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Economic and Development Services Director

City of Costa Mesa, CA



Known as the “City of the Arts” and with a unique mix of traditional, trend-setting, and up-and-coming restaurants; preeminent and world-renown shopping centers; progressive and contemporary arts and cultural programs and events; and inviting neighborhood communities, the City of Costa Mesa is one of California’s most eclectic and vibrant cities. Located just one mile from the Pacific Ocean and in the heart of Orange County, Costa Mesa is home to a diverse population of over 111,000 residents.


For overseeing the Economic and Development Services Department that is responsible for guiding and permitting new development to ensure a high-quality built environment; long-range strategic planning to ensure the City’s vision for growth and development is met; and economic development to meet the needs of the community and enable strong business growth, the City seeks a Director who is communicative, empowering, analytical, innovative problem solver, and a relationship builder who demonstrates the ability to lead what is often considered the “quality of life” department.  The position requires a combination of education and work experience relevant to performing the tasks carried out by an Economic and Development Services Director.  The typical background includes graduation from a 4 year college or university with major course work in urban planning, public administration, or a related field and at least 3 to 5 years of extensive and progressively responsible experience 1) in the fields of urban planning, redevelopment, economic development and/or closely related fields; 2) as a Director or Assistant/Deputy Director, and as a supervisor; and 3) in a similarly complex community and organization.  A Master’s degree and certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) are also preferred.


The City offers a competitive salary of $173,460 up to $232,476 based on experience and qualifications, plus a competitive benefit health and retirement package.


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Peckham & McKenney


Resumes are acknowledged within two business days.  Call Tony Dahlerbruch at (866) 912-1919 for more information. A detailed brochure is available at


Filing deadline is May 17, 2024.




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