Economic Development Manager
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Economic Development Manager coordinates economic development activity within the Downtown Revitalization Area and spearheads efforts of both the Downtown Development Authority & the Main Street Program.
Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, and coordinates economic development activity within the Downtown Revitalization Area. The position is also responsible for supporting the Downtown Development Authority and the Main Street Program. The position works with the City Manager to engage developers and investors in order to bring new business and encourage existing business expansion in the City.
Position requires an extensive depth of expertise and knowledge in specializing functions or business areas that can be used to develop policies and procedures as well as determine efficient and innovative ways to accomplish the City’s strategic priorities.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Administrative direction is provided by the City Manager.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- To support the vision, mission and guiding principles of the City.
- Responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to attract businesses to the City.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Manages all Downtown Development Authority & Main Street functions, including strategic planning, meeting management and report preparation. Serves as “Executive Director” to a seven (7) member Board.
- Communicates both in writing and verbally with other professionals on highly technical, sensitive, and complex topics.
- Develops and maintains an inventory of downtown businesses and market available properties.
- Assists tenants and property owners; meets with prospective clients.
- Collects and analyzes statistics on downtown and other areas.
- Prepares and delivers reports to the City Council, management team, and others.
- Represents the city on various boards, commissions, and special task forces related to economic development.
- Coordinates strategies and processes with the Community Development Department related to downtown and other city economic development initiatives.
- Identifies resource needs; fundraises and prepares grant applications.
- Supports the activity of Main Street Program committees, ensuring that communication between committees is well established; assists committees with development and implementation of work plan items.
- Prepare all reports required by the coordinating Main Street Program and other key funders and administrators.
- Develops and conducts ongoing public awareness programs designed to enhance appreciation of the downtown businesses, to foster an understanding of the Main Street program’s goals and objectives, and to keep the program highly visible in the community.
- Manages recruitment, evaluation, and retention of volunteers, including members of the four Main Street • committees, and special project volunteers.
- Assists with preparation and coordination of all Downtown Activities.
- Assists with writing, editing, and publishing informational and marketing brochures and flyers.
- Responsible for maintenance and updates to website.
- Directs efforts at business retention, expansion, and recruitment, including providing information, expertise, and appropriate referrals to business owners, marketing Jonesboro Main Street Program to outside businesses, working with developers and building owners to enhance the quality of retail and commercial businesses and the quality of their retail/commercial space.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- The manager supervises any necessary volunteers. The manager maintains local Jonesboro Main Street program records and reports, establishes technical resource files and libraries, and prepares regular reports for the state Main Street program and the National Main Street program. The manager monitors the annual program budget and maintains local financial records.
- Any other duties as assigned.
Job has recurring work situations involving high degrees of discretion. The need for accuracy and effective utilization of available resources is high. Errors in judgment could cause disruptions to the City’s mission and adversely impact attainment of the City’s goals. Incumbent operates fairly independently but results are monitored by the City Manager. Content of work priorities are largely self determined.
Contacts are across the entire City community and in a leadership capacity. Community contact is a critical component of success in developing good will and support of City programs and initiatives.
COMPETENCIES/SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE OR TRAINING PREFERRED:
To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities
would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in the business, planning, economics or related field.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and processes involved in economic development.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles of management, business, their organizational procedures, and financing.
- Considerable knowledge of economic, social, and technological resources available in the economic development field.
- Considerable knowledge of the assets of the community and federal, state, and local laws pertaining to economic development and planning.
- Must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in an independent environment.
- Skills in data collection and analysis, and establishment of data bases about pertinent City statistics and demographics.
- Ability to plan, organize, and effectively develop commercial leads for the City including building consensus among diverse groups.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with business executives and owners or representatives, public officials at the local and state levels, contractors, community leaders and organizations, other department heads, and other employees.
- Ability to analyze situations accurately and make correct recommendations for each business contact.
- Ability to manage social media, marketing and other forms of promotion.
- Ability to work effectively with the City Manager, Mayor other Departmental Heads and City Council.
- Skill in personnel relations.
- Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, and hearing.
- Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 10 pounds of force frequently or constantly to move objects.
- Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, examine and work with maps, charts, and detailed materials, operate a computer, inspect sites, use measuring devices, and to read extensively.
The City of Jonesboro is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace.