Director for the Department of Economic Development – City of Harrisburg

Deadline: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Position Summary

The City of Harrisburg is seeking a highly motivated individual to fulfill the responsibilities of Director for the Department of Economic Development. This is a senior, cabinet-level position that administers the comprehensive commercial and industrial development planning and program activities for the City of Harrisburg.  Directs activities such as research, analysis, and evaluation of technical information to determine feasibility and economic impact of proposed expansions and developments.  More importantly, this position is chiefly responsible for developing and implementing a strategy that attracts, retains, and encourages expansion of business and jobs in Harrisburg. All activities are directed toward the development and maintenance of a favorable climate for business development.  Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Mayor and Business Administrator.  This is a management, FLSA-exempt position.


Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, or preferably possession of a master’s degree, from an accredited college or university in the area of business administration, public administration, marketing, economics, or other related field. Extensive professional experience in economic development and/or equivalent in the private sector. Or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, Class C or equivalent is also required.

The annual salary range is $70,000 to $75,000 (commensurate with experience and qualifications), plus an excellent benefits package. 

How to Apply

The City intends to fill this position as soon as possible.  It will remain open until filled.  If interested, please submit a cover letter, your resume, three employment references and salary history to:

City of Harrisburg, Bureau of Human Resources
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City Government Center
10 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 255-6475
Email: (electronic submission preferred)

The City of Harrisburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Eric Papenfuse, Mayor