Canton Township
  • Leisure Services - Community Development
  • Canton, MI, USA
  • 96812-125858 per year
  • Full Time

Notice of Employment Opportunity

The following full-time job posting will remain open until Monday, March 27, 2023.

Economic Development Manager

Salary Range: $96,812 to $125,858

Canton Township is a reciprocal unit as defined in the Reciprocal Retirement Act, Act 88 of 1961

  • This is an external posting open to all applicants.
  • Must meet the minimum requirements of the position.
  • Applications not completed in their entirety will not be considered.
  • Only those applications that are received prior to the posted deadline will be considered.
  • See attached job description and hiring process for minimum qualifications and timeline.

The Charter Township of Canton provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) and is committed to a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability, height, weight, gender identity, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Dated Posted: March 16, 2023

Job Description and Hiring Process Attached





This is a professional position that has supervisory work. The person in the position is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and managing programs that retain, attract, expand, and support commercial, office, and industrial business development in Canton Township. The goal of the position is to develop, grow and maintain a thriving business climate. The person is responsible for strategic marketing of the community and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The Economic Development Manager must integrate economic, and community resource programs into a viable and sustainable working program to improve the physical, economic, and social climate of the Township. This position also establishes and maintains communication and cooperative efforts with business organizations. The employee in this position must be self-directed to maintain and meet the high-quality of programs, maintenance, and service standards of the Township. The employee must also be innovative in meeting goals and objectives while working within the context of existing strategies and budgets.

The Economic Development Manager works under the direction of the Community Development Director. The employee serves as the project manager for all economic development initiatives within the Township, including: Cherry Hill Village, The Ford Road Corridor, The Michigan Avenue Innovation Network (MAIN) and Canton's Mobility Initiatives.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Note: These examples are intended merely as illustrations of the various types of work performed)

  • Evaluates, directs, and supervises employees engaged in economic development and the DDA.
  • Develops and implements strategic planning for economic development.
  • Represents the Township in dealing with other governmental entities, businesses, and the general public on economic development matters.
  • Creates and manages economic development incentive packages to attract, retain, and aid local businesses.
  • Participates and oversees promotional activities such as site tours and presentations for meetings between local area businesses, government, real estate/development representatives, and prospective client companies.
  • Acts as economic development liaison and facilitator between Canton Township, private developers, commercial brokers, and business/property owners.
  • Oversees the acquisition and administration of various Federal and State grant programs and tax incentives as related to economic development.
  • Represents the Township at every DDA meeting.
  • Establishes and maintains a network of communication, outreach, and cooperation with area brokers and real estate development firms, Wayne County, State of Michigan, property owners, business owners, civic, community and business groups to coordinate and enhance business relations, recruitment, and retention efforts.
  • Helps identify and connect current business base with resources and tools needed to grow and expand within the Township.
  • Maintains current knowledge of community issues and initiatives, current economic conditions in the local area and region, and local events.
  • Evaluates requests for the use of funds and monitors the operation and activities of on-going projects.
  • Develops the preliminary budget based on experience, current needs, and future expectations.
  • Monitors expenditures throughout the fiscal year to conform to the final approved budget.
  • Oversees DDA operations and makes recommendations to the DDA Board on issues related to DDA plans.
  • Confers with the DDA Board, private property and business owners, and Township staff on issues related to Canton's DDA.
  • Prepares agenda and back up materials, records, prepares and maintain minutes of DDA Board meetings.
  • Maintains a variety of financial and statistical data and reports of the Downtown Development Authority as required.
  • Coordinates the work of the DDA, its Board, committees, and taskforce.
  • Provides technical and management assistance as needed by the Board, committees, and taskforce to ensure that they can successfully implement the enhancement strategies.
  • Directs activities, such as research, analysis, and evaluation of technical information to determine feasibility and economic impact of proposed expansions and developments.
  • Confers with governmental officials to effect changes in local policies or ordinances discouraging effective development.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in Business, Economics, Urban Planning, Public Administration, or related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, abilities, and skills.
  • Minimum of six years of related professional experience.
  • A demonstrated self-starter with excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to be available to the public and work a flexible schedule as needed.
  • Ability to analyze problems, present facts, and make recommendations effectively in oral and
  • written form.
  • Ability to deal effectively with the public in a courteous and tactful manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Township Departments, Township Officials and Economic Development offices of Wayne County and the State of Michigan.
  • Knowledge of community resources for effective problem solving.
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills.
  • Familiarity and appreciation for secondary factors impacting economic development such as arts and culture, recreation, tourism, education, skilled workforce availability, health care, housing, and concern for environmental preservation.
  • Considerable knowledge of the materials, methods and techniques commonly used in business administration
  • Must possess a current, valid Michigan Driver's License with a driving history that does not create liability concerns, which includes, but is not limited to, convictions for reckless driving, careless driving, suspended license, or convictions involving drinking and impaired driving.


