Executive Director

  • CityCenter Waco
  • Waco, Texas
  • Sep 23, 2021
Full Time Planning and Development Executive
  • Apply By: Oct 24, 2021


Located on Texas’ celebrated Brazos River, midway between Dallas and Austin, Waco is the largest city in Central Texas. Positioned in the heart of the booming I-35 economic corridor, Waco is experiencing unprecedented business expansion. The high quality of life coupled with the incredible real estate growth opportunities and commitment to inclusiveness make Waco a great place to live, work, and engage as a leader to shape an incredible future.

Job Description

Operating under a 15-member Board of Directors, CityCenter Waco is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization charged with catalyzing and guiding development in downtown Waco and the surrounding neighborhoods following equitable practices and a community-wide plan, currently “Imagine Waco.” The work involves managing defined aspects of economic development, community development, and a Public Improvement District (PID) in a way that ensures the voices and perspectives of residents and existing businesses, along with the plans and priorities of the City of Waco, are properly and meaningfully incorporated into the ultimate real estate and economic landscape of target neighborhoods resulting in a vibrant, beautiful, and financially strong Downtown and core-city Waco. CityCenter currently serves as the City’s PID manager. The Board and the City of Waco desire that the set of work involves not only maintaining the capacity to manage the current PID, but also the ability to expand it and seek the development of additional economic development zones and special districts when appropriate. The budget of CityCenter Waco is currently funded completely through a contract with the City of Waco, but the organization is expected to develop additional revenue streams in the future.

Job Requirements

CityCenter Waco seeks a visionary, seasoned professional to lead this next phase of development as its new Executive Director. A bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, or marketing, as well as at least seven years of extensive business and economic development experience, and at least one year of supervisory experience is required. A master’s degree in public administration, planning, or real estate is preferred. Certification as an economic developer and experience in economic development with a successful track record of creativity in problem-solving and project planning is a plus. Also preferred is the ability to craft financial strategies with public and private partners; knowledge of laws, ordinances, and regulations regarding land use and property development; and demonstrated ability to foster prosperity for residents from all areas and facilitate collaboration between diverse communities. A valid Class C Texas driver’s license is required or the ability to obtain within six months of employment.

Special Instructions

Additional Information

For more information on this position contact:
Lissa Barker, Senior Vice President

Job Address

Waco, Texas United States View Map