Community & Economic Development Director

Economic Development
Central Valley
6/27/2019 at 5pm
$104,529.00-$124,977.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


The City is seeking a highly motivated, innovative, and results-driven professional who is goal-oriented and self-motivated, possessing the skills and abilities to build strategic collaboration and partnerships that achieve success. This senior-level executive will oversee the industrial/commercial development of hundreds of acres of land, lead a creative downtown renovation program, and direct the focus of a growing housing demand in the City. This is an excellent opportunity for a creative professional who can provide strong support for public-private partnerships.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of six years of relevant economics, business or public administration experience. A Master’s degree is highly desirable.

The application deadline is Thursday, June 27, 2019. Please email a cover letter, comprehensive resume and six professional references to; telephone (559) 6650-8615 x102, or mail the packet to: City Clerk's Office, City of Chowchilla, 130 S Second Street, Chowchilla, CA 93610.


Ideal Candidate

The City of Chowchilla is seeking a highly motivated, innovative, and results-driven individual to lead the Community and Economic Development Department.  The ideal candidate will be goal-oriented and self-motivated, possessing the skills and abilities to build strategic collaboration and partnerships that achieve success.  The new Director will demonstrate a proven and verifiable background in retention and expansion, business support, real estate, and downtown revitalization that will focus on place-making, marketing, and promotion.

The senior-level executive will oversee the industrial/commercial development of hundreds of acres of land sitting at the crossroads of two major highways linking together the San Joaquin Valley.  The successful candidate will also lead the downtown renovation program and focus to resolve a growing housing demand in the City.  This is an excellent opportunity for a creative professional who supports public-private partnerships.  

The new Director will possess excellent inter-personal skills to create an open, collaborative, and successful working relations with the City Council, community groups, developers, and other City executives to establish sustainable relationships.  A successful candidate will be politically astute, yet apolitical, be an articulate communicator, a good listener, and deliver measurable results. 

Candidate must possess the equivalent to graduation from a college or university with major coursework in economics, business or public administration, or a closely related field, and six (6) years of progressively responsible, paid, full-time experience in the field of urban planning with responsibility for at least some of the following:  economic development programs, housing development and rehabilitation, redevelopment administration, and capital improvement projects.   At least four (4) years of this experience must have been at a managerial level with responsibility for program planning and development supervision, training and evaluation, and budget preparation and management.  Experience with federally funded programs and with citizen boards is required.  An advanced degree may be substituted for the non-supervisory, experience on a year-for-year basis, for up to two (2) years of the required experience.  


The Compensation

Salary is dependent upon qualifications with a current salary range of $104,529.00 to $124,977.00 per year, with a 90/8 work week, plus generous benefits including: 

Retirement - CalPERS 2% @ 60 Plan for "Classic" members with the employee share currently 7%.  New members are 2% @ 62, with an employee share of 6.35%.  The City does not participate in Social Security. 

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance - The City offers health, dental, and vision insurance with a share of cost depending on type of plan such as family, individual, employee plus one, employee and child, etc.  For a copy of these current costs, please request matrix from City Clerk.  The health insurance plan that is standard is the Gold Plan.  Employees may buy up to a Platinum Plan or buy down to the Silver Plan.  Employees who have other insurance and declines the City plans will be paid a stipend in the amount of $150 for health, $25 for vision, and $50 for dental.

State Disability Insurance (SDI) - 1.0% of salary paid by employee. 

Deferred Compensation - 457 Plan available at the expense of employee.

Life Insurance - Provided in the amount of $100,000 for department heads and City Administrator.  The employee pays taxes on all premiums values over $50,000 in according with IRS guidelines, the average per pay period amount that is taxable is approximately $6.

Holidays - 11 paid holidays per year.  Plus, two additional floating paid holiday.

Annual Leave - 280 hours per year.

Sick Leave - 12 days per year in addition to the annual leave.

Other Benefits - Longevity Pay applies to all employees at the rate of 2.5% for every 5 years of service with the City of Chowchilla. Other benefits that may apply to include education incentives pay and certificate pay, etc., depending on the City Council approved contract. 

Special Instructions

To Apply 

The deadline is Thursday, June 27, 2019.  To be considered please submit a cover letter, resume and a list of five work-related reference (who will not be contacted without your prior notice).

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Submit the requested materials to:

City of Chowchilla 

Administrative Services/Personnel Office

130 S. Second Street

Chowchilla, CA  93610

Those candidates who best meet the qualifications will be invited to participate in the testing and oral interview process. 

The City will make reasonable accommodations in the examination process for disabled applicants.  If you have special needs, please indicate such on you application. 

The City of Chowchilla does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, sex or age, in any programs or activities.  

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