Salt Lake City


    Requisition ID
    US-UT-Salt Lake City
  • Overview

    Under the general administrative direction of the Mayor, incumbent plans, organizes, directs, and promotes economic development, including efforts to attract, retain, and support locally operated small, medium and large business interests, private corporations, and international trade opportunities. Administers business and economic incentive programs, initiatives, and services necessary to strengthen and support the City’s business and economic interests. Partners and works collaboratively with the City’s elected officials, business leaders, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, (GOED), and Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCU) to develop, support and promote opportunities for all business types. Develops, implements and provides specialized support services to small and medium-sized business owners. Monitors and evaluates program goals and performance standards, long range planning, budgeting, contracting, fiscal controls, and service delivery.


    This is an at-will appointed position without tenure and exempt from the career service system.


    To learn more about the role of the Director of Economic Development click on the following link: Director of Economic Development Brochure


    This position is open until filled however first application review will occur on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at noon.


    Wage is negotiable depending on experience. 


    • Working with the Mayor and City Council, leads and directs the City’s economic development efforts, including: strategic planning, assessment of economic conditions, and development of responsive economic and business-related solutions. Establish and align program goals, services and objectives with the City’s mission and vision for business & economic development. Modify and adapt plans, goals and objectives, as necessary, in response to changing business and economic conditions.
    • Analyze existing economic situations relative to business attraction and expansion; review modern techniques for business attraction and retention; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues; monitor program performance and periodically report status to the Mayor. Facilitate the strategic efforts necessary to resolve complex and high level business development concerns. Establish positive working relationships and coalitions with appropriate private sector, non-profit and public organizations, including: federal, state, and local agencies; the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED); and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCU).  Builds and develops opportunities to bring companies into Salt Lake City that are complementary to the local economy. Build and support a strong business & economic development team with diverse backgrounds and expertise in various aspects of economy including small businesses, private sector corporations, international trade, and cultural economies.
    • Plan for growth, strategically and sustainably, with the input of the residents and local business owners. Produce an economic development plan that will include projects that include a rich cultural mix of shopping experiences, ethnic restaurants, and diverse entertainment options. Align Salt Lake City with the state’s focus on sustainable innovation clusters - aerospace, accelerators, renewable energy, financial services, technology and software, and life sciences. Establish significant efforts into growing the City’s vibrant west side.  Meet established economic development objectives and customer expectations by guiding and making timely decisions that produce high-quality results after applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Manage financial and information resources strategically. Supervise budget preparation and approves agency budgets for consideration by the Mayor.  Oversee all budgetary expenditures and prepare regular reports for the Mayor.
    • Establish policy and procedures relating to business and economic development services; coordinate activities and services between agencies; and, deliver services through agreements with other governmental and private sector agencies. Develop long and short range plans in cooperation with agency directors. Monitor performance of all agency functions and conducts program effectiveness reviews.


    • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree Urban Planning, Business Administration, Public Administration, Law, Finance, or a related field plus ten years of progressively responsible related work experience within a complex organization.
    • Strong record of achievement in building opportunities for economic growth and business development, especially in support of small business.
    • An ability to navigate the political process to deliver the strongest possible level of support to the department will be a key function of this position.


    • Graduate Degree or advance certification in Economic Development (i.e. CEcD or EDFP)


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