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Economic Development Director

Company: Arlington County (Virginia) Government
Location: Arlington
Posted on: October 23, 2019

Job Description:

Position Information

Are you interested in joining a jurisdiction that is home to many of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in the nation and who contributed to Virginia's national recognition in 2019 as the "Top State for Business" by CNBC?

Arlington County is looking for a dynamic, energetic and creative Economic Development Director to provide vision and leadership dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community. The next Director will lead the organization through an exciting period of commercial growth, while continuing to grow collaborative partnerships with Arlington's business, real estate development, tourism, arts and cultural communities, and regional partners.

Challenges/Opportunities facing the Economic Development Director:

  • Setting the vision and direction for Arlington Economic Development (AED) that positions Arlington as a regional, national, and international world-class business and visitor location;
  • Producing vibrant and desirable urban districts with ample private investment opportunities;
  • Providing support and resources to new and existing businesses, including small business owners and entrepreneurs, and balancing divergent needs;
  • Enhancing Arlington's economic sustainability through efforts that advance innovation, competitiveness and resiliency;
  • Collaborating with the organizational leadership team, including planning, technology, and public safety to ensure that important existing business infrastructure elements vital to business sustainability and expansion are maintained and improved;
  • Mentoring and facilitating professional development, fostering a work environment that encourages team collaboration and motivates individuals to excel in their areas of responsibility and directing efforts to coach, mentor and develop staff;
  • Encouraging collaboration with the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and Arlington Chamber of Commerce on business, tourism and related issues;
  • Providing guidance and policy recommendations to the County Manager and County Board on economic development issues;
  • Ensuring that Arlington's economic development goals and strategic initiatives are achieved;
  • Developing close, productive working relationships with the business community to attract and retain business and, developing private, public and academic sector partnerships at all levels;
  • Developing and implementing marketing programs for business attraction strategies, to initiate efforts aimed at reducing vacancy rates and expanding the County's supply of commercial, and industrial sites, and buildings;
  • Encouraging collaboration with the Arlington Commission for the Arts and facilitating strategic alignment of Cultural Affairs within the department.THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

    The Director is appointed by the County Manager and serves on the Executive Leadership Team with other Department Directors. The successful candidate will be an inspiring and experienced executive with an understanding of the complexities and challenges of a municipal government and a strong record of achievement in the following areas:
    • Achieving results regionally and nationally for success in the areas of economic development, urban planning, arts, real estate development, and tourism with the private and public sectors;
    • Understanding the role of Economic Development within the total scope of local government services;
    • Building strong relationships through collaboration and innovation with staff, federal, state and regional entities, appointed commissions, business improvement districts (BIDs), professional and trade organizations, citizen advocacy groups, elected officials, and the media;
    • Improving and enhancing Arlington County processes and systems to support business and real estate development;
    • Using metrics and research to drive the direction of economic development and real estate programs;
    • Serving as a leader and member of an Executive Leadership Team, and mentoring, developing, motivating and leading staff to accomplish the vision of the Department and County.BACKGROUND

      AED is comprised of the following divisions:
      • Arlington Convention & Visitors Service which promotes Arlington as the best place to stay when visiting the Washington DC region;
      • Business Investment Group which offers a wide array of services to welcome and support start-ups, relocating and existing businesses and nonprofits;
      • Real Estate Development Group which provides technical assistance on commercial office, retail and hotel development opportunities within Arlington;
      • Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives which includes managing public private partnerships and programs that enhance Arlington's competitiveness; and
      • Arlington Cultural Affairs which creates an environment that encourages innovation and excellence within the Arlington arts community.For department information click here.


        Arlington County is an urban community of about 26 square miles situated directly across the Potomac River from the nation's capital. Arlington provides convenient access to the power, prestige, influence and opportunities of Washington, D.C., and the metropolitan region. Arlington's distinctive character is reflected in urban neighborhoods that have a small town feel while providing access to big city amenities.

        For additional community information on Arlington County click here.

        Selection Criteria

        The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree in business administration, economics, finance, marketing, planning, urban studies or related field, and experience in an urban, government, multi-cultural setting that demonstrates a record of achievement in:
        • Economic and real estate or community development, and/or redevelopment on a regional, national, and international basis;
        • Leading others in developing strategies and business investment initiatives; and/or
        • Marketing tourism, arts, and cultural programs.Preferred candidates will also have:
          • Master's Degree in business administration, economics, finance, marketing, planning, urban studies or related field.Special Requirements

            Please click here to apply. Access this position by clicking on the apply now tab. This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of September 3, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Applicants submitted by this date will receive first consideration.

            This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filling date of 9/20/19. Applications submitted by this date will receive first consideration. Please attach a cover letter and resume to the on-line application. Your cover letter response can be included in the supplemental question. Your cover letter or supplemental question response should describe why you are interested in the position in Arlington County, and should detail your experience and accomplishments in the following areas:

            (1) encouraging business growth;
            (2) attracting and improving tourism infrastructure;
            (3) advancing arts and cultural programs;
            (4) overseeing or directing and implementing new programs or initiatives that had significant impacts on your department or community; and
            (5) developing regional partnerships.

            Additional Information

            The salary range is negotiable to $237,515.20. Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. This position is in Arlington's Executive Management Accountability Program (EMAP), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated based on a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, results achieved, and a multi-rater appraisal.

            As an Employer of Choice, Arlington County offers a generous benefit package. For additional benefits information click here.

            A comprehensive reference/background check will be completed, and employment will be contingent upon successful completion. Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

            Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

            Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

            Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
            All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

            Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

            Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.
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