Chief Community Development Officer

City of Olathe

Olathe, KS United States


$5,000 Hiring Bonus

The Position

The City of Olathe is seeking an innovative, customer-focused, and results-oriented leader to lead the Community Development Division as the next Chief Community Development Officer. The Chief Community Development Officer oversees three divisions within Community Development: 1) Planning & Development Services; 2) Development Engineering Services; and 3) Building Codes Services. 

The Chief Community Development Officer is responsible for the leadership, management, and administrative operations of the Community Development division within the Economy Focus Area, ensuring that all activities are consistent with the goals of the City Council and in accordance with the City’s long-range plans, including the Olathe 2040: Future Ready Strategic Plan and the PlanOlathe Comprehensive Plan.

This position plays an integral role in the economic development functions for the City in partnership with the Director of Economy, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, and the development community. The position reports directly to the Director of Economy and directly supervises the following positions: 1) Chief Development Engineer; 2) Chief Building Official; and 3) Planning & Development Manager, as well as administrative support positions who support the entire Community Development division. The Community Development Division has a total of 31 FTEs and approved 2023 budget of $3.5 million.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is an innovative and forward-thinking leader who has demonstrated leadership experience in city planning and community development functions with a collaborative leadership style and excellent communication skills. The Chief Community Development Officer is personable and adept at forming and establishing strong working relationships. They are a recognized leader and visionary in the profession, well-respected, and capable of building consensus with various audiences, including staff, elected officials, community partners, and the development community.

The successful candidate values open communication and transparency and is a dedicated team player who presents at the highest level to various audiences. They are a strategic thinker who understands the big picture, are politically savvy, and invested in their team’s continued success and professional development, providing support, guidance, mentorship, and feedback while continually encouraging innovation and creative thinking. The next Chief Community Development Officer will be able to leverage the expertise of staff and is comfortable identifying gaps and providing feedback as needed.

The successful candidate will embody the City’s vision, values, and mission, including our guiding leadership philosophy by leading through passion, collaboration, stewardship, leadership development, celebration, and measurement. The Chief Community Development Officer is an effective decision-maker who solves problems creatively, demonstrates sound judgement, maintains high expectations for high-quality development projects, and provides thoughtful recommendations.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in community development, public administration, regional/city planning, development engineering, or related field, with a minimum of 3 years of supervisory responsibility.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major course work in Public Administration, Community Development, Urban Planning, or related field. Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Master’s degree is preferred.

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid driver’s license is required.

Compensation & Benefits

The expected hiring range for this position is $145,000 - $165,000, depending on qualifications. Benefits offered include the following:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS)
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program with city match
  • VEBA Health Reimbursement Account with city contribution (depending on health plan selected)
  • Generous vacation, sick, and personal leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Onsite Wellbeing Center for employee and dependents and Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance/AD&D
  • Voluntary Short-Term Disability
  • Long Term Care
  • Other voluntary supplemental benefits
  • And much more!

Full Job Description

Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Management, Budgeting, or Finance
Salary Range
$145,000 - $165,000

Contact Information

Leslie Ellsworth
100 E Santa Fe
Olathe, KS
United States
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