Open until filled. Job Description:
Charles County Government, located in Southern Maryland/South suburban Washington D.C. (population approximately 154,500) seeks experienced applicants for Director of Economic Development. Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in the Washington Metropolitan Area, with a thriving business and technology sector. Charles County Government has several budgets totaling over $500 million, with an annual general fund budget of over $350 million and a workforce of over 670 full time employees. The Director of Economic Development provides economic development strategies, tactical elements, work plans, and services on behalf of Charles County to retain and expand the County?s primary employment and investment base. The Director will focus on existing business retention, new business recruitment and location packaging, and community development, including infrastructure projects, waterfront developments, and enhanced permitting processing. The Director will meet and coordinate with State and regional leadership and organizations on their related programs and efforts; collaborate internally across department lines on regulatory, land use, utility, and development matters; and advise the Board of County Commissioners on recommended economic development programs, projects, and their impacts. The Director will assume a vital role in advancing long-term revitalization, transit, and other major economic development-related Commissioner priorities and meet with corporate and business clients on location, relocation, expansion, or recapture. Oversee office budget and financial funds; analyze economic development-related grant requests from outside organizations and make recommendations.
This position requires knowledge of: the economic potential of Charles County and of the County's development goals and standards; funding sources and their interests and limitations, and of real property resources and values; location and other requirements of business firms operating in the County as well as of possible expansion needs; and media and other avenues of approach to business firms that may be potential candidates for introduction into or expansion within the County. The successful candidate will be conversant with land use planning, zoning, development, and regulatory principles and processes. The County is looking for a candidate with the ability to: evaluate location and other business needs of firms; expedite governmental processes and funding source consideration in support of new or expanded business ventures; represent the County effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with entrepreneurs, financing sources, County, State and other public agencies; and to effectively brand and market Charles County to a regional, national, and international audience. This position requires a Master's degree and seven years of experience with an emphasis in a related area (Business Administration, Public Administration, Marketing, Urban Planning, Economic Development, or Real Estate); or Bachelor's degree in same emphasis areas with ten years of appropriate work experience. This position requires experience with business, planning, real estate, government economic development, or a related field; considerable experience in industrial or commercial real estate site acquisition and development or in business and industrial financing, zoning, commercial real estate and business marketing. A valid driver's license is required. While the work is primarily in an office environment, some travel is required. Starting salary range:
up to $152,507. Starting salary based on qualifications. Charles County offers excellent benefits including a defined benefit pension plan, deferred compensation, generous leave and health care programs. The Charles County Pension Plan honors portability of prior eligible Maryland State and local government service in other defined benefit pension plans. Open until filled; for best consideration, apply by April 20, 2015.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at www.charlescountymd.gov;
additional materials may be submitted to the Department of Human Resources, Charles County Government Building, P. O. Box 2150, La Plata, MD 20646. Charles County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer; minority and female applicants are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer
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