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2434 Director of Economic Development

Director of Economic Development

Cleburne, TX, USA

Cleburne, TX, USA

City of Cleburne

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


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Director of Economic Development

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The City of Cleburne, Texas is conducting a national search for a top-tier, high-performing leader to serve as the City’s next Director of Economic Development. This Director will join a cohesive team of professionals who are focused on service and excellence in this rapidly growing Texas city. The successful candidate will enjoy a hallmark career opportunity in Cleburne, given the rapid growth and ability to strategically deliver needed development assets to this community on the move.


The City of Cleburne is a rapidly growing city within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation. The 2014 completion of the Chisholm Trail Parkway has established a 20-minute connection from the heart of Cleburne to Downtown Fort Worth. Cleburne is a growing yet quaint community that is quickly becoming home to those who need access to the big city but want to have roots in a truly Texan community.

Cleburne’s proximity to the DFW Metroplex makes it ideal for strong economic growth and opportunity.  The community boasts a premier Industrial Park with a diverse set of industries and opportunities for more high-quality businesses. With commercial overlays throughout the community, the possibility for commercial expansion in the City’s growth corridors is significant. The City’s transportation network includes access to rail, air, and road (tollway and highways) to the DFW Metroplex and the rest of the nation.


Under the general supervision of the City Manager or their designee, the Director of Economic Development serves as the City of Cleburne’s main point of contact for advancing and promoting economic growth throughout the city. The Director makes recommendations on economic development projects that best serve the City of Cleburne. The position is responsible for all facets of economic development, including planning, implementing, and directing the city’s economic development strategies. These strategies include, but are not limited to: new targeted industry/job recruitment, retail recruitment, existing business retention and expansion, real estate development, and enhancing the community’s quality of life.

The ideal candidate will be experienced and growth-minded with a demonstrated track record of excellent work. The most qualified candidates will have experience as an Economic Development Director or deputy director in a contemporary medium-sized municipality; be able to speak fluently with brokers, developers, and site selectors; will come pre-equipped with strong networks to advance the economic development efforts in Cleburne; and have a creative mindset toward economic development and business recruitment and retention.


Any combination of related education, experience, certifications, and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job is qualifying. The most qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development, Public Administration, Business Administration, Urban Planning, or a related field from an accredited school or university. A Master’s Degree is highly desirable.

  • Experience: A minimum of three to five years of experience in an economic development discipline, public affairs, business development, real estate brokerage, retail development, public administration, planning, or related area.

  • Certificates and Licenses:

  • A Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is highly preferred.

  • A valid Class C Texas motor vehicle driver’s license is required.


The anticipated salary for the Director of Economic Development is $125,000 to $150,000, depending on qualifications. A brief overview of the excellent benefits provided by the City of Cleburne include retirement provided through the Texas Municipal Retirement System matched 2:1 with a 7% employee contribution; health, dental, and vision insurance with some shared employee cost; vacation leave based on years of service; 12 paid holidays per year; and 15 days of sick leave per year with unlimited accumulation.

The complete 2023-2024 Cleburne Employee Benefits Guide can be viewed here.


To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter and résumé below. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong pool of stellar candidates has been established.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to:

Bryan Noblett | | (916) 550-4100

Greg Nelson | | (916) 550-4100

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