Director of Community and Economic Development

  1. Job Description
  2. Qualifications
  3. Job Application

The Community

With a population just over 20,000, Port Angeles is an evolving community with a rich and diverse history. Abundant in cultural events, including festivals, art, music, outdoor recreation, and sporting events, Port Angeles is also fortunate to be enhanced by a depth of Native American history. Education options and opportunities in the area are exceptional with an excellent public school that retain a small community personal touch. Port Angeles is the home of Peninsula College, which offers both two and four-year degrees. The college also offers Head Start early learning programs, online learning, alternative learning and the Running Start college program for high schoolers. 

Port Angeles and the surrounding region offer incomparable recreation opportunities for year-round activities. Close by are hot springs, numerous rivers, beaches, and parks, the Olympic National Park, and the Olympic Discovery Trail, which is one of the longest trail systems in the U.S. 

Port Angeles is a tourist destination and international gateway via ferry to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Port Angeles enjoys a mild, coastal climate with daytime temperatures ranging from 40°F in the winter to 70°F in the summer. Average rainfall is less than 25 inches per year.  


The community is a dynamic urban center surrounded by exceptional rural and environmental amenities. Downtown Port Angeles is amid a renaissance with numerous new developments and investments including a brand-new state of the art performing arts hall and conference center. A large-scale Downtown planning effort is currently underway known as Elevate Port Angeles.

The Position

Under administrative direction of the City Manager, administers all phases of a comprehensive community and economic development program for the City of Port Angeles. Areas of responsibility include community development (planning, land use, zoning, permitting, etc.), economic development, building permits, and housing. The work will be accomplished through relationships with various public agencies such as local housing organizations, chamber of commerce, the Economic Development Council, Port, County, PUD, civic and public interest groups, private businesses, and local, state, and federal economic development agencies. The Director may be appointed by the City Manager to serve as the “Building Official” for the city although compliance and inspection activities are delegated to departmental staff.

The Port Angeles 2021-2022 Strategic Plan lists Housing/Homelessness as the number one Issue of Critical Importance (ICI#1). The desired goal is that every Port Angeles resident has a safe and affordable place to live. To support this goal the city must work in collaboration with the community to:

  • Take concrete steps to increase housing units of all types, with a particular focus on affordable and permanent supportive housing.
  • Provide appropriate services to Port Angeles residents experiencing homelessness.

To meet the goal of the Strategic Plan, the City is hiring a 2-year Housing Coordinator project position. The Director will be responsible for overseeing and assigning work to this position.

Essential Job Functions

  • Prioritize customer service through the creation of predictable timing and expectations in all land use review and permitting related services.
  • Plans, Directs, and Administers a comprehensive department program for all community and economic development matters, including preparation and monitoring of the City’s comprehensive planning document and periodic updates.
  • Facilitates the successful path of additional housing units within Port Angeles.
  • Directs and coordinates long range and current planning involving special land use studies, environmental protection, climate resiliency, zoning, and land development matters. 
  • Maintain a high standard of coordination with and among all City Departments responsible for land use and permit related development review.
  • Serves as advisor to the City Manager, City Council, Planning Commission, and other related boards and commissions.
  • Administers and coordinates the building inspection program.
  • Reviews and analyzes development applications, monitors impacts to the City’s Urban Growth Area and administers land use and environmental regulations such as the zoning code, subdivision ordinance, Washington State Environmental Policy Act, Shoreline Management Act, Uniform Building Code, and other related standards.
  • Work with various agencies on the retention, expansion, and recruitment of business in the community.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations to further business development regarding City regulations, zoning codes and development ordinances to encourage economic development that will result in a stronger financial base for the City.
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for marketing research, data and survey information related to demographic information and economic activities. In performing these tasks, works closely with the economic development agencies noted above. 
  • Prepares periodic reports to the City Manager and City Council on department activity concerning community and economic development matters in relation to the established City plans, goals, and objectives.
  • Fosters care and attention to quality urban design for projects and outcomes throughout the city
  • Contributes to the development of vibrant commercial corridors
  • Administers customer service with innovation and technological efficiency
  • Prepares and monitors the department-operating budget, including coordination of grant writing to obtain funds related to planning and economic development.
  • Serves as a liaison between the city and the Port, EDC, Chamber of Commerce, Visitor and Convention Bureau, Port Angeles Business Association, and civic groups.
  • Attends various meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, and meetings of other public agencies as necessary.
  • Acts as the focal point for coordination and contact with new and expanded business opportunities and appropriate governmental and regulatory agencies.
  • Acts as a project manager to retain and attract desired economic development through interaction with private development and financial interests.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate should possess the following knowledge of:

  • Modern principles, practices, methods, and techniques of current and long-range urban planning, community development, economic development, and housing development.
  • City, County, State, and Federal laws, rules, regulations, and codes related to community development, economic development, and code enforcement activities.
  • Specific knowledge to analyze and interpret Washington State and Local Zoning Codes, Environmental and land use laws and codes, enforcement codes and regulations. These include but not limited to State Growth Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act, and Shoreline Management Act.
  • City of Port Angeles ordinances, codes, policies, and procedures related to economic and community development, and general supervision of employees.
  • Modern supervisory and management practices and principles.
  • Effective negotiating and human relation skills that result in development of positive relationships with the various public and private agencies, the public, developers, builders, and others that the Director comes in contact within the course of employment. 
  • Economic market analysis and research techniques.

The ideal candidate should also possess the ability to: 

  • Effectively direct, administer and monitor comprehensive planning and community development activities of the department, including establishing up to date current and long-range plans as required by the City or other governmental agencies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including difficult and disgruntled citizens, contractors, developers, community and agency representatives, and others.
  • Provide leadership and vision with respect to community and economic development tasks through effective delegation, communication, and analytical and coordination skills.
  • Exercise independent and sound judgment in decision making within general policy guidelines of the City Manager and City Council.
  • Represent the City effectively and professionally in meetings and all aspects of work.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and competent reports correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Make effective and competent verbal public presentations on behalf of the City.
  • Operate a personal computer and learn job related software, including spreadsheet applications, specialized software for building and permitting.
  • Read, write, and speak the English language at a level for effective job performance.
  • Prepare and monitor the departmental budget within established levels.
  • Effectively supervise subordinate employees, prepare timely performance evaluations, and monitor employees work products on an on-going basis.

Physical Limitations

Requires sitting at a desk for extended periods of time, using a personal computer workstation, lifting up to 25 pounds on occasion, and periodic inspections in the field to review development activity.

Compensation & Benefits

Annual Salary Range: $113,651 - $135,846

Benefits include:

·        Deferred Compensation – employees are eligible to receive a 3.0% matching contribution

·        12 paid holidays and accrued vacation, sick leave, and floating holidays

·        Medical insurance with employer contribution to Health Savings Account

·        Dental and Vision insurance

·        Health Care Offset – $50 per month

·        Employee Assistance Program

·        Life insurance – employer-paid premiums for $50,000 plan 

·        Long term disability

·        Wellness Program

·        Washington State Retirement System (PERS)

To Apply

Please visit to complete the online job application and submit a letter of interest and resume. First review of applications is January 28, 2022. COPA is an E.O.E. For more information please contact Human Resources at 360-417-4510 or