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City of Salem Office of Economic Development
400 N Iron St.
Salem, Mo 65560

City of Salem
Employment Opportunity

Class Title: Director of Economic Development
Status: Full-Time
Compensation: $47,500 - $60,000 D.O.E.
Location: City Administrative Offices

Individuals interested in this position must submit an application, letter of interest, and at least three reference letters to the City Administration Office. The City of Salem is an equal opportunity employer.

The Economic Development Director is responsible for the management and administration of City programs and activities associated with Economic Development, including business retention/expansion/attraction and workforce development.

The Economic Development Director manages the city’s economic development efforts as adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and supervised by the City Administrator.

This is a mid-management position that directly supervises assigned support staff and indirectly exercises supervision over employees under various department heads.


  • An Associate’s degree in business, urban policy, public administration, finance, economic development, marketing or a related field.
  • At least two years professional related economic development experience.
  • Must possess a valid Missouri Driver’s License by hire date.


  • Working knowledge of Tax Increment Financing (TIF), Tax Abatement, and other economic related federal and state programs.
  • Experience in grant procurement and administration.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business, urban policy, public administration, finance, economic development, marketing or a related field.
  • Four or more years of professional related economic development experience with pursuit of designation as a Certified Economic Developer (EDC).


  • Knowledge of the philosophies, principals, practices, terminology and techniques of rural, regional and economic development.
  • Knowledge of municipal ordinances, zoning and infrastructure and planning programs and processes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to groups and individuals, engineers, architects, contractors, developers, business leaders, co-workers and the general public.
  • Ability to prepare business and financial plans and reports, to gather and analyze various related data, to map trends and to interpret the results.
  • Ability to explain complicated matters and negotiate for the purpose of reaching an agreement and understanding and to facilitate effective discussion and sharing of ideas.
  • Ability to manage time and to plan, organize and prioritize work according to schedules.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and to be flexible in changing priorities.
  • Knowledge of marketing principles and strategies.
  • Knowledge of socio-economic and demographic research techniques.
  • Knowledge of business retention and recruitment initiatives.
  • Skill in the use of computers and other standard office equipment.
  • Executive-level interpersonal, leadership, planning, management and communications skills; ability to communicate professionally verbally, in writing and in presentations.

While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and lift and/or move up to 10 to 20 pounds. While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is rarely exposed to disagreeable environmental factors.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment ranges from quiet to moderately loud.

The general duties and responsibilities of the economic development director position include the following as specified by city ordinance:

  • Assist in the development and supervise implementation of an annual program of work for economic development.
  • Develop and supervise an annual budget for support of economic development activities.
  • Increase the economic base of the Salem area by expansion of existing and procurement of new business and industry.
  • Write quarterly reports of performance.
  • Develop and implement a tracking system of all prospects/suspects that would facilitate a consistent follow up procedure.
  • Develop and implement advertising campaign that would best utilize available budget; tract results of all ads to analyze their success.
  • Contact by whatever communication means appropriate any prospect/suspect to determine how Salem fits into their future plans.
  • Receive all inquiries relating to business development and make personal follow up.
  • Develop and implement regular and consistent contact with individuals representing the existing business community; assist in problems and provide answers when possible; aid them in expansion efforts in Salem.
  • Supervise distribution of demographic and economic data to potential new businesses and indigenous businesses.
  • Attend approved state and regional conferences and programs applicable to the office, and the business of the City of Salem.
  • In addition to the foregoing duties, the Director of Economic Development shall perform other duties or functions as assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Initial review of applicants will be based on their application, letter of interest and references. Applicants selected for further consideration will be interviewed with one applicant being recommended for appointment by the Mayor to the Board of Aldermen.

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