Reasonable Accommodations: Canton Township provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the ADA Coordinator at (734) 394-5260. We encourage all interested qualified applicants to apply for open positions. Request for accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Demands

  • Stand- Frequently
  • Walk- Frequently
  • Sit- Frequently
  • Use of Hands/Fingers- Constantly
  • Reach- Occasionally
  • Climb- Rarely
  • Crawl- Rarely
  • Squat or Kneel- Rarely
  • Bend- Rarely


  • Less than 10 lbs- Frequently
  • 10 - 29 lbs- Occasionally
  • 30 - 59 lbs- Rarely
  • 60 - 100 lbs- Rarely


  • Less than 10 lbs- Occasionally
  • 10 - 29 lbs- Occasionally
  • 30 - 59 lbs- Rarely
  • 60 - 100 lbs- Rarely

REPORTS TO: Community Development Director

Job Description Established 2.2023

HIRING PROCESS - Economic Development Manager (Full-Time)

Thursday, March 16 thru Monday, March 27, 2023 - Employment Application

  1. Submit a Canton Township Employment Application Form (online or paper), completed in its entirety prior to posted deadline date.
  2. Online applications must be completed and submitted electronically before 11:59 p.m. on deadline date.
  3. Applications not completed in their entirety will not be considered.
  4. Paper applications must be received in the Canton Township Human Resources Division by 4:30 p.m. on the posted deadline date. Applicants choosing to submit a paper application need to be conscious of postal delivery times. Paper applications are available in the Human Resources Department.
  5. Faxed or emailed paper applications will not be accepted.
  6. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  7. All communication will be via email. Applicants must provide a valid email address on the application. Please add to your safe sender list.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, thru Monday, April 10, 2023

Selection Questionnaire

  1. Candidates selected to move on in the hiring process will be emailed a selection questionnaire no later than 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
  2. The completed questionnaire must be returned by mail or in person and must be received in Human Resources prior to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2023.
  3. Faxed or emailed questionnaires will notbe accepted.
  4. Late questionnaires will notbe accepted; applicants choosing to mail their questionnaire need to be conscious of postal delivery time.
  5. Applicants who do not receive a questionnaire will receive notification they are no longer being considered.
  6. Applicants who do not receive communication on the status of their employment application by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, need to contact Canton Township Human Resources at 734-394-5251 to verify the status of their application.

Tuesday, April 11 thru Thursday, April 13, 2023 - Application & Selection Questionnaire Screening Process

Employment applications, job question responses, and selection questionnaires will be screened to determine which candidates will be interviewed. The preferred candidates will meet the following criteria:

  1. This will be a competitive process, a limited number of candidates will be selected for the interview based on their relevant work experience, education and training as compared to the other candidates in the application pool.
  2. Demonstrated ability to meet the minimum requirements of the job description as determined by responses to the initial job questions and employment application. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements of the position as posted on the job description to be considered
  3. Application and selection questionnaire represent the quality of desired professional work (spelling, grammar, and presentation are essential).
  4. Must possess a current, valid Driver's License with a driving history that does not create liability concerns; which includes, but is not limited to, convictions for reckless driving, careless driving, suspended license, or convictions involving drinking and impaired driving. Candidate selected for this position will undergo a driving history check.

On or After Thursday, April 20, 2023 - Oral Interviews

  1. Oral Interviews will be held on or after April 20th.
  2. Candidates selected for the Oral Interview will be notified via e-mail by 4:30 p.m. on April 13, 2023.
  3. The Oral Interview may include extensive questions that explore sensitive or confidential aspects of a candidate's personal life.
  4. All offers of employment are contingent on the results of reference checks, thorough background investigation, working history verification, pre-employment physical examination, drug screen and satisfactory completion of a six month probationary period.
  5. Applicants not selected for the Oral Interview will be notified via e-mail by 4:30 p.m. on April 13, 2023
  6. Candidates that do not receive an email regarding the status of their application by 4:30 p.m. on April 13th are asked to contact Human Resources at 734-394-5251.

On or After April 24, 2023 - Conditional Offer of Employment

  1. Conditional offer of employment will be extended.
  2. Top candidate's employment references will be contacted and verified.
  3. Offer letter sent to candidate.
  4. Eligibility list must be approved in accordance with the Merit System Commission Human Resources Policy Manual.
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