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Deputy Director of Economic Development

Company: Salt Lake City Corporation
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Position Title:Deputy Director of Economic DevelopmentJob Description:We are looking for an Economic Development Deputy Director to assist with implementation of economic, business development, and arts strategies for the City. This position will manage the initiatives and programs aimed to expand the citys tax base, maintain stability, and support growth of diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic neighborhood economies, artists, arts organization, and create opportunity for local entrepreneurs. This is an at-will appointed position without tenure and exempt from the career service system.The City is a place where residents and visitors can live, work, play, and do business free from discrimination, and be treated with tolerance and respect. We are committed to providing universal access and opportunity to all. As a City, we value accessibility in all aspects of our community, from access to public amenities and events, to healthy food, housing, employment, education, and recreation. In accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Salt Lake City works to ensure that people with disabilities have access to City programs, services, activities, and facilities. Salt Lake City is a place for opportunity. Using the Opportunity Index as a measure of our success overtime, we will strive to provide our citizens with ample opportunity to improve their quality of life through access to quality education, employment, housing, and community resources. We will strive to eliminate concentrated areas of poverty to improve overall quality of life and opportunity for all of our residents. The Department of Economic Development is dedicated to hiring candidates that contribute to these equity focused values.Early application submittal is encouraged. This position will remain open until filled and may close at any time without notice.TYPICAL DUTIES:

  • Under the direction of the Director, assists in the Citys economic development efforts, including strategic planning, project management oversight, assessment of economic conditions, and development of responsive economic-related solutions. Establishes and aligns program goals, services and objectives with the Citys mission, vision and metrics for equity and economic development. Modifies and adapts plans, goals, and objectives, as necessary, in response to changing business and economic conditions.
  • Prepares staff to carry out the Citys economic development efforts, including the goals, objectives, and priorities. Reviews the work plan for Business Development and Arts Council. Evaluates projects and work products. Meets with staff and director to identify and resolve problems. Manages staff members performance and creates opportunities for staff to improve their skills and advance in their field. Creates, implements, and maintains a succession plan for the Department.
  • Supervises and directs staff in the preparation and administration of the departmental budget including forecasting, fund allocation, budget presentation, and all other departmental financial activities. Manages and coordinates the implementation of the department's annual budget. Directs compilation and maintenance of all departmental budget and financial records.
  • Participates in community organizations on areas that impact the initiatives of the Department of Economic Development (DED). Communicates the vision and progress of various economic development initiatives in these engagements.
  • Guides the development and installation of systems, procedures, and controls, to promote communication, track metrics, and adequate information flow, and thereby solidify management control and direction of the organization. Ensures the timely and effective tracking of allocated resources, responsibilities and timelines associated with department objectives; assists with monitoring progress on metrics.
  • Proactively develops and establishes operating policies consistent with the Directors broad policies and objectives and ensures their completion.
  • Identifies potential projects, programs and services that would advance the organizations mission; Recommends adoption to the Director.
  • May serve as the Departments intra- and inter-governmental affairs liaison. Meets with representatives of other governments, businesses, legislative bodies, and other departments to coordinate activities and programs.
  • Organizes and presents information for management review, including on-going comprehensive reports with organizational improvement recommendations or changes needed to reach current and future Department goals.
  • Analyzes trends and conditions that will impact DED and recommend necessary strategic modifications to take advantage of those trends and conditions. Identifies areas of opportunity and weakness to improve the competitiveness of Salt Lake City.
  • Identifies and proposes grant opportunities to the director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelors degree Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, or a closely related field and six years business/economic development experience. At least five years experience is desired in managing economic or business development programs. Education or experience can be substituted on a year for year basis.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and build consensus with individuals of diverse backgrounds, including individuals within racial, ethnic, and socioeconomical diverse communities with varied organizational needs and differing priorities.
    • Strong understanding of best practices in economic development. Must be able to apply understanding in a manner that best responds to the economic environment of Salt Lake City.
    • Ability to develop economic development strategies and policies that incorporate the perspectives of multiple communities. Ability to evaluate efficacy of existing strategies and policies and propose alternatives.
    • Strong understanding of economic development finance tools, resources, and application.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with a concept and produce a definitive product and to work on several projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to successfully negotiate and resolve high level, multi-agency business development issues.
    • Must be able to effectively present in front of diverse groups, boards, Mayors office, and City Council. Ability to work cooperatively with representatives of public and private agencies. Ability to supervise work of others and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.PREFERRED OUALIFICATIONS:
      • Graduate Degree or advance certification in Economic Development (i.e. CEcD or EDFP).
      • Experience securing EDA grants and other federal funding.
      • Experience in finance and budgeting. Must be able to understand and analyze financial statements, loan criteria, business plans, real estate pro-forma, and marketing plans.
      • Ability to understand the big picture, how to strategically implement it, and identify employees and/or partners with skills who can participate
      • Two to three years experience with the opportunity index score and how projects can improve the Citys score.
      • Have a strong understanding of the politics of economic development.
      • Ability to organize and manage staff and clearly communicate and delegate direction to achieve goals.
      • Ability to develop relationships with other City departments, organizations, funders, and other stakeholders that will be participants in implementing the strategy.
      • Understand and respect the unique needs of small businesses, arts organizations, and entrepreneurs.
      • Understand the concept of triple bottom line related to the economic, social, and environmental return on development projects.
      • Ability to speak Spanish fluently.
      • Experience working in art programs and policies.
      • Experience incorporating the perspectives of people of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.WORKING CONDITIONS:
        • Light physical effort. Intermittent sitting, standing, and walking. Comfortable working conditions.
        • Considerable exposure to stress resulting from complex problem solving, stringent project deadlines, and liaison work between City departments, politically powerful community groups, corporations, and the City Council.The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.Offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a criminal background check in accordance with City policy and applicable law. Criminal offenses will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and do not automatically disqualify a candidate from City employment. POSITION TYPEFull-TimePOSITION SALARY RANGE$45.19/hr. to $78.21/hr.The established market rate for this position is $61.70/hr.DEPARTMENTEconomic DevelopmentFull Time/Part Time:Full timeScheduled Hours:40Don't see your interests, but would still like to apply? Our Salt Lake City family serves a population of over 199,000. We're committed to providing resources, access, and opportunity to all and continue to recruit and retain diverse, talented people. Our employees make a real difference with the work they do every day and are actively shaping our beautiful City's future. We are dedicated to promoting equity, inclusion and belonging for all members of our City family. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the City is committed to building a qualified and competent workforce based on principles of diversity at each step of the recruitment and selection process.We aspire to shape a better community and workplace, and as such, we are committed to pay equity. We are proud to have achieved gender pay equity as a leader in the Utah community by creating an inclusive workplace where there is equal opportunity for all.Additionally, the City is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Salt Lake City will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at 801-535-7900.

Keywords: Salt Lake City Corporation, Salt Lake City , Deputy Director of Economic Development, Accounting, Auditing , Salt Lake City, Utah

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