The City of Derby is Connecticut’s smallest city; while we are a city
we strive to maintain “small-town” charm while engaging in responsible economic
development. The City is seeking a highly qualified individual or firm to serve
as the City’s Director of Economic Development.
This management position involves planning, directing, and coordinating
economic development in the City of Derby, including overseeing the city’s
economic, community, and business planning, development, initiatives, funding
opportunities, and programming. The successful
candidate will assist, advise, and collaborate with all code enforcement
officials, land use boards and commissions, tax assessor, the zoning department,
and the finance department and will report to the Mayor and the Board of
The position may be filled by a person employed exclusively by the
City of Derby or by a qualified firm, company, or regional agency that has
demonstrated results in economic development and that employs the personnel
with the skill and ability to satisfy the requirements and objectives of the
Master’s or bachelor’s degree in
economics, business, public administration, urban development, or a closely
related field from an accredited college or university. Thorough knowledge of
the principles and practices of local planning and development; planning and
zoning. Experience in grant writing. Three to five years’ experience in
economic development, industrial/commercial development, or similar/related
experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.
Certifications in the fields of economic development (ex. CEcD) and/or planning
(ex. AICP) are highly valued.
Company or Regional Agency
A firm that has
demonstrated results in Economic Development and that employs
the personnel with the skill and ability to satisfy the requirements of the
Individual Candidate and the overall objectives of the position.
Please include a roster of personnel
and their resumes who will be dedicated to this position.
General responsibilities include coordination and implementation of projects
and programs to support mixed-use, commercial, office, and industrial
development; business attraction; business retention; small business
development initiatives; development of public facilities and infrastructure to
promote economic development. Proactively research and secure major grants,
investments, and external funds to aid in economic development. Work with
potential developers, employers, brokers, realtors, government agencies, local
business owners, city departments, boards, and commissions, and the general
public to attract, retain and expand business.
Under direction, assists and advises the Mayor, local and/or regional
Economic Development Commission, and Board of Aldermen/Alderwomen on matters
relating to the promotion and development of the economic resources of the City
and for coordinating services and programs related to economic development.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
with public officials, business and civic leaders. Must be able to make
effective verbal and written presentations. Sound knowledge of the state,
regional and local business community and major issues confronting these
Salary Range: Dependent on Experience
- Plans and
directs economic development activities and programs.
with business representatives to encourage location in the City and assist
with interaction among various city boards, commissions, and entities.
research, analysis, and evaluation of technical information to determine
the feasibility and economic impact of proposed expansions and
management responsibility for all services and activities of economic
development including attracting and expanding capital investments and
employment opportunities; establishes and maintains a private/public
partnership for positive long-term economic change. Work, plan, organize
and perform planning services in the functional areas of land use, zoning,
community development, economic development, housing, population trends,
transit-orientated development, adaptive reuse, brownfield revitalization,
community potable water, and wastewater needs, transportation, and related
municipal planning areas. Knowledge of “Complete Streets'' and how to
transform public spaces to enhance the quality of life and increase
and implements a marketing plan and a
Master Economic Development Plan (MEDP) and “Complete Streets” Master
Plan for short & long-range development in cooperation with the Mayor,
BoAA, land-use boards, and commissions, and the Greater Valley Chamber of
preparation in collaboration with the finance department.
researches and secures major grants, investments, and external funds
related to objectives.
various business and civic groups regarding activities.
- Maintains a
working relationship with federal, state, regional officials, utility
officials, and economic development professionals on issues, regulations,
and legislation that affect the city’s business attraction and retention
reviews policies for granting tax incentives.
at city boards/commission meetings as required.
- Serves as
the media contact for Derby’s economic development activities.
conferences, seminars, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., as appropriate,
to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in the field
of economic development; attends professional, civic, and social
gatherings, to represent and promote the interest of the City and to
collect information pertinent to the advancement of interests of the City.
- Must be
willing to submit to a drug screening, background check including
fingerprinting and credit check, and have a valid driver’s license.
The above duties describe the most significant duties performed and
are not to be considered a detailed description of every duty of the position.
Other occasional and related duties may be assigned.
Please send a cover letter, completed application, and resume via
Please submit an employment application using the link below:
The position will remain open until filled.
For additional information or if you are interested in learning more
about the City of Derby please visit our website at: https://www.derbyct.gov/.