Director of Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives – City of concord, NH

The City of Concord is looking for a Director Level career minded individual who will serve as a strategic visionary for the City’s Special Projects.

DEPARTMENT: Community Development Department
TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Permanent Full Time, 40 Hours Weekly, Days
SALARY RANGE: $83,491 – $112,236 DOQ with a competitive flexible benefits package.
CLOSING DATE: May 12, 2023

To apply, please fill out an application and upload a resume and cover letter to:


  • Assists the Deputy City Manager – Development by initiating and managing a variety of complex special projects, particularly related to community and economic development projects, including, but not limited to, brownfields cleanup and redevelopment, parks and recreation, transportation, parking facilities, historic preservation, energy and sustainability, community improvements, place making, public art and community beautification projects, and others as assigned.
  • Serves as lead staff person and project manager for a variety of special studies, strategic plans, charrettes, community meetings, and other similar undertakings as assigned.
  • Develops, manages, and monitors budgets, financing plans and strategies to finance and implement special projects and strategic initiatives.
  • Identifies and pursues grant opportunities to support special projects and strategic initiatives, prepares grant applications and manages grant contracts, including reporting requirements therewith.
  • Negotiates and manages all manner of real estate transactions including acquisition and sale of real estate, lease agreements, licenses, easements and other instruments associated with special projects and strategic initiatives.
  • Responsible for managing all aspects of City’s community development strategic initiatives, to include Place Making, Public Art and Community Beautification.
  • Works with City Departments, community partners, contractors and vendors to plan, implement, and maintain projects.
  • Serves as the City’s subject matter expert and lead staff for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability.
  • Facilitates cross-collaboration between City Departments in order to define sustainability goals, and performance measures, implement sustainability initiatives and establish a long-range sustainability vision for the City. Foster a culture of sustainability.
  • Works with City departments as assigned to research, identify, plan, and implement strategies, policies, regulations, as well as projects and initiatives focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability.
  • Serves as staff to the Energy and Environment Committee, as well as others as assigned.
  • Serves as the primary spokesperson for advancing and promoting community-wide sustainability and environmental initiatives. Responsible for outreach, education, and training as needed to meet program objectives.
  • Works with upper management to keep them informed on key issues and progress toward objectives and to gain their support and approval; makes recommendations to assist management in making needed improvements.
  • Represents the City at various functions such as making speeches at civic and business associations, meet with influential persons within the community, utilities, developers, officials, citizens, and representatives of the media, to establish goodwill and resolve and respond to issues.
  • Receives and investigates complaints and inquiries by citizens and outside agencies, responds or refers to appropriate department or division for action and follow-up.
  • Works with City Manager to prepare the monthly City Council Agenda and present agenda items at City Council meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with major course work in community development, municipal or regional planning, landscape architecture, public administration, civil engineering or closely related field; and 10 years of responsible experience with municipal, state, or federal government, or performing work related to job duties in private business; or any combination of education, training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job.

Licenses and Certifications: Valid New Hampshire Drivers License, American Institute of Certified Planners (desired), Licensed Landscape Architect (desired).