Director – Downtown Business & Economic Development

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Township of Cranford Downtown Business & Economic Development Office / Special Improvement District

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Crandford, NJ


Crandford, NJ

Description :

The Director is responsible for day-to-day management of business and economic 
development initiatives, marketing the district and businesses within, 
maintenance and improvements to public spaces, communications and public 
information to various stakeholders, and special projects that position downtown
Cranford as an excellent place to shop, dine, live, visit and invest.

Specific responsibilities include: 

•	Attend DMC Board and Committee meetings and prepare agendas, reports and 
information packets as needed 
•	Develop and implement business development strategy to recruit new businesses 
and support existing businesses
-	assist with permitting process, including sign, façade and renovations,
-	serve as resource for municipal information 
-	provide information and advice for improving and growing business
-	organize workshops on topics relevant to businesses 
-	foster cross promotion with businesses
-	develop and maintain contact with property owners, commercial brokers, 
-	maintain database with information on all SID properties
•	Review site plans and prepare reports for Planning and Zoning Boards for 
applications in the SID
•	Present recommendations and actions to the DMC Board, Township Administrator 
and Township Committee on ideas to enhance the business district
-	keep same advised of situations, activities, trends in retail, development, 
parking, planning, pedestrian safety and accessibility, legislation, 
opportunities and other issues such as building design, preservation and 
redevelopment that may impact and improve the business district
•	Work with DMC Board and other local stakeholders (department heads, Boards, 
Committees) on development, maintenance and implementation of Strategic and 
Visioning Plans
•	Develop, manage and expand communications and marketing of the District to all
SID stakeholders, the general public, and media including and especially via 
active social media platforms
•	Work with DMC Board and relevant departments on public space improvements, 
including tree inventory and plantings, sidewalk and pedestrian improvements, 
seating, appearance and upgrades to increase utilization of public spaces
•	Work with DMC Board and relevant departments on maintenance issues including 
cleanliness, trash collection, repairs and general maintenance items
•	Work with DMC Board, committees and civic organizations to design, organize 
and promote events that will attract visitors to downtown Cranford 
•	Work with Township Administrator and relevant departments to identify and 
secure grants
•	Oversee administrative operation, personnel, budgeting and reporting functions
of the department

How to apply :



  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum five years of experience in administration, management and implementation of economic and business development, business district or community development programs; advanced degree and/or experience in public administration a plus
  • Planning experience and/or qualifications (AICP, PP) a plus
  • Proven track record in downtown planning, economic development, and marketing
  • Ability to interact with various stakeholders and general public; garner support for projects and improvements
  • Open-minded with an ability to understand how projects and initiatives fit into the short- and long-term objectives
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, particularly in social media
  • Ability to troubleshoot and manage multiple projects at once
  • Working knowledge of funding/financing sources and grant writing processes

Submit resume to: Cathy Scotti, Assistant to Township Administrator

Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018

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