Economic Revitalization Administrator


Economic Revitalization Administrator

  • Full Time
  • Coos Bay, OR
  • $6746 - $8609/month DOQ USD / Month

Website City of Coos Bay

The City of Coos Bay is soliciting applications for the position of Economic Revitalization Administrator. To apply for the position, interested parties should submit a city application, resume, and letter of interest to the HR Office or by email City applications are available from the Finance Office, City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420, by email at or on the City’s website at


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  The City’s Economic Revitalization Administrator performs professional work in the administration of economic development programs and related initiatives in the City.  They work closely with business owners and operators of the Downtown and Empire Urban Renewal Districts and act as a liaison to community boards and committees. Assists with urban renewal projects and planning.  Administer the Urban Renewal Agency (URA) Improvement Grant program.  Develop marketing strategies to attract and retain new businesses to the City.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the general direction of the Community Development Director who outlines broad policies and objectives, and reviews work on the basis of results obtained.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: May exercise supervision over support or clerical staff as assigned.


An employee in this classification may perform any of the following duties.  These examples do not include all the specific tasks which an employee may be expected to perform.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the class. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1.       Assist the management team with urban renewal projects and planning.

2.       Administer the URA Improvement Grant program.

3.       Research and identify grants that will assist the city, URA, and business community and further the goals of city council.  Draft and submit compelling and persuasive, completed grant proposals detailing the needs, objectives, budget, and anticipated outcomes; ensuring adherence to specified guidelines and deadlines.

4.       Act as a City liaison to community boards and committees such as Coos Bay Downtown Association, South Coast Development Council, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Housing Action Team, and other regional and state stakeholders involved with economic development.

Serve as City staff representative and support to assigned committees and public events, including coordinating projects and activities, preparing for and attending meetings, managing day-to-day functions, implementing goals, etc.
Work with the Planning Division to ensure that the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Ordinance are consistent with long term goals.
7.       Develop and maintain a system and inventory of City vacant lots and buildings viable for business development.

8.       Engage with Oregon Economic Development Association to obtain membership and credentialling and participate in ongoing education to maintain credentials.

9.       Perform research and analytical support to the City Manager and Department Heads in the management of the programs and projects as established in the Downtown and Empire Urban Renewal Plans.

10.   Lead amendments to the City’s Urban Renewal Plans.

11.   Work with economic development partners to promote and drive investment and create strategies to recruit and retain businesses.

12.   Create marketing materials for print, website, and social media emphasizing the benefits to developing and locating business in Coos Bay.

13.   Operate a motor vehicle safely and legally.

Other General or Auxiliary Functions:

·         Have the ability to read and interpret complex regulations.

·         Multi-task and complete work in a timely and accurate manner.

·         Work independently.

·         Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

·         Establish effective working relationships.

·         Reasonable understanding of laws governing municipalities.

·         Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with coworkers, supervisors, managers, and others encountered.

·         Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and techniques of economic development, project management, contract management and record keeping systems; Small business’s needs, issues, and economics; Group coordination and management; Principals, practices, and techniques related to professional internal and external communications s; Use of electronic apps and platforms associated with or supportive of economic development endeavors; federal, state, and local funding sources for economic development;  Principles and practices of journalism and researching, interviewing, composing, and editing public information materials; the operations, services and activities of a local municipal government, and principals and practices of public administration, the principals and practices of Urban Planning.

Skill in: Implementing policies and procedures for the effective management of the division, programs, and activities assigned; Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy; Developing, coordinating and maintaining documentation standards and practices, reporting, and tracking procedures and administrative activities; Effectively presenting plans, programs, and recommendations to the City Manager, the City Council, City committees, City departments, special interest groups, and the public; Effectively applying public relations skills and public speaking techniques; Prepare and deliver oral presentations; Interpreting, understanding, and applying technical reports, statutes, rules and regulations; Evaluating work priorities, procedures, and processes to determine their effectiveness and efficiency.

Ability to: Work with variety of business groups to achieve Council goals, and present informative material to large groups; Market the City and region to recruit small business enterprises to our City; Interpret and apply City policies, procedures, laws and regulations relating to assigned activities; Prepare clear, concise administrative and financial reports; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;  Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goal; Work independently with little direction; Effectively plan, organize, prioritize, schedule, and perform work to meet applicable timelines; Good professional judgment and ability to maintain discretion in business negotiations; Prepare and administer State and federal grants; Maintain records and prepare reports; Ability to use confidentiality in managing sensitive communications projects and to maintain composure, utilizing tact and diplomacy when working under stressful conditions and emergency situations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Six years of increasingly responsible experience in local government work including Urban Planning, Economic Development and Revitalization, and Public Administration. Completion, or the equivalent, of a job-related four-year college degree program, plus related work experience in public administration.  Demonstrated success in researching, identifying, and matching grant opportunities to meet specific organizational objectives. One year of supervisory experience required.  Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:  Possess or obtain a valid Oregon Driver’s License within 90 days of hire date.  Must have and maintain a safe driving record.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Completion, or partial completion, of Oregon Economic Development Association certification program.  Experience creating print and digital media materials.  Experience in designing and updating content for websites and social media platforms.


The working conditions characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:  The tools and equipment described here are representative of those an employee may use while performing the essential functions of this job.  Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, and media design programs; motor vehicle; phone; GPS; fax and copy machine.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is frequently required to remain stationary; move from office to office within City Hall and between worksites; constantly operate computer and other office productivity objects, tools, or controls; frequently communicate with committees, boards, business owners, and coworkers and must be able to accurately exchange information in these settings. The employee is occasionally required to traverse through historical buildings or on undeveloped land. The employee must occasionally move objects up to 25 pounds.  The employee must be able to observe, inspect, and determine appropriate sites for business development.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

UNION STATUS: Non-Represented


FTE: 40 hours/7-day work period, subject to change for operational necessity.

GENERAL SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm, subject to change for operational necessity.

HIRING PROCESS:  Applicants must complete and submit the required City application packet by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 26th at 5:00pm, as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application via email.

Application Acceptance Period: ………………………….. March 18th – April 26th

First Review of Applications: ……………………………….April 29th – April 30th

First Interviews with Selected Candidates: …………… May 1st – May 2nd

Second Interviews as Needed ……….…………………….…. May 6th – May 7th

Earliest Offer of Employment: …………………………….May 13th, 2024

Projected Start Date: ……………………………………….. June 1st, 2024

Note:  The city reserves the right to conduct additional interviews, and this may affect the projected date for offer of employment.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:  Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:  Information about the City of Coos Bay and the Bay Area is available at

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