|FLSA Designation: Exempt
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under administrative direction of the Director of Community Development, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the City’s Economic Development Division within the Community Development Department including to coordinate activities that encourage a healthy and stable business environment and a strong City revenue base; prepares and implements long range economic development plans; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Community Development.
The Economic Development Manager is considered a Division Manager with responsibility for the management of a Division that includes several line areas/sections or functional work groups of significant depth and complexity. Responsibilities include overall administration and implementation of a Division including development of Division objectives and design and implementation of supporting units, programs, processes, policies, and/or procedures to successfully achieve those objectives. A Division Manager is also responsible for the development, administration, and control of the associated budget(s).
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Assumes management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the Economic Development Division; develops and implements the City’s comprehensive economic development program aimed at promoting the retention and expansion of business activity within the community.
- Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
- Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.
- Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plan for assigned staff and contract service providers; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
- Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel and contract service providers; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
- Assists the Director in conducting the formal selection of required consultants; negotiates and prepares contracts with outside consultants.
- Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the Division’s annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments.
- Serves as City resource on economic development financing methods; prepares financial data, forecasts and plans.
- Assists in redevelopment programs.
- Develops and administers the job creation program.
- Provides assistance for new business start-ups and existing business expansions; provides service and support for the businesses that supply goods, services, and jobs to the community
- Provides management of and assistance to the business incubator program.
- Participates in the review and development of commercial and industrial design guidelines.
- Develops, submits to the Director, and implements a comprehensive economic development strategic action plan including targeted marketing programs for identified business development and retention programs and for the attraction and retention of general retail, manufacturing, and non-manufacturing businesses; aggressively recruits business and commercial enterprises to the City; updates and keeps the adopted strategy current.
- Compiles and monitors labor market information and trends; develops presentations and promotional materials on economic development including supervising the development and maintenance of a website and related information systems.
- Serves as the liaison for the Economic Development Division with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
- Ensures coordination of economic development activities with other private and public sector agencies through participation on task forces and committees; identifies partnering opportunities for various programs.
- Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
- Provides responsible staff assistance to the Director of Community Development; conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to economic development programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
- Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of economic development; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
- Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of an economic development program.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Principles, practices and methods of economic development and job creation.
Business, economic, and market forces and indicators.
Labor market trends.
Marketing, public information, and promotional techniques used in economic development.
Principles, practices, and techniques used in real estate appraisals, prospect management, preparing and reviewing business plans, and the real estate development process.
Land use planning and related regulations.
Long range economic development planning.
Principles and practices of contract development and administration.
Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including those related to commercial and industrial development and redevelopment.
Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive economic development program.
Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff and contractors.
Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives, and procedures.
Coordinate multiple contracts, projects and cooperative ventures.
Collect, analyze, compile and present information and data.
Prepare and administer large program budgets.
Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, economics, marketing, or a related field.
Five years of increasingly responsible experience in economic development related activities including two years of project management and supervisory responsibility.
License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.