Economic Development Manager
The City of Littleton has a great opportunity for an experienced Economic Development Professional to manage the economic development team and day to day operations.
The Economic Development Manager is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the Economic Development Division. The successful candidate has specialized knowledge of business development techniques and supporting catalytic projects. The Economic Development Manager will serve as the primary contact for businesses, catalytic projects, and the City’s representative to the business community.
The work involves responsibility for the application of professional knowledge and skills to affect research, analysis, planning, and implementation of economic development programs. The successful candidate requires a high degree of professionalism, problem solving skills, building relationships through excellent customer service, and the frequent use of independent judgment. The successful candidate is expected to develop partnerships with outside agencies and business/property owners and engage with the community. The ability to work effectively with a team and across city departments is essential.
Upcoming projects and key initiatives for this position include updating the city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan (current plan is from 2013), assisting in the feasibility study of a new Improvement District in Downtown Littleton, and developing strategies and solutions to further the areas of economic significance in the city.
The City of Littleton is a vibrant community south of Denver and is consistently voted as one of America’s Best Small Cities. Home to a charming and historic downtown, a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, parks and trails, there is a lot to offer to the wonderful people who live and work here. The City of Littleton offers outstanding benefits and perks to our employees. For more information, please see our Benefit Guide.
The City of Littleton believes in attracting and retaining the best talent and our strategies include hiring in at market pay and career development opportunities. In addition to your application, please submit a cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for this position with the City of Littleton.
Starting pay at or near $105,098 annually.
This full-time position is exempt per FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.
Work Schedule: This is a full-time position and has the option to work a hybrid schedule with some days teleworking and some days working in person at the office.
Applications will be accepted until a qualified pool of candidates is established, but preference will be given to complete applications received by September 20, 2021. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.
- Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Manages the operations of the economic development division which includes:
- Identifying and implementing strategic, short- and long-range planning and programmatic elements to achieve the economic development goals and objectives outlined in Envision Littleton.
- Updating the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan in coordination with the City Manager’s office to reflect the community goals and Council policies identified in Envision Littleton.
- Creating an annual action plan and identifying resources needed to implement the Economic Development Strategic Plan.
- Serving as a liaison for economic development activities with regional agencies and organizations, such as workforce training and industry trade organizations.
Single point of contact to advance challenging catalytic projects from concept to implementation to completion:
- Acts as liaison to and builds strong relationships with city council and the economic development community, including outside government agencies, LPS, non-profits, and businesses, as well as entrepreneurial and civic/community groups, regarding issues of economic concern, development proposals, and projects.
- Serve as a liaison between property owners, businesses, City staff, and others regarding catalytic development projects and programs.
- Serve as the first point of contact for catalytic projects.
- Takes and resolves citizen inquiries, complaints, and assists in the development and implementation of solutions for catalytic projects; refers to appropriate staff for next steps and follows up to ensure timely resolution and excellent customer service.
- Provides guidance to development applicants to recommend the most viable process and options for a project.
- Engages the public and community groups to improve and enhance business and resident involvement.
- Supports the areas of economic significance which include Littleton’s Downtown, the Littleton Boulevard Corridor, the Belleview Corridor, Santa Fe and the River Corridor, and the South Broadway corridor.
Supports the Littleton business community:
- Work with the Economic Development team to counsel and support small-business owners on ways to improve business vitality.
- Coordinate site visits to major businesses with department heads and councilmembers.
- Support the Economic Development team to assist commercial brokers in locating tenants for key development sites, including providing demographic and site planning information.
- Work closely with the Cultural and Media Services department to conduct marketing of the City’s economic development program and City services.
- Assist in the preparation and submission of proposals for funding economic development activities.
- Support the update of existing City economic development data, and develop efficient methods of maintaining current, needed data on real estate trends, employment/training efforts and related issues.
- Analyze and interpret market information regarding a variety of complex data, such as sales tax revenues, employment trends, and development trends.
- Make presentations to businesses and community groups.
- Coordinate the preparation and implementation of special projects and events for the business community.
- Prepares written and oral reports for Authorities, Boards, Commissions, and the City Council.
- Prepares agendas for the Economic Development Action Team meetings
- Works closely and collaboratively with the Littleton Business Chamber on a variety of activities.
- Assists in budget preparation, as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Supervises, mentors, and evaluates assigned Economic Development staff.
- Selects, trains, and evaluates personnel; assigns, and directs work; addresses complaints and resolves issues.
- Manages employee performance through meaningful, timely feedback and appraisals.
- Minimum Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in economic development, urban planning, marketing, business administration, public administration, or related field and five (5) years’ experience working as a project manager, planner, consultant to community groups by developing programs, providing customer service and advocating for community needs; and
- Two (2) years of formal staff supervisory experience.
- An equivalent combination of formal education and related work experience, which produces the knowledge, skill and ability required to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position.
- Must be able to pass a pre-employment criminal background check and motor vehicle records check.
- Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Manage projects effectively in time-sensitive situations to meet deadlines; coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks concurrently.
- Knowledge of business attraction and retention programs.
- Knowledge of marketing and promotional practices and strategies especially related to municipal and community promotions.
- Knowledge of methods and sources used in analyzing local economic trends and industry trends.
- Knowledge of Federal, State, County, and other resources for economic development and business assistance.
- Knowledge of local land use development practices, zoning and policies
- Ability to plan, organize and implement a comprehensive economic development program, including proactive outreach and communication program which projects the image to the community.
- Ability to organize work, set priorities and exercise sound, independent judgment that is consistent with City policy and established guidelines.
- Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people, including but not limited to, business leaders, developers, financial institutions, citizen groups, outside agencies, interdepartmental staff, and brokers.
- Ability to creatively solve problems and to establish and maintain a positive customer service attitude.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
- Ability to supervise the work of professional and administrative staff and consultants.
- Skill in public and interpersonal relations in a group setting or in a one-to-one situation.