Deputy Director - St. Mary’s County Maryland

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Department of Economic Development, St. Mary’s County Maryland

St. Mary’s County is seeking a positive, energetic, and organized Deputy Director to assist in leading the nine-person department in pursing the department’s Strategic Plan to Build an Innovation-Driven Economy using a four-pronged approach:

  • Grow emerging and heritage industries
  • Attract and retain a young, talented, and diverse workforce
  • Create a nurturing environment for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Support and advance the mission of Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River and its tenant commands

St. Mary’s County boasts:

  • The highest number of tech workers in the Country (24/7 Wall Street)
  • The 4th best place in the country for tech jobs (Nerdwallet)
  • More aerospace engineers per capita than anywhere else in the county (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • STEM Employment of 3.5% above the national average (Forbes)

The Department works to grow the following target industries:  Aviation and Aircraft Modification, Unmanned Autonomous Systems, Advanced Manufacturing, Commercialization of Defense Technology, Tourism, and Agriculture.  Efforts that the Department of Economic Development is leading include: 

  • Creating an Innovation District at the regional airport
  • Building a robust ecosystem for start-ups
  • Streamlining the development review process
  • Coordinating with the Town of Leonardtown in carrying out the updated Downtown Strategic Plan
  • Building a Regional Agriculture Center

The Deputy Director will supervise the Business Development Division staff and will oversee the Ag and Seafood Division.  The successful candidate will have economic development experience, have strong project management skills, bring new ideas and creativity to the workplace, and will be an excellent writer and speaker.  The work environment is fast-paced, interesting, dynamic, and collaborative.

To see a summary brochure about the strategic plan, click here:

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