Economic Development Director
Town of Lexington
Lexington, MA United States
The REQUIRED Town of Lexington application form must be received in the Town’s Human Resource Department. This position is open until filled with priority given to applications received by February 7, 2020. For full posting: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/sites/lexingtonma/files/uploads/edd_posting_12.19.pdf
Develops, coordinates and implements strategies for attracting and retaining a vibrant commercial business base within the Town. Assists business and individuals in establishing and maintaining operations.
Works under the general direction of the Assistant Town Manager for Development.
Supervises full-time economic development and visitor center positions, interns, part-time and seasonal employees. Supervisory activities include scheduling and assigning work, establishing work procedures and performance standards, evaluating employee performance. Also supervises contractors conducting special studies.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop and implement economic development strategies consistent with priorities established by the Select Board and Town Manager.
Facilitate and act as the single point of contact and serve as an ombudsman to help developers and landlords navigate permitting and zoning processes in an expeditious and coordinated manner. Recruit and/or assist prospective businesses in locating and maintaining their business operations in Lexington. Advise retail and small businesses on strategies to improve their business model in Lexington.
Oversee and manage the Lexington Visitors Center operation and Town of Lexington tourism functions. Prepare, manage and monitor the economic development operating budget.
Act as liaison between the Town and community boards and committees, the Chamber of Commerce, merchants’ associations, and other public, private or nonprofit groups and associations interested in economic development. Establish short-term and long-term goals and plans with multiple boards and committees, assist in the development of new practices and draft new policies for the consideration of boards and committees.
Provide guidance to the Planning Board on economic development issues. Work with the Planning Board and Planning Department on zoning modifications to meet the Town’s goals for commercial development with the goal of diversifying the community’s tax base.
Provide staff support to the Economic Development Advisory Committee and coordinate with the Lexington Center Committee and Tourism Committee. Initiate actions to streamline and simplify regulations, permitting and zoning with Town Departments.
Promote business retention, expansion and attraction practices to Town officials and staff using best practices in economic development related to infrastructure, zoning, transportation, public engagement, branding and commercial financing. Develop economic development aspects of the comprehensive plan update.
Prepare, write and administer grant applications related to economic development.
Attend economic development-related workshops as well as business trade-shows on behalf of the Town.
Perform additional duties as required in support of local economic development activities.
Experience and Training Guidelines
Master’s Degree preferred in planning, economic development, business or a related fields, and five to seven (5-7) years of increasingly responsible experience in economic development; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. American Institute of Certified Planners or Certified Economic Developer credential preferred.
- Business and economic development; business retention and attraction methods; municipal zoning and infrastructure, planning programs, and processes.
- Financial administration and budget management practices and reporting.
- Information and data used for economic development purposes, including surveys and market analysis.
- Principles and practices of record keeping and reporting.
- Modern office procedures, methods, equipment and software (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, database, and on-line real estate database).
- Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes, and regulations.