Town of Mammoth Lakes
Job Category
Work Schedule
Job Closing Date
Job Open until Filled
Job Description

The Community and Economic Development Director will be engaged in the community, and understand the dynamics of being a hands-on, positive leader in a small, remote town that is dependent upon a tourism-driven economy. The CED Director is responsible for directing the functions of the Community and Economic Development department including, but not limited to, economic development, zoning, building, code enforcement, and long-range and current planning. The incumbent is required to coordinate activities with other departments and provide highly complex staff assistance to the Town Manager, Planning and Economic Development Commission, and Town Council. Engaging property owners and business owners on CED matters is critical. The incumbent will perform a variety of administrative, technical, and professional work in preparing and implementation of CED plans, programs, and services. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan, coordinate, and implement the General Plan, Specific Plans, and related planning documents with elected and appointed officials. Develop, organize, facilitate, and implement on-going comprehensive planning processes and procedures for current and long range needs to reach goals in the General Plan; ensure implementation and enforcement of planning and zoning ordinances; convert goals and policies into actions related to town development, economic development, transportation, land use, and related programs.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the department in cooperation with department staff; interpret and initiate studies regarding zoning issues, development of ordinances, regulations, review of permits, architectural designs, code enforcement, etc.
  • Direct and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures related to the Community and Economic Development Department.
  • Direct and develop the Housing Now! program and encourage policies and programs that provide additional workforce housing for the community.
  • Interpret ordinances and regulations as they apply to development applications, planning and building permits.
  • Confer with builders, engineers, contractors, attorneys, architects, and the public concerning department procedures, interpretation and application of Town planning policies and ordinances, and conditions imposed on approved applications.
  • Serve as technical adviser to the Town Manager, Town Council, and Planning and Economic Development Commission and provide leadership, technical insight, and recommendations related to economic development, planning, housing, zoning, building, code enforcement, and the General Plan.
  • Advise and assist the Town Manager, Town Council, Planning and Economic Development Commission, and Recreation Commission with respect to community planning and the interpretation and application of established Town approved plans, policies and ordinances.
  • Supervise the preparation and maintenance of Department records, maps, charts, approved and adopted reports, and related materials.
  • Meet with commissions, community members, the Advisory Design Panel, developers, and contractors to discuss planning, zoning, and development issues and solutions.
  • Interpret information in Town ordinances pertaining to the Department.
  • Assist in the ongoing development, update and implement the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Town that provides business strategies and incentives, to assist in business attraction, expansion and retention. Work with partners on options to enhance the diversification and expansion of the areas tourism-based economy.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with businesses and maintain communications to address business needs. Work with local Chamber of Commerce and Mammoth Lakes Tourism and other local organizations to provide support to businesses. Develop and nurture professional working relationships with business owners and managers.
  • Development, implementation and coordination of policies and programs with local non-profits and businesses to meet a diversity of housing needs.
  • Prepare and administer the department budget and monitor expenditures.
  • Coordinate community and economic development activities with other Town departments and outside agencies.
  • Coordinate, plan, prepare, supervise, and administer the Town Community Development Block Grant program, and other grant programs as necessary.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
  • Respond to and resolve citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Maintain an active status and participate in professional and community organizations.

Compensation + Benefits

  • $152,885 - $187,284
  • CalPERS retirement (2.7% @ age 55 for Classic members; 2% @ age 62 for PEPRA members)
  • Guaranteed 3% salary increases in July 2024 and July 2025 
  • Comprehensive leave beginning at five weeks accrued per year (accrued at 16.67 hours/month)
  • Twelve paid municipal holidays per year
  • Administrative leave of 88 hours per fiscal year
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance premiums for employee and eligible dependents
  • Generous vision and dental reimbursement program ($1,500 per employee, $800 per dependent, per FY)
  • Employer contributions to 457(b) deferred compensation plan up to $2,400 per year
  • Employer-paid life insurance for employee of $50,000, plus $50,000 AD&D, and $5,000 for eligible dependents
  • Eligibility for annual bonus of up to $4,000 per fiscal year

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