Director of Economic Development

Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission
September 14, 2022
Saco, Maine
Job Type


Application Deadline: Rolling until position is filled

Start Date: ASAP

Reports to: Executive Director

FLSA Status: Exempt, salaried

Salary Range: $85,000-$100,000

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and reasons for applying to Marian Alexandre, [email protected]

The SMPDC is seeking an experienced, effective, and knowledgeable full-time Economic Development Director. This position is one of great importance to our organization, responsible for managing, developing, and guiding economic development projects and programs in the region. This position will manage the SMPDC Brownfields program, a multi-million-dollar redevelopment program which is among the most successful nationwide, including loans and assessment projects. The ED Director is responsible for managing all Economic Development Administration (EDA) programming available and required of our organization as an EDA Economic Development District, such as EDA loan funds, and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Our organization and this position will work directly with the Southern Maine Finance Authority, who is responsible for SMPDC’s portfolio management.

As the leader of one of the core sectors of SMPDC’s mission, the individual in this position will provide both the administrative knowledge and execution required of the current programs, as well as the experience and vision to continue developing services which will best serve our member communities.

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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