Executive Director – City of Taunton

Department of Economic and Community Development

Plans, organizes and directs activities to enhance economic and community development in the City of Taunton.  The Executive Director is responsible for the development, recommendation and implementation of policies, programs and procedures that accomplish the Mayor and City Council’s goals and objectives to ensure the economic health and vitality of the city through the Department of Economic and Community Development. The Executive Director reports to the Mayor and oversees, coordinates and collaborates with the other city departments. (This is an exempt position under FLSA regulations.)


Develops and implements short and long term economic and community development strategies, public/private partnerships for development, and business assistance programs for existing and prospective businesses; Recommends adjustments in programs, activities, policies and procedures to further economic and community development goals; Develops and implements a business recruitment and retention campaign and marketing strategy according to economic development enhancement program; Develops and implements a downtown revitalization program and works with appropriate downtown organizations and officials to achieve downtown development goals; To take the lead as a proponent for Taunton and Taunton’s central role in regional economic development initiatives that are compatible with, and beneficial to, Taunton’s interests; Prepares the economic and community development budget; ensures financial accountability and appropriate record keeping and internal controls; Serves as a “broker” in recruiting and assisting businesses interested in locating in Taunton to identify suitable properties for their enterprises; Negotiates for the acquisition/disposition or lease of properties needed for economic and community development projects; Meets with affected property owners in potential economic development areas to assess and coordinate the city’s economic and community development efforts; Develops, implements and participates in special events to promote business development and vitality; Serves as the city liaison to the business community, chamber of commerce, economic development planning advisory boards, economic development agencies, and governmental agencies in furthering the city’s economic and community development policies; Assists businesses with permit issues if not resolved satisfactorily by the permit staff; Presents proposed programs and projects to business community groups, agencies and the Mayor and City Council. Follows up on council actions related to economic and community development; Builds and maintains effective relationships with the business community, advisory groups, other governmental agencies, citizen groups and citizens; Researches, analyzes and reports on economic and market trends; Proposes and writes resolutions, proclamations, ordinances, staff reports and other official documents as required related to economic and community development.


Bachelor’s Degree in economics, marketing, planning, public or business administration or related field and five years of increasingly responsible work experience in any combination of public or private business, real estate or economic development, including a minimum of two years managing complex projects.  Master’s Degree in related area and public relations experience highly desirable.  Will be required to supervise staff, which could include permanent part-time or full-time staff, volunteers or temporary staff.  Independently manages operations within department and City goals and objectives.  Must have knowledge of and experience working with HUD programs.  The successful candidate must be able to champion bold new ideas and provide focus for myriad interests, both public and private, that have a stake in the economic success and vitality of our City.


Salary Range: $90,000-$106,000 commensurate with experience  

Please submit an application, resume and cover letter, in confidence, by February 7, 2020 at 12:00pm to: Human Resources Department, City of Taunton, 141 Oak Street, Taunton, MA  02780 or hrjobs@taunton-ma.gov.

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The City of Taunton is an M/F/EEO Employer.                                                                                            Posted:  1/28/2020