Assistant City Manager for Economic Development

City of Peoria, IL

Job Details

  • Job Function: Assistant/Deputy Department Director
  • Salary: $120,274. Starting salary is negotiable, dependent upon qualifications
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 115,007
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  • Where: 419 Fulton St Ste 403n, Peoria, IL
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Jan 8 2018


SUMMARY: Under the direction of the City Manager, acts as the primary staff assistant to the City Manager in the areas of Economic Development, Information Systems, and the Emergency Communications Center. Coordinates activities in these areas, analyzes and proposes solutions to operational problems to include staff and budgetary issues. Assists City Manager with establishing development programs and practices that lead to private sector projects that result in capital investment, job creation, creative and niche development, recreation and entertainment venues, and other quality developments. Provides professional economic development advice; assists in the application and permitting, and serves as an advocate for economic development in line with the Comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances, and goals as established by the City Council. Oversees and participates in the negotiations of comprehensive development agreements between the City and the private sector, evaluates fiscal impacts, communicates decisions, and presents reports and agreements to the City Manager and City Council. Monitors developments related to building, planning, community and economic development; evaluates their impact upon City operations and recommends policy and procedural modifications.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Business Administration, or a related field, supplemented by a Master’s degree (preferred); and ten or more years of progressively responsible related experience. Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job considered.

IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTES: Knowledge of public administration, local government management and business theory, practice and administration in order to oversee the planning and implementation of department functions; to prepare reports/analyses, policies and budgets; community relations and citizen involvement strategies; considerable knowledge of business development, community, and economic development; working knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure, and planning programs and processes; current social, political and economic trends and operating problems of municipal government; statistical data analysis; environmental, social, economic, and other demographic factors affecting local governments; governmental accounting, budgeting, and finance principles and practices; administration of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervisors; principles and practices of effective personnel management and organizational administration; grant writing, administration and monitoring; and advance planning and development research methods and techniques. Skill in analyzing data and research to develop and implement department mission, goals and programs; developing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with employees, senior management, elected officials vendors and citizens; gaining compliance, acceptance and approval for policy and council actions; communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; planning, organizing, assigning, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff; selecting and motivating staff and providing for their professional development; using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment; organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with minimal direction; preparing clear and concise reports; applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks. Ability to provide effective leadership in coordinating administrative activities; effectively administer a variety of City-wide programs and administrative activities; interpret and apply City policies, procedures, laws and regulations; analyze, interpret, summarize and present administrative and technical information and data in an effective manner; concentrate and pay close attention to detail in reviewing, preparing and presenting budgets, reading and writing reports, and/or representing the City at internal and external public meetings; direct studies and investigations and to negotiate agreements and contracts; and plan, organize, direct, and coordinate a wide variety of administrative and technical programs; speak effectively before groups and respond to questions; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and governmental regulation; research, develop and recommend effective options for various operational issues; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including City and other government officials, community groups, the general public, and media representatives.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Work is performed in a normal office environment with little exposure to outdoor temperatures or dirt and dust. Working conditions are typically quiet.
*Please notify the Human Resources Department if accommodations are required to participate in the selection process.