Development Services Director

Organization: City of Missoula, Montana
Salary: DOQ up to $105,000 plus competitive benefits..
Close Date: The position will remain open until filled with the first review of resumes to occur on December 11, 2012.

Job Description:

Missoula, a progressive city with a population of 66,788 that serves more than 110,000 most days, is Western Montanaís center for business, recreation, and education. Quality of life is key to Missoula, a place where a night at the theater may be followed by a day in the wilderness. Home to the University of Montana, Missoula is located in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains.
Development Services is a new city department established in July 2012 to replace a system that included a city-county operation that was responsible for a portion of development review services as well as grant programs. As such the first Development Services Director will have the opportunity to help establish the culture, performance expectations, and work processes of this new department. The new department which has a $3.8 M operating budget and 36.5 FTE is intended to repair years of poor public relationships created by permitting processes that did not serve the city-dwelling public well.
The City of Missoula has a strong mayor-council form of government. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), who reports to the full-time Mayor, supervises all departments, prepares and administers the annual city budget, and appoints and terminates department directors. The current CAO has held that position for seven years and has worked for the City for 29 years.
The minimum job requirements are: 1) training and experience equivalent to a Bachelorís degree in urban planning, public or business administration, economics, architecture, engineering, or closely related field with a Masterís degree preferred; and 2) eight years of progressively responsible public or private sector administrative and managerial experience in development, building, community planning, or engineering services with at least three years of supervisory experience. Professional certification is encouraged. The City is seeking a personable, energetic, and customer-focused leader with a collaborative management style. Beyond operational expertise, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate capacity to develop and carry out community vision and be an innovator. Additional information about Missoula is available at

The salary for this position will be up to $105,000, depending on qualifications and fit, and the City offers competitive fringe benefits. The position will remain open until filled with the first review of resumes to occur on December 11, 2012. To apply please send your resume and cover letter with current salary to For additional information about this job, please contact:

Paul Wenbert, ICMA-CM
Western Regional Manager
Slavin Management Consultants


Dennis M. Taylor, ICMA-CM
Pacific Northwest Recruitment Manager
Slavin Management Consultants

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