Roanoke County

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Director of Economic and Community Development

Roanoke County
Roanoke, VA Full-time
Posted on August 30, 2019

*Position is open until filled, with the first review of applicants on October 1, 2019

Leads the newly created Department of Economic and Community Development in order to align Roanoke County's economic development, planning, engineering and development services functions to maximize high quality private commercial, industrial and residential investment in the local economy. The Director of Economic and Community Development is an ambassador and collaborator with private and public sector partners to encourage the best possible development outcomes for both citizens and the private investors. S/he is responsible for initiating, developing and implementing an economic and community development strategic plan in partnership with key stakeholders including private citizens, staff and regional partners in order to position Roanoke County to flourish in the Innovation / Entrepreneurial economy.


  • Positioning the community to thrive in the Innovation Economy through development and implementation of an Economic and Community Development strategic plan.
  • Developing and maintaining an organizational structure for Economic and Community Development functions that encourages collaboration and teamwork across functional areas.
  • Assisting developers to maximize return on investment while encouraging high quality development.
  • Marketing the County to prospective investors.
  • Creating and integrating the County programs to encourage entrepreneurial start-up businesses and innovative development of intellectual property.
  • Providing Department level oversight of functions including but not limited to:
    • Economic Development
    • Land Use and Community Planning
    • Zoning Administration
    • Building Code Administration
    • Storm Water Management
    • Site and Subdivision Review
    • Budgeting and Procurement
  • Working to obtain state and federal transportation and infrastructure funding for the County and region
  • Developing and implementing consistent methods for delivery of streetscape, greenways and locally administered road projects.
  • Working cooperatively with federal, state and regional public sector economic and community development partners.
  • Conducting public presentations, leading meetings and providing briefings to the County Administrator and Board of Supervisors.
  • Working collaboratively with key financial management staff, Department Directors and external agency representatives.
  • Effectively leading staff to achieve desired outcomes.


Required: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public administration, planning, engineering or a related field 
Preferred:  Master's degree in public administration, business, engineering, planning or a similar program. Certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and / or Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council. 
Required: Five years of progressively responsible experience in economic development, community development, planning, engineering or equivalent. 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in economic development to include business attraction and retention, marketing, branding, and incentives;
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in public project management related to economic development and  infrastructure;
  • Comprehensive understanding of zoning principals and application;
  • Comprehensive knowledge in developing and maintaining budgets;
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in leading, evaluating, and managing a large, diverse staff;
  • Thorough knowledge of local government organization and operations;
  • Skill in the oversight of complex engineering functions such as engineering plan review, project delivery, and storm-water;
  • Skill in the use and application of the Building Code and Building Code Enforcement;
  • Skill in handling public hearings and meetings with groups representing diverse opinions with the potential for confrontations and extreme emotionalism;
  • Skill in organizing and presenting highly technical information, development projects, budgetary philosophies and policies;
  • Ability to make effective oral presentations and to prepare written reports;
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships with departments, staff, government officials, and the public;
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills which exhibits the qualities of integrity, trustworthiness, respect and team collaboration;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to mentor staff and encourage staff development skills
Additional Requirements
Subject to a complete criminal history background search with acceptable results.  Must possess a valid Virginia driver's license and be able to drive to meetings, job sites, etc.  Must be able to perform the job as described in the Physical and Environmental Demands section of this job description.
Supervisory Responsibilities
Yes – supervises high-level professional division director staff.


Full-time employees are eligible for a comprehensive benefit package that includes:

• Progressive Flexible Leave Plan with cash-in option
• Eleven paid holidays
• Short Term Disability Insurance
• Long Term Disability Insurance
• Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Flexible Spending Accounts - Medical and Dependent Care
• Virginia Retirement System - Membership in VRS is automatic upon hire into a covered   position.  County contributes and employees pay their membership contribution.
• Deferred Compensation Plan with County Match
• Employee Assistance Program
• Credit Union Membership