Career Opportunity in the Indian Wells Planning and Building Department

The City of Indian Wells looks to fill the role of Community Development Director.

The City seeks an experienced professional to fill the vacated position of former Community Development Director David Gassaway, who recently began his new role as City Manager of the City of Solvang.

“Indian Wells is a unique city to work in, and we are looking for someone who can hit the ground running and handle the daily responsibilities of being our Community Development Director,” said Peter Castro, Assistant to the City Manager of Indian Wells. “The ideal candidate is someone with leadership skills and the ability to collaborate with the Indian Wells team to achieve the City’s goals.”

The new Community Development Director will work with the City Manager to plan, organize, manage and provide administrative direction and oversight for all activities of the Planning and Building Department.

The employee culture of Indian Wells is focused on developing employee excellence to match the demands of a community with high expectations. Staff follows a city-wide team dynamic and shares ideas to develop solutions to special projects.

“We dedicate the resources necessary to support employee training and advancement,” said Indian Wells City Manager Chris Freeland. “It is important that we nurture our employees to enhance employee capability, create efficiency, provide a high level of customer service and make sure best practices are implemented in the City.”

The City of Indian Wells, with just over 5,100 full-time residents, is a premier resort destination located in the heart of the Coachella Valley. The community features top-tier retail options, restaurants and services more common to highly urban areas. The school districts are recognized under the State’s Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, California Distinguished Schools Program and as one of “America’s Healthiest Schools.” Indian Wells is within a 20-minute drive of Palm Springs International Airport, and two hours to Los Angeles and San Diego.

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