Economic Development Manager

Application Period: 
Fri, 11/16/2018 to Fri, 12/14/2018
City of New Braunfels
Street Address: 
550 Landa Street
New Braunfels
Job Description: 

GENERAL PURPOSE: Under limited supervision of the City Manager, performs professional, analytical, and technical development projects that focus on the retention and creation of new businesses to the City, ensuring long-term, quality economic growth.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
•Develops relationships, builds collaboration, fosters capacity of businesses and property owners, and partners with other city staff members to plan and implement initiatives to revitalize neighborhoods, downtown, business districts and the airport, coordinating activities with the Downtown Development Manager, Airport Director and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
•Provides staff support to the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation, a Type B Economic Development Sales Tax corporation. Prepares agendas, information packets, reports, etc and attends all meetings.
•Underwrites businesses or real estate development projects requesting public assistance and recommends appropriate sizing of incentives and public financing mechanisms, if necessary.
•Recommends, in concert with other stakeholders, public incentives for business recruitment and retention and real estate development projects that fulfill community goals.
•Conducts fiscal impact analysis for projects that require City participation.
•Plans, organizes, coordinates, and evaluates major development activities within the City and the City’s extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ); assists with the development of strategies that maintain and enhance the long-term economic vitality of the City.
•Act as a liaison between the City of New Braunfels and Chamber of Commerce in economic development activities related to all aspects of prospect marketing, recruitment and attraction.
•Recommends changes that would encourage or facilitate community development in desired areas; assists with the implementation of the Economic Development Strategic Plan, Downtown Implementation Plan, Airport Master Plan, South Castell Visioning Plan and other relevant adopted plans
•Prepares specifications and develops Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) for public/private projects; analyzes responses and makes recommendations on proposals.
•Negotiates with developers and/or consultants for all phases of City projects; coordinates and reviews the work of contractors, developers, and/or consultants for major City projects.
•Monitor, administer and recommend enforcement of contractual agreements between private parties and the City and/or Economic Development Corporation.
•Researches, analyzes, reports on and promotes economic and market trends; reviews proposed ordinances and codes that relate to economic development and makes recommendations for proposed amendments.
•Analyzes and develops position papers and memoranda as directed; makes presentations to City Council, City Boards and Commissions, and business and citizen groups as requested.
•Researches, strategizes, and submits grant applications for potential funding sources for economic development projects; investigates the use of PID’s, TIRZ, Chapter 380 agreements, tax abatements, municipal development districts, Type B sales tax, bonds, or other financing instruments that might facilitate the development or redevelopment of business districts.
•Implements and administers various economic development incentive programs throughout the City for compliance, performance, and reporting requirements.
•Act as an ombudsman for incentive-approved projects internally with other city departments, and assisting companies with the various city processes and permitting requirements.
•Works with the real estate, finance, development, and property owner communities to facilitate success of adopted plans.
•Presents proposed programs and projects to community groups and public meetings and represents the City on committees and boards regarding local and regional issues as required.
•Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Job Requirements: 

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, marketing, finance, or related field, and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience at a professional level in business, economic development, downtown management, or commercial real estate, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
• Master’s Degree in Public Administration or Public Policy preferred
• Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification is preferred.
• Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License. Required Knowledge of:
• City organization, operations, policies and procedures.
• Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations affecting planning, zoning, and community development.
• Local, regional, state, and federal governmental organizations and functions.
• Business credit and real estate finance and development underwriting standards.
• Information sources to identify and understand regional market trends, market analysis and development costs related to the potential development of a specific site.
• Public financing tools and their applicability as potential incentives for the achievement of public purposes.
• Applicable laws, codes and regulations concerning land use and the development process.
• Effective methods of organizing and utilizing data, equipment, personnel, and resources.
• Planning information sources including demographic and economic data, environmental determinants of land use, land development trends, and legal requirements. Required Skill in:
• Interpreting technical documents and map specifications.
• Collecting, tabulating, organizing, evaluating, analyzing and presenting data and information.
• Interpreting and applying department standards and City policies.
• Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
• Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with employees, officials, other community development agencies and the general public.
• Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software.
• Effective communication, both verbally and written.
• Effective public speaking as well as the preparation of supporting print, online materials, and multimedia presentations.
• Recruiting and retaining new operations and businesses in support of adopted plans. Initiating creative improvements, oversee change, and stimulate collaborative problem solving.
• Working independently with little direction.
• Analyzing complex issues and impacts and provide clear and concise recommendations and alternative solutions. • Negotiating with the development community to create win/win solutions to potential problems.
• Initiating and negotiating private/public partnerships on behalf of the City.
• Defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts, and drawing valid conclusions; applying common sense understanding to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
• Performing work in confidence and under pressure for deadlines. Physical Demands / Work Environment:
• Work is performed in a standard office environment and is subject to sitting, standing, walking, bending, and reaching for extended periods of time. Must be able to safely pull, push, lift and carry equipment and materials weighing up to thirty (30) pounds. Some field work is required outdoors in all weather conditions.
• May be required to work immediately before, during or immediately after an emergency or disaster.
• NOTE: This position is designated safety and/or security sensitive.

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