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Economic Development Director - 2023 

Category Economic Development  


Highly responsible, independent, professional, administrative, and technical work in the administration of all activities of Economic Development, including business retention and expansion, business recruitment, and property development/redevelopment. Manages consultants utilized in support of essential job functions.



  1. Responsible for administering the directives of the County Administrator.
  2. Responsible for managing Tourism functions and directives.
  3. Responsible for overseeing Housing Services and Housing Assistance Programs.
  4. Responsible for overseeing the Veterans Services office.
  5. Prepares regular status reports for the County Administrator regarding economic development activities and opportunities.
  6. Develops and implements work plans related to economic development activities. Monitors the progress of economic development programs and various local economic indicators.
  7. Recruits new businesses, manages expansion and retainment activities for targeted industries in Sumter County.
  8. Manages Federal and State Economic Development programs at the local level.
  9. Develops and maintains the site inventory database for all industrial and other designated property.
  10. Develops and implements short and long-range business retention, expansion, and recruitment marketing and support plans.
  11. Prepares and submits regular informative communications with existing targeted industries.
  12. Gathers statistics, reports, and exhibits. Researches and analyzes data. Makes presentations and recommendations to the County Administrator, Businesses, Industries, and Public agencies, as needed.
  13. Manages the internet and social media content of the websites for Economic Development, Tourism, Housing, and Veterans Services.
  14. Conducts regular site visits to county businesses and industries to develop public-private sector partnerships and monitor business needs.
  15. Monitors and oversees the cooperative agreement and ongoing operations of the Small Business Development Office in partnership with the University of Central Florida.
  16. In case of emergency or crisis situations (hurricane, flood, etc.), the position is required to perform recovery duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.
  17. Employees hired on or after February 1, 2016, must be a tobacco-free person, both on and off the job, for at least (one) 1 year immediately preceding application and maintain the same tobacco-free status throughout the term of employment.
  18. Face tattoos (from ear to ear and hairline of the forehead to the bottom of the chin) are prohibited.
  19. Maintains regular physical attendance during normal work hours as assigned at one of the county's offices or work facilities with the ability to work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays as required.


[These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related marginal duties as required.]


Position Requirements




  • Knowledge of economic development functions and organization.
  • Knowledge of business English, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Knowledge and experience with comprehensive planning and land development regulations, policies, rules, and statutes to operate at a proficient level.
  • Skill in typing, filing, and records research techniques.
  • Skill in operating computers and various office equipment.
  • Ability to acquire sufficient knowledge of the processing of applications for development approval and permitting and of development inspections to operate at a proficient level.
  • Ability to read site plans and legal descriptions, to use a variety of maps and map scales, to interpret map data, and convey that information to the public
  • Ability to read and prepare a variety of forms and documents using the proper format.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex policies, laws, and directives.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with government officials, division directors, department heads, employees, business professionals, and the general public.
  • Ability to work effectively with the public.
  • Ability to effectively present to large audiences.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to follow through on designated tasks.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, GIS, and other programs.
  • Ability to multi-task within an environment of shifting priorities and deadlines.



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Marketing, or closely related field.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Marketing, or a closely related field preferred.
  • Six (6) years of experience in a progressively responsible position in economic development, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field.




  • Valid Florida Driver's License and a driving record acceptable to the insurance provider.
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) preferred.
  • Must possess or obtain the required National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications within six (6) months of employment.



  • Acceptable vision (with or without correction)
  • Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle
  • Ability to access file cabinets for filing and retrieval of data.
  • Ability to communicate using speech, hearing, and vision skills.
  • Ability to enter data into a computer.



  • Works inside in an office environment.
  • Works outside for field inspections and site visits periodically.


Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

FLSA Exempt Status

Reviewed 10/01/2022


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range $29.96 - $42.84. Commensurate with licenses and experience. Benefits Package.  
Closing Date February 19, 2023  
Position Economic Development Director - 2023  
Division Economic Development  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 1/13/2023  
Location Economic Developemt  
Flyer None Specified 

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