Pay Range: $102,308 - $135,558 annual compensation
Job Posting Closing on: Saturday, October 23, 2021
The Assistant Director for the Economic Development Department will assist the Director in planning, managing, and overseeing the activities and operation of the department, budget and financial operations; management and oversight of various TIRZ, PID and Component Unit Boards, coordination and collaboration with community economic development partners; and development of policies and guidelines. This position will help oversee programs supporting the city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and collaborate with staff to ensure the successful implementation of those programs. This position also provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Economic Development Director.
The city’s Economic Development Department develops and administers programs that promote a strong economy and improves the economic well-being of Fort Worth. The department specifically focuses on business recruitment, retention, and expansion; neighborhood revitalization, promoting entrepreneurship, and supporting innovation. The Economic Development Department also works closely with colleagues in the city’s Diversity & Inclusion Department on projects related to business equity and workforce development, and the Planning & Data Analytics Department to develop urban villages.
In December 2017, the department released Fort Worth’s first Economic Development Strategic Plan, which identified three main goals to help achieve the department’s vision for Fort Worth to compete successfully on the national and international stage for creative, high-growth businesses and the talented individuals who fuel them. Additionally, the Economic Development team oversees and monitors several local incentives available to businesses, including Fort Worth’s Chapter 380 grants and tax abatements, the city’s Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) and Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIFs).
Duties & Responsibilities of the Assistant Director of Economic Development include:
Specific goals and objectives for the new Assistant Director to address and accomplish include:
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be an organized, experienced, energetic and resourceful leader with a demonstrated record of leadership and operational experience. They should possess a strong customer-centric approach; have the ability to negotiate, balance and sustain strong stakeholder relationships; and have in-depth knowledge of economic development principles. The successful candidate will be adept in managing organizational change and have the ability to collaborate and build strong partnerships with developers, property owners, residents, neighborhood organizations, community groups, other City departments, and other governmental agencies.
A successful candidate must possess strong communication skills. Comprehensive knowledge of long-range planning, financial analysis and budgeting, as well as state, regional and local business incentives/finance related tools will be critical to performance in the position. Candidates must thrive in a fast-paced environment with a high level of agility and patience where multitasking is required, while maintaining a focus on important strategic elements. They should also be comfortable in a community with a diverse population and be culturally sensitive to all elements of the community.
An Assistant Director of Economic Development is expected to be detail-oriented with good business sense and strong negotiation skills. The candidate should be an innovative problem solver who is passionate about improving the quality of life for residents of Fort Worth, and exceptional interpersonal skills are essential. The individual must have the ability to boost and maintain positive employee morale and to motivate and inspire employees to maximize their potential and provide the highest level of customer service to citizens.
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Conditions of Employment
Candidates who do not meet the Education requirement, may be considered if they have more relevant work experience than the position requires. Those selected for employment will be required to pass Pre-Employment checks depending on the position requirements. Those could include, but are not limited to: criminal background check, drug screen, education verification, etc. Criminal convictions will be considered on a case by case basis. Employees are paid by direct deposit only. Equal Opportunity Employer.