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Economic Development Program Manager

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

Description & Details

Job Description

As an Economic Development Program Manager, you will play a pivotal role in leading and executing strategies that fuel Tempe’s economic prosperity. You’ll be at the forefront of implementing innovative programs, attracting investments, and driving sustainable development in a city known for its rich culture, cutting-edge technology, and vibrant lifestyle.  Tempe provides a unique opportunity for economic development professionals as the city is primarily built-out.  This provides an exciting opportunity to work on redevelopment/infill projects, and to be a key player that invigorates Tempe’s diverse community with renewed energy and vitality.

Essential Job Functions

To actively support and uphold the City’s stated mission and values. To coordinate, direct, and implement programs and projects that support commercial, office, and industrial development; workforce development; the attraction of and assistance to domestic and international businesses; development of public facilities and infrastructure; small business development initiatives; and/or other economic development, redevelopment or capital improvement programs or projects. Work is oriented either toward short-term or multi-year projects.

Other Duties As Assigned

  • Develops management plans including current and critical path schedules for public improvement and private redevelopment projects.
  • Analyzes real estate investment projects.
  • Develops business assistance, business retention, and expansion plans.
  • Solicits development proposals from private development companies.
  • Negotiates development contracts with private developers.
  • Organizes, monitors, and manages the activities of functional operation units within the City impacting economic development projects.
  • Performs economic development ombudsman duties with City Departments on behalf of private developers.
  • Prepares reports on economic development activities for administrative and City Council decision-making.
  • Works with citizen committees, special interest groups, non-profit organizations, and neighborhood groups concerning economic development issues and problems.
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

Work Experience:

Requires Five (5) years of experience in urban economic development, infrastructure development, commercial development, transportation development, workforce development, and/or business assistance.

Candidates must have the minimum amount of work experience. Years of experience are based upon a full-time work schedule (2,080 hours per year).  The sum of an applicant’s full-time and/or part-time qualifying work experience must meet or exceed the stated minimum qualification. Education will not substitute for the required work experience; however, related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience. 


Requires the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in economic development, urban planning, public administration, business administration, or a degree related to the core functions of the position.

The term “equivalent” means that directly related work experience exceeding the required work experience will substitute in equal time increments for college-level education, for example: one year of additional directly related work experience will substitute for one year of college education (30 credit hours).

Certifications, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.


Applicants considered for this job classification must pass the following:

  • Criminal history background investigation

How to Apply / Contact

Apply for the Economic Development Program position