Development and Engineering Services Director - Avondale, Arizona

Development and Engineering Services Director
Annual salary range: $123,254 to $178,719
The City of Avondale offers a comprehensive health and welfare benefits program.
Application deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019

Located in Maricopa County just west of Phoenix, the City of Avondale, Arizona is one of the area’s fastest growing communities. The City’s focus on business and employment attraction has been instrumental in spurring residential growth and economic development. The City also places strong emphasis on quality of life, which has resulted in construction of new parks and amenities. Avondale offers a wide range of housing options; many of its neighborhoods are less than 10-15 years old, and new housing developments are under construction in its southern portion. With a population of approximately 85,000 and a median age of 30 years old, Avondale’s population swells each year with the influx of visitors during two NASCAR races at ISM Raceway, which is located in the southern portion of the city. The City also takes pride in its historic neighborhoods, which is home to many small, independent shops, restaurants and businesses. The City of Avondale (incorporated in 1946) has a Council/Manager form of government.

The Development and Engineering Services Director (D&ESD) manages the work of all Planning and Engineering Services divisions and the interface of these functions with other departments; supervising a staff of 40. As part of the City’s leadership team, this position will provide professional and technical support to the City Manager’s Office, City Council and other boards and commissions. The D&ESD ensures excellent customer service to the existing businesses and residents throughout the City and supports new business and economic development programs while implementing the Strategic Plan, General Plan, Sustainability Plan, Capital Improvement Program, and development initiatives. Department divisions include: Planning, Building, Engineering, Sustainability, Transportation, Code Enforcement, and Transit.

The ideal candidate is a consensus builder and collaborator who takes the initiative to resolve issues expeditiously and creates a team-oriented working environment. The successful candidate will be a can-do, high energy leader who can delegate effectively, but is also willing to enthusiastically roll up their sleeves and be a working manager as are all City executives. While technical skills are very important, it will be necessary for this individual to encourage and listen to feedback, work closely with leadership and staff from all departments, and adapt quickly to changing priorities in this fast-paced organization. A Bachelor’s degree AND nine (9) years of municipal government experience in a similar capacity; managing daily operations; supporting a city’s strategic plan; a background working in a similar sized city; successful experience on large-scale, high profile projects is required. Master’s degree is preferred.

To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, submit your resume (reflecting years/months of employment and positions held as well as relevant work experience - you should also provide the size of budget you’ve managed and number of staff you’ve supervised), cover letter, and five work-related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment). Please apply directly on our website:

For additional information contact:

Frank Rojas
CPS HR Consulting

To view an online brochure for this position visit:
City of Avondale website:

Paul Moberly