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Deputy Economic Development Director – Administrative Operations and Small Business Development

Organization: City of Mesa
City: Mesa
Location: Arizona
Date Posted: June 17, 2024
Country: United States of America
Primary Category: Economic Development
Type of Position: Full Time

Description & Details


This vacancy is for the Administrative Operations and Small Business Development Assignment.  

This classification has been designated as a non-classified, non-merit system; at-will position. 

First review of applications will be on Monday, July 1, 2024. 

A Deputy Economic Development Director performs administrative work involving designing, coordinating, directing, and implementing programs and projects that support commercial, office, and industrial development including contract management, budget development and monitoring, negotiating, facility management, and entrepreneurial development; workforce development; the attraction of and assistance to domestic and international businesses; development of public facilities and infrastructure; small business, entrepreneurship, and technology business initiatives; and/or other economic development, redevelopment, or capital improvement programs or projects.  Work includes:  performing economic development ombudsman duties with City departments on behalf of private developers locating or located in the City; assisting in representing the City on economic development boards and committees, and other issues as assigned; developing management plans, including current and critical path schedules for public improvement and private revitalization projects; meeting and working with citizen committees, special interest groups, non-profit organizations, and neighborhood groups concerning economic development issues and problems; and developing business assistance, business retention, technology, and financing plans or assessments.  Duties also include:  evaluating projects on a cost/benefit basis; evaluating and processing rezoning, design review, and use permit requests for projects; preparing written reports and giving oral presentations on economic development activities for administration, advisory boards, and City Council decision-making; soliciting development proposals from private development companies; negotiating development agreements and contracts with private developers; supervises and coordinates the activities of staff including training, scheduling, hiring decisions, written performance evaluations, working with employees to correct deficiencies, and implement discipline procedures; and preparing.  This class performs related duties as required.

Administrative Operations and Small Business Development Assignment:  This assignment is responsible for assisting in planning and directing the general operations of the Economic Development Department; designing, coordinating, directing, and implementing programs that support or attract small business and entrepreneurship programs; overseeing the preparation and administration of the Economic Development Department budget; supervising and directing staff engaged in specialized Economic Development projects and business assistance; and oversight of marketing activities related to small business, entrepreneurship, and strategic initiatives.

This classification performs very diverse high profile and highly confidential complex assignments which requires extensive independent judgment and initiative in combining a broad scope of professional planning, business development, and economic development knowledge; and sophisticated, analytical judgments in order to solve a variety of complex, political, and technical problems.  This classification reports directly to the Economic Development Department Director; however, the incumbent will receive direction directly from the City Manager on various assignments.  Work is reviewed through conferences, meetings, written reports, and by overall results achieved.  This class is FLSA exempt-executive.

Please refer to the link below for the full job description and additional information regarding assignments, preferred qualifications, and essential functions.

Qualifications & Requirements

Employee Values:  All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City’s shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications Required.  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Economic Development, or a related field and 7+ years of demonstrated work experience at a level that required supervision or management of projects and programs in airport economic and business development, economic development, urban economic development, redevelopment, economics, public facility or infrastructure development, commercial development, real estate, public and/or private finance, marketing, small business/entrepreneurship development, or workforce development.  Graduation with a Master’s Degree in one of the above areas can be substituted for two years of required work experience.

Special Requirement.  Must possess a valid Class D Arizona Driver’s License by hire or promotion date.

Preferred/Desirable Qualifications.  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in one of the fields outlined above is preferred.  Experience related to business and/or economic development in and around a regional airport is preferred (Southeast Mesa and PhoenixMesa Gateway Airport Assignment).  Membership in related professional organizations, the ability to speak a second language, and designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) are highly desirable.

Link to Job Description 

How to Apply / Contact

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