The Senior Economic Development Specialist assists in developing and implementing business attraction and small business development programs that helps provide a sustainable community with a diversified industry base. Assists the Economic Development Director in implementing the Commerce City Economic Development work plan and maintains strong working relationships with existing businesses; prospective businesses; real estate professionals; other government agencies; and local, regional, and state economic development organizations. Will fill in for the Director at meetings and other business functions as assigned.
The hiring range for this position is $61,418 - $76,773 annually.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Build and maintains a successful business retention/expansion program that meets city objectives and the needs of business and industry currently located in the city
- Serves as first point of contact for information, issue resolution and/or expansion-related requests from existing employers
- Prepares prospect submittals, when appropriate, to respond to existing employers’ information and/or site search requirements.
- Serves as project manager for existing employer development projects; works closely with CD and PW on development projects to help ensure an efficient development review process
- Contacts existing businesses and fosters strong working relationships with the City
- Maintains confidentiality on inquiries and development projects
- Deploy resources in an effective manner, including developing and tracking project budgets, timeliness and schedules
- Conducts research, tracks business trends, development patterns and prospect activity, compiles statistical information, analyzes findings, and makes recommendations
- Acts as liaison between existing businesses and the City to address concerns and resolve issues
- Collects, organizes and analyzes information about local businesses and available property
- Plans and participates in meetings, trade shows, business recognition events, and other activities to promote business retention and expansion
- Attends Development Review Team meetings and pre-applications meetings to represent the division perspective on new projects
- Supports team with retail attraction efforts and may help provide training of other Economic Development staff
- Networks and maintains cooperative working relationships with state, regional, and national economic development entities and other appropriate community partners
- Represents the division and City at business functions and grand openings
- Delivers speeches/presentations, as assigned
- Assists in maintaining the economic development webpage with useful, attractive and easily accessible information and relevant links
- Prepares Division social media postings
- All employees must model and demonstrate the City Values at all times during the course of employment; to include: Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect and Excellence.
Performs other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Real Estate, Public Administration, Marketing, or related field; and a minimum of four years of experience in economic development, public administration, or commercial real estate are required with three+ years’ government experience preferred. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered. CEcD certification is a desirable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong knowledge of economic development principles and practices
- Advanced knowledge of regional economic development issues and initiatives
- Knowledge and thorough understanding of the development philosophies of the City and the goals of economic development.
- Strong knowledge of the City business environment and existing businesses
- Advanced knowledge of urban planning including comprehensive and capital improvement plans
- Knowledge of zoning requirements and processes; engineering, transportation and parks requirements; impact fees; local, state, and federal laws and regulations; land uses; and public and private finance
- Works independently with limited supervision
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong skills in public speaking
- Ability to demonstrate strong leadership skills and serve as a role model for others in the department
- Ability to resolve conflicts among disparate groups
- Ability to handle multiple projects at a time and rapidly change priorities
- Strong computer skills
- Strong research and analysis skills
- Skill in conducting surveys and obtaining critical business data
- Skill in project management
- Ability to organize and present statistical, financial and factual data in a manner easily understood by the audience
- Ability to collaborate with community stakeholders, business owners, and real estate professionals with diverse backgrounds and interests
- Ability to work successfully in a team-oriented atmosphere that provides business, citizens and employees with accurate information and excellent customer service
Equipment Used, Work Environment and Physical Activities
- Driving: Drives a city or personal vehicle in the normal course of business
- Office Equipment: Daily use of computer, keyboard, tablet, copier, scanner, printer, calculator, phone (desk and cell). Daily use of software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Word, Excel and economic development-related software programs.
- Other Equipment: None
- Physical Activities: Sits for long periods of time; light physical activity that may include walking, standing, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and carrying
- Lifting: Occasionally lifts, carries, and exerts up to 25 pounds
- Vision and Hearing: Must have visual acuity to see and read paper and electronic documents. Must be able to answer telephones, communicate conversation and respond to verbal inquires
- Exposure to Environmental Conditions: Position generally works in an office setting with overhead lighting and long periods of screen time
- Schedule: Position generally scheduled Monday - Friday; occasionally weekend work. May require attendance at off-site and evening meetings, council sessions or after-hour events
- Additional Working Conditions: May be required to visit external, non-city work sites with the City having limited control over the work environment