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.


Applicant must not have convictions of a felony or a serious crime. Applicant must also complete a background examination that may include, but is not limited to, a criminal history check, education and professional certification verification, credit check and drug testing before employment with the city. 

A Bachelor’s Degree is required in Urban Studies, City or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Economic Development, or related area, along with six (6) years of broad range planning, economic development, and/or regulatory experience, including a minimum of five (5) years supervisory experience. A Master’s Degree is preferred in one or more of the above-mentioned fields along with 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.

Ability to operate a computer terminal or personal computer and use typical office software such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access. Able to learn and use other computer-based processes including the City’s software packages for permits, Smarter Select grant software, CoStar commercial real estate database, and Geographical Information Systems. The ability to type 35 words per minute and produce work that meets departmental formatting requirements. 


Must possess a Maryland Class “C” Driver’s License, or a comparable driver’s license issued by the employee’s state of residence, and a proven safe driving record. Completion of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) command courses required by the City Office of Emergency Management within six (6) months of employment with the City. EOE


  • Supervises and oversees the daily operations and activities of the Economic and Community Development Department.
  • Assists in personnel matters, including recruitment, development, and maintenance of good working relationships, and evaluation of department personnel.
  • Provides effective professional liaison between department or office head and citizens, the news media, and professionals and executives from other agencies and businesses.
  • Coordinates in-house projects, including development of intra- and interdepartmental or agency agreements.
  • Performs complex studies and prepares reports on departmental services and activities.
  • Responds to inquiries from other jurisdictions, agencies, and the general public.
  • Prepares City ordinances and updates/revisions to existing City Zoning and Subdivision Regulations, and the City Code.
  • Interprets the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code.
  • Performs research for special planning studies; summarizes and analyzes data; prepares reports.
  • Reviews special exception, variance, map amendment, and text amendment applications.
  • Coordinates interagency actions on special reports and studies.
  • Assists developers, builders, applicants, and the public to locate useful information, to comply with City requirements and to follow required procedures.
  • Prepares staff reports and assists developers to revise site plans and subdivision plats according to approved changes.
  • Reviews and reports on proposed legislation affecting existing or contemplated planning programs.
  • Serves as project manager to provide advice and technical assistance on approved projects through completion of site development permit issuance, which includes site-work, grading and possible bond permits.
  • Writes and reviews Economic Development grants. 
  • Assists with various Economic Development events. 
  • Works with Economic Development Coordinator on business retention and recruitment.
  • Reviews and approves permits for work that complies with approved site plans.
  • Performs on-site inspections to determine conformance with approved plans and permits.
  • Provides information regarding the existing and future development of the City to developers and the public.
  • In the event of an emergency initiates contacts with emergency services agencies.
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
  • Represents the Department of Economic and Community Development at meetings and conferences as assigned.
  • Willingly and cooperatively accepts other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Attend meetings including but not limited to: Mayor and City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, CRA, Center for Mobility, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (WMCOG): Region Forward and Planning Director meetings and when necessary, Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Historic District Commission, and Citizens Advisory Committee meetings.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES –The employee is responsible with assisting the Director with the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the Department’s staff and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the policies of the City, the Department, and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include assisting in making recommendations to hire; training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; recommending rewards and discipline, and addressing complaints and resolving problems


The City of Laurel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


CLOSING DATE:  January 15, 2022

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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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