Economic & Community Development Director

Town of Collierville, TN

The Town of Collierville, Tennessee (52,167 population) seeks a visionary and collaborative leader to be its next Economic and Community Development Director. Located thirty minutes east of Memphis in Shelby County, Collierville residents enjoy the amenities that come with park and open space amenities, along with countless community-engaging events throughout the year. Collierville has been recognized nationally as one of Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live in America."

Collierville is a progressive, innovative, full-service Town known for its outstanding amenities. Home to beautiful neighborhoods, green spaces, and flourishing businesses, the Town provides superior municipal services with over 500 permanent Town employees and operates on an FY 2023 total budget of $240.8M, including a general fund budget of $71.8M.

The Town of Collierville serves under a Mayor-Alderman/Town Administrator form of government and operates under a Private Acts Charter. The ideal Economic & Community Development Director would be politically, socially, and environmentally astute; would have extensive knowledge of current trends and best practices that impact and influence all aspects of planning, engineering, economic development, and code compliance; and would demonstrate success in building strong relationships of trust and accountability with all stakeholders— internal and external.

The successful candidate will hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; supplemented by a Master’s degree in Public Management, Public Policy, Urban Planning or a closely related field; and a minimum of five (5) years of experience as a City manager, Assistant City Manager, or in Community or Economic development administration. Any equivalent combination of experience, education, and training may be considered.

Essential Functions
The role of Economic & Community Development Director develops and implements programs and policies consistent with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s goals, visions, and directions.

Manages the Division of Planning, Engineering, and Construction Codes and oversees all economic development activity, current and long-range planning, code compliance, and engineering activities along with preparing and monitoring each departmental budget and expenditures.

Plans, initiates, and directs economic development initiatives including contract development, preparation and management, development agreements, real estate and capital projects utilizing both public initiatives and public/private partnerships.

Formulates departmental goals and objectives in conjunction with division heads. Meets with business leaders and community groups regarding location of businesses, subdivisions, and other development issues.

Performs all personnel matters such as appointments, separation, performance evaluations, where applicable, and other related functions.

Oversees all development contracts, and professional services contracts and prepares requests for proposals and oversees the subsequent selection process.

Approves/denies all purchases for Planning, Engineering, and the Building Safety & Code Enforcement divisions through purchase requisitions and purchase orders.

Serves as liaison between departments and the various media, public service groups, and other organizations within the community and responds to all litigation involving the department.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter that is willing to roll up their sleeves and help the Department accomplish its goals. The Town is seeking an individual who has a proven ability to improve organizational and individual performance, has an opportunistic approach when taking on issues, and is willing to solve problems energetically.

A starting salary based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience will be offered, with an anticipated starting range between $100,817 to $131,062. The Town of Collierville offers excellent benefits, including a health insurance plan (medical, vision, and dental), no-cost health clinics available for employees and dependents of the Town's health plan, Town provided life and long-term disability insurance, paid time off, pension, and more. Relocation assistance is available. Please see the job profile on the Town's website for full benefit information.

Important Note. You must submit an official Town of Collierville application accompanied by a resume to be considered for this position. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of an application.

Please direct inquiries regarding this position to Recruiting Specialist, Brooke McGee at or 901-457-2290.

The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. We invite professionals to submit an application, cover letter and resume by visiting our website at

How to Apply

Submit an application, cover letter, and resume by visiting our website at

Job Details

Job Function
Economic Development Director
Position Type
Full Time

Town of Collierville


500 Poplar View Pkwy
Collierville, TN 38017-3440
United States

Form of Government


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