Feb 22, 2021

Senior Economic Development Specialist - BRE Commerce City

$61,422 - $92,123 yearly
  • Economic Development Curated Job
  • Commerce City, CO, USA
Full time Business Attraction Business Development Business Retention Other

Job Description

General Purpose

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



Minimum Qualifications

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

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