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Economic Development Manager
City of Union City, East Bay

Economic Development

For more info contact:
(510) 675-5339
Close Date: May 24, 2013
Salary: $8,628.00 - $10,328.00 Monthly


The City is currently seeking a highly energetic, motivated individual with strong managerial skills for our Economic Development Manager position. Under direction of the Economic Development Director, the Economic Development Manager: performs professional-level assignments in economic development, including business recruitment, job development and business retention strategies; conducts research and provide analysis on matters of economic health, real estate trends, sales taxes, and international development; assists in the development of City policies that affect the local economy, and implements and monitors programs that encourage economic development in the City of Union City.


The Economic and Community Development Department consists of seven divisions that work together to guide the physical development of Union City and to create and maintain a safe, attractive and vital place to live and work.  These divisions include: Economic Development, Planning, Building, Environmental Programs, Neighborhood Preservation, Housing and Community Development, and Redevelopment.  


This is a journey-level class responsible for professional duties related to the economic development of the City’s private and public sector economy. Specialized knowledge of financial analysis and business development techniques is required. The incumbent is the primary contact for businesses and the City representative to the business community. The work involves responsibility for the application of professional knowledge and skills to affect research, analysis, planning and implementation of economic development programs. The incumbent requires a high degree of professionalism, problem solving skills, and the frequent use of independent judgment. The incumbent is expected to develop partnerships with outside agencies and business/property owners and work effectively with the community. The ability to work in a team and across city departments is mandatory. Assigned duties and responsibilities will require work to be performed outside of normal office hours, including weekends and holidays.


Ideal Candidate:


Knowledge of:
Regulations and procedures concerning economic development, and statistics and mathematics applicable to economic analysis; business attraction and retention programs; marketing and promotional practices and strategies, especially related to municipal and community promotions; methods and sources used in analyzing local economic trends and industry trends; federal, State and other resources for economic development and business assistance; local land use development practices, zoning and policies.

Ability to:
Use financial analysis techniques; plan, organize and implement a comprehensive economic development program, including proactive outreach and communication program which projects the image to the community; organize work, set priorities and exercise sound, independent judgment that is consistent with City policy and established guidelines; work effectively with a wide rangee of people, including but not limited to, business leaders, developers, financial institutions, citizen groups, outside agencies, interdepartmental staff, and brokers; creatively solve problems and establish and maintain a positive customer service attitude.

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Design, implement, and monitor the success of economic development programs such as business attraction, small business assistance, commercial revitalization, business retention and marketing key development sites; serve as a liaison between property owners, businesses, City staff, and others regarding development projects and programs; serve as a liaison for economic development activities with regional agencies and organizations, such as workforce training and industry trade organizations; coordinate site visits to major businesses with department heads and councilmembers; assist commercial brokers in locating tenants for key development sites.

Work closely with the Communications and Marketing Manager to conduct marketing of the City’s economic development program and City services; analyze and interpret market information regarding a variety of complex data, such as sales tax revenues, employment trends, and development trends; make presentations to businesses and community groups; coordinate the preparation and implementation of special projects and events for the business community; prepare agendas for the Economic Development Action Team meetings; work closely and collaboratively with the Chamber of Commerce on a variety of activities, including the Shop Local program


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Four years of recent progressively responsible professional experience in economic development, planning, or redevelopment, including specific experience in business attraction, commercial real estate, or land use planning and site election and permitting assistance.

Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Economics, Public Administration, or Business Administration. Graduate degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for one year of experience.


Must possess a valid California Driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record. 




Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either 2% @ 60 (Classic Employees) or the new 2%62 (New Employees) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340. There are no Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).

Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City. Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each. Long-term and short-term disability insurance premium shared by the City and employee. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Medical/Dental: The City provides the employee up to $1,447 per month to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits ($709.50 of $1447 is included in total compensation).

Deferred Compensation Plan: the City contributes $100/mo. into a 401(a) tax-deferred plan on behalf of the employee upon employee contribution of a minimum of 2%. A 457 Deferred Comp Plan is also available on a voluntary basis.

Leave: The City will provide the employee with 110 hours of administrative leave annually. Accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month without limit on accumulation; vacation salary equal to 80 hours for the first 3 years (included in total compensation) and increases depending upon years of service.

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