JOB TITLE: CRA/Economic Development Specialist
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
The CRA/Economic Development Specialist performs routine and complex administrative work under the direction of the Assistant Division Director – CRA/Economic Development. This position accomplishes a variety of administrative and analytical tasks such as research of projects, development of program materials, transcription, conducting written and physical surveys, and project management. This work is performed under general supervision – incumbent receives little instruction on routine work and general instruction on new assignments; work is reviewed periodically through observation and accuracy of results achieved, with primary feedback given with final results.
NOTE: The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.
Implement and manage programs to advance Community Redevelopment and Economic Development plans including, but not limited to, improvement grants, local business development, and housing and economic development programs.
Collect and analyze economic, demographic, land use, and other data as assigned.
Recommend policies, plans, standard operating procedures, requirements, and instructions to ensure a successful economic development program.
Prepare and submit all required reports regarding issues, projects, and activities related to economic development and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
Assist or serve as the liaison to the Chamber of Commerce, local business groups, and City residents.
Assist Assistant Division Director on program development with external resources such as county, region, and state economic development organizations.
Seek, secure, and administer grants and other sources for project funding as directed.
Determine and accomplish major work elements or project tasks necessary to accomplish goals and objectives included in Community Redevelopment and Economic Development plans.
Assist in the development and implementation of redevelopment projects and assigned special projects.
Conduct field surveys, take photographs, and gather information for site plans or program research; prepare pictorials to be used for proposals.
Participate in meetings and public hearings to present information or facilitate discussion of the CRA and its various programs and responsibilities.
Perform other work as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Working knowledge of urban planning and economic issues affecting community redevelopment.
Working knowledge of modern business and public and/or municipal administration.
Working knowledge of departmental, municipal, county, state and federal rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Working knowledge of basic mathematics.
Skill in the operation of modern office equipment, computers, and software, including Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
Skill in accurate data entry of text and numerical entries.
Advanced skill in business writing, including accurate spelling and use of standard English grammar.
Ability to create reports, business correspondence, and project briefing sheets and utilize them to communicate effectively.
Ability to accurately proofread documents, charts, and other text and numerical entries to include identifying misspellings and incorrect entries and rephrasing grammatical errors to ensure all data is error-free.
Ability to organize technical data and material logically and conduct analysis regarding such data and material.
Ability to maintain focus and flexibility with frequent interruptions; ability to follow up and monitor status of ongoing projects.
Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner, multi-task, organize work load, meet deadlines, follow-up and take tasks to completion.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with employees, supervisors, city officials, and the general public.
Ability to communicate information tactfully and impartially, both in person and in writing with all staff, city officials, and the general public.
Ability to demonstrate proficiency in the City of Winter Park Core Competencies.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and keep accurate records.
This position is performed with working knowledge – the incumbent has ability to recall and apply important and commonly-used information from relevant source documents or information in a particular subject field.
Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Planning, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or related field, supplemented by at least two years of experience in a progressively responsible economic development position.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities and other competencies required for the position may be considered.
This is light work requiring the exertion of 0 – 20 pounds of force occasionally and 0 – 10 pounds of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, and reposition objects.
Ability to traverse about an ADA accessible office setting, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to remain stationary at a keyboard for extended periods of time and continuously operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and printer.
Ability to manipulate objects and demonstrate small, precise movements repetitively.
Tasks are regularly performed in an office setting without frequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
Tasks require the manipulation of objects and demonstration of small, precise movements, the ability to detect and distinguish various features of one’s surroundings, and the ability to effectively communicate and exchange information with others.