Community Development Director

  • Full Time
  • Eagle, CO

Website Eagle County Government

Creating a Better Eagle County for All

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The hiring range for this opportunity is $101,399 to $131,821. The maximum salary for this position is $162,244. An offer above the hiring range may be made depending upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.

EAGLE COUNTY, COLORADO (population: 55,731) Eagle County was created by the Colorado legislature on February 11, 1883 from portions of Summit County. It was named after the Eagle River, which runs through the county. The county seat was originally set in Red Cliff but was moved to the town of Eagle in 1921.

Eagle County is located on the western slope of the state, approximately 90 miles west of Denver and 100 miles east of Grand Junction via Interstate 70 and is ranked as one of the best places to live.  Set in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the majority of Eagle County’s residents live along the I-70 corridor in the Eagle River Valley, with an additional population center located in the Roaring Fork Valley in the southwest corner of the county where it converges with two other counties.  While Eagle County is considered rural based upon population size, it is the 14th most populous of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The economy in Eagle County continues to be dominated by the ski industry, real estate, and other tourism-related businesses. Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas, operated by Vail Resorts, are two of the most popular winter destination ski resorts in the U.S.  In addition to world-class skiing and snowboarding at Vail and Beaver Creek, tourists visiting the county’s scenic, historical and summer recreational areas make a significant contribution to the county’s economy.  Summer recreational activities in the county include rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, horseback riding, camping, ghost town exploration, backpacking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and tennis. In addition, fishing and big game hunting.

The Community Development Department consists of 3 divisions: Building Inspection, Planning and Code Enforcement, with a total of 16 full-time employees including a Planning Manager and Chief Building Official which report directly to the Director. While the department’s main focus is on the fundamentals of the 3 divisions, they also spend time working on the County’s Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Regulations Updates/Rewrites and Vista.

Eagle County is seeking candidates who are strong leaders in land use planning, development or planning and a proven record of providing effective leadership in a complex organization, preferably in a county, municipal organization or another level of government of comparable size as Eagle County. 

Ideal candidates will be able to drive innovation and move agendas forward in a multi-stakeholder environment. 
A bachelor’s degree in a field of study conducive to success in this position (i.e., urban planning, land use, architecture, public administration, or a related field) from an accredited college or university and 10 years of progressively responsible senior level management experience.  A master’s degree is highly desirable, as is a certification or eligibility for certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Possess a thorough knowledge of and experiences with the principles and practices of management and leadership with at least 5 years as a manager.  Experience in, or ability to quickly adapt experiences and knowledge to urban planning, land use, building construction, zoning, subdivision regulations, historic preservation, economic development, and site development rules, regulations and ordinances in a growing, comparably sized community. 
The hiring range for this opportunity is $101,399 to $131,821. The maximum salary for this position is $162,244. An offer above the hiring range may be made depending upon the qualifications of the selected candidate. Eagle County also provides a generous benefits package, including comprehensive and low-cost medical, dental and vision insurance, wellness incentives and 401(a) with 6% employer contribution. Relocation and transitional housing assistance may be available.  Benefits Guide

The recruitment for this position is being managed by GovHR USA. Candidates should apply by December 3, 2021, with resume, cover letter and contact information for five (5) work-related references on their website: to the attention of:  Sarah McKee, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA 630 Dundee Road, Suite #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  224-282-8310.  Only electronic submissions will be accepted. 

Eagle County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Diversity and inclusion are critical to their success. They seek to recruit the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans to apply.

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