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Economic Development Specialist

Development Services | Caldwell, ID | Full Time

Job Description

Starting annual salary for this position is $49,361 - $56,881, DOE 

Application Period Ends:  Open until filled 

General Statement of Duties

Creates and manages the expansion of the economic base and vitality of the County; develops and manages economic development projects including: industrial, retail and commercial development; develops and manages programs to support redevelopment; recruits and retains businesses, and develops tools and strategies with the community partners to serve and attract a varied commercial base and sustainable employment opportunities; thinks strategically, develops goals, sets timelines and milestones, and meets deliverables; serves as a primary point of contact for Economic Development; and performs related work as required.

Classification Summary

The principal function of an employee in this class is to create the growth of the economic base and vitality of the County, business retention and new business attraction, and develop tools and strategies with community partners to serve and attract a varied industrial, retail and commercial base and sustainable employment opportunities to the County. Individual serves as a primary contact for retail and commercial development and serves under the supervision of the Planning Director or his/her designee.  This position must be able to work independently, strategically, and with great individual initiative. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, County employees, government agencies, business owners, developers, contractors, other local and regional economic development organizations, and the general public. The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment with an emphasis on teamwork; work responsibilities include both indoor and outdoor environments.

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Proposes, develops and implements strategies to achieve goals and objectives for economic development and marketing for industrial, retail and commercial businesses in Canyon County;
  • Creates and manages business recruitment, retention and expansion projects;
  • Establishes and maintains a network of private and public contacts to market Canyon County as a business expansion or relocation site, including but not limited to state, federal and regional resources;
  • Represents the County’s Economic Development team by marketing, recruiting, retaining, strengthening and developing businesses throughout Canyon County;
  • Creates, analyzes, produces, and implements marketing initiatives and concepts which promote economic development opportunities in Canyon County;
  • Develops and maintains a list of available properties, potential projects and appropriate uses for the purpose of recruiting, retaining and expanding businesses throughout the County;
  • Informs appropriate staff of potential incentives and other resources to advance economic development efforts in the County;
  • Provides site location information to businesses interested in locating to Canyon County and coordinates inquires with local economic development professionals, Chambers of Commerce, Destination Caldwell and other like-minded agencies;
  • Understands and explains economic development tools, such as industrial revenue bonding, Urban Renewal, Foreign Trade Zone, or other means as allowed by law to interested parties;
  • Works with local, regional and state agencies and organizations on building a trained work force in Canyon County;
  • Keeps appropriate staff up to date on information which may impact program goals and objectives, and initiates appropriate strategies and policy change recommendations;
  • Regularly reports progress in completing the essential responsibilities listed herein and updates Canyon County’s Economic Development team on meeting goals and objectives, economic development strategies, progress of projects, results of contacts with business representatives, and other reports as requested;
  • Serves as a point of contact for Economic Development;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas as approved;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress and project status, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Communicates and coordinates with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interagency operations and activities to help keep a positive work environment as well as works as a team member;
  • Respects the opinions of others and maintains a positive and professional working relationship with employees, supervisors and others;
  • Accepts and performs in a timely and effective manner changes in work assignments and/or how work is performed;
  • Performs other duties as assigned or needed by the Planning Director or his/her designee.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of economic development practices, economic development resources, strategic planning and business development;
  • Strong knowledge of urban planning, marketing, business and municipal finance and commercial real estate;
  • Strong knowledge of economic development, business assistance and marketing concepts, and state and local economic development practices;
  • Knowledge of current literature, research and regulations related to economic development planning;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a professional economic development capacity;
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written skills;
  • Possess strong professional writing skills, public speaking, facilitation, and other forms of communication;
  • Possess exceptional organizational skills;
  • Ability to effectively establish priorities and complete multiple, competing and time-dependent projects with superior attention to detail;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software;
  • Ability to manage complex development negotiations and analyze and evaluate pertinent data;
  • Ability to understand and interpret ordinances and policies effecting development;
  • Ability to identify opportunities for community betterment, economic enhancement and area revitalization and develop appropriate projects, programs and partnerships to capitalize upon them;
  • Ability to participate in and provide economic development input for development meetings, spontaneous consultation meeting for potential projects and potential impact on proposed projects and processes;
  • Ability to manage a variety and a multi-project workload to ensure timely and effective production of the development process;
  • Ability to accurately and clearly inform the public and others regarding various development processes and requirements;
  • Ability to exercise consistent and fair decision making and resolve issues related to the development process;
  • Ability to respond to questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
  • Ability to be tactful, discrete and diplomatic in high stress situations;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team environment;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Ability to keep immediate supervisor and designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate regularly with appropriate others to maximize effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and utilize new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Demonstrates integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, or a closely related field preferred; or
  • Completion of the EDI (Economic Development Institute) preferred; and
  • Minimum of three (3) years of progressively professional level experience either working in high-level management in the private sector in land use planning, community or business development, project management, owned or managed own company, or has executive level experience with a governmental entity performing related recruitment and retention of business interests; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education, experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Special Qualifications

  • Possession of a current and valid driver’s license;
  • Travel is occasionally required;
  • Subject to a background check.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate effectively;
  • Sufficient vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to review a wide variety of materials in both electronic and hard copy forms;
  • Sufficient memory retention and concentration, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to multi-task and focus on details;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a personal computer, mobile equipment and related office equipment;
  • Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to function in the general office environment and visit various work sites; constantly sit at a desk or computer terminal for long periods of time; ability to lift up to 15 lbs.

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.