Here are sample job advertisements for Economic Development, City Manager, and Community Development roles...
Director of Economic and Community Development
Town of Stonington
Bachelor’s degree in Urban, Regional or Community Planning, Public Administration or a related field. A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in land use, planning management or economic development is required. Proven record of obtaining and administering grants is required.
Experience with the use of computer hardware and software such as GIS and other related computer-based technologies is required. Certification as a Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desired. Must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
Background and credit checks will be performed.
Economic Development Manager
Join the City of Seaside’s management team and become part of something special! Seaside is the largest City on the Monterey Peninsula and has the greatest opportunity for growth and economic development. The City is looking for an experienced, talented, and creative Economic Development Manager to assist the City in taking the next steps to economic vitality.
Under administrative direction of the Community & Economic Development Director, the Economic Development Manager plans, organizes, directs and administers the City’s economic development activities and performs other work as required.
The purpose of this classification is to develop and manage a quality economic development program for the City of Seaside that retains, expands, and attracts business firms in order to increase City revenue to improve City services, to develop/attract jobs and higher paying jobs for our citizens, and to develop a trained workforce.
Examples of Duties
The following tasks are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these tasks and/or may perform similar related tasks not listed here:
Any combination of experience and education/training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in Public Administration, Economics, Urban Planning, or a closely related field. A master’s degree is desirable and may be substituted for one year of professional experience. Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and/or possession of the Certified Economic Developer (CED) certificate is highly desirable.
Five years of increasingly responsible municipal experience in planning, redevelopment, community development, economic development, or a related field with at least three of the five years working in a government agency conducting economic development programs.
Possession of an appropriate valid California motor vehicle operator’s license.
Community Development Director
A highly responsible professional and technical position directing the City’s Planning and Zoning and related programs, including Comprehensive Plan, development, land use, annexation, and other related activities.
Responsible for developing or proposing policies, planning and zoning regulations, implementing policies and procedures, and resolving complex technical problems. Supervision is usually in the form of broad administrative policy and instructions or general program objectives. Work is reviewed for compliance with City Manager’s directions and general and timely adherence to established City policies.
* Develops and coordinates implementation of goals, objectives and policies of the Comprehensive Plan and revision to the Land Development Regulations.
* Presents staff reports and recommendations to elected and appointed officials at public hearings and workshops. Coordinates project task forces and committees which may include citizens, appointed and elected officials, and other agency personnel. Serves as liaison with citizenry, professional community and other governmental entities. Creates and maintains good working relationships with officials, other agencies, the general public, and other employees.
* Prepares reports and other documents including complex tasks in areas such as land use, economics, environment, health, recreation, comprehensive planning, transportation, housing, and land development regulations. Prepares complex reports, charts, graphs, and maps which clearly and concisely express the ideas and recommendations being made.
* Reviews and analyzes Federal and State regulations relating to planning, and zoning and aggressively pursues economic development/redevelopment programs.
* Receives and reviews rezoning, conditional use permits and special exception use permit applications for completeness and instructs citizens on procedures for filing rezoning, conditional use permits, subdivision approvals, annexation, special exception, use permit applications, and other permits.
* Performs background research, interviews and surveys relating to transportation, environmental, land use, housing, and economic development.
* Compiles data and prepares application for financial assistance from private and public sources. Directs disbursement of State and Federal funds and administration of grant projects to implement the established program goals and objectives and directs project activities to insure administrative efficiency and compliance with laws, regulations, and standards, as they impact the City.
* Prepares budget estimates for program activities, establishes and maintains accounting records. Meets with and discusses the various components of on-going programs with grantor agency monitoring personnel concerning, but not limited to: financial management, development of minority business enterprises, fair housing, acquisition of real property, relocation of displaced persons, environmental assessment, rehabilitation of privately owned property, and public works projects. Provides appropriate records needed by monitoring teams and responds to any findings or concerns submitted by grantor agency. Prepare and submit necessary reports to grantor agency during the course of program implementation and completes documents for program close-out. Reviews official directives and correspondence to ascertain prescribed changes in agency programs, policies, and procedures.
