The City of Cumberland has historically been a regional hub for economic and commercial activity within Allegany County and the larger Western Maryland region. The City’s economy was largely built upon a manufacturing base that established the City of Cumberland as the second largest city in Maryland. Starting in the second half of the 20th century the city’s economy experienced a fundamental transformation as global economic patterns shifted and caused traditional manufacturing based economies throughout the United States to see their foundations altered.
The City has made great strides to stabilize from the economic decline that marked the past 50 years, but much work is needed in order to establish an economic base that will fill the void created through the transition away from major manufacturing employers. The Cumberland Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is an independent non-profit 501c3 organization working to enable the City to pursue a proactive, comprehensive economic development effort aimed at increasing the local tax base, attracting new employers, and supporting the continued growth of established industries.
President/Executive Director Position Search
Located in the city of Cumberland in Western Maryland, the CEDC is searching for a dynamic and aggressively minded economic development professional to lead our organization through a series of business development, business retention, and community development projects.
The President/Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of the CEDC’s strategic plan aimed to create a more sustainable and vibrant economy for the Cumberland region. The plan calls for a focus on increasing employment, private investment, diversifying the tax base, and providing better quality of life opportunities within the City of Cumberland as well as within the Cumberland region. In order to achieve these objectives, the President/Executive Director has three primary areas of responsibility: prospect recruitment, stakeholder coordination, and relationship development.
Minimum of 3-5 years experience in economic development or closely related field
Bachelor’s degree required. A Master’s degree and IEDC or OU EDI Course completion preferred.
$70,000 – $95,000 salary range based on experience, plus project based incentives
How to Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume’, and references to Jonathan Hutcherson, CEDC Chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Initial responses will be evaluated by April 21, 2017.