Jefferson County, Washington – Director of Community Development

Jefferson County is located on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington. With a population of approximately 32,000 residents, Jefferson County offers everything from a remarkable natural environment to the vibrant arts and cultural center of Port Townsend. The City of Port Townsend is a spectacular seaport designated as a National Historic Landmark and famous for its Wooden Boat, Film, Steampunk and Rhododendron Festivals. Port Townsend is the only incorporated city in Jefferson County and is the county seat. The city has a population of approximately 9,500, though the city’s spectacular festivals, vibrant cultural scene, and other unique attractions bring over a million visitors each year. Jefferson County is also home to the beautiful Olympic National Park, including the Pacific coastline, the Olympic Mountains, and a temperate rainforest.

Salary:  $83,669 – $112,444

Jefferson County’s Department of Community Development is comprised of three divisions: Building/Inspections, Development Review, and Long-Range Planning. The department engages in long-range planning for rural and urban lands, drafts land use policy and regulations, shepherds proposals through the public process, and implements policies and regulations adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.

Reporting to the County Administrator, the Director of Community Development will lead a staff of 14.9 FTEs, with an annual budget of $1.8 million. The Director organizes and directs the department, mentors staff, and sets the culture and tone for the department. The Director is responsible for initiating and sustaining technology and management solutions for effective planning, permitting and enforcement.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban, regional or environment planning, community development, public administration, or a closely related field. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in a senior-level planning or public administration position, with at least one year as a director or manager. A master’s degree in a related field, and AICP certification is preferred and/or a Chief Building Official certificate. Any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the level of required knowledge and abilities may be considered.

For a complete position profile/full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Jefferson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: May 23, 2021 (open until filled).