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Job: Economic Development Manager

Albany, Oregon

Human Resources Department
333 Broadalbin SW, P.O. Box 490
Albany, OR 97321



The Economic Development Manager oversees the City’s economic development activities and functions, urban renewal development within the city, and other related managerial duties. Serves as liaison between the City Council, operating departments, outside agencies, general public, urban renewal agency, and the City Manager; does related work as required.

The duties listed are intended only as illustrative examples of the various types of work that
may be performed by individuals in this classification. Any of the following duties may be
performed. These examples are not necessarily performed by all incumbents and do not include all specific essential functions and responsibilities the incumbent may be expected to perform.

Supervises one or more assigned employees on a recurring daily basis which includes
scheduling and assigning work; mentoring, coaching, and training; developing work plans and reviewing work for completion; evaluating performance and providing necessary feedback to employees; setting work standards; imposing or effectively recommending necessary disciplinary action; responding to grievances; and making or effectively recommending hiring and termination decisions.

Collaborates with City legal counsel regarding various issues concerning land leases and sales, public-private partnerships, lawsuits, and other legal matters related to economic development, urban renewal, and project management.

Provides leadership and direction for complex projects requiring coordination between
departments and outside agencies.

Manages urban renewal district activities including project development, developer assistance, budget development and tracking, and Advisory Board/Agency support.
Provides oversight of the Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corporation contract and serves as City representative to that Board.

Evaluates and makes recommendations to organizational and community structures to best
achieve common economic development goals and objectives — i.e., Chamber of Commerce, Council of Governments, Community Roundtable.

Establishes the annual budgets for each area under direct supervision and tracks adherence to spending limits.

Establishes performance criteria and measurements for projects and partnerships.

Represents the City in organizational interests regionally and statewide.

Assists in the retention and expansion of existing local business and industry.

Coordinates with City departments for the issuance of permits and developmental matters
affecting new and expanding businesses.

Serves on boards and commissions inside and outside the City.

Works on special projects as assigned by the City Manager’s Office.

Meets with City Council members on various issues and matters of public concern.

Negotiates between the City and outside agencies or customers on matters related to economic development, urban renewal, and special projects.

Stays abreast of current local, state, and national activities that affect the economic welfare and future of Albany.

Maintains professional networks and attends training sessions and conferences as necessary to advance skills and keep abreast of issues and practices in all areas of responsibility.

Maintains regular job attendance and adherence to working hours.

Operates a motor vehicle safely and legally.

This position plans, administers, evaluates, and manages the following programs for the City of Albany:

Economic Development: Responsible for the City’s economic development activities and
functions including retention and expansion of existing business/industry, attraction of new
business/industry, liaison with private (AMEDC) and public (other cities and counties) economic development organizations, and general promotion of the City of Albany.

Urban Renewal District: Responsible for daily oversight and management of the Central Albany Renewal Area (CARA), a tax increment financing district charged with structural and economic revitalization of Albany’s core business and waterfront.

This is a supervisory position. This position supervises assigned employees which includes
scheduling and assigning work; mentoring, coaching, and training; developing work plans and reviewing work for completion; evaluating performance and providing necessary feedback to employee; setting work standards; imposing or effectively recommending necessary disciplinary action; responding to grievances; and making or effectively recommending hiring and termination decisions.


Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, Marketing,
Urban Planning, or related field which provides the knowledge to perform the essential functions of the position. Master’s degree preferred but not required.

Five years of experience in economic development, planning, commercial real estate,
marketing, business management, and/or community development, including extensive
experience in managing economic development projects and a minimum of one year of
supervisory experience.

Experience assisting startup companies and/or business retention and expansion and providing financial assistance to growing businesses preferred. Private sector business management and project management experience is an asset.

Extensive knowledge of: modern and highly complex principles and management practices of economic development; current social, political, and economic trends and operating issues of municipal government; principles and practices of municipal government activities relating to economic development and business and/or public administration; research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures; sources of information related to a broad range of economic development programs, services, and administration; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; and principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

General knowledge of: legal documents associated with the real estate and property
management industries; the Americans with Disabilities Act; applicable City codes and
ordinances; the National Environmental Policy Act including related statutes and regulations; labor relations regulations related to Davis-Bacon wage rates; the Uniform Relocation and Assistance Real Property Acquisition Policy Act of 1970; regulations promulgated by various federal agencies implementing the Uniform Act, Community Development Block Grants, HUDmandated housing programs, grants, and other related regulations that affect the delivery of relocation and rehabilitation loan services; mortgage lending transactions and government accounting standards; and property management and encumbrance methods, functions, and responsibilities.

Skill in: operation of listed tools and equipment used. Must have excellent interpersonal,
organizational, multi-tasking, and management skills.

Ability to: effectively assist in the leadership and coordination of the activities of a municipal
organization; effectively assist in administering a variety of Citywide programs and budgetary activities; interpret and apply federal, state, and City codes, ordinances, procedures, laws, and regulations; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals to improve operations, procedures, policies, or methods; effectively and fairly negotiate appropriate solutions and contracts; gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff; evaluate, develop, and implement improvements in operations, procedures, policies, or methods; identify and respond to public and City Council issues and concerns; establish and maintain positive, effective, and cooperative working relationships with City Council members, staff, committee members, public officials, business leaders, and the general public; exercise good judgment; communicate with varying and competing interests; mediate and facilitate; negotiate transactions and come to agreement under adverse circumstances; manage multiple priorities and review technical documents for accuracy; do confidential financial credit and background checks on applicants; create and review trust deeds, promissory notes, title searches, and other property-related documents; record trust deeds; and communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including conveying highly technical information to a lay audience.