Feb 10, 2021

Economic Development Manager - Seaside California

$92,789 - $110,822 yearly
  • Economic Development Curated Job
  • Seaside, CA, USA
Full time Business Attraction Business Development Business Retention Other

Job Description

Full Job Description




Join the City of Seaside's management team and become part of something special! Seaside is the largest City on the Monterey Peninsula and has the greatest opportunity for growth and economic development. The City is looking for an experienced, talented, and creative Economic Development Manager to assist the City in taking the next steps to economic vitality.
Under administrative direction of the Community & Economic Development Director, the Economic Development Manager plans, organizes, directs and administers the City’s economic development activities and performs other work as required.


The purpose of this classification is to develop and manage a quality economic development program for the City of Seaside that retains, expands, and attracts business firms in order to increase City revenue to improve City services, to develop/attract jobs and higher paying jobs for our citizens, and to develop a trained workforce.


Examples of Duties


The following tasks are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these tasks and/or may perform similar related tasks not listed here:
  • Represents City in discussions with private developers and public agencies regarding City’s participation in potential development projects. Negotiates financial and other terms under which City may undertake such projects.
  • Meets with real estate brokers and owners of vacant and underutilized commercial properties to identify occupancy and development constraints, and works with property owners and City staff to minimize or eliminate those constraints.
  • Meets with business representatives to determine overall growth and development needs and goals, in order to formulate needed economic development activities, programs and plans.
  • Evaluates, identifies, and promotes model community and business/economic development projects.
  • Coordinates the processing of development applications including coordination with other Departments, other government agencies, property owners, and citizens groups.
  • Manages, directs, and evaluates subordinate staff.
  • Develops programs to attract quality developers/development projects to the City.
  • Oversees the work performed by consultant staff hired by the City. Evaluates services performed and costs for services performed by external consultants, vendors, and contractors.
  • Prepares and administers operating budget for the Economic Development function.
  • Assesses economic and fiscal impact of business projects to the City, and of City projects on the business community.
  • Responsible for trouble shooting and problem solving of specific issues related to business retention and new business recruitment.
  • Prepares variety of reports, recommendations, contracts and memoranda related to assigned activities and programs.
  • Makes presentations to the City Council and Successor Agency Board regarding all matters related to economic development policies and activities.
  • Conducts an on-going process of evaluation and review of program goals, objectives, strategies, and plans to ensure the long-term ability of the program to accommodate appropriate responses to new or changing issues and opportunities.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.
  • Represents the City in meetings with developers, builders, citizens and other governmental agencies.


Typical Qualifications


Any combination of experience and education/training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in Public Administration, Economics, Urban Planning, or a closely related field. A master’s degree is desirable and may be substituted for one year of professional experience. Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and/or possession of the Certified Economic Developer (CED) certificate is highly desirable.


Five years of increasingly responsible municipal experience in planning, redevelopment, community development, economic development, or a related field with at least three of the five years working in a government agency conducting economic development programs.

License Required
Possession of an appropriate valid California motor vehicle operator’s license.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of public and private financing mechanisms commonly used to fund development projects.
  • Principles of real estate including property acquisition, disposition, and marketing.
  • Principles and practices of modern public administration, municipal budgeting, economic development, urban planning, zoning and management.
  • General aspects of municipal government including labor relations, finance, principles of management.
  • Principles and practices of governmental contracting and contract administration.
  • Applicable state and federal laws affecting financing and management of city operations.
Ability to:
  • Plan, communicate, delegate, and monitor a variety of concurrent projects.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with all individuals contacted during the course of employment, including the City Council, City Manager, City Department Directors, coworkers, subordinates, other employees of the organization, staff of other agencies, and the general public.
  • Interpret objectives, regulations, and policies for the public.
  • Formulate and present policy recommendations to the City Council, community organizations, and other boards and commissions.
  • Analyze difficult problems, develop a positive course of action and follow through on its implementation.
  • Demonstrate sound professional judgment, ability to reason logically, creatively and imaginatively.
  • Understand quality site planning and architectural design principles and their application to development proposals.
  • Formulate and present policy recommendations to the City Council, community organizations, and other boards and commissions.


Supplemental Information


Physical Demands

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various County and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.

Environmental Elements

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


City of Seaside

440 Harcourt Avenue

Seaside, California, 93955


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