Director of Development and Growth

Plans, organizes, monitors, manages, and evaluates economic development project activities.

General Summary

Works independently while keeping the Executive Director abreast of developments and issues.

Plans, organizes, monitors, manages, and evaluates economic development project activities.


Responsibilities include coordinating, directing, and implementing programs and projects that support residential, commercial and industrial development; workforce development; the attraction of and assistance to neighborhood businesses; small business development initiatives; and/or other economic development, redevelopment, or capital improvement programs or projects.

Essential Job Functions

  • Oversees the Strategic Development Department. Ensures the strategy, resources, and work align with the overall organizational strategy.
  • Oversight includes management of the neighborhood development team with project managers
  • tasked to identify, direct, and coordinate neighborhood economic development initiatives.
  • Directs and manages the requests for proposals for complex development projects.
  • Directs and oversees grant submission and management
  • Coordinates agreement implementation including activities related to legislative actions.
  • Establishes and maintains close cooperation with appropriate public and private business and community organizations, departments, boards, agencies and individuals involved in economic and related development activities; conducts community outreach when appropriate for planning and implementing economic development activities.
  • Responds to inquiries and provides information regarding City economic development and development project activities, and other related matters; attends meetings; serves on committees as assigned; participates in discussions regarding economic development; and serves as a liaison to potential investors, developers, local businesses, and the public at large.
  • Neighborhood business retention and attraction
  • Identify and track key vacancies and identify potential tenants
  • Maintain regular contact with key businesses and/or business organizations to provide support when needed
  • Identify key blocks or properties for redevelopment and engage community around potential uses
  • Facilitate site assembly for neighborhood redevelopment (working with SLDC Real Estate, neighborhood partners and/or developers)
  • Work with internal and external partners to create development concepts, develop marketing material, issue RFPs, identify and contact potential developers


  • Qualifications include a minimum of a B.A./B.S. in business finance, business administration, economic development, or related field with a Maters Degree preferred.
  • 5+ years’ experience in economic development or related field.
  • Knowledge of design, construction, government funded projects, environmental engineering (Brownfield management), grant administration, and economic development project management and development financing techniques and tools.
  • Must be resourceful and possess good organizational skills, knowledge of city government, and the ability to implement policy.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; computer proficiency Prior experience managing professional level employees a must.
  • Proven ability to work with public officials, government agencies and general public a must.


Applications are taken online only using the application portal.

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