Community Development Director

City of Ouray   Durango, CO   Full-time     Management
Posted on May 2, 2023

Community Development Director The City of Ouray is seeking a full time employee for our Community Development Director position. Primary duties include planning and zoning activities, code enforcement, and community development. Pay range is $81,393.00 - $97,671.00 annually. 

The City of Ouray is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Title: Community Development Director

Code: 300

Division: Administration

Effective Date: 12/2022

Department: Community Development

Last Revised: 12/2022


Performs a variety of professional, managerial, administrative and technical duties related to planning, organizing and coordinating city-wide community operations and initiatives. Manages planning and zoning functions including the development and implementation of comprehensive current and long-range master planning.


Works under the broad policy guidance and direction from the City Administrator.


Provides general supervision to Building Inspector.


General Administration:

Serves as a member of city executive staff to assist in the development and implementation of city-wide polices, practices, procedures; makes recommendations related to project and operational priorities; assists in the development of strategies to maximize collaboration with the local community; conducts staff meetings to facilitate long-range planning and address community needs; researches, writes, establishes, and evaluates department policies and procedures to implement executive directives from the City Administrator; assists subordinate employees to accomplish defined missions and objectives.

Plans, organizes and directs the development and selection of department priorities; monitors effectiveness and efficiencies of operations for compliance with strategic plans and delegated projects; manages the resolution of issues, concerns and problems that are derived from daily operations and customer relations.

Participates in the recruitment and selection of departmental staff; provides or monitors training; determines performance expectations and standards; assists employees to identify performance goals and objectives; evaluates employee performance and makes recommendations impacting employee status, including retention, advancement, discipline and termination.

Planning & Community Development:

Oversees and coordinates Community Development and Planning operations; develops, implements, evaluates and revises policies, practices, priorities, methods and procedures in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of planning functions; serves as administrative advisor to City Council, planning boards and commissions; receives directives, implements options and strategies; coordinates personnel and resources as needed to accomplish projects and programs.

Assesses and initiates special long-range planning projects to implement City and departmental goals; negotiates agreements and serves as liaison between the City and private individuals and organizations to secure Right-of-Way access and related privileges; writes special project reports, develops long-range plans, and identifies strategies for implementation; establishes project timetables and work programs; coordinates special project activities with the City Administrator, other City departments, County government, other organizations and the general public; coordinates with other departments to review and evaluate the long-range planning impacts of public and private development proposals and plans, to address issues related to comprehensive planning, historic preservation, environment, design guidelines and standards, and conformance to adopted plans; participates in public meetings and hearings as needed to solicit public response and apprise of policy and project options; educates the public through media, reports, public meetings and presentations.

Serves as staff liaison to citizens regarding current planning projects; inspects private development projects for compliance with subdivision, land use requirements, and building codes as applicable; consults directly with the City Administrator, City Attorney, Public Works Director, and Fire Chief on issues related to code interpretations, implementation of proposed designs, and violations; provides general information and assistance to development applicants, contractors, and the general public; explains the planning, zoning, and subdivision processes to the general public; reviews, processes, and approves land-use applications and development permits including short-term rental license administration and processing.

Participates in discussions of economic development to ensure sound planning practices, City Code compliance or adjustment, and infrastructure support; represents the City in local and regional activities and events in regard to community development; in conjunction with the City Administrator, serves as staff support to the Ouray Economic Development Committee; remains generally knowledgeable to conditions, trends, laws, and events that reflect the overall health of the local economy; assists with planning and implementation of civic engagement programs including communication through the City’s website, print media, and social media avenues. Supervises the Building Inspector including oversight of enforcement and interpretation of adopted International Building Codes, City code, as well as other related codes.

Serves as the staff liaison to the Planning Commission, community groups, governmental agencies, and others concerned with planning issues; coordinates preparation for Planning Commission presentations, including writing recommendations and assembling documents, reviewing materials, and determining agenda items; represents the City at public hearings and neighborhood meetings and makes formal presentations of City recommendations at the direction of the City Administrator; provides technical assistance to advisory groups, boards, committees, and the general public. 


Identify, seek out, apply for, administer, supervise, and coordinate city-wide administration of Federal, State, local and/or private grant monies in accordance with applicable standards, regulations, and guidelines; works with department staff to identify grant projects, descriptions, estimates, costs, and determine scheduling; review, finalize, and signoff, along with the City Administrator, on grant applications developed by City staff related to projects in all City departments.


Performs administrative and technical GIS planning, development, updating and implementation for City mapping, documentation, and asset management planning; facilitates GIS consulting/vendor relationships and engages services from approved providers.

Code Enforcement:

Enforces the City’s zoning, land use, nuisance, encroachment, and sign regulations. This includes the following; investigates citizen complaints of land use violations; works with the Building Inspector, City Clerk, and other staff to investigate complaints regarding over-occupancy or other land use violations; performs field inspections and ascertains compliance within ordinances, regulations, and proposed plans; advises concerned parties of violations and compliance requirements in the most appropriate and professional manner; generally follows the City’s adopted Code Enforcement Policies; researches files and records to verify property ownership, permit history, and previous enforcement violations.

Performs related duties as required.


1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from college with a bachelor's degree in urban planning, public administration or a closely related field;


B. Six (6) years of responsible experience performing above or related duties;


C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of local government revenue options and taxation, tax rebate programs and tax increment financing; principles and practices of comprehensive urban economic development, urban/rural planning, sociology and community organization as applied to urban economic development; relationship between factors affecting urban economic development policy, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; research and statistical analysis and the evaluation of research data; commercial and industrial real estate brokerage, leasing; asset management; valuation and investment analysis; land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws; planning and land use law, theory and application; local government structure and operations, including the budgetary procedures and fiscal management; research methodology, statistical analysis and evaluation of research data; land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws; interpersonal communication skills; creative problem solving processes and facilitation skills; the interrelationships between various types of local governments and agencies.

Working knowledge of principles of supervision and work flow management.

Considerable Skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving.

Skill in the use of GIS mapping software.

Ability to administer a comprehensive work program; interpret codes accurately and effectively; enforce regulations with fairness, tact, and impartiality; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; effectively utilize Google and Microsoft systems; plan and organize comprehensive research studies; prepare and present technical reports; establish and maintain effective relationship with co-workers, other government entities, the public, and elected officials; perform advanced mathematical calculations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates, and the public.

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be or become AICP certified.

4. Work Environment:

Tasks require a variety of physical activities not generally involving muscular strain. Physical demands may occur in activities related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, etc. Talking, hearing and seeing required in the daily performance of job duties. Mental application utilizes memory for details, emotional stability and complex thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in course of performing portions of job functions.


Disclaimer: The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons. Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice. This job description supersedes earlier versions. I _________________________________have reviewed the above job description. Date___________________________