City of Martinez, Economic Development Coordinator

$7,725.00 – $9,863.00 Monthly

DEFINITION:
Under general direction from the Community and Economic Development Director, or his/her designee, performs complex professional level assignments involving research, design, implementation, and monitoring of programs encouraging economic development. Work includes but is not limited to developing and administering plans and programs related to commercial and industrial business attraction, retention and expansion; basic financial and economic analysis; marketing, branding and event coordination; and other duties related to the administration of programs and projects.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
This position reports directly to the Community and Economic Development Director, or his/her designee.  The primary focus of this position is to coordinate the implementation of the City’s economic development and revitalization programs.  The Economic Development Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the planning, administration, and operation of economic development and revitalization activities; and performs responsible and innovative administrative coordination in support of the City’s goals and objectives.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:
Reports to the Community and Economic Development Director, or his/her designee, and is expected to work independently and with minimal supervision. May exercise direct or indirect supervision of support, technical and professional staff.

FLSA DESIGNATION:  Exempt

Representative Duties:

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:
This section contains a list of duties that are typical for this classification.  Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Administers economic development projects and programs from conception, design, budget development, implementation, and general financial overview, to final effectiveness evaluation
  • Acts as liaison between developers and businesses in the evaluation of real estate developments, and landlords/brokers and potential tenants in pursuing leasing of commercial vacancies
  • Develops and conducts economic studies, needs assessments, research and financial analyses; researches and analyzes business community demographics; compiles and updates an economic development database, including establishing and maintaining a real estate inventory, land costs, population trends, demographics, traffic patterns, vacancy rates, lease rates and related records for businesses; keeps abreast of current trends affecting business development
  • Develops, implements, and tracks economic development efforts to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the City’s economic development program
  • Develops marketing techniques, strategies, programs, public relations strategies and promotional material to encourage the retention, expansion and attraction of new businesses to the community; develops financial incentives and resources through community and other groups
  • Prepares and monitors project budgets and expenditures; develops project timetables and work programs; researches and analyzes complex data; evaluates alternatives and makes recommendations
  • Assists in analyzing proposed development projects for financial feasibility and impacts on economic development and revitalization
  • Analyzes fee financing and deferral requests and makes recommendations to the Community and Economic Development Director
  • Negotiates development transactions and leases consistent with City policies
  • Assists with the acquisition, management and disposition of property on behalf of the City
  • Resolves legal, financial, environmental and technical real estate issues involved in development projects and commercial leasing opportunities
  • Encourages and facilitates development by communicating with citizens’ groups, individuals, and public and private organizations
  • Conducts field investigations of development sites
  • Performs general administrative activities including preparing, negotiating and administering contracts, agreements, grant applications, requests for proposals and related material
  • Represents the City at a wide variety of community meetings
  • Makes written and verbal presentations to City Council, Planning Commission, other Boards and Commissions, outside organizations and community meetings
  • Monitors legislation related to economic development and make recommendations concerning policy and procedural improvements
  • Attends and makes presentations at meetings during day, evening, and weekend hours
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications/Education/Experience:

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

  • Economic development programs and principles including business attraction, retention and expansion; demographic research and basic analysis of market conditions and public relations
  • Real estate principles; the development process; and project management
  • Principles and practices of demographic, financial, and statistical research and analysis applicable to economic analysis
  • Principles and practices of grant writing
  • Basic city governmental operations involved in the land use and business permit functions
  • Marketing and promotional practices and strategies, especially related to municipal and community promotion
  • Federal, state, and other resources for economic development and business assistance
  • Use of a personal computer and software applications

Ability to:

  • Effectively apply the principles of economic development to projects and programs
  • Effectively manage project assignments; to operate within budget allocations; to meet deadlines
  • Analyze and solve complex problems involving the collaboration with one or more parties
  • Plan, organize, and execute events, projects, and technical studies
  • Design and create promotional materials
  • Keep accurate records and files
  • Write clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences; to communicate effectively orally; and to prepare public presentations for a variety of audiences including the community, the business community including the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street
  • Understand and interpret for the public the City’s planning, engineering, and building permit processes and prepare written material and content for the City’s website on those processes
  • Develop and maintain administrative databases, and work with graphics design software
  • Effective use of spreadsheets, developing PowerPoint presentations, and generating maps and information from other data sources
  • Skill in public and interpersonal relations in a group setting or in a one-to-one situation
  • Establish effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

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

Minimum: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Economics, Public Administration or Business Administration, or a closely related field
and
Three (3) years of experience in land use planning or economic development. Graduate degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Must possess a valid California driver’s license.  Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical examination, including drug screen, and background investigation.

Selection Process:
A select number of the most experienced and best qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an oral board interview.

Deadline to Apply: Friday, July 7, 2017 at 5 pm Pacific Time

Online application process required.  Visit our website at www.cityofmartinez.org or contact us at (925) 372-3507 for the complete job announcement.

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