Economic Development Manager Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Works independently under the general supervision of the Community Development Director. Also works with various city advisory committees relating to economic development and redevelopment activities. Exercises independent judgment in performing professional and administrative work. Supervises personnel related to the redevelopment and economic development activities of the division. Is responsible for the management of the City’s Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA’s) and oversees City boards assigned to the division. Requires broad administrative and management skills along with strong interpersonal and communication skills.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Assigns work, provides instructions, and evaluates the performance of professional, technical and secretarial staff who are responsible in carrying out all Economic Development division activities and programs.

Works with area businesses to aid with business development and retention to solve problems faced by those doing business.

Supervises the redevelopment efforts, including associated boards, within the City to develop strategic proposals to promote revitalization, diversification, expansion and economic development.

Develops data such as vacant property analysis, building inventories, municipal information packages, and application processes to aid in economic development and redevelopment.

Coordinates efforts for the City with the Melbourne International Airport, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tourist Development Council, and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

Develops annual division budget based on all program allocations, prior year's expenditures and community priorities; monitors expenditures and prepares budget adjustments.

Works with other agencies to obtain funds for economic development and redevelopment including State and Federal agencies as well as County organizations.

Develops and assists Community Development staff in implementing neighborhood and strategic plans. This includes working with various neighborhoods and homeowners associations to determine the desires of the residents.

Prepares and maintains annual redevelopment budgets in accordance with state law.

Coordinates application and review process of Tax Exemption Program for qualified businesses.

Oversees public involvement process for property owners input in the redevelopment effort.

Evaluates the physical needs of the redevelopment areas in terms of public infrastructure, including traffic circulation, pedestrian access, mass transit, drainage, streetscaping, open space, aesthetics and the like.

Manages redevelopment capital projects from design phase to construction in conjunction with Engineering.

May act as the Community Development Director in the absence of the incumbent in that position when assigned.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Completion of a Master’s degree at an accredited college or university and five years of progressively responsible planning experience; or completion of a Bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university in planning or a related field, including course work in urban or regional planning and seven years of planning experience; or any equivalent combination of acceptable training, education, and direct planning experience, or experience with federal and state economic development and community redevelopment programs including CRA’s, Main Street Programs, Brownfield, Enterprise Zones., or any combination of acceptable education and experience as determined by the Community Development Director. AICP or CEcD Certification desired. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver’s license.

 

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of Florida growth management laws and administrative codes

Knowledge of Florida Statutes regarding Community Redevelopment Agencies and Economic Development incentives.

Knowledge of public/private tax and financing matters.

Knowledge of economic development and business procedures.

Knowledge of personal computers.

Ability to coordinate and prepare board meeting agendas.

Ability to research and analyze data.

Ability to prepare special planning reports.

Ability to supervise professional and support personnel.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Ability to present information to associates, the public, and before local boards in multi-media presentations as well as creating a visioning process with interested stakeholders.

Ability to work quickly and accurately to meet deadlines.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, other City employees and the general public.

Ability to attend regular committee meetings outside of normal business hours.

 

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to speak, read, hear, see and write the English language.

Ability to handle the pressure of deadlines.

Ability to read, write, and interpret technical reports.

Ability to operate a motor vehicle in order to review sites proposed for development action.

Ability to use reasoning and comprehend technical materials.

Ability to perform routine and complex tasks.

Ability to sit for periods not to exceed two (2) hours at one time.

Ability to lift, carry, push and pull items weighing up to 15 lb. and not more than 300 yd.

Ability to work in confined areas, and around constant noise.

Ability to control behavior when encountering stressful situations, such as uncooperative peers, oral presentations, or when encountering necessary deadlines.



THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date - 10/2013