Feb 16, 2021

Economic Development Director - City of Harris County

  • Economic Development Curated Job
  • Houston, TX, USA
Full time Business Attraction Business Development Business Retention Other Strategy-Planning

Job Description

Position Description

The Economic Development Director performs a variety of administrative, technical, and professional work in the preparation and implementation of the Barrett Community Plan. This full-time position is responsible for working closely with the Precinct 2 staff, Barrett Management District Political Subdivision, MUD 50 Political Subdivision add other community stakeholder groups in promoting the business and economic development interests within the community. This position will include working with all noted departments in providing guidance to individuals and companies to establish, relocate, or expand their businesses within the community. This position is a direct report to the Deputy Chief of Staff -Administrative Services. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Directs economic development initiatives to achieve the goals and objectives outlined by the Barrett Community Plan.
  • Aids in the development of short and long term economic and community development plans, as well as the gathering of information and preparation of studies, reports, and recommendations to achieve such goals
    • This will involve the preparation and maintenance of information on utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services, financing tools, and incentives, in order to respond to requests for information for economic development purposes, and the coordination with other departments and agencies as needed
  • Provides professional economic development advice, assist in the application and permitting process, and serve as an advocate for economic development in line with the Barrett Community Plan.
  • Works closely with the Barrett Management District Political Subdivision, MUD 20 Political Subdivision, and other community stakeholders’ groups to identify areas of concern in the promotion of business location and expansion.
  • Maintains a liaison with various local, State, and Federal agencies, coordinating projects with agencies as deemed necessary and appropriate.
  • Provides information and/or make presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups, businesses, individuals, and the general public on economic development issues, programs, services, and plans.
  • Becomes familiar with the existing inventory of available buildings and business and residential development sites within the community
    • This will include both public and private buildings and land areas.
  • Prepares grant proposals and applications, contracts, and other necessary documents as may be required for necessary community services.
  • Works with the Barrett Management District Political Subdivision, MUD 50 Political Subdivision, and other community stakeholder groups to formulate and implement marketing and business attraction strategies.
  • Serves as a member of economic development groups or task force that promote economic and community development at the local, state, or federal level, as deemed necessary or appropriate.
  • Monitors legislation and regulations relating to economic development, and report findings to the appropriate impacted parties.
  • Maintains strong working relationships with the general public, area businesses, clients, the media, and others.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
 If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net




  • Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Community Development or a related field 
  • Five (5) years of experience in economic and community development

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of business development, community, and economic development 
  • Working knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure, and planning programs and processes
  • Ability to communicate effectively to groups and individuals, engineers, architects, contractors, developers, businesses, supervisors, employees, and the general public
  • Ability to establish working relationships with other organizations and economic development practitioners
  • Ability to prepare and analyze reports and data, and have skill in the operation of necessary tools and equipment, i.e. computer, word processing, spreadsheet software, and general office equipment (telephone, fax, copier, calculator, etc.)

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.


General Information


  • Typically Monday - Friday/8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Hours may vary based on business needs of the department
  • Weekends, Evenings, and Holidays may be required during special events


  • Commensurate with experience
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.


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