* Represents City or makes presentations of plans and proposals to other government jurisdictions and community service organizations.
* Willingness and ability to comply with the City’s regulations and procedures, exercise sound judgment, perform at a high level of efficiency and productivity, and support the City’s goals and objectives.
* Advanced ability to read, comprehend, implement, and complete written and/or oral directions in English. Skill in English composition and spelling, and ability to prepare correspondence and make oral presentations at a professional level utilizing modern business English.
* Estimates project costs and prepares formal budget, including phasing schedules for program implementation. Develops staffing and work plan, and schedules in accordance with time limitations and funding.
* Performs individual assignments of a varied nature with minimal supervision. Establishes a schedule of priorities according to budgetary, personnel and timing constraints and revises the schedule as needed.
* May serve as City’s Community Development Agency Director.
* Perform other duties not specifically enumerated within the job functions listed above as may be required at the discretion of the City Manager.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
* Knowledge in planning, zoning, demographics, construction, engineering, budgeting, management, and laws and codes applicable thereto. Skills and abilities to plan, develop, present, and implement federal, state, and locally funded programs.
* Knowledge of Federal, State (particularly Florida’s Growth Management Act), and/or Local laws governing zoning, planning, and development regulations.
* Knowledge of land development regulation and the implementation techniques of growth management.
* Ability to project a good public image and maintain effective customer relations. Interact courteously with the public, officials, supervisors and co-workers.
* Skill in drafting official documents
* Comprehensive knowledge of business English, punctuation, spelling and arithmetic, and ability to express facts and ideas clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally to groups and individuals.
* Ability to organize, direct and effectively coordinate the activities of skilled, technical and professional personnel.
* Ability to make interpretive impartial judgmental decisions, provide professional input and reports for City officials and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, City officials and the public.
* Ability to express facts and ideas clearly and concisely in English, both in writing and orally to groups and individuals.
* Knowledge of applicable laws and regulatory codes related to private/public sector improvement projects and developments.
* Computer software skills in word processing, database & spreadsheets.
* Ability to maintain acceptable attendance record.
Education: Bachelor degree in urban planning, public administration, or closely related field from an accredited College or University acceptable to the City. Experience: Five years as a Community Development Director or Assistant Director, or seven years of proven senior level urban planning experience, or an equivalent combination. A Master Degree from a College or University acceptable to the City may be substituted for two (2) years of experience. Bondable. Licensed Certification or Registration: Valid Florida Driver’s license. Preferred: A Master’s degree, supervisory, redevelopment agency, local governmental planning, and grant experience. Knowledge of regional area. American Institute of Certified Planners designation.
As the chief administrator, the Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, managing the work of City personnel, and implementing Council policies, goals, and objectives. The City Manager provides Council with policy and program recommendations and develops the Annual Budget and multi-year Capital Improvement Program. The City Manager currently has six direct reports, which include the Chief of Staff, Assistant City Manager (2), Fire Chief, Police Chief, and City Attorney.
The City Manager’s Office in Las Cruces includes the following five divisions: Administration, Council and Community Support, Fiscal Management, Community Relations, and Fleet Management. The Office has 58.5 FTEs and a budget of $9.7 million.
Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.
Duties and Responsibilities
PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
General Statement of Duties
This position performs complex professional work in directing the current and long-range planning activities for the Town. Assist in the continued improvement to the image of the Town focused on responsible but progressive growth and development. Assists Town Management with implementing Town goals, conducting studies and analysis related to community development, developing and implementing process and policy improvements and related work as apparent or assigned. The position requires high-level management experience with the ability to work within the Council-Manager form of local government respecting the honorable positions of elected officials and the responsibilities of the Town Manager. This position will facilitate high quality economic investments and pursue quality of life improvements by establishing solid relationships with both the public and private sector.
Distinguishing Features of the Class
Recruitment and Selection Guidelines
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Possession and maintenance of AICP certification.
Possession of a valid North Carolina Driver’s License
Completion of the North Carolina School of Government’s Municipal Administration Course is preferred.