Economic Development/Redevelopment Director

City of West Jordan, UT

Under administrative direction, to direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate economic development/redevelopment programs, projects, and activities; to coordinate assigned activities with other city departments, divisions, and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to management, including the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). The Economic Development/Redevelopment Director is an at-will employee in accordance with state statute and will be selected and appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over professional and administrative staff and contract personnel.


• Assume management responsibility for all economic development and redevelopment employees, programs, projects, services, and activities.
• Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, priorities and long-term strategies for economic development and redevelopment programs; recommend internal departmental policy, appropriate service, and staffing levels.
• Identify and solicit prospective developers and users of commercial and industrial space within the City. Work to attract new business by conducting research, organizational and operational studies, and investigations to identify high-growth industries suitable for recruitment to the City.
• Coordinate promotional activities such as site tours and presentations and/or meetings between local business, government, real estate and development representatives and prospective client companies.
• Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement and review with management, including the CAO; direct the implementation of improvements.
• Manage and participate in the development and administration of the annual Economic Development department and Redevelopment Agency budgets; cash flow forecasts, and bond issues; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; and approve expenditures.
• Serve as a liaison for economic development and redevelopment with other city departments, divisions, federal and state government agencies and outside interests; resolve difficult, significant and controversial issues.
• Develop marketing strategies, outreach activities and actions necessary to retain existing city business interests. Meet with existing businesses to assist in growth or to resolve problems or obstacles hindering development or conflicts with the city.
• Attend development team, pre-application, chamber of commerce, and other meetings to plan, coordinate and improve actions and programs.
• Prepare documents for economic development and redevelopment related work including leases, financial analyses, covenants, deeds, title reports, and public hearing notices.
• Prepare and submit required federal, state, and local economic development and redevelopment reports.
• Direct and monitor the work of consultants and contractors.
• Prepare and review development design, low/moderate income housing, and revitalization/rehabilitation proposals; planning, zoning, and building permit approval documents including environmental impact reports; and litigation documentation including eminent domain proceedings.
• Advise and negotiate in coordination with the city’s Property Administrator, commercial and residential owner/tenant property acquisitions, relocations, dispositions, and other property matters.
• Represent the Mayor, City Council, and CAO in explaining economic development and redevelopment objectives and policies to various organizations, agencies, and groups.
• Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, business administration, public administration, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Eight years of responsible economic development and/or redevelopment experience including 4 years of management or supervisory experience, with two years of municipal or local government experience

• Valid Utah Driver’s License


Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of economic development and redevelopment programs; capital projects planning and local government operations and structures; urban planning, zoning and design; transportation; strategic planning; housing; capital improvement planning; budget preparation; public relations; and contract negotiation.
• Local government revenue options and taxation, tax rebate programs and tax increment financing options.
• Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of economic development and redevelopment programs, policies, and operational needs.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
• Safe driving principles and practices.
Skill with:
• Operating modern office equipment including computer equipment and software.
• Operating a motor vehicle safely.

Ability to:
• Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction or assistance for economic development and redevelopment programs and projects.
• Identify and respond to community, economic development and redevelopment issues, concerns, and needs.
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, determine project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
• Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
• Prepare and administer budgets.
• Prepare clear and concise administrative reports, plans, projections, and proposals.
• Interpret and apply policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to economic development and redevelopment programs and functions.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, to individuals and groups.
• Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Work in a standard office environment which includes reaching, bending, sitting, standing, talking, hearing, and listening. Ability to travel to different sites and locations. This position may require travel, attending trade shows and similar economic/redevelopment promotional engagements.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete an online application found on

Job Details

Job Function
Economic Development Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of West Jordan


8000 S Redwood Rd
West Jordan, UT 84088-4604
United States

Form of Government


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