Director of Economic Development – Town of Lexington

We are currently accepting applications for the full time (35 hours per week) position:

Director of Economic Development

Land Use, Health and Development Department

Starting Salary Range:  $83,248 – $94,092

Excellent benefits package

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.


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.


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.

Knowledge of:

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.

Ability to:

Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills in interactions with potential businesses, developers, landlords, Town Committees, and abutters to businesses.

Draw upon sound judgment, discretion, confidentiality and attention to detail in maintaining high professional standards of integrity and effectiveness.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public; interpret and explain Town policies and procedures as related to economic development, permitting and zoning.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare clear and concise reports.

Maintain physical condition which permits:

– Standing or sitting for extending periods of time

                – Conducting field inspections

                – Operating office equipment including computer, copier and telephone

Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:

                – Making observations

                – Communicating with others

                – Reading and writing

                – Operating assigned equipment

                – Answering questions

                – Speaking in a clear and audible voice

Maintain mental capacity which permits:

                – Making sound decisions and using good judgment

                – Demonstrating intellectual capabilities

                – Evaluating the effectiveness of programs and personnel

                – Communicating clearly

                – Responding to questions

Effectively handle a work environment and conditions that involve:

                – Working closely with others

                – Working outdoors conducting field inspections and visits

– Working with the public


Personal computer (including word processing, spreadsheet, and database) and general office equipment (e.g., telephone, copier, facsimile).


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference checks.

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.


Some work is performed outdoors while conducting site visits, requiring moderate physical effort and exposure to various hazards. May be required to lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds.

The majority of work is performed in a normal office setting not subject to extremes of temperature, noise, odor, etc. Operates computer, printer, photocopier, scanner, fax machine, and other office equipment requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity. Frequently required to sit for extended periods of time.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  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.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

This 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.


All applicants are required to complete a Town application form, available from the Internet at,  emailing,  calling (781) 698-4590 or by visiting the Human Resources Department.   Resumes may be attached to the application form as additional information, but cannot serve as a substitute for completing the required application form.

CORI screening is required.

Application and cover letter must be received in the Town’s Human Resource Department.  This position is open until filled with priority given to applications received by Friday, February 7, 2020.

The Town reserves the right to modify the application deadline, and/or accept applications after the deadline, to best serve the interest of the community.

After the deadline all applications will be reviewed and the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to one or more interviews.  All applicants will be notified of their standing in the process as soon as a decision has been made regarding their individual application.

Individuals who need accommodations in order to participate in this process should contact the Human Resources Department.

Questions regarding this hiring process should be addressed to the:

Human Resources Department
Town of Lexington
1625 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 698-4590