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Economic Development Manager

Company: City of Modesto, CA
Location: Modesto
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

THE POSITION Benefits Supplemental Questions

The Economic Development Manager is responsible to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate Community and Economic Development policies; to manage sensitive, high-priority projects; to plan, organize, direct, and supervise administrative functions, including budget and personnel activities; to plan, organize, and direct economic development and redevelopment; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Director of Community and Economic Development.

The Economic Development Manager will lead the charge on all matters related to economic development in the City--a top priority for the City Council. This position will direct, supervise and lead the Economic Development Division, a small, but integral division for the work of the City. For the City, economic development includes both growth in the economy and improvements to the quality of life. With this in mind, the Economic Development Division coordinates with Planning, Building and Engineering to improve the overall community.

This exciting position will set the foundation for the City for the next 20+ years and will build off the many great things currently happening, including the significant progress in downtown, the overall improvement of the business climate and diversification of the economy.


Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. Due to the volume of applications received, resumes will not be screened for the purpose of determining who is most qualified to compete in the testing process. It is the applicant's responsibility to fill out the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application with complete information and adequate detail. Do not substitute any part of the application form with the words "see resume".

The following information is provided for you to use as a reference and as a planning tool. Human Resources is unable to schedule make-up examinations.

Applicants may be screened to the most qualified and invited to continue to the next phase of the testing process which may include an oral board interview.

Tentative Schedule:

Oral Board Interviews

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Human Resources Department reserves the right to revise the testing process to best meet the needs of the City.


Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

Plan, organize, and direct Economic Development Division activities, including development finance, asset management, redevelopment, business retention and recruitment, business loans, work force development, and development regulations.

Assist in developing and implementing departmental goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.

Lead teams of staff and consultants in completing complex interdivisional and interdepartmental, high-priority special projects.

Direct, oversee, and participate in the development of the Economic Development and Redevelopment Divisions work plan; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.

Conduct comprehensive cost benefit analyses; assist with the recommending and establishing of fees.

Prepare the Administration, Economic Development, and Redevelopment Divisions budgets; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget.

Oversee and direct department personnel related matters; process and approve recruitment and hiring requests; organize and conduct investigations; implement discipline procedures as required; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department; derive as department liaison to Human Resources Department and employee associations.

Engage the private sector and other public agencies in the implementation of economic development and redevelopment activities by forming partnerships, supporting strategic planning, and developing and implementing programs; serve as project manager over development projects.

Serve as key negotiator for economic development projects, including the preparation of documents such as development agreements, owner participation agreements, exclusive negotiating agreements, property options, contracts, resolutions, and request for proposals.

Monitor activities of City consultants, including preparing and administering contracts.

Manage high visibility departmental projects and activities and assist the Director of Community and Economic Development in administration of departmental programs.

Evaluate, analyze, and recommend regarding the Redevelopment Successor Agency wind-down activities and administration of remaining payment and contractual obligations.

Review impact of economic and redevelopment regulations and laws; make recommendations for legislative amendments; represent the City with regulatory and other governmental agencies.

Evaluate proposals containing incentives to help broaden the local tax bases, generate or attract new capital, increase business activity, produce jobs and diversify the local economy.

Represent the department to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.

Represent the department in meetings of the City Council, Council committees, and commissions.

Conduct special projects and administrative studies as assigned by the Director; prepare complex research and analytical reports.

Act as Department Director in the Director's absence.

Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.

Observe and maintain a safe working environment in compliance with established safety programs and procedures.

Marginal Functions:

Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Principles, practices, and trends of business development, redevelopment, financing programs, and public and business administration with special reference to organization, fiscal, and budgetary preparation and control.

California Redevelopment Law and general legal authority and parameters for carrying out bonds, grants, assessment, loans, and other financial transactions.

Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.

Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules, and regulations.

Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.

Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Principles and practices of budget development, implementation, and monitoring.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:

Organize, direct, and implement comprehensive community and economic development and redevelopment programs.

Effectively manage multiple cross divisional and cross department projects.

Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate activities of several divisions within the department.

Develop and monitor assigned program budgets.

Ensure project and grant compliance with federal, state and local rules, laws, and regulations.

Schedule and program work on a long and short-term basis.

Prepare, review, and approve comprehensive analyses and reports; make effective presentations, conclusions, and recommendations orally and in writing.

Negotiate and administer contract services.

Develop, recommend, and implement policies and procedures related to assigned operations.

Interpret, explain, and apply federal, state, local, and department policies, procedures, laws, rules, and regulations.

Conduct administrative, disciplinary, and fact-finding investigations.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences or proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, database applications, and specialized engineering and project management software.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

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


Five years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in community development involving administration, economic development, and redevelopment, or a related field, including one year of supervisory responsibility.


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business development, redevelopment, public administration, business administration, business/development finance, or a related field.

License or Certificate:

Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license.


Mobility: frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending or squatting. Lifting: frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 25 pounds. Vision: constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; occasional color and depth vision. Dexterity: frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching. Hearing/Talking: frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the phone. Emotional/Psychological: frequent decision-making and concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone. Environmental: frequent exposure to noise.


Work is performed in a typical temperature-controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and environment. Positions require occasional overtime or weekend work and the ability to travel.

Keywords: City of Modesto, CA, Modesto , Economic Development Manager, Other , Modesto, California

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