Feb 03, 2021

Deputy Director of Economic Development - Salt Lake City Corporation

$45.20 - $56.50 hourly
  • Economic Development Curated Job
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Full time Business Attraction Business Development Business Retention Finance Management

Job Description

The City of Salt Lake is currently looking for a Deputy Director of Economic Development to fill a dynamic role essential to the city. The Deputy Director will help lead the implementation of the economic, business development, and arts strategy strategies to support the City. This role will also manage initiatives and programs aimed to expand the city’s tax base, maintain stability, and support growth of diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic neighborhood economies, artists, arts organization, and create opportunity for local entrepreneurs.


Our City is a place where residents and visitors can live, work, play, and do business free from discrimination, and be treated with tolerance and respect. We are committed to providing universal access and opportunity to all. As a City, we value accessibility in all aspects of our community, from access to public amenities and events, to healthy food, housing, employment, education, and recreation. In accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Salt Lake City works to ensure that people with disabilities have access to City programs, services, activities, and facilities. Salt Lake City is a place for opportunity. Using the Opportunity Index as a measure of our success overtime, we will strive to provide our citizens with ample opportunity to improve their quality of life through access to quality education, employment, housing, and community resources. We will strive to eliminate concentrated areas of poverty to improve overall quality of life and opportunity for all of our residents. The Department of Economic Development is dedicated to hiring candidates that contribute to these equity focused values.


This is an appointed, at-will position without tenure and exempt from the career service system.


The position includes a comprehensive benefits package. Learn more about our benefits here: Salt Lake City Benefits.


This position is open until filled. First application review will begin on February 18, 2021.


  • Under the direction of the Director, assists in the City’s economic development efforts, including strategic planning, project management oversight, assessment of economic conditions, and development of responsive economic-related solutions. Establishes and aligns program goals, services and objectives with the City’s mission, vision and metrics for equity and economic development. Modifies and adapts plans, goals, and objectives, as necessary, in response to changing business and economic conditions.
  • Prepares staff to carry out the City’s economic development efforts, including the goals, objectives, and priorities. Reviews the work plan for Business Development and Arts Council. Evaluates projects and work products. Meets with staff and director to identify and resolve problems. Manages staff member’s performance and creates opportunities for staff to improve their skills and advance in their field. Creates, implements, and maintains a succession plan for the Department.
  • Supervises and directs staff in the preparation and administration of the departmental budget including forecasting, fund allocation, budget presentation, rate setting and all other departmental financial activities. Manages and coordinates the implementation of the department's annual budget. Directs compilation and maintenance of all departmental budget and financial records.
  • Participates in community organizations on areas that impact the initiatives of the Department of Economic Development (DED). Communicates the vision and progress of various economic development initiatives in these engagements.
  • Guides the development and installation of systems, procedures, and controls, to promote communication, track metrics, and adequate information flow, and thereby solidify management control and direction of the organization. Ensures the timely and effective tracking of allocated resources, responsibilities and timelines associated with department objectives; assists with monitoring progress on metrics.
  • Proactively develops and establishes operating policies consistent with the Director’s broad policies and objectives and ensures their fruition.
  • Identifies potential projects, programs and services that would advance the organization’s mission; Recommends adoption to the Director.
  • May serve as the Department’s intra- and inter-governmental affairs liaison. Meets with representatives of other governments, businesses, legislative bodies, and other departments to coordinate activities and programs.
  • Organizes and presents information for management review, including on-going comprehensive reports with organizational improvement recommendations or changes needed to reach current and future Department goals.
  • Analyzes trends and conditions that will impact DED and recommend necessary strategic modifications to take advantage of those trends and conditions. Identifies areas of opportunity and weakness to improve the competitiveness of Salt Lake City. 
  • Identifies and proposes grant opportunities to the director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, or a closely related field and six years of business/economic development experience. At least five years of experience is desired in managing economic or business development, or social impact programs. Education or experience can be substituted on a year for year basis.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and build consensus with individuals of diverse backgrounds, including individuals within racial, ethnic, and socioeconomical diverse communities with varied organizational needs and differing priorities.
  • Strong understanding of best practices in economic development. Must be able to apply understanding in a manner that best responds to the economic environment of Salt Lake City.
  • Ability to develop economic development strategies and policies that incorporate the perspectives of multiple communities. Ability to evaluate efficacy of existing strategies and policies and propose alternatives.
  • Strong understanding of economic development finance tools, resources, and application.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a concept and produce a definitive product and to work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to successfully negotiate and resolve high level, multi-agency business development issues.
  • Must be able to effectively present in front of diverse groups, boards, Mayor’s office, and City Council. Ability to work cooperatively with representatives of public and private agencies. Ability to supervise work of others and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


  • Graduate Degree or advance certification in Economic Development (i.e. CEcD or EDFP).
  • Experience securing EDA grants and other federal funding.
  • Experience in finance and budgeting. Must be able to understand and analyze financial statements, loan criteria, business plans, real estate pro-forma, and marketing plans.
  • Ability to understand the “big picture”, how to strategically implement it, and identify employees and/or partners with skills who can participate.
  • 2 to 3 years of experience with the opportunity index score and how projects can improve the City’s score.
  • Have a strong understanding of the politics of economic development.
  • Ability to organize and manage staff and clearly communicate and delegate direction to achieve goals.
  • Ability to develop relationships with other City departments, organizations, funders, and other stakeholders that will be participants in implementing the strategy.
  • Understand and respect the unique needs of small businesses, arts organizations, and entrepreneurs.
  • Understand the concept of “triple bottom line” related to the economic, social, and environmental return on development projects.
  • Ability to speak Spanish fluently.
  • Experience working in art programs and policies.
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of people of diverse cultural communities in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.

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