Economic Development Manager
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General Summary

The City of Pontiac is seeking a highly responsible and organized person to join the City’s management team. 

Under the direction of the Community Development Director, the Economic Development Manager will manage, coordinate, and oversee the functions, operations, staff, and activities of the Economic Development Division. The Economic Development Manager shall perform complex professional work in all phases of economic development. This will include, but is not limited to, business attraction and retention, site selection, local business support & workforce development. The incumbent in this position must have a working knowledge of available incentives. Knowledge of the Pontiac market and of housing and transportation challenges is crucial. 

This is a hands-on management position that will work side by side with Building Safety, Code Enforcement, and Planning. Manager will be required to present information to the City Council as well as to various other committees, commissions, and boards. 

A successful candidate will have the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers and the public during challenging situations, have excellent communication skills, be well organized, and bring fresh ideas to the team. The City has a wide variety of residential, commercial, and industrial development with great opportunity for adaptive reuse and infill projects. 


Work is governed by broad instructions, objectives, and policies. Work requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent analytical and evaluative judgment.

Employee must maintain regular attendance.



Minimum Qualifications

Master's Degree in architecture, business administration, economic development, political science, public administration, or a related field and at least 3 (three) years experience in administration of zoning ordinances, construction code enforcement, nuisance enforcement, grant administration or economic development activities. 

In lieu of a master’s degree, the Director of Economic Development shall have a Bachelor's degree in architecture, business administration, economic development, political science, public administration or a related field, and at least 5 (five) years experience in administration of zoning ordinances, land development, grant administration, or economic development activities.

Valid Michigan Driver's License or the ability to obtain one at time of hire.


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