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Economic Development Division Director - Detroit, MI

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Company Name:Wayne County Government
Location:Detroit, MI
Employment Type:Full Time
Category:Economic Development
Pay:Commensurate with Experience - Salary
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Description

Purpose/Description

Under the leadership of the Assistant County Executive, the Economic Development Division Director supervises the work of a growing staff working on economic development, business development, and community development projects. The Division Director approves annual project goals and develops resources and plans to meet these goals. The Director is responsible for the division budget, and for the development and implementation of new economic development initiatives, special projects, and target market initiatives as requested by the County Executive, Assistant County Executive, and other senior staff. The Director also coordinates and, in some cases, oversees activities of component units of the County, including the WC Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Stadium Authority, the WC Economic Development Corporation, and others as needed. The Director may also represent Wayne County as a speaker at events and participates in regional and statewide economic development committees, taskforces, and boards. Additionally, the Director will oversee and provide training and guidance to professional level staff in the Economic Development Division.

  • Supervises the work of professional, technical and clerical staff in the Economic Development Division to ensure that goals are set and met, staff turnover is minimal, and Division reputation is second to none
  • Responsible for the development of annual project goals, target market plans, strategies and objectives for the Economic Development Division and the methods used to accomplish these goals
  • Prepares and manages the annual budget for the programs, projects, and activities of the department
  • Develops and implements new major economic development initiatives
  • Responsible for overseeing the successful attraction and retention of major national and international firms in the County
  • Conducts personal visits to local groups, communities and businesses to identify their needs and provide information regarding available local, regional, state and federal economic development resources and programs
  • Represents Wayne County as a speaker at events and participates in regional and state-wide economic development committees, taskforces and boards.
  • Oversees and provides training and guidance to professional level staff in the business development group.
  • Cooperates with, and is knowledgeable of, the various business services of other development agencies and supports these activities to the extent possible
  • Conducts personal visits to local groups, communities and businesses to identify their needs and provide information regarding available local, regional, state and federal economic development resources and programs
  • Participates in state and national professional associations related to economic development to remain abreast of key issues and economic development strategies

Education and Experience

Education

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Business Administration, Urban Planning, Economics, Public Administration, General Studies, or a closely related field
  • Master's degree preferred

Experience

  • Have at least five (5) years of full-time professional work experience in the public, non-profit, or private sector in economic development, or a closely related area
  • Have at least three years supervisory experience, preferably with teams of five or more

Salary commensurate with qualifications

Deadline to Apply: Until filled

Please include cover letter, resume, and salary requirements.

Wayne County is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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