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Director of Economic and Workforce Development SALARY:
Commensurate with experience
Baltimore County, Maryland, seeks a dynamic and innovative
professional to lead the Department of Economic and Workforce
Development. The Director is responsible for the executive
management of the department including developing and implement
department wide strategic planning of all administrative and
The Director of Economic and Workforce Development reports to
the County Executive and/or senior staff designee(s).
Please attach your resume and copy of your transcript or
degree(s) with this application.
NOTE: Interested candidates may also send a cover letter and
resume, directly to: email@example.com Please state
in the subject line, the title of the position for which you are
Examples of Duties The Director plans, organizes and implements
economic and workforce development functions from conception to
conclusion: including but not limited to business attraction,
business retention and competitive business incentive programs;
Business research planning, organizational capacity and
development; Performs variety of high level business,
administrative, professional and technical processes. Implements
economic and workforce development strategic goals and objectives
for the County; Interfaces and coordinates with development
communities, local businesses, various County departments and staff
to advance the County's overall strategic plan.
Assumes management responsibilities for all services and
activities for the economic and workforce development department
including but not limited to attracting increased capital
investments, expanding and diversifying of department's portfolio;
Establishes and maintains strategic private and public partnership
for positive long and short term economic goals; Implements
Baltimore County's strategic goals for the department to
Expansion of Economic Development portfolio
Expansion of Workforce Development portfolio
Business Expansion and Retention
Promotes a coordinated business expansion and retention
campaign; Oversees, manages and directs Economic and Workforce
Development activities; Assists with planning, organizing,
coordinating, and evaluating major economic development activities
within the County; Assists with the development of strategies that
maintains and enhances long-term economic vitality.
Coordinates and monitors all economic development programs with
contractors, property owners, and other interested groups; Solicits
potential economic developers to the County; Generates and nurtures
professional working relationships with private developers,
realtors, business leaders, banking and financial leaders,
professional economic development and trade associations, state and
local government leaders, economic development professionals and
other community leaders.
Manages and assists in the grant application process for
potential funding sources for economic development projects; Works
with other departments to review proposed ordinances and codes that
related to economic development.
Analyzes economic and workforce cases relative to business
attraction and expansion; Reviews and implements modern techniques
for business attraction and retention; Negotiates and resolves
sensitive and controversial issues; Monitors program performance
and provides reports to the County Executive, County Administrator
Manages the development and implementation of economic and
workforce development change through attraction, expansion,
retention, and various needed techniques.
Represents the County at appropriate civic, cultural,
charitable, business and community activities as well as serves on
boards, commissions, committees and organizations related to the
areas that are critical to the County's goals and interest;
Prepares and presents the department for budget approvals.
Creates and maintains short and long term economic and workforce
development plans; Conducts business and workforce development case
studies; Makes appropriate recommendations according business case
reviews and reports.
Continuously maintains strategic relationships with various
local, state and federal agencies, coordinating projects with
agencies as deemed necessary and appropriate.
Provides information and make presentations to Council, boards,
commissions, civic groups, businesses, individuals, and the public
on economic development issues, programs, services and plans;
Provides project management direction and oversight.
Identifies workforce skill needs of the business community and
coordinates action with educational and training institutions to
develop and provide the appropriate training and educational
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships to address
local and regional workforce needs, including fostering the
creation of high quality jobs, preparing and training residents for
in-demand careers, and leveraging innovative approaches to aligning
employer needs with the skills of unemployed and underemployed
Oversees all federal and state workforce training programs and
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Ideal candidate will be a visionary and thought
leader, solution-oriented, and results-driven with a passion for
Ability to learn and work with existing inventory of economic
development and workforce cases while leveraging business
resources, available buildings and businesses in the County .
A strong communicator; Strategic Relationship builder.
Strong background in leadership, management, budget oversight
and supervisory and Project Management experience,
Must have demonstrated experience of successfully completing
time-sensitive and/or high profile projects through collaboration,
consensus and creativity.
A goal-oriented thinker with the ability to set clear priorities
among multiple tasks and stay focus on project benchmarks and
Comprehensive knowledge of economic, community and workforce
development issues, principles and techniques, including state and
federal policies and programs, capital improvements programming,
applicable regulations and regulatory devices, associated data
sources and information systems.
Education and Certifications: Bachelor's Degree in economic
development or business field and five – ten years substantial
experience in planning, economic and workforce development,
business or related field OR equivalent combination of experience
and training with required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Master's degree preferred.
Experience managing projects and people in a public, private or
a nonprofit agency or company; Direct experience developing close
working relationships with governmental groups at the local, state
and federal level, strategic stakeholders including but not limited
to: elected officials, board of directors, other businesses and
community support organizations.
Ability to anticipate reaction from the public, elected
officials, business community, governmental agencies; manage
various situations and act accordingly.
Conditions of Employment Medical Examination and Employment
Applicants selected for an appointment to a position in
Baltimore County must successfully complete a physical examination
and drug screen and an employment background investigation,
including, but not limited to a criminal background, education, and