ICC (International Code Council) certification, or
  • Experience working with the WA State Growth Management Act.
If you use education to meet the requirements for the position, a copy of your official transcripts must be submitted prior to your first day of employment.

Driving Requirements

  • The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver’s License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy.

This position is categorized as:

Category 2 : Driver may operate a personal vehicle as an essential function for official County business. Any employee using a personal vehicle on official County business shall be required to maintain auto liability insurance, in addition to having a valid driver’s license. If driving on county business the incumbent must meet and follow the Fleet Risk Control Policies to operate a motor vehicle on County Business.
Criminal Conviction Standards:
  • The successful incumbent will access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
  • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position:


(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
  • The duties in this position are performed in an office setting and may be required to lift at least 20 pounds.


In this role, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Management : Plans, organizes, controls, integrates, and evaluates the work of the Department of Community Development: develops, implements, and monitors day to day and long-term plans, goals and objectives focused on achieving the community’s priorities as conveyed through the Board of County Commissioners’ mission, vision and values linked here. Provides managerial assistance to subordinates in planning and implementing programs.
  • Direction : Establishes direction, goals, objectives, and priorities for the department. Plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the performance of department staff; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development. Reports on performance and coordinates with HR and County Administrator on personnel changes, growth, and management.
  • Leadership : Provides leadership to develop and retain highly competent, public service-oriented staff through strategy development, recruitment, selection, compensation, training, and day-to-day management practices that support the County’s mission and values. Partners well with other County departments and builds strong relationships with other Department Directors and officials. Identifies specific training needs and gaps within teams and creates plans to remedy.
  • Community Role : Represents the County and department in the community; informs and advises community groups, as well as the County Administrator and Board of County Commissioners, on local and regional community development, environmental and infrastructure planning issues. Builds relationships with diverse stakeholders to ensure Department’s work is understood and clear to all.
  • Broader Context : Monitors national and state-wide developments in building, planning, economic and community development matters; evaluates their impact on County programs and operations; implements departmental process improvement where warranted; represents the County in regional conferences and other forums.
  • Customer Service : Responds to and serves the public promptly and respectfully. Lead staff to exercise thorough, thoughtful, and helpful expertise about building and planning requirements and/or services to all customers in a friendly, open, and unbiased manner.
  • Code Interpretation : Offers and facilitates guidance to County staff members to support clarity, fairness and consistency across the Department in decisions related to application of building and land use codes. Includes Fire Marshal’s office, land use, building inspection, development assistance and other development-related work units.
  • Budget : Managing the presentation of the department's budget, workplan, and reporting with a focus on aligning resources with strategic priorities and evolving workload. Develops and administers departmental budget, including the forecasting of funds for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies, and monitoring of expenses.
  • Communication : Collaborating with key stakeholders, and effectively and proactively communicating with customers on the status of major projects and initiatives.
  • Innovation : Identifying customers thoughtfully and fostering a culture of innovation to continuously improve on meeting current and emerging customer needs and community engagement expectations.
  • Technology : Utilizing internal and external resources, technology, and continuous improvement techniques to report metrics, improve process, create more capacity and deliver greater value.
  • Process Improvement : Develops and monitors processes and procedures controlling permit applications, plan review, building inspection, and code enforcement; review development approval/denial and the development of recommendation reports and letters.
  • Legislative Review : Reviews and monitors proposed changes to federal, state, and local laws to determine their impact on departmental policies and practices; prepares, coordinate, and implements responses and recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Project Management: Plans and directs current and long-range projects related to comprehensive and current planning, zoning, subdivision activities, environmental analysis, building, and code enforcement.
  • Comprehensive Plan and Zoning : Oversees the Comprehensive Plan and zoning code revisions process. Anticipates planning and zoning needs, coordinate with other Directors/disciplines, and facilitates current and long-range planning efforts to develop and implement the City’s strategic vision.


  • 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 non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • This position is classified as "at will”. Incumbent's continued employment is at the discretion of the County Administrator and 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.
  • Work hours for this position are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Process

Persons interested in this position should upload a cover letter and current resume when submitting your application. If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please call Mandy at 360-307-4343.

Kitsap County is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment. We encourage people of all background, cultures, and religions to apply, knowing that a diverse workforce is a strong workforce. We will provide aid in the recruitment, application, and selection process to applicants with disabilities who require such assistance.


The annual salary range for this position is $138k - $177K. 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.
This position will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will start on Monday, May 20, 2024. After the initial review, the first round of interviews will be scheduled, and applications will continue to be reviewed weekly.

At Kitsap County, we strive to take care of our team! Our employees are the greatest asset of Kitsap County, and we take pride in offering a highly competitive compensation and benefits package to all eligible employees.

County Paid Benefits Include:
Medical - Kaiser Permanente (HMO) or Aetna (PPO)
Dental -Delta Dental or Willamette
Vision - VSP
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Life Insurance - Basic, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Voluntary Term Life Insurance (VTL)
Disability - Short-term disability & Long-term disability
Voya Voluntary Insurance
Transportation incentives
Employee Assistance Program
Travel Assistance Program
Wellness program
Benefits become effective on the first calendar day of the month following the month in which the employee is hired except if the employee's hire date is the first calendar day of the month, benefits begin on the day of hire. More information about employee benefits is available on the county's website at: or the Kitsap County Digital Benefits Guide .

*Voluntary benefit options also available at the employee's expense

Employees are covered under the PERS retirement plan provided through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and Social Security.

Deferred Compensation (IRS Plan 457b): tax-deferred savings program

11 paid holidays and 2 additional floating holiday per year

Vacation Leave
New employees are credited with 48 hours of annual leave upon hire and will be begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 360 hours from one calendar year to the next. Annual leave accrual will increase upon tenure, as follows:

Upon completion of 3 years: 15 days per year (10.00 hours per month)
Upon completion of 5 years: 20 days per year (13.33 hours per month)
Upon completion of 10 years: 25 days per year (16.67 hours per month)
Sick Leave
All new hires will be credited with 48 hours of sick leave upon hire and will begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 1200 hours from one calendar year to the next.

***Part-time employees benefit contributions and leave accruals will beprorated***

Current County Employees
If you are transferring or promoting into this position you are responsible for reviewing these benefit changes; prior to accepting a position. In addition, it is your responsibility to notify the Auditor's Payroll Division of a change in union status.

NOTE: This is a general overview of the benefits offered through employment with Kitsap County, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts or is incorrect with the provisions of the Personnel Manual, applicable laws, policies, rules or official plan documents they will prevail. The Personnel Manual is available at:

Job Address

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