Nassau Board of County Commissioners Economic Development Director

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As part of the Jacksonville (Northeast Florida) region, Nassau is situated atop America's third largest state and central to the booming Southeast. When people first think of Nassau County, Amelia Island and the beautiful beaches come to mind. Look beyond the beaches, world class resorts and historic Fernandina Beach and you will see the landscape of Nassau is as diverse as the residents, businesses and corporate partners that call Nassau home. Nassau County is where a robust tourism economy intersects with industry, the railways and highways link to more than 61 million consumers, and the Port of Fernandina unites businesses with the world. Nassau County is ideally positioned for new industry and expansion opportunities with a skilled military workforce, unsurpassed logistics network, and more than 17 million square feet of entitled heavy industrial and commercial space.

Nassau County is searching for a driven, forward-thinking consensus builder with a collaborative spirit, positive persona, and passion for building community to serve as the Board of County Commissioners' first in-house Economic Development Director. The ideal candidate will be a charismatic team builder with a proactive management style who is flexible and adaptable to change, commits to delivering exceptional customer service, and excels in building-consensus across a broad spectrum of community actors to deliver sophisticated, high-profile projects while at the same time possessing the attention to detail necessary to execute the day-to-day activities of establishing new programs and policies.

To view the position brochure or submit your application for consideration, visit Nassau County Florida's Website.

The Economic Development Director position is vital in the County’s ongoing effort to support economic growth, broad-based prosperity, quality jobs, and a sustainable quality of life by attracting new corporate investment, facilitating the retention and expansion of existing businesses, and diversifying the County’s economy. The Director will work closely with area economic development partners and county departments to coordinate a comprehensive economic development strategic plan that promotes a more resilient, sustainable, and prosperous local economic ecosystem. The newly established Economic Development Director position will be part of the County Manager’s senior leadership team, will report to the County Manager, and serve to implement the directives of the Board of County Commissioners.

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Management, Business, Economic Development, or related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in economic development and/or community development projects, programs, and initiatives in a public sector environment, or a combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. A valid State Driver’s License is required.

Preference may be given to candidates with:

  • Experience in local government management; and/or
  • Three or more years of supervisory or management experience; and/or,
  • Added credentials such as Certified Economic Developer (CEcD); and/or,
  • Experience working in Florida; and/or
  • Functional capacity to productively utilize the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of products.

The salary range for this position is $104,448 - $158,929. While the starting salary is dependent on qualifications and experience, it is anticipated not to exceed $135,000. The County provides a comprehensive benefits program and participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS). Voluntary supplemental 457(b) deferred compensation retirement is also available. For additional benefits information, visit: For those candidates that previously explored employment with Nassau County, on 10/1/21 the BOCC increased the County’s contribution to include 50% of the cost of dependent health insurance coverage.