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Economic Development Manager

Organization: City of Yuma
City: Yuma
Location: Arizona
Date Posted: May 7, 2024
Country: United States of America
Primary Category: Economic Development
Type of Position: Full Time

Description & Details


Are you looking to join a team that values Professionalism, Accountability, Integrity, and Responsiveness?   Do you want to be a part of a strong team dedicated to serving our community, building relationships, and creating opportunities?  Then this might be the opportunity for you!

We are looking for someone to join Team Yuma as an Economic Development Manager working with the City of Yuma Administration Department.  The ideal candidate will manage and oversee the City’s Economic Development Division and develop strategies to attract new businesses and encourage expansion and retention of existing business.

Under general supervision, plans, organizes, manages, and coordinates the City’s economic development activities and operations including business retention, business expansion, business attraction efforts; prepares and implements long range economic development plans, goals, and objectives for the City; and provides highly responsible and complex support to the City Administrator.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: — Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Manages and oversees the City’s Economic Development Division and develops strategies to attract new businesses and encourage expansion and retention of existing business.
  • Supervises staff and coordinates personnel-related activities to include, but not limited to training, approving work schedules, recommending/approving personnel actions, coaching and counseling, establishing performance goals, and writing performance evaluations.
  • Responds to leads generated by regional and state agencies.
  • Works with community partners on workforce development efforts in order to develop and grow the local workforce.
  • Collects, analyzes, and compiles economic, market and demographic data to identify specific industries and businesses suitable for the City and to track economic trends.
  • Identifies real estate development opportunities within the community; analyzes the economic feasibility of potential development projects; provides site analysis information, including demographic, tax, fee, development, and related information.
  • Coordinates City land acquisition activities, including site characterization, appraisal, title review, environmental and geotechnical investigations, relocation, and site preparation.
  • Assists with negotiation, preparation, processing, and implementation of disposition and development agreements, purchase and sale agreements, incentive agreements, contracts, resolutions, and requests for proposals/qualifications.
  • Guides economic development projects through the development approval process, coordinates plan processing by various City departments.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy to attract targeted industries to the city.
  • Prepares for and attends relevant sector tradeshows to generate business leads and coordinates other economic development activities and tours.
  • Works with a variety of software applications utilizing various social media platforms.
  • Develops effective and collaborative working relationships with economic development groups and organizations, internal customers, business owners, and elected officials.
  • Supports and represents City Council and management policies and practices to the public and other City employees.
  • Supports the relationship between the City and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City staff; promotes the City goals and priorities, vision, values and the “Yuma Way”, and complies with all City policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines 
Bachelor’s Degree in business, finance, economics, public administration, planning or a closely related field; AND five years of progressively responsible experience in economic development, commercial real estate or redevelopment, including at least three years in a supervisory capacity OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. A master’s degree is desirable.

Knowledge of: 

  • Federal, state and local ordinances, policies and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of economic development and urban redevelopment.
  • Principles and practices of sales including sales models, forecasting, pipeline management, and lifecycle.
  • Local, regional, statewide, and national economic development trends and issues.
  • Research techniques, methods and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of effective employee supervision and administrative management.
  • Principles and practices of contract development, negotiation, and administration.
  • Real estate and site selection principles and practices.
  • Principles of municipal budgeting, finance, and accounting.
  • Personal computer operation and software applications.

Skill in:

  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating economic development projects.
  • Interpreting and applying federal and state regulations pertaining to urban economic development.
  • Analyzing and interpreting business development issues, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings.
  • Analyzing City needs and prioritizing and promoting programs to meet development strategies.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers, city leadership, elected officials, developers, other community development agencies and the general public.
  • Communicating complicated or technical concepts effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Conducting research, providing statistical and financial analysis, evaluating programs and preparing and presenting accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.
  • Negotiating and performing cost/benefit analysis.

A valid Arizona State Driver’s License may be required.   Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council is preferred.

Work is performed in a standard office environment. May occasionally be required to bend, reach, stoop, and lift objects.


How to Apply / Contact

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