Job Posting: Economic Development Manager

Job Posting: Economic Development Manager

City of Palmdale, California

Economic Development Manager

Salary – $91,540.80 – $116,833.59 Annually

Closing – 11/23/2017 12:00 PM Pacific
The Economic Development Manager plans, organizes and directs the economic development division; to prepare and manage division budget; to manage and implement complex economic development projects; to supervise staff assigned to economic development; and to provide highly responsible professional assistance.


Receives direction from the Director of Economic and Community Development.

This position exercises direct supervision over professional, technical and administrative support staff.

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

Manage and organize the planning and implementation of complex economic development projects and activities; establish objectives, priorities and schedules; manage project budgets.

Manage economic development activities including business and industrial recruitment, business retention and expansion and retail recruitment.

Prepare division budget; oversee budget implementation; administer the approved budget.

Manage, oversee and participate in the development of the economic development work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.

Provide oversight of economic development projects and activities with other City departments and outside agencies.

Review development proposals submitted by developers or referred by outside departments and responds to inquiries regarding development requirements.

Develop performance schedules, evaluation criteria and performance reporting for economic development projects; perform or manage the performance of field work and data collection.

Negotiate, within approved parameters, advantageous terms and conditions with property owners and developers for economic development projects.

Manage the acquisition and disposition of City and Successor Agency properties including required public hearings and legal notices.

Develop requests for proposals and evaluation criteria for development of properties for economic development.

Prepare and implement Development Agreements and Owner Participation Agreements in accordance with Federal, State and local agency policies and requirements.

Ensure compliance with terms of agreements, contracts, and memoranda of understanding; prepare and maintain files and records; negotiate contracts for projects.

Manage marketing campaigns and outreach efforts; manage foreign trade through the Foreign-Trade Zone.

Serve as liaison with special interest organizations, committees, business and community interests involved in assigned programs and activities; respond to inquiries from the public.

Encourage and participate in community engagement activities related to economic development; represent the City at community planning, interagency and professional meetings and conferences.

Supervise, train and evaluate assigned professional, technical, and administrative support personnel.

Perform related duties as assigned.

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


Five years of recent progressively responsible experience in public economic development, redevelopment, urban planning, or in private sector development or redevelopment and real estate.


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration, planning, social sciences, architecture, urban studies or a related field.


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

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of economic development project management, and real estate.

Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, specifically community redevelopment law, regulations and procedures concerning California economic development; California planning, zoning, and development laws; redevelopment and land use rules and regulations; real estate acquisition and relocation procedures and assessment district financing and structure.

Financial procedures and regulation pertaining to real estate acquisition and disposition, loan management, and property improvements.

Current literature, information sources and research techniques in the field of redevelopment, community development and economic development.

Principles, practices and methods of public administration including budgeting, purchasing, and personnel supervision and management.

Modern office methods, practices, procedures and equipment.

Ability to:

Act as a project manager for various economic development activities.

Manage all aspects of economic development activities.

Interpret and apply laws, ordinances, regulations, maps, plans and development documents.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Work effectively within a team environment where a high level of accountability is maintained.

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

Conduct highly complex negotiations and prepare and monitor contracts and agreements.

Supervise, train and evaluate subordinate employees.

Interpret programs and policies to the general public.

Coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.

Work independently with minimal supervision.

Gather and analyze complex data and make sound recommendations.


Mobility: frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional climbing, bending and squatting. Lifting: frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 40 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 may require occasional overtime, weekend work and travel.