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Community and Economic Development Director - City of Lacey, WA

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Recognized by Fortune as one the "50 Best Places to Live for Families" in 2023, Lacey is described as having “a youthful vibrancy inside its urban corridors, while also surrounded by nature everywhere you look.” A jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Lacey, Washington is situated at the tip of Puget Sound, just a two-hour drive from the Washington coast and Mount Rainier. Located 64 miles south of Seattle, Lacey offers the warmth and sense of community unique to smaller towns as well as proximity to large city amenities. Five freshwater lakes, miles of hiking and bicycle paths, championship golf courses, 1,200+ acres of public park land and access to the adjoining 3,700-acre Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge provide Lacey’s 59,430 residents unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Clean air and water, excellent schools, a low crime rate and a healthy economy make Lacey one of the most desirable places in the county to live, work, and play. 

The City of Lacey operates under a Council-Manager form of government with a total budget of $182M and a team of 320 FTE’s. The Community & Economic Development Department is responsible for the preparation and implementation of plans required by the Growth Management Act or requested by the City Council, developing and implementing economic strategies, construction code compliance services, housing and homeless response strategies, and climate action planning initiatives.

Lacey’s Community & Economic Development Director will oversee the work of 22 FTE’s and an operating budget of $4.3M. Direct reports include the Planning & Development Services Manager, Long Range Planning Manager, Economic Development Coordinator, and Senior Project Planner.

The salary range for this position is $149,942 to $191,939 with starting salary dependent upon experience and qualifications. *This position is eligible for two salary increases in 2024 (COLA and salary range adjustment.). Comprehensive Benefit Package included Flexible/Hybrid Work Policy. City policy currently allows for two days of remote work while in probationary period and can increase to three days a week depending on operational needs for coverage after probation.

This position requires graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in urban planning, economics, business or related field; and at least nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience in local government land use planning, growth management, and economic development, including three (3) years at the supervisory level. A master’s degree may be substituted for two (2) years of required experience. Comprehensive knowledge of Washington State land use laws, and the Growth Management Act would be a plus.

Please apply online via SGR's website.

For more information on this position contact:
Lynn Barboza, Senior Vice President

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7+ to 10 years

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