POSITION DESCRIPTION – Communications and Economic Development Manager

General Purpose:

Enhances our township’s image, promoting and communicating important information within and about the township, fostering community engagement, and spearheading economic development initiatives. Experienced in communications and will be responsible for managing key programs such as the ED/GE Grants, the Business Retention and Expansion Program, and work as a part of the township team working to revitalize the urban landscape.

Supervision Received:

 Works under the general supervision of the Township Administrator

Pay Range:  $61,381 – $88,663

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. As the Communications and Economic Development Manager, you will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to promote Harrison Township both internally and in the wider region. You will oversee communications, marketing, and promotional activities, aiming to positively enhance the public’s perception, assist with economic development, and encourage investment in the community. Your efforts will be vital in addressing the challenges faced by the township’s commercial and industrial corridors, and in engaging with an aging population to foster a vibrant, inclusive community.
  2. Develop and execute a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy to improve township visibility with media and surrounding region.
  3. Manage the ED/GE Grant Program and the Business Retention and Expansion Program, ensuring they align with the township’s economic goals.
  4. Coordinate with local businesses, stakeholders, and regional economic development entities to promote growth and investment opportunities.
  5. Organize and lead community outreach programs to engage residents, gather feedback, and enhance public participation in township initiatives.
  6. Produce and distribute promotional materials, manage social media accounts, and maintain the township website with updated and engaging content.
  7. Monitor and report on the effectiveness of marketing and economic development activities.
  8. Serve as a spokesperson for the township at regional and local events, building strong relationships with media, community leaders, and public officials.
  9. Propose and manage budgets related to communications and economic development efforts.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Communications, Public Relations, Urban Planning, or related field; or combination of similar work experience.
  2. At least 3-5 years of experience in a similar role, preferably in a government or community development context.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  1. Strong understanding of communications programming and media relations.
  2. Strong understanding of economic development principles and marketing strategies.
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage diverse audiences.
  4. Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with a high degree of organization and attention to detail.
  5. Experience with grant writing and management.
  6. Resilient and proactive, with a positive attitude and a drive to initiate change.

Tools and Equipment Used:

  • Working knowledge of computers and electronic data processing; working knowledge of communications, media, graphics, website publishing  and reports, newsletter and publications
  • Ability to accurately record and maintain records; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other departments, officials and other organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Must have strong oral and visual communications/presentation skills.
  • Ability to prepare present and represent the Township professionally and effectively while attending activities, media, and  groups while speaking or presenting

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • The job is performed in an office setting with typical physical demands for office work, as well as in the community at community functions and events.  Some travel may be required when representing the community on a regional level. The noise level is usually quiet.

Selection Guidelines:

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview, background checks and reference check; job related tests may be required. 

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.