City of Hyattsville – Director of Business and Economic Development

  • Director of Business and Economic Development
  • Hyattsville, MD
  • Filing Deadline: open until filled

FLSA: Exempt | Full Benefit Eligibility | Grade: 125

Salary: $115,816 – $130,396

(Commensurate with exp and education.)


This is an executive-level leadership position. The Director will direct, oversee, and evaluate all programs and services for the department including economic development, housing and planning; and will be responsible for formulating, leading and executing strategies promoting the long-term sustainability for the City of Hyattsville.

The Director will work closely with staff, elected officials, nonprofits, businesses, community associations, civic organizations, special interest groups, and federal, state, county, and local agencies, to ensure the economic vitality and growth of the City.

This position serves under the direction of the City Administrator and is responsible for aligning priorities in accordance with the direction and policy outlined by the Mayor and City Council.


  • Provides overall direction and supervision of department staff.
  • Responsible for developing a comprehensive business and economic development plan.
  • Works with the Deputy Director of Planning on the development and administration of the Capital Improvement plan.
  • Responsible for overseeing and identifying departmental goals, objectives, and funding priorities.
  • Develops the department’s annual budget.
  • Responsible for setting business expansion and retention priorities.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of an existing business visitation program.
  • Development and oversight of an Affordable Housing and Rent Stabilization program.
  • Develops Solicitations of interest, Requests for Proposals, plans, specifications, cost estimates and bid documents for assigned projects.
  • Serves as the Project Manager of consultants and contractors and monitors their work as necessary and ensures they are in accordance with City procurement policies.
  • Represents the City on various boards and organizations on the local, regional and state level.
  • Serves as a liaison to multiple stakeholders including the business community, community organizations, and county, state and federal agencies.
  • Develops and manages public outreach and information gathering processes to build consensus for project development and strategic planning.
  • Builds relationships with and communicates regularly with a variety of stakeholders, committees, and public officials regarding progress on specific projects.
  • Make presentations to the City Council, community groups and organizations and special interest groups.
  • Serves as expert advisor to the Mayor, council and staff on economic development, housing, planning, and infrastructure programs and initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Directly Supervises the:

  • Deputy Director of Planning
  • Economic Development Manager
  • Housing Manager


  • Advanced knowledge in the principles and methods of economic and business development, housing, planning and sustainability.
  • Proven experience in business growth, expansion, retention, and community development.
  • The ability to communicate complex technical information both orally and in writing to others within the profession, to staff, the City Council, and the community.
  • Experienced in developing and delivering public presentations.
  • Skills in planning, scheduling and project management.
  • Skills in conflict resolution and negotiating and facilitating meetings.
  • Ability to analyze complex technical issues and develop cost-effective, practical feasible alternatives.
  • Ability to select consultants and monitor work performance to ensure quality.
  • Ability to inspect work in progress, identify deficiencies and gain cooperation in correcting work.
  • Ability to plan, establish and monitor schedules, coordinate work of others and meet established deadlines, within budget.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deliver on schedule.
  • Awareness of community interests, problems and needs related to community development.


  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be required to push, pull, lift or carry up to 40 pounds. The noise level is moderate.


  • A minimum of 8 years senior/executive level leadership experience (with a minimum of five years supervisory experience).
  • Experience in municipal, county, or state, business and economic development, housing and infrastructure management and programs, strategic and city planning, with proven background in analyzing operational and financial data to produce short- and long-range plans and forecasts.
  • BA/BS degree in public administration, economics, planning, or a related field. A combination of education and professional relevant experience may be considered. Our preferred candidate will have a Master’s Degree in a related field and be bilingual preferably English and Spanish.
  • Experience in grant administration.


  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) accreditation is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license required.


This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be considered for the incumbent/applicant when possible.


To be considered candidates must submit the City of Hyattsville job application which is available here, along with a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to the attention of Jerome Joyner, Director of Human Resources to


  • Maryland State Retirement Program (employee and city contributory plan)
  • Employer-supported Defined Contribution Programs (401a and 457)
  • Insurance (Health, Prescription, Life, AD&D, Dental & Vision) including FSA &
  • dependent care.
  • Annual and sick leave accruals
  • Paid holidays, 11 annually.
  • Direct deposit
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Training and professional educational opportunities
  • Annual bonus incentives for employees who reside in the city, are bilingual
  • and/or use green transportation methods.