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Community Development Director
City of Commerce City, CO
Job Description


The City of Commerce City is pleased to announce their search for a contemporary, highly adaptable leader to fill the position of Community Development Director. Candidates must have a demonstrated track record of providing leadership and vision by developing and implementing community development initiatives that improve organizational effectiveness while enhancing the overall quality of the community. This position has responsibility for the City’s building safety, community development, housing, and planning services. The Community Development Director will provide strategic direction to align the department with the vision and goals of Commerce City.


From its beginnings as a junction for railroads and highways, Commerce City, located in Adams County, is now one of the state’s fastest growing cities, with a population of 56,000--the 18th most populous city in the state. The eventual buildout of this community is 150,000 people and will result in Commerce City being one of Denver’s largest suburbs. Located along Colorado’s vibrant Front Range, Commerce City is a quality community for a lifetime. The City enjoys proximity to Denver International Airport, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, which is home to the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer Club, along with a revitalizing historic community. Commerce City is among the fortunate towns that have benefited from the acquisition of federal land. The City’s 15,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest urban preserves in the country. Commerce City is redefining itself for the next generation by building on historic values of community, industry, agriculture and family. The City is a safe, diverse and welcoming community with 25 miles of trails, a championship golf course, 840 acres of open space and parks, and 1,300 thriving businesses. In a recent annual resident survey, 80% of respondents feel safe in their neighborhood while 75% rated their neighborhood as a good place to live. THE ORGANIZATION Commerce City became a home rule municipality in 1970, meaning the city council determines local laws within the city limits. The City operates under a council-manager form of government in which the city council sets the vision and then adopts policies, laws and budgets that further that vision and the City Manager serves as the chief executive officer for the organization. The laws that govern citizen conduct are contained in the City’s municipal code.


The Community Development Director is responsible for overseeing activities which include the management of land use, the building of residential and commercial structures, ensuring property is maintained for safety and appearance and ensuring low cost housing and assistance, among other responsibilities. The Community Development Department is staffed by 40 employees and the Director is responsible for 4 direct reports. The successful candidate will have a comprehensive knowledge of the advanced principles and practices of urban and regional planning and building. The City is considered a “pro-growth” city and welcomes all types of new development. This position will be responsible for managing the Mile-High Greyhound Park redevelopment and the Comprehensive Plan update. The Community Development Director must build excellent relationships with the Commerce City Urban Renewal Authority Board and Planning Commission and represents the department with the City Council. This department supports City boards and commissions including the Planning Commission, the Board of Adjustment, the Derby Review Board and the Housing Authority. Additionally, this individual must possess a strong knowledge of constitutional principles and legislative constraints effecting municipal planning and development, building, and housing regulation. The Community Development Director reports directly to the Deputy City Manager – External Services. In part, the essential duties of this position include:

  • Motivating and influencing others to facilitate the organization’s vision
  • Planning, coordinating and providing direction for all services and activities
  • Managing or coordinating project development and/or redevelopment
  • Overseeing oil and gas development
  • Analyzing, responding and working to understand and improve areas of low socioeconomic growth and incomes
  • Coordinating site plan review, permit approval and subdivision approval
  • Interpreting all development codes; identifying deficiencies and drafting new legislation
  • Developing procedures to ensure the enforcement of development codes, building codes and zoning ordinances
  • Processing and managing annexation requests


  • Excellent internal and external written and verbal communication skills
  • Collaborative work style with an ability to work closely with the City’s Executive Staff
  • Political acumen—the ability to maneuver complex political situations
  • Strong aptitude for creating partnerships that improve the health and safety of the community
  • Implementing procedural and policy changes to improve operations and efficiency, focusing on innovation and new ideas
  • Providing development, enrichment and coaching opportunities for employees
  • Leading without micromanaging
  • Focusing on workflow management
  • Possessing a highly developed team-oriented approach
  • Consensus builder—internally and with the community
  • Demonstrated success building strong relationships of trust and accountability with all stakeholders—internal and external; is open and transparent
  • Demonstrated reputation for honesty and trustworthiness
  • Demonstrated ability to establish outcome-based objectives using a data driven approach to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Decisive—makes decisions based on analysis, experience and professional judgment
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Highly adaptive
  • A demonstrated passion for the brand


  • An extremely fast paced environment with a boundless workload
  • Balancing the needs of the oil and gas industry while protecting residents and their quality of life (220 wells proposed)
  • Developing innovative ideas and methods to fund infrastructure for development
  • Implementing best practices while updating current processes and procedures
  • Creating a workable partnership between the City’s Planning Division and the Building Safety Division to ensure excellence in customer service
  • Providing consistent leadership and vision to achieve desired objectives
  • Establishing high expectations and developing strategies to ensure all divisions are closely aligned in common objectives, goals and customer service


  • Commerce City has a wide range of land uses and development types, as the City is both an inner and outer ring suburb with vast, diverse land uses
  • Immense opportunities for urban renewal areas and reinvestment in the older part of the City
  • An opportunity to create a vision and develop a structure to meet the needs of a community with a population of 80,000 to 90,000 with an eventual buildout of 150,000
  • Rebrand and update the image of Commerce City
  • Fully develop and accentuate the diversity, culture and fabric of the large Hispanic population in the southern part of the City
  • Integrate the north range and historic neighborhoods into one Commerce City


The position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Community Development or related field. In addition, this position requires seven to ten years of management experience in community development, city planning, housing programs, code enforcement and building inspection. Experience in a growing community is preferred. The City may consider an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A valid, current driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of appointment is required.


The salary range for this position is $101,877 to $173,191, depending on qualifications. Commerce City offers an excellent leadership benefits package including insurance protection, short- and long-term disability income, paid time off including 10 holidays, and an Employee Home Ownership Program, to name a few.


Application materials will be accepted electronically from August 3 through August 31, 2019 by KRW Associates, LLC. Send an email to including a cover letter, resume and six professional references. QUESTIONS Questions should be directed to Lorene Kramer, Managing Partner, KRW Associates at (719) 310-8960 or Barbara Smith, KRW Associate at (708) 466-8768 or email questions to

Job Details
$101,877 - $173,191,


Job Function:
Economic Development Director
Position Type:
Full Time
City of Commerce City
7887 E 60th Ave
Commerce City, CO 80022-4199
United States
Population: 56,000
Form of Government: Council-Manager