Director, Economic Development

City of Blue Springs, MO

Job Details

  • Job Function: Economic Development Director
  • Salary: $63,989 - $95,984. DOQ
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 52,575
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  • Where: 903 W Main Stn , Blue Springs, MO
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Mar 2 2018

Online application only at: Open until filled, first review of applicants begins 03/16/2018


Responsibilities: Responsible for development, management and administration of the City’s economic development program. The economic development program will be a comprehensive workforce development and business recruitment, attraction and retention program developed in conjunction with the Economic Development Council (an appointed advisory board of the City Council) to grow and attract new businesses in order to promote investment, create a sustainable economy and increase employment opportunities that create long-term value for the community. Performs complex, analytical and professional-level work which includes evaluating public-private partnerships, project management and market analyses. Serves as the point-of-contact in the City for economic development, facilitating relationships among the community’s civic and business network.

Respond to and generate development leads and prospects; initiating and completing business development projects from start to finish. Perform target industry analysis to identify select industry sectors and subsectors best suited for growth and attraction in the City. Perform real estate and corridor analysis. Develop workforce data and programs to assist with recruitment and expansion of target employers. Develop annual plans and goals in conjunction with the Economic Development Council. Track and report City’s economic development activities. Develop the City’s Economic Development Policy. Responsible for all aspects of business retention and attraction activities. Participate in special projects and initiatives which may include leading or serving on cross-functional teams. Represent and advance the City’s interests at meetings, professional organizations, various committees and task forces (e.g. Downtown Alive, Chamber, KCADC, etc.). Responsible for coordination of meetings and events; responsible for preparation of repots and communication and marketing materials. Serves as staff liaison to the Economic Development Council. Makes presentations, meets and or works with public and private sector groups to advance the City’s economic development objectives and develop strategic relationships. Communicate local and state economic development programs. Review, evaluate and develop recommendations relative to economic development and redevelopment projects, working closely with City departments to ensure adherence to City policies, standards and adopted plans. Develops short and long-term economic and community development plans. Identifies potential grant and funding sources for development projects. Maintains current knowledge of industry, regulatory and legislative developments affecting local economic development initiative, services and functions.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited four-year university in urban planning, economics, real estate, public administration or related field. CED certification preferred or ability to obtain within 24 months of hire. Minimum of seven years of progressive professional economic development experience. Experience in redevelopment, land development and real estate.
Advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of economic development programming and administration. Exceptional oral and written communication skills. Political and development acumen. Ability to tactfully foster and maintain positive working relationships. Ability to manage multiple priorities and respond to adjustment in direction. Ability to consistently deliver a high level of customer service. Attention to detain and result-oriented, takes initiative. Drive to innovate, pursue best practices and take on new challenges. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Ability to work with competing interests towards a common objective. Strong professional judgement and ability or establish credibility. Sound decision-making methodology.