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Economic Development Manager
City of Los Altos, South Bay

Economic Development

For more info contact:
(650) 947-2607
Close Date: Mar 18, 2014
Salary: $8,844.00 - $10,751.00 Monthly


Los Altos is a full service City with a budget of approximately $40 million and a full-time staff of 130 employees. The Civic Center complex houses the City Hall, Youth Center, Police Station, Library, History Museum and Community Center. Los Altos, California (population 28,291) blends a distinctive community oriented character with the proximity and influence of the Bay Area’s cultural, recreational and business attractions.  With its picturesque neighborhoods, downtown village and highly-rated schools, Los Altos is one of the premier residential communities on the San Francisco Peninsula and a very desirable place to live, work and raise a family. It is located 40 miles from San Francisco, just south of Palo Alto and minutes from the heart of Silicon Valley.


Under general supervision of the Assistant City Manager, the Economic Development Manager is responsible for identifying needs and opportunities for enhancing the civic business environment and the profitability of businesses in the City’s seven commercial districts. The position develops the full range of policy, program and implementation strategies including targeted marketing of Los Altos as a retail and office destination.  The position addresses both operational, real estate development, and real estate reuse needs for retail and office, and develops outreach programs, relationships and internal policies to recruit and retain businesses.



  • Serve as City’s primary liaison to Los Altos business and commercial districts

  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with business community and business associations

  • Communicate City’s policies and goals pertaining to the desired business climate

  • Plan, schedule, and implement economic development programs and activities

  • Develop public information materials

  • Organize community meetings and events

  • Perform media and community relation functions in collaboration with the City’s Public Information Coordinator

  • Advise the public, developers and other interested parties on a variety of economic development matters

  • Conduct studies, prepare reports, analyze policies, and make recommendations to staff, Commissions, the City Council, and other groups

  • Coordinate with other agencies and organizations on regional economic development activities

  • Administer special projects and assigned programs

  • Demonstrates organizational leadership

  • Performs other duties as assigned


Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of local land use planning, real estate and real estate development as  well as those pertaining to transportation, planning and community and economic development;  Communication and interpersonal strategies to build proactive relationships and understanding on issues related to government and business and the economic health of Los Altos; Marketing strategies for building the reputation of Los Altos as a business and customer destination; Real estate and development entities that have the potential to support opportunities and work in partnership with Los Altos government and community.

Skill in and Ability to:

Represent the City to business entities and associations both in and outside of Los Altos for purpose of establishing a reputation of Los Altos as a desirable business location with a strong cadre of successful businesses; Represent business, real estate and real estate development issues internally to advocate for business interests and to build strong understanding of business and its value to Los Altos; Make public presentations that are productive for the City of Los Altos by building understanding that can lead to consensus on key issues and win-win opportunities; Identify opportunities for and build partnerships to support economic development initiatives; Assist City Departments and staff in creating win-win interactions with the business community and retail customer community by modeling proactive solutions, building understanding, recommending adjustments in policy or practice to better achieve overarching goals of all parties; Formulate economic development initiatives and the win support for them based on factual information and  sensitivity to all parties involved so the initiatives can be the basis for ongoing partnerships; Develop a marketing and communications strategy that positions Los Altos for the selected growth and change it seeks.    


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

Experience: Four years of progressively responsible experience in areas of business development, real estate development, real estate site selection, destination marketing, government economic development or community development.

Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business or a closely related field.

Desirable Education: A Master’s Degree in one of the fields listed

Required Licenses or Certificates: A Class C California Driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record are required.   


Work in an office and field environment; sustained posture in a seated position for prolonged periods of time. Work generally involves a high degree of concentration, especially in the coordinating the relationship between government activities and regulations and private sector requirements and practices in business, real estate, and real estate development.  


The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.  If you are a qualified individual with a disability as defined by the ADA/FEHA and you need reasonable accommodation to participate in the interview process, you must notify the Human Resources Division at time of application.  Pursuant to ADA/FEHA regulations, official documentation to support your request may be required.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate possesses the following skills, characteristics and qualities:

  • Is highly professional, patient, respectful, and ethical
  • Has knowledge and experience implementing best practices related to economic development and vitality
  • Enjoys working in a small town atmosphere with an engaged public, including merchants, property owners, and public
  • Manages competing priorities and balances needs of the business community with direction of the City Council
  • Communicates effectively and proactively both verbally and in writing
  • Possesses excellent problem-solving skills and a can-do attitude


EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013: $8,844 — $10,751 monthly

For new employees who are existing members of the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS)  the retirement formula is 2% @ 60. Employee pays 7% of salary for employee CalPERS retirement benefit. For new CalPERS members, retirement benefits are pursuant to the California Public Employee’s Retirement Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) Section 7522.10,  employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 will have a retirement formula of 2% @ 62 and will pay up to 50% of the normal CalPERS retirement cost. Normal cost is determined yearly by CalPERS actuarial.

  • Choice of HMO or PPO plans through CalPERS Health Benefits
  • Dental Reimbursement Plan
  • City-paid life insurance; additional life insurance purchase option
  • Long Term Disability insurance purchase option
  • Vacation starting at 10 days annually
  • Sick leave allowance of 12 days annually
  • 10 annual holidays plus 2 Float Days
  • 457 Deferred Compensation plans
  • Flexible Spending Plan: dependent care and health care reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program
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