Community Development Director | Ferndale, WA

Employer: City of Ferndal
Job Type: Full Time
Division: Community Development
Salary: $95,000 - $115,000 DOE
Location: Ferndale, WA
Opening Date: 03/12/2021
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:

The Community Development Director is a professional management position requiring a college degree and at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in planning/community development. Under the general supervision of the City Administrator, the Community Development Director provides department leadership and vision; administers day-to-day activities of the Community Development Department; conducts review and analysis of development proposals; spearheads long-range planning efforts of the City; and provides primary support for the City decision-making bodies. In addition, the Community Development Director acts as the City’s Responsible Official with regard to environmental, planning, and zoning regulations.

Job Duties:

  • Responsible for departmental administration including development of internal policies and procedures, formulation of general and specific workplans, budget preparation, financial oversight, and personnel management.
  • Responsible for review and analysis of proposed development projects, including scheduling of project review, consultation with applicants, coordination with other review agencies, report writing and follow-up.
  • Responsible for carrying out long-range planning activities of the City, including facilitation of public participation, demographic and land use analysis, and formulation of appropriate amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations to ensure compliance with the Growth Management Act.
  • Responsible for providing decisionmaker advise and support to the City Council and standing committees, Planning Commission and Technical Review Committee

The Community Development Director performs a wide range of duties including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Participates with the City Administrator and other department heads in the formulation of city administrative policies and procedures.
  • Prepares annual department workplan and budget.
  • Participates in the City budget development process.
  • Approves department purchases, monitors departmental spending, and makes necessary adjustments.
  • Provides supervision and oversight of Community Development Department employees; conducts employee evaluations.
  • Responds to employee issues and concerns, mediates employee conflicts.
  • Conducts environmental review, prepares SEPA threshold determinations.
  • Reviews land development applications, plans and technical reports.
  • Coordinates third-party technical review, and review by other agencies.
  • Drafts correspondence, prepares written staff reports, and makes oral presentations to decision-makers.
  • Analyzes growth trends and associated land demand.
  • Meets with community members to solicit comment on community development goals.
  • Prepares appropriate amendments to the City Comprehensive Plan.
  • Prepares associated amendments to City zoning code and other development regulations to ensure compliance with the GMA.
  • Coordinates with other jurisdictions regarding regional planning issues.
  • Attends meetings of the City Council, Council Committees, Planning Commission, and Hearing Examiner.
  • Serves as the City SEPA Responsible Official, Plat Administrator, Zoning Administrator, Shoreline Administrator, Critical Areas Administrator, Floodplain Administrator, and City representative to the Growth Management Oversight Committee.
  • Writes grant applications and administers grant programs as appropriate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in planning or a closely related field is required. A Master’s degree in planning or a closely related field is highly desirable and may substitute for two (2) years of experience.
  • AICP certification is highly desirable.
  • At least five (5) total years of increasingly responsible practical planning experience, preferably with a municipality or other government entity. The successful candidate will have at least five (5) years of experience in a supervisor or management capacity.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with citizens, co-workers, and professionals in a variety of fields.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite software.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as demands of the position dictates.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and insurable under City policy.

How to Apply:

Submit letter of interest, completed job application, and resume by mail:

City of Ferndale
PO Box 936
Ferndale, WA 98248
Attention: Susan Duncan

Or email: [email protected]

Closing date: The position is open until filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

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