Director of Development – City of Clayton, OH

Jan 12, 2024Jobs

Under direction of the city manager, the position holds primary responsibility for planning and implementation of the city’s economic development and retention programs. In addition, the position is responsible for the administration and supervision of Planning, Zoning, GIS, and Code Enforcement functions and staff members.

The following list is a sample of current or anticipated functions which the position will be responsible to accomplish:
• Coordinates research projects relating to population, employment, income, housing, zoning, schools, water and sewer, land sites, labor force, police and fire protection, and other designated areas of the economy.
• Researches, recommends, and implements policies supporting economic development.
• Cooperatively engages with local, regional, and state development organizations for the support of economic development and business retention.
• Seeks private, county, state, and federal programs to secure grants and other funding alternatives for projects.
• Reviews plans and the results of surveys in order to implement services delivery based on the overall economic development plan.
• Expedites and coordinates processing of various permits, interpretation of regulations, etc., to aid in business location.
• Prepares correspondence and maintains related records and reports.
• Prepares and monitors budget for assigned programs and areas of responsibility.
• Studies and standardizes department policies and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
• Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow and reporting.
• Reviews assigned staff work for accuracy and completeness and submits final reports to the city manager and council.
• Responsible for the final work product of all assigned staff members.

• Performs other related duties as required.


Education and Experience
Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public administration, marketing, economic development, planning, business administration or closely related field and at least five years of experience in local government or comparable background with supervisory experience. Advanced degrees may be given preferential consideration.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Thorough knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and procedures pertaining to economic development and redevelopment.
• Thorough knowledge of economic incentives.
• Methods and practices of real estate sales and acquisitions.
• Redevelopment finance trends and practices.
• Public administration principles.
• Business retention methods.
• Business, economic, and market forces and indicators.
• Budget methods and procedures.
• Public, business, and community relations techniques.
• Marketing and promotional techniques used in economic development
• Economic development performance measures.
• Planning and directing the operations of complex programs.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
• Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Administer contracts.
• Respond to issues outside of normal scheduled hours.
• Conduct necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.
• Approachable and able to relate to and respect varying opinions.
• Effective organizational skills with the ability to balance priorities while remaining committed to excellent customer service.
• Ability to effectively delegate task and maintain responsibility.

The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive. Phone system, personal computer; copy machine; postage machine; fax machine; calculator; other modern equipment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The employee works in or around crowds. Has exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid or windy weather conditions.

Valid state driver’s license; ability to be bonded; CPR/First Aid Certification (may be acquired after employment).

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2024 Annual Excellence Awards Call for Nomination: Deadline: August 1, 2024

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development. Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized state-wide! A panel of OEDA members will assess the nominations, determine finalists, and select an overall winner. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the OEDA Annual Summit to be held September 5 – 6, 2024, in Toledo, Ohio. Award finalists will be notified prior to the Annual Summit. Winners and finalists will be promoted on OEDA’s website and in an OEDA e-newsletter

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