Economic Development Director – City of Newton

Department:                              Planning & Development
Starting Salary Range:              $82,388 – $84,859
Reports to:                                 Director and Deputy Director of Planning & Development

JOB PURPOSE

Preparation and management of the City’s economic development work program; promotion and encouragement of business development in Newton; assistance to and facilitation of permitting requests from existing and new businesses; coordination and implementation of long- and short-range planning and marketing studies, and promotional materials; conducting studies and preparing of reports necessary for the City’s approved Economic Development Strategy and implementing its goals and actions; participation in village center planning studies and corridor plans; providing staff and technical support to the Economic Development Commission and back-up technical support to the Land Use Committee on significant mixed-use development projects; other project planning, management and oversight; proposal development, needs assessment, and eligibility reviews; report generation; acting as a liaison  to advisory/constituent groups; provision of technical assistance to policy, advisory and recipient groups.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Serve as the City’s business liaison and first point of contact for both existing business owners as well as owners of businesses who wish to locate in Newton, providing a general overview of the City’s permitting process for tenant build-outs, special permits and signs, and explaining the steps involved in starting a business.

Advise Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer and Planning Director on complex, often confidential, economic development plans or policy issues.

Work with the Economic Development Commission to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of any large proposed economic development projects so that the Mayor and City Council better understand the pros and cons of any such proposal.

Direct and facilitate the work of the Economic Development Commission for the promotion and development of business and industry within the City of Newton, for the purpose of strengthening the local economy, thereby providing additional jobs and expanding the City’s tax base.

Serve as the City’s liaison with the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce.

As necessary, apply for and receive grants, subject to the approval of the City Council, for the purpose of carrying out the duties described herein.

Participate in village-centered planning process working with City Council, appointed officials, business owners, residents and other stakeholders to develop area plans that articulate a shared vision for those neighborhood centers.

Represent the City of Newton at various governmental levels (regional, state, national) to assist in formulation of economic development policies and legislation.

Collaborate with City development review staff regarding economic development and zoning policy and regulations; prepare preliminary analytical research reports and make recommendations regarding policy, regulation and ordinance changes.  

SECONDARY ELEMENTS

Respond to public inquiries regarding zoning, demographic and economic development issues.

Attend and participate in staff, department or other meetings, some of which may be before or after normal business hours.  Serve on assigned committees, task forces.  Coordinate and participate in special events.  Maintain required contacts to keep abreast of developments within field or areas of interest.  Serve as a liaison with community or other groups.  Assist in responding to customer service inquiries.

Perform other related duties as required or directed. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Will work collaboratively with others doing related work, particularly the Director of Community Engagement.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in city planning, public administration or related field; plus seven to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Master’s degree (M.A.) in city planning and three+ years of related experience preferred.  Broad knowledge of planning, behavioral science, finance or business administration.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must be able to work on numerous projects at the same time, all with varying deadlines, and be able to prioritize individual workload.  This person must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, both in dealing with staff and the public, as well as elected and appointed officials.  Experience with personal computers, including spreadsheets, and word processing, is essential.  Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here represent those requirements that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The job may require one to carry materials, heavy at times, to support clients or programs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Fast paced
  • Multi-tasking
  • Extensive interpersonal interaction
  • Flexible
  • Some evenings and weekends required

To Apply go to the City’s Website at www.newtonma.gov/jobs .  The position will be open until filled.