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Economic Development Specialist

Company: City of Concord
Location: Concord
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Job Characteristics Benefits Supplemental Questions


Economic Development Specialist

The City of Concord's Economic Development & Base Reuse Department is looking for an experienced, talented, and creative Economic Development Specialist to assist the City in rising to the next level of economic vitality.

The ideal Economic Development Specialist candidate is a highly motivated self-starter who has the ability to network effectively, and thrives on achieving successful partnerships. The ideal candidate is someone who is customer service-oriented, is creative, and has a background in business attraction, business retention, and business expansion (or equivalent work experience). S/he possesses experience with project management, data collection and reporting, public relations, and marketing principles, including social media marketing on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The ideal Economic Development Specialist candidate also possesses superb communication skills - both orally and in writing.

The future incumbent will successfully administer program functions within budget allocations, scheduled deadlines, and within the City's established policies, processes, and procedures. Additionally, s/he will be an individual who conducts themselves with a high degree of professionalism, and can be entrusted with a significant amount of autonomy while simultaneously personifying and exemplifying the City of Concord's Mission, Vision and Values.


  1. Submit a completed City of Concord application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.

  2. All qualified applications and supplemental responses will be evaluated, and those candidates demonstrating the strongest desired qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in a virtual panel interview, which is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, 2021. If you are selected to participate in the virtual panel interview and are unavailable, we regret that we will not be able to reschedule you.

  3. Candidates that pass the virtual panel interview will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill the current regular vacancy, as well as others occurring over the next 12 months.

IMPORTANT: Contact with candidates will primarily be via email. Make sure you list a current email that you check regularly on your application. If you opt in for text messaging, you may receive periodic updates via text messaging.

If you have any specific questions regarding the recruitment and selection process, please contact the Human Resources Department at (925) 671-3308.



Provides professional support for the implementation and administration of services and activities that are designed to implement the City's Economic Vitality Strategy, promote new development, and increase overall business activity in the City. Objectives include attracting, expanding, and retaining businesses while creating jobs and revenue in the City. Position involves specific assignments to the Economic Development Program. Performs related work as required all within the context of the City's Mission, Vision, and Values Statement, and a strong and progressive customer service orientation.

Equipment, Methods & Guidelines

Uses Federal, State, and local laws, regulations and procedures as they relate to economic development. Follows established principles of economic development. Must understand, interpret, and apply fairly complex financing concepts, and entitlement processes. Uses City vehicles, telephones, computers and equipment.

Working Conditions

Work is conducted primarily in an office setting, but may include visits to existing and potential businesses and to proposed development sites. It also involves frequent attendance at meetings, including many that are conducted on weekends or during the evening. The work also involves irregular hours and some out-of-town travel.

Physical Demands

Emphasize speech, hearing, vision and stamina associated with attendance at evening meetings following a normal workday.

Supervisory Guidance Received/Given

Reports to the Economic Development Manager who assigns projects and collaborates with the incumbent to develop the scope and objective of assigned projects. Prepares progress and status reports for supervisory review. Exercises independent evaluation, selection, and judgment in developing recommendations. Requires management of consultant contracts. Has some independence for unreviewed action or decision.

Examples of duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assists the City in implementing its Economic Vitality Strategy involving business attraction, expansion, and retention programs. Required duties in these areas can involve researching, writing, and presenting staff reports, project management, data collection and analysis, visits to local businesses and business prospects, business events presentations, and newsletter production. The ability to effectively market the strengths of the City's downtown and the City at large are necessary through a variety of tools and approaches.
  • Performs marketing and economic feasibility analysis.
  • Participates in the selection, and monitors the activities and performance of consultants; administers contracts for the City.
  • Works with the Planning, Current Development - Engineering, and Building Divisions to facilitate permit processing of key economic development projects.
  • Serves as liaison between property owners, businesses, City officials, and others regarding economic development projects and programs.
  • Makes presentations at various meetings including those before the City Council and Planning Commission, and the Housing and Economic Development Committee.
  • Writes staff reports for consideration by the City Council and other City Committees or Commissions. Provides written and oral information on the Economic Development Program activities to interested individuals and groups.
  • Provides assistance in implementing the Economic Development Program's marketing initiatives.
  • Provides updates to the City's webmaster for the Economic Development page.
  • Attends Chamber of Commerce events and meetings of other business associations to function as a liaison for the City and explain current program initiatives to these groups.
  • Seeks out and secures funding and cooperation from State and Federal sources for economic development projects and programs, and acts as the liaison with those agencies.
  • Analyzes and interprets market information regarding employment, housing, industries, and finance and their impacts on local economic development activities.
  • Promotes the City's Mission to make Concord a city of the highest quality by providing responsive, cost-effective, and innovative government services; understands and subscribes to the vision and values adopted by the City in its Mission Statement.
  • Oversees lease agreements.
  • Serves on internal City Committees.
  • Performs other related work as assigned.

Qualifications: Knowledge and Abilities

Considerable working knowledge of, State and Federal legislation on economic development programs; project management, planning, public relations, negotiations, and economic development principles. Ability to manage project assignments related to economic development; to write clearly and concisely; to effectively apply the principles of economic development to projects and programs; to operate within budget allocations; to meet deadlines; to communicate effectively orally; to understand and work within the City's planning, engineering, and building permit processes; to write well organized reports and effective memorandums to communicate to decision makers; and to establish effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education: A Bachelor's Degree in Public or Business Administration, Marketing, Economics, Planning, or related field.

Experience: Three years of progressively responsible professional experience in economic development including areas such as non-profit economic development corporation work, city or state economic development, or redevelopment experience including financing, project management, property acquisition, or closely related assignments. Strong writing skills are highly desired.

Other: A California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.

Keywords: City of Concord, Concord , Economic Development Specialist, Other , Concord, California

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