Economic Development Director
This position directs the city’s economic development operations.
• Directs economic development initiatives to achieve the goals and objectives of the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Tifton.
• Provides assistance in the development of short- and long-term economic and community development plans and goals; researches and prepares related studies, reports and recommendations.
• Provides professional economic development advice, assists in the application and permitting process, and serves as an advocate for economic development in alignment with the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances, and city goals.
• Establishes and maintains relationships with the Chamber of Commerce to identify areas of concern in the promotion of business location and expansion efforts.
• Serves as liaison to various local, state and federal agencies; coordinates projects with agencies as appropriate.
• Prepares grant proposals and applications, contracts, and other necessary documents; administers grant funds and manages contracts.
• Administers and supervises the Downtown Development Authority loan program.
• Assists with the negotiation and management of professional service contracts, property sales or acquisition, and economic development oriented negotiations.
• Partners with city and county Development Authorities to formulate and implement marketing and business attraction strategies.
• Monitors legislation and regulations relating to economic development and reports findings to the appropriate parties.
• Prepares a variety of reports, surveys and presentations for various boards and agencies, and for the general public.
• Prepares and administers the division budget.
• Recruits, hires, trains, assigns, directs, supervises and evaluates personnel.
• Develops, updates and implements annual work plans, vision statements, policies and procedures.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
• Knowledge of economic development principles and practices.
• Knowledge of business development principles.
• Knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure, and planning programs and processes.
• Knowledge of city ordinances, policies, and procedures.
• Knowledge of modern management principles and practices.
• Knowledge of budgeting and financial reporting systems.
• Skill in supervision.
• Skill in prioritizing and organizing work.
• Skill in the use of computers and job related software programs.
• Skill in oral and written communication.
The Downtown Development Authority Board assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.
Guidelines include city ordinances, city budgeting procedures, grant guidelines, and The Employee Handbook. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. This position develops department guidelines.
COMPLEXITY/SCOPE OF WORK
• The work consists of varied management and supervisory duties. Coordinating activities with a variety of stakeholders contributes to the complexity of the position.
• The purpose of this position is to direct the city’s economic development activities. Successful performance contributes to the positive growth and development of the City of Tifton.
• Contacts are typically with co-workers, business owners, representatives of various community groups, bankers, representatives of other local, state and federal economic development agencies, and members of the general public.
• Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, motivate personnel, resolve problems, provide services, and negotiate or justify matters.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT
• The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table.
• The work is typically performed in an office.
SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY
This position has functional supervision over Administrative Clerk (1), Building Service Worker (1), Theater Coordinator (1), and Farmer’s Market Coordinator (1).
• Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.
• Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years experience or service.