Director of Building and Planning

Cowlitz County, WA

This position manages, administers, and directs the activities, programs and operations of the Department of Building and Planning. This position is required and expected to interpret and explain county building code and planning policies and procedures; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals; identify, coordinate, and resolve a wide variety of interests in development of land use policies; ensure program compliance with federal, state, and local rules, laws and regulations; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including county and other government officials, community groups and the general public.

Benefits Information:
Cowlitz County offers a generous benefits package which includes:
Medical/Dental/Vision (includes dependent coverage)
VEBA/Health Retirement Account for those who qualify
Retirement through Washington State Public Employees Retirement System
Life Insurance
Deferred Compensation plans available (457b)
Vacation, Bonus and Leave Days Paid
10 Paid Holidays
Reasonable work hours

The County
Cowlitz County is a great place to live and work. Located along the Columbia River less than an hour from the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Cowlitz County provides an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and easy access to the Arts. The I-5 corridor runs right through Cowlitz County providing quick access to the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon metropolitan areas.

Master’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration or a related field and eight (8) years of work experience in a managerial capacity in building, planning, construction, code compliance, or related field, of which include at least five (5) of supervisory capacity or a combination of education, training and experience that would demonstrate the ability to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Advanced knowledge of modern management and administration techniques including LEAN principles and performance measurement, modern personnel management practices, and be able to interpret and apply planning regulations, local development codes, and other general laws and statutes.

Type of Job
Full Time

Closing Date
(open until filled)