The Deputy Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development is an integral part of the Mayor’s Senior Management Team responsible for the assistance in the supervision and facilitation of key decisions concerning the day-to-day operations of the department along with the Director. The work is performed under the supervision of the Director, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.  The Deputy Director helps develop and implement short and long-term planning efforts, which align with the City’s strategic priorities to create a strong and vibrant community. In this position, the Deputy Director will focus on planning/zoning and/or economic development initiatives for the City depending on background and qualifications.  This includes but is not limited to review and update of the City’s Master Plan, the Unified Land Development Code, economic development, historic preservation, affordable housing, zoning compliance, business recruitment and retention, administration, coordination, research and implementation of neighborhood goals, business development, urban revitalization, and related work. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this position establish and maintain exceptional working relationships with the City Administration, other employees, local, state, and federal elected officials, representatives of neighborhood organizations, business/property owners, developers/engineers, real estate agents, lawyers, and the public.  The Deputy Director may represent the Department at any time as requested by the Director and may serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Director.



A Master’s Degree in Urban Studies, City or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Economic Development, or related area, and four (4) years of broad range planning, economic development, and/or regulatory experience, including a minimum of three (3) years supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. For education obtained outside the U.S., at the time of application, the applicant is required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service, such as the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or World Education Services: International Credential Evaluation.  Must possess a valid Real ID Maryland Class C Driver’s license, or a comparable license issued by the employee’s state of residence, and a proven safe driving record.  Must possess or be able to attain the following certification in the National Incident Command System (ICS) within six months of employment: ICS-100, ICS-700.  Ability to operate a personal computer.  Proficient in the use of typical word processing software such as Microsoft Word and the use of spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. Ability to learn and apply other office software and automated office procedures. Ability to perform research in a Geographical Information System (GIS).  EOE




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Economic & Community Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development maintains and oversees the built environment within the City of Laurel. The department is responsible for zoning compliance, subdivision and development review, historic preservation review, economic development, affordable housing, and implementation of the City’s Master Plan. These activities are intended to improve the life quality in the City. Department staff strive to provide these services in a timely and efficient manner while promoting high-quality development which is compliant with State of Maryland regulations and statutes.  

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