Director of Economic Development

Organization: Charles County, Maryland
Salary: Salary range: $89,458 to $144,134. Starting salary based on qualifications.
Close Date: Open until filled; for best consideration, apply by November 2.

Job Description:

Employment Opportunity

Director of Economic Development

Charles County Government, located in Southern Maryland/South suburban Washington D.C. (population 143,000) seeks applicants for Director of Economic Development. Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in the Washington Metropolitan Area, with a booming business and technology sector. The County has an annual budget of $519 million with 700 full time employees. Excellent opportunity for an experienced professional to oversee and manage the County Economic Development Department, its staff of seven professionals, programs, partnerships, and client relationships. The Economic Development Department has an annual budget of
$1.3 million, and includes the Tourism program, which manages regional and national marketing efforts and development of new tourism amenities, such as a local minor league baseball stadium and resort hotel.

The Director of Economic Development will focus on existing business retention, military base modernization, technology park development, new business recruitment and location packaging, and community development, including infrastructure projects, waterfront developments, and enhanced permitting processing. The Director will collaborate business development efforts with County and Regional leaders; coordinate internal cross-department efforts; and meet with corporate and business clients on location, relocation, expansion, or recapture. Oversee office budget and financial funds, including revolving loan programs. This position requires knowledge of the economic potential of Charles County and the County's development goals; knowledge of funding sources and their interests and limitations; and knowledge of media and other avenues of approach to business firms that may be potential candidates for introduction into or expansion within the County. Requires ability to expedite governmental processes and funding source consideration in support of new or expanded business ventures and the ability to represent the County effectively, orally and in writing. Requires Master's degree with emphasis in a related area (Business Administration, Marketing, Urban Planning, Economic Development, or Real Estate) with four years of work experience or Bachelor's degree in same emphasis areas with seven years of work experience; public and private economic development experience with business, planning, real estate, or a related field; considerable experience in commercial or industrial real estate site acquisition and development or in business and industrial financing, zoning, commercial real estate, and business marketing. Some travel required.

Salary range: $89,458 to $144,134. Starting salary based on qualifications. Charles County offers excellent benefits including a defined benefit pension plan, deferred compensation, generous leave and health care programs. This position includes the use of a County-owned vehicle. The Charles County Employee Pension Plan honors portability of prior eligible Maryland State and local government service in other defined benefit pension plans. Interested candidates may download a brochure detailing this position and apply online at, or submit application and resume to the Human Resources Department, 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.


Note: Slavin Management Consultants is not accepting resumes for this position. Please apply directly to the county as listed above.

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