Economic Development Director – City of Mayfield Heights

Sep 12, 2023Jobs

Economic Development Director – City of Mayfield Heights


Under the administrative direction of the Mayor, provides leadership, direction, guidance, and management of the functions and operations of economic development for the City. This may include facilitation of federal grants, business expansion and retention, loan assistance, and land disposition.


Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Urban Planning, Public or Business Administration, or closely related field. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in economic development, commercial real estate, community development or closely related field, preferably in local government.


Certified Economic Developer or related certification(s) preferred. Must possess a valid State of Ohio driver’s license.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  For purposes of 42 USC 12101:

30%     1. Develops and implements strategic plans for economic development and opportunity initiatives aligned with the City’s vision that attracts businesses, fosters entrepreneurship, and promotes job creation.

25%     2. Advises the Mayor and City Officials on economic policies, regulations, and initiatives that promote economic growth, attract investments, and create job opportunities. Establishes and maintains partnerships with local government officials, industry leaders, and community organizations to advance economic development initiatives.

25%     3. Identifies and attracts new businesses, industries, and investments to the city. Prioritizes and facilitates coordination and collaboration with existing businesses to support their growth and expansion efforts.

10%     4. Oversees budgeting and financial management for economic development programs, securing funding from various sources, and manages economic incentives to attract businesses and investments. Assists local businesses in accessing capital and resources for expansion and development.

5%       5. Collaborates with the City’s Community Relations Coordinator to develop marketing strategies and campaigns to promote the City’s economic strengths, attract investors, and businesses.

5%       6. Conducts economic research, data analysis, and impact assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of economic development initiatives and provides reports to the Mayor and City Officials.

  1. Maintains required licensures and certification.
  2. Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable OSHA safety standards that pertain to essential functions.
  3. Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs other duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: (* indicates developed after employment).

Knowledge of: principles and practices of economic development; organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of economic development programs and policies; available economic development, programs, grants, loans, and services; City policies and procedures*; economic analysis techniques related to market, feasibility, and impact studies; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; research methods and sources of information related to economic development; negotiation, mediation, and facilitation skills; laws relating to growth management, real estate, and land use; City laws and ordinances*; City goals and objectives*; office practices and procedures; English grammar and spelling; records management.

Skill in:  computer operation; adding machine or calculator operation; use of modern office equipment; use or operation of computer software programs.

Ability to: deal with many variables and determine specific action; define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; provide professional leadership and direction for economic development initiatives; identify and respond to community issues, concerns, and needs; ensure compliance with Federal, State and local rules, laws, and regulations; use proper research methods to gather data; prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence; anticipate customer needs and give high priority to customer service and satisfaction; build and maintain relationships in the community; understand verbal instructions; respond to routine inquiries from public, businesses, and/or officials; communicate effectively; develop and maintain effective working relationships; resolve complaints; maintain records according to established procedures; handle sensitive inquiries from and contacts with officials, businesses, and general public; safeguard information of a sensitive or confidential nature.

EQUIPMENT USED: The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive.

Computer, computer software, printer, typewriter, calculator, communication devices, copy machine, fax machine, voice recorder, and other standard business office equipment.


The employee works with and around chemicals found in an office environment (toner, correction fluid, etc.); the employee may occasionally experience hostility from the general public.

Note:  In accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor physical demands strength ratings, this is considered sedentary work.

TO APPLY: Email resume to or send to HR Manager, City of Mayfield Heights, 6154 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124.

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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