The City of Ceres is accepting applications for a Redevelopment & Economic Development Manager. Economic Development is a high priority for our City Council, so the primary duties of this position will be to handle all Economic Development for the City, as well as, the gradual winding down of the City’s two (2) Redevelopment Agencies. Under the direction of the City Manager, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the City’s Economic Development and Successor Agency's activities; provides professional assistance to City management staff on community-wide economic development issues and coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Assume management responsibility for assigned services and activities of the City’s Economic Development and Redevelopment operations.
- Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
- Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.
- Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for professional and technical staff; assign work activities, projects, and programs; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
- Select, train, motivate, and evaluate professional and technical personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
- Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the assigned budget; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments.
- Work closely with the City Manager, City Council, Redevelopment Agency, other City departments, various public organizations and citizens groups to develop programs and implement projects to solve problems related to the City’s redevelopment functions.
- Develop specifications and prepare requests for proposals and grant applications; coordinate with City, federal, state and non-profit agencies and private companies to develop resources for projects.
- Conduct negotiations and assist in final negotiations with owners/developers of properties slated for redevelopment.
- Administer service contracts between the Redevelopment Agency and consultants; monitor the development, construction and implementation of various contract phases.
- Review site development architectural plans in conjunction with City planning staff as required.
- Conduct site visits of residential and commercial properties to ensure compliance with program requirements; make final interpretations of City regulations and various ordinances, codes and applicable laws to ensure compliance.
- Work closely with homeowners, landlords, contractors, developers, and business and property owners in providing program related information and resolving concerns.
- Serve as the liaison for the City’s Redevelopment and Economic Development functions to other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
- Serve as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
- Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of economic development and redevelopment; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
- Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
- Perform related duties as required.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, finance, business administration, public administration, or a related field.
Five (5) years of increasingly responsible city planning experience, economic development or public administration experience, including two (2) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility .
License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
Physical Demands and Working Environment
Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
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Health: The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some of the monthly plan premium options are currently at no cost to the employee and family! Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable compensation. Carriers include: Two Blue Shield HMOs, Blue Shield PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and Blue Shield MES Vision.
Retirement/Pension: The City offers a generous defined benefit plan pension (membership required) in the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA), as governed by County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). “Classic members” (within the last six (6) months a member of StanCERA or a reciprocal retirement plan, e.g. CalPERS) are enrolled in the City’s 2% @ 55 plan; final compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year. Non-classic or “new members” are enrolled in the 2% @ 62 plan, and employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate as prescribed by PEPRA, currently 9.41%, on a pre-tax basis; final compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three highest years.
Other Benefits: The City contributes an additional $100 per month through a qualified Section 125 plan to the employee’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA - for non-reimbursable medical expenses or daycare) or Health Savings Account (HSA), as applicable.
Voluntary Benefits & Leave: Employee Assistance Program, voluntary options for Deferred Compensation (457), Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Voluntary Life and AD&D coverage, 96 hours of sick leave accrued each year with unlimited accrual; vacation accrual based on years of service with maximum accrual of 480 hours and 13 paid holidays (including one personal day) each year.
The City also participates in Social Security, which has a mandatory 7.65% contribution for Social Security and Medicare.
Resume is not accepted in lieu of application.
To be considered for the position, applicants must submit a completed on-line City of Ceres application. The application may be submitted on-line via the CalOpps website at: www.calopps.org or by visiting the City of Ceres website @www.ci.ceres.ca.us. The City would like to fill this position as soon as possible, so it is in the best interest to apply immediately. The qualifications of each applicant, as set forth in the application, will be reviewed by a screening committee. A limited number of qualified applicants, possessing the most desirable qualifications may be invited to participate in the subsequent phase of the evaluation process which is the oral interview. Note: Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.