Assistant Director Economic Development Department

  • James City County
  • James City County
  • Nov 23, 2022
Full time Government

Job Description

Assistant Director Economic Development Department

$73,863 / year or higher DOQ + Full-Time County Benefits.

James City County’s Office of Economic Development seeks an individual to perform business attraction, development, and retention work; assists in coordinating prospect attraction and support efforts with that of other County departments, the Economic Development Authority, commercial real estate brokers, regional organizations and State agencies; and, assists in coordinating Capital Improvement Projects, grant programs and other special projects and events; represents department as a liaison to various committees and external organizations.


  • Assists in development and execution of goals, strategies, and actions associated with the County’s Comprehensive Plan and Strategic Plan; participates in the development of the Department’s annual operating budget.
  • Assists in development of strategies to identify target businesses, monitors competition, and establishes marketing tools specific to the needs of target businesses and evaluating and developing incentive programs tied to specific target industry segments and focusing on redevelopment.
  • Serves as primary administrator for incentive programs; works with other County departments, the Commissioner of The Revenue Office, and outside agencies.
  • Maximizes the use of the County’s natural assets by exploring rural economic development opportunities.; Organizes Manufacturing Day program in partnership with WJCC Schools; seeks similar opportunities to assist and highlight other target industry segments.
  • Presents information and makes recommendations to the Director of Economic Development and appropriate groups, as necessary; responds to requests for information and assistance related to business prospects and serves as a liaison with appropriate County departments and outside agencies.
  • Provides assistance to the Economic Development Authority (EDA) and its committees and serves in the absence of the Director of Economic Development as staff support to the EDA and other economic development organizations and agencies.


  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, or related field and, considerable experience in economic development or marketing.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of comprehensive plans, economic development, business management, and real estate; knowledge of the operations and practices of local government.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service including setting and meeting quality standards for services and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Skill in public speaking; effective presentations; use of computer software, especially Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to interpret and explain state and local rules and regulations; communicate effectively orally and in writing, make independent judgments and take initiative; work independently based upon broadly stated goals and objectives; work with a variety of different groups, build consensus among diverse audiences, and resolve potential conflicts diplomatically; meet tight deadlines and to handle confidential information with discretion; establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Click here for full job description. Accepting applications until position is filled. Cover letters and resumes may also be attached, but a fully completed application is required for your application to be considered.

Only online applications to our website will be considered. To apply, please visit the James City County Career Center at