Economic Development Director

Department: Economic Development Director

Division: Economic Development

Effective Date: 07/09/18 | Closing Date: 07/18/18

Annual Wage: $91,091 (Negotiable DOE)

General Purpose:

Performs a variety of professional, administrative and technical dutiesrelated to planning, organizing, directing and coordinating city-wide economic development. Develops opportunities and facilitates the creation of conditions to attract new businesses and assist existing businesses and industries to profitability operate within the city limits. Develops the citys economic base, including business retention and the building of commercial, industrial and retail sites within the community. Administers the citys redevelopment programs. Seeks out and identifies grant opportunities for the city.

Supervision Received:

Works under the general guidance and direction of the City Manager.

Supervision Exercised:


Essential Functions:

Coordinates and monitors, on behalf of the city, all economic development/redevelopment programs with developers, contractors, property owners and other interested parties.

Oversees and implements the citys long-term economic development strategic plan; generates and nurtures professional working relationships with private developers, realtors, business leaders, banking and financial leaders, economic development professionals, professional and trade associations, state and local government leaders, the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and other community leaders.

Solicits potential businesses seeking to relocate or establish operations; promotes city location, market area, transportation and distribution connections and related issues; negotiates using tax increment financing (TIF) and other economic incentive tools legally available to the city.

Meets with public, developers, entrepreneurs, and contractors; discusses economic development issues; interprets information in local ordinances pertaining to department responsibilities.

Maintains files of all potential economic developers with whom contracts are made and all potential economic development property in the city.

Generates specific studies and reports, including statistical information pertinent to current economic development/redevelopment needs and trends in the city.

Maintains constant communication with Mayor, City Council, City Manager and staff to keep them informed of current economic development/redevelopment matters; promotes new development programs and arranges and facilitates creative financing packages.

Identifies sources for alternative funding related to special projects; applies for grants, implements administrative processes as needed to comply with grant conditions; monitors grant compliance to assure effective working relationships with funding agencies.

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Education and Experience:
  1. Graduation from college with a bachelors degree in public administration, business administration, finance, planning or a closely related field;

  2. Five (5) years of experience performing above and related duties;

  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  1. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge oflocal government revenue options and taxation, tax rebate programs and tax increment financing; principles and practices of comprehensive urban economic development, urban/rural planning, sociology and community organization as applied to urban economic development; relationship between factors affecting urban economic development policy, such as economic, political, sociological, legal, etc.; research and statistical analysis and the evaluation of research data; commercial and industrial real estate brokerage, leasing; asset management; valuation and investment analysis; land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws; planning and zoning and subdivision law, theory and application; local government structure and operations, including the budgetary procedures and fiscal management; research methodology, statistical analysis and evaluation of research data; land use, zoning, federal, state, and local laws; principles of supervision; interpersonal communication skills; creative problem solving processes and facilitation skills; the interrelationships between various types of local governments and agencies; operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive emergency management program; principles, methods, and techniques used in emergency preparedness and disaster relief; local emergency management planning requirements; principles and practices of data collection, research techniques and statistical reporting;

Skill Inthe art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; in public relations and the delivery of public presentations; skill in the use of computer software, including word processing, spreadsheets and desktop publishing applications.

Ability toplan and organize comprehensive property acquisition projects; facilitate problem solving processes with local businesses, school districts, potential industries and elected officials; manage city financial resources related to business incentives and loan programs; prepare and present technical reports; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective relationship with co-workers, other government entities, the public, and elected officials.

  1. Work Environment:
    Work normally performed in a comfortable, controlled work environment, occasional exposure to seasonal weather conditions. Tasks may require a variety of physical activities involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting. Essential functions require talking, hearing and seeing. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Daily travel required in normal course of job performance. Regular exposure to changing weather conditions and hazards common to high voltage power system.


Washington City provides full time employees with an excellent benefit package including a healthcare plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage), dental plan (no out of pocket expense for employee, out of pocket expense for dependents only), and a vision plan (no out of pocket expense for employee/dependent coverage). In addition, the City provides a $50,000 life insurance policy, AD&D, LTD, and an impressive retirement plan. Washington City also contributes 4.5% into a 401(K) plans for all eligible employees that are in the public employee fun. All benefits are effective on the1st day of work. The City also provides 12 paid holidays, 12 paid sick days per year plus vacation accruals.

It is the policy of Washington City to comply with Equal Employment Opportunity standards in all phases of personnel administration: job structuring, recruitment, examination, selection, appointment, placement, training, upward mobility, discipline, discharge, etc, without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin or veteran status.

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