June 27, 2017
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Looking for a rewarding job where you can help make a positive impact in a growing community?

Jackson County has approximately 212,000 residents and is one of the most desirable places to live, work, and play in the Pacific Northwest. Jackson County is home to Southern Oregon University, Harry and David and the world renowned Southern Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We have beautiful valleys, scenic mountain peaks, historic sites, charming architecture, world class wineries, theatrical companies, hiking, golfing, resorts, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, and every imaginable outdoor activity that the great climate of Southern Oregon affords. We have the benefits, appeal, and superior quality of life found in a small town community, while enjoying active, social, and cultural lifestyles found in larger metropolitan locales.

Development Services manages the development, utilization, and preservation of Jackson County’s natural resources in order to promote and protect the health, safety, and well-being of all citizens. We are organized into three distinct programs:

Building administers the State of Oregon’s structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and manufactured dwelling specialty codes. This includes permits and inspections for new construction, modifications to existing structures, and mobile homes.

Code Enforcement assures compliance with the County’s land use, environmental, and construction codes. Code enforcement officers respond to complaints about unauthorized land use or construction.

Planning promotes responsible use of land-based resources. The Planning Division coordinates long-range planning through adherence to the County's Comprehensive Plan and applies the Land Development Ordinance in the review of specific land-use proposals. Review by the Planning Division is the first step in any land development or construction project.

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Development Services Director

Jackson County, Oregon, is actively searching for a Development Services Director

Position Summary: Plans, organizes, and directs development services functions for the County; prepares and implements the County comprehensive plan, land development ordinances and other ordinances and regulations as required by law; issues permits, and other approvals for land use and building; represents County's interests in all hearings and land use challenges; enforces the Jackson County Code as it relates to zoning, solid waste, wild land fire prevention, and land regulations; enforces state law and state codes related to uniform building codes; responds to all legal challenges directed toward development decisions.

The preferred candidate for this position will be a strong collaborative leader who effortlessly partners with community leaders. As a resourceful and politically astute leader with a track record of guiding a department toward peak performance in a unionized environment, our next director will work diligently toward providing customers with friendly, accurate, useful, and timely information regarding the development, utilization and preservation of Jackson County’s natural resources.

The successful candidate will be widely trusted, visionary in purpose, approachable and comfortable interacting with a variety of individuals and stakeholders. Organizationally, the candidate will understand how organizations work and how best to bring innovative ideas to fruition.

For full job description and requirements, see current job listing.


Development Services Director Recruitment Brochure

Compensation & Benefits
  • Salary: $97,843.20 - $124,883.20 annually
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost, full-family health insurance benefits
  • Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) – 6% fully
    paid by the County
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Cleve Brooks, HR/Risk Director

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer