Economic Development Director

Job Title: Economic Development Director

Salary range: $45,000

Department: Economic Development

Hours: Part Time

Start date: TBD

Job Description:


The Town of Seymour is accepting applications for a part-time Economic Development Director.  Prospective candidates must submit a cover letter and the completed Town of Seymour Job Application to


Plans, organizes, and implements economic and community development projects and policies from conception to completion including business development, creation and retention, tourism, revitalization, redevelopment and marketing. Acts a liaison with the land use boards and officials. Establishes economic development goals and objectives for the Town, interfaces and coordinates with developers, businesses, and governments. 


  • Develops and implements short- and long-term economic development goals in accordance with the Master Economic Development Plan (MEDP); gathers information and prepares studies, reports and recommendations to retain existing business, to attract new business, and to present a positive image of the Town.
  • Develops and recommends economic development strategies to Strategic Planning Committee
  • Work in conjunction with EDC and BOS to develop annual goals for performance evaluation
  • Assist with growth and development of commercial and retail tax base through implementation of an aggressive economic development program.
  • Analyzes existing economic situations relative to business attraction and expansion; reviews modern techniques for business attraction and retention and negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; monitors the economic and community development program and reports to the Board of Selectmen.
  • Establish and update an inventory of existing available, public and private buildings, businesses and land areas in the Town.
  • Coordinates infrastructure development (industrial parks, utilities, transportation) to support business growth and expansion.
  • Work in conjunction with the Town of Seymour Board of Selectmen to develop, promote & create new tax incentive plans and revise older plans for businesses in Seymour or seeking to relocate to Seymour.
  • Provide a detailed quarterly summary of commercial, retail or industrial contacts or inquiries made each month.
  • Development of a business retention and expansion program including site visits, marketing, and business advocacy and recruitment program including target industry analysis, marketing, site selection, and resources.
  • Markets and assists in sale of town owned properties.  Assists with the marketing and sales of privately owned properties, rentals and leases.
  • Assists in maintenance of the EDC website with additional web-pages for the on-line promotion of the Town of Seymour.
  • Researches, identifies and utilizes resources for community and economic development, including sources of funding, grant opportunities, and technical expertise.
  • Attend EDC meetings and as necessary other board/commission meetings (Board of Selectmen, Planning and Zoning, Inland Wetlands, Conservation Commission).
  • Work in conjunction with Town Departments, boards and agencies; business organizations; community groups; and local, regional, state, and federal agencies.
  • Serves as the media contact for Seymour economic development activities.
  • Attends conferences, seminars, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., as appropriate, to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in the field of economic development; attends professional, civic, and social gatherings, as appropriate, to represent and promote interests of the Town and to collect information pertinent to advancement of interests of the Town.
  • Monitors local, state, federal legislation and regulations relating to community and economic development, and reports findings, trends, and recommendations to the Board of Selectman.
  • In addition to the essential duties and responsibilities, the employee will be required to perform any other duties assigned by his or her supervisor.


  • Works in conjunction with Economic Development Commission, but does not report to them.
  • Works under the general supervision of the First Selectman


  • Currently none.



  • Thorough knowledge of economic development planning, strategies, implementation and program evaluation.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of local planning and development; planning, zoning, design and subdivision law, theory and applications; local government structure and operation, including budgetary procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of research methodology and statistics, modern management practices; financial management, banking and real estate practices.
  • Skill in the translation of technical data, financial documents and accounting records into an easily understood format.
  • Skill in public relations; making presentations, writing reports and other communication practices.
  • Skill in general office management and practices, interpersonal communication, employee supervision, motivation, and the ability to direct the work of others.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, business owners, developers, financiers and other government agencies.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply complex written material
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing


  • Graduation from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in business, urban planning, public administration or closely related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience performing above or related duties, to include two (2) years in a supervisory capacity, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Master’s Degree in business, urban planning, public administration and/or five (5) years’ experience in real estate preferable.

License or Certificate: Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) preferred. Valid Driver’s License.

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