Economic Development Manager
CITY OF LARGO … Naturally A Great Place to Work!
Closing: Continuous until filled
Salary: $64,314 – 102,877 USD Annually
This is responsible professional and managerial work related to the development and implementation of economic development plans, programs and services, annexation program, and administration of the City’s two Community Redevelopment Districts. Work requires considerable independent judgment following established guidelines, codes, rules, and policies. The work is performed under the general direction of the Community Development Director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: All employees share components of leadership, management, technical, and team skills to assist in making the City of Largo the community of choice in Tampa Bay.
- Demonstrates an understanding and reflection of the City’s mission, vision, and values and a commitment to achieve organizational goals aligned with the City’s strategic plan
- Champions a high-performance work culture that encourages and embraces new ideas, develops individuals, and welcomes and encourages diverse perspectives
- Articulates strategic and innovative thinking and provides clarity to deliver superior services
- Approaches the job with enthusiasm and curiosity to promote a solutions-oriented work culture
- Effectively manages assignments and priorities to ensure the fulfillment of projects, tasks, and responsibilities
- Follows suggested procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety and risk avoidance
- Plans, develops, organizes, manages, and evaluates all economic development activities and incentive programs
- Works with the real estate, finance, development, and property owner communities to facilitate economic vitality
- Works with City departments, officials, and boards
- Represents the City at economic development and other regional meetings
- Prepares the economic development and Community Redevelopment Area budgets; ensures financial accountability and appropriate recordkeeping and internal controls
- May provide supervision over assigned positions
- Coordinates and encourages the development of strategies that maintain and enhance the long-term economic vitality of the City
- Oversees the City’s Annexation Program
- Manages the City’s two Community Redevelopment Districts including programs, preparation of annual budgets, annual reports, and administration of tax increment financing funds
- Develops and maintains a comprehensive inventory of available buildings and sites in the community for economic development purposes and tracks business movement into and out of the City
- Oversees economic development projects/opportunities to ensure compliance with applicable contracts, City and County codes and ordinances, and State and Federal laws
- Prepares and facilitates presentations and marketing materials which will assist in responding to inquiries about local economic development opportunities in the city, including information about utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services and financing tools
- Presents proposed programs and projects to business community groups, agencies, and the City Commission; follows-up on Commission actions related to economic development
- Assists new and expanding businesses with City business and development applications and procedures; exchanges information to encourage cooperation and efficiency of the development process
- Supports honest and transparent decision-making and communication.
- Collaborates with all construction team members, engineers, contractors, and City staff in building upon ideas, personal accountability, and ownership of roles and assignments
- Openly exhibits a positive attitude, in word and action, and encourages others to do the same
Performs related work as required.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE STATUS: As a condition of employment, City of Largo employees will be required to work as directed during an undeclared and/or a declared emergency. All employees are subject to recall around the clock for emergency response operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the normal work location, and may include duties other than those specified in the official job description.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Public Administration, Economics, Marketing, Finance, Urban Planning, Commercial Real Estate, or a closely related field and five (5) years administrative experience in economic development including three (3) year’s experience in local/state government economic development, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
- One (1) year of experience in supervising professional staff preferred
- Certified Economic Development certification, Florida Redevelopment Professional certification or other specialty certification preferred
- Valid Driver’s License
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to develop and implement an economic development strategy for the City
- Knowledge of principles and practices of business, economic development, redevelopment, marketing, real estate, capital programming, and finance
- Knowledge of applicable laws, codes, and regulations, concerning land use and the development process
- Knowledge of business recruitment skills and techniques; marketing and promotion techniques and skills
- Knowledge of principles and practices of grant application and government budgeting preparation and control
- Knowledge of State of Florida annexation laws and annexation procedures
- Knowledge of State of Florida Community Redevelopment, laws, principles, and practices
- Skilled in presenting information to top management, public groups, boards of directors, or governing bodies
- Effective negotiating skills and techniques; consensus building skills
- Knowledge of business math and English
- Ability to meet and work with the public in a courteous and effective manner
WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Work Environment: 90% inside a climate-controlled building; 10% outside which includes driving.
Physical Requirements: The essential functions of the job require: sitting approximately six (6) hours per day, standing approximately one (1) hour per day, and walking approximately one (1) hour per day. The job also requires frequent fine manipulations, grasping, reaching, repetitive motion, and lifting/carrying objects weighing up to 15 pounds. On rare occasions the work requires bending/stooping and lifting/carrying objects weighing up to 44 pounds.
Sensory Requirements: Hearing: Ability to understand what others are saying in normal conversation and on the telephone. Speaking: Ability to communicate orally with others and speak effectively on the telephone and while giving formal presentations to groups. Seeing: Ability to see and read plans and computer monitor screens, operate a vehicle, and read normal and/or fine print.
Driving Requirements: The work requires occasional driving and possession of a valid Florida Driver’s License.
Technology: The work requires ability to operate telephones, smart phones, tablets, photocopiers, printers, desktop and laptop computers, calculators, and all associated software.
No – DRUG TESTING (Safety Sensitive)
No – CHILDCARE FINGERPRINTING
No – CREDIT CHECK
No – FDLE AND CJSTC SECURITY CLEARANCE: As mandated by the FDLE, CJSTC and the Largo Police Department, this position may be subject to additional security clearances due to access to the police department facility or police department’s electronic data.