The Director of Community and Economic Development reports to the Chief of Staffand directs, oversees and administers all functional community and economic development service divisions and functions: Neighborhoods, Planning, Permitting, Inspection & Compliance and Economic Development.
The Director of Community and Economic Development is responsible for the operations of community and economic development programs and projects of Toledo. This includes coordinating the programs and activities of the officers, departments, agencies, boards and commissions of the city that relate to community and economic development along with a major role in influencing policy development, business retention and attraction, development of quality affordable housing, collaborating with community partners to support quality of life initiatives and programs.
The Director of Community and Economic Development duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Communicate goals and objectives and provide visionary department leadership by exercising oversight authority and broad discretionary judgment to manage all facets of community and economic development functions to include, but not limited to, planning and zoning, permitting, code compliance, inspection and lead containment and abatement.
Oversee HUD entitlement grant programs and consolidated planning process to ensure compliance with federal guidelines and ensure the most efficient and effective use of funds for greatest community benefit.
Direct the development and administration of budgets, policies, projects and programs of the department to effectively and efficiently deliver high quality services to the City and the community.
Cooperatively collaborate with the Mayor, Councilmembers, department directors, senior managers, external business and community partners and other stakeholders to analyze organization and community needs, and develop, coordinate, and direct the implementation of the city’s community and economic development strategy to include Toledo’s short and long-range plan development and take a lead role in supporting regional initiatives that meet city’s goals and objectives.
Preferred candidates may come from several possible backgrounds: the top leader of a community or economic development focused organization that serves a metropolitan region; a private sector executive with a strong background in development; an executive from a state, county or city economic or community The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to provide leadership and guidance to the planning, land use, historic preservation, building inspections, code enforcement, housing, redevelopment, neighborhood, urban renewal as well as business attraction and retention. In addition, the preferred candidate will have a proven track record in using placemaking as a means of creating jobs, attracting investments and amplifying neighborhood revitalization efforts.
The successful candidate should display the ability and demonstrated track record of being able to gain rapid credibility and build strong working relationships with business, economic development, political and community leaders. The candidate must demonstrate specific experience working collaboratively with the real estate industry, and workforce development areas along with large firms and owners of small businesses along with government and nonprofit leaders. This person should have at least 5 years of progressively responsible career growth focused in economic and community development.
Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration, business, management or other related field preferred; Masters or other terminal degree highly desirable; or any combination of experience and education to successfully perform the duties.Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Economic Development Finance Professional Certification (EDFP), Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP), Rental Housing Finance Professional (RHDFP) and/or other related professional certifications highly desired.
About City of Toledo
Founded in 1833, Toledo has become well known for its industry, particularly in auto assembly and glass (hence the nickname "The Glass City"). Toledo is now at the heart of the New Manufacturing Economy, which is entrepreneurial in spirit. The Toledo area recognizes and celebrates this spirit. Toledo is the perfect place to increase your opportunities - this area has talent, capital and networks.
Generations of the region's inhabitants recognized the Toledo area's extraordinary mixture of opportunity, culture, affordability, accessibility and beauty and are dedicated to creating deep, lasting roots here. The cultural and social investments that were made in the past continue to welcome new generations today.
Visiting and Living
Whether you're looking for on or off campus activities, there is something for everyone in Toledo! Toledo is the fourth largest city in the state of Ohio and is centrally located to large cities, including:
Ann Arbor, MI - One hour away
Detroit Metro Airport (Romulus, MI) - 55 minutes away
Chicago, IL - 4+ hours away
Cleveland, OH - 2+ hours away
Detroit, MI - 1+ hour away
New York, NY - 9 hours away
Pittsburg, PA - 4+ hours... away
Washington, D.C. - 8 hours and 30 minutes away
Don't have a car? No problem! All of these great cities can be accessed by the Megabus, which runs to these cities for a low fare. So if you need a weekend away or just want to see new sites, check out these cities that are close by! Not only does Toledo have a Megabus station but the Amtrak Train also runs through it! This makes it easier to reach New York and Washington, DC as well as many other cities!
If you're looking to stay in Toledo and don't have a car on campus, there are many ways to see the sites of Toledo. The city has a public bus transportation system called TARTA and will take you anywhere you need to go. There is even a dedicated stop at the Transportation Center on main campus. Another transportation option is UT Rides, which is offered through Black and White Transportation. If you want to check out the Toledo Museum of Art or Franklin Park Mall, UT offers shuttles that will drop you off and pick you up!
Actor Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H is from Toledo and mentioned the city during his on-air days.
Toledo has its own theme song: "We're Strong for Toledo."
Toledo was once claimed by both Ohio and Michigan, which led to the "Toledo War" in 1835 (Ohio gained Toledo while Michigan gained the Upper Peninsula).
Tony Packo's hot dog sauce went to outer space aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1997.
Some of Toledo's nicknames over the years have included "The Glass City," "Frogtown" and "A Renaissance City."
The Toledo Zoo, constantly rated as one of the nation's 10 best, was the first zoo to feature a hippoquarium-style exhibit.
In honor of the "sister city" relationship between Toledo, Ohio and Toledo, Spain, the Toledo Zoo incorporated Spanish architecture into their building designs throughout the zoo.
Toledo has long been rumored to have the "most restaurants per capita" in the country.
Toledo is the fourth largest city in Ohio.
The Toledo Mud Hens are one of minor league baseball's oldest teams in continuous operation, having first played in 1896.