Economic Development Director (Open until Filled)

  • 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, California
  • May 19, 2022
Administration and Management Community and Economic Development
  • Salary: 11389.00 - 17979.00 USD

Job Description

Position Description


The City of Fresno has an exceptional career opportunity for an outstanding professional who is innovative and will serve as a strategic partner to implement the City Manager's vision for making Fresno a more prosperous and inclusive city as the Economic Development Director.

The Director reports to the City Manager and is responsible for directing the activities of the City's Economic Development Program. The primary duties of this key position include, but are not limited to full management responsibility for the development, administration and implementation of comprehensive economic development programs and activities including business development, assistance programs, and the City's various incentive zones. The incumbent will develop and direct both short-term and long-term economic plans, programs, and activities to encourage the retention, expansion and location of economic activity; coordinate marketing plans to maximize business development potential; and make presentations about the Fresno economy and economic opportunities.

Additionally, the incumbent will develop and implement policies, procedures and programs in order to improve operations or to bring the City into conformance with new regulations and laws; establish and monitor program goals, objectives and priorities; meet with a wide variety of groups, organizations, developers, existing and potential business owners, other City departments, City officials and government agencies regarding projects, business locations and coordination of projects or programs; and will advise City officials on development activities.

This is an unclassified position in which the incumbent serves at the will of the City Manager.

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Conditions of Employment

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Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule

The City offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package. The salary for the Economic Development Director is dependent upon qualifications. The current annual salary range is $136,668 up to $196,128. The employee benefits package, as noted below, is subject to change and includes:

- Retirement: Fresno City Retirement System; reciprocity with other public California systems. The City's pension funds are among the best-funded public systems in California and the nation. The City does not participate in Social Security.
- Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP): DROP is an optional, voluntary program that allows you to have your retirement benefits deposited in a special savings account within your Retirement System all while you continue to work for the City of Fresno. To participate you must be at least age 50 with 5 years of service. Benefits include: ownership of DROP account monies; compound interest earnings; and alternative distribution options.
- Health Insurance: The City maintains a Preferred Provider Option (PPO) plan through the City of Fresno Health and Welfare Trust. The City contributes toward the current monthly premium for medical, prescription, dental, and vision for employee and dependents.
- Flexible Spending Account Program: The City maintains IRS Section 125 Plan that includes spending accounts for health care and dependent care.
- Auto Allowance: Employees in this classification are provided with an auto allowance of $300 per month.
- Deferred Compensation: 457 plan available which allows tax contribution up to IRS determined limits.
- Management Leave: 60 hours per fiscal year with an annual cash out provision.
- Annual Leave: 23.5 days per year of annual leave with a limited cash out provision on an annual basis with cash out provision upon separation from the City.
- Holidays: Ten (10) City-observed holidays annually, plus birthday and one (1) personal day per year.
- Life Insurance: Equal to annual salary; premium paid by City.
- Long-Term Disability: City pays premium for 66.66% of monthly salary up to $7,500 per month after 30 days.

Additional information regarding the City of Fresno benefit plan is available at


The City Manager is seeking an experienced Economic Development Director who can grow and diversify the City's economic base.

The ideal candidate will have a record of effectively implementing sustainable economic development programs that demonstrably improve the community. In addition, the ideal candidate should have excellent interpersonal and project management skills and be adept at leveraging resources. The ideal candidate personifies sound judgment and character as well as being consistently solution-oriented, responsive and proactive.

The Economic Development Director is responsible for driving the programs to succeed in achieving the strategic initiatives of the City Manager and Mayor. The ideal candidate will possess a record of effectively collaborating with internal and external stakeholders in the execution and implementation of key projects and strategic initiatives. Candidates for this position should have demonstrated effective use of knowledge in development, planning, public administration, economics, community relations, project management, and a strong understanding of applicable laws, rules and regulations governing the affairs of a Charter City.

The requirements for this position include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major courses in urban or regional planning, economics, business administration, public administration or a closely related field, and five years of responsible experience in real estate development, economic development, redevelopment, planning, incentive zone designations or innovative business development programs. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis, up to a maximum of two (2) years.

Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required at time of appointment.

Selection Process

To pursue this phenomenal career opportunity, please visit our website at To apply, please complete an employment application and upload your letter of interest, resume, and five work-related references.

Completed applications will be reviewed and a select group of candidates will be invited to interview. Applicants deemed to have the most relevant qualifications will be referred for further consideration.

The Community

The City of Fresno is the largest city in the San Joaquin Valley and the fifth largest city in California, with a population of more than 545,000 residents. Fresno is the financial core of the San Joaquin Valley, and its economy relies on its large-scale agricultural production. Revitalization of Downtown Fresno's core and the construction of High-Speed Rail are two of many exciting projects that continue to successfully support Fresno's growing economy.

Located in the geographical center of California, Fresno offers many sights. From fertile agricultural fields, an abundance of lakes, and the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountain range, the scenic variety in Fresno is large. Fresno also features a diverse selection of dining, shopping, farmers markets, vibrant arts and culture, wineries, as well as a variety of attractions. With 300 days of sunshine a year, the climate in Fresno is the source of its agricultural productivity, and allows year-round recreational activities including sailing, snow and water skiing, fishing, backpacking, and golfing.

Los Angeles is approximately four hours south and the San Francisco Bay Area is approximately three hours north. Fresno is located in proximity to three sites of natural beauty: Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park. Residents and visitors alike enjoy these scenes and others, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Another advantage to living in Fresno is the exceptional housing that is available at lower price levels than California's other large metropolitan areas. The current median home price in Fresno is approximately $370,000. There are four large school districts in the Fresno area: Fresno Unified, Central Unified, Sanger Unified and Clovis Unified. Fresno is the home of California State University, Fresno, as well as a number of other colleges and universities.

The people of Fresno enjoy a wide variety of social, cultural, athletic, educational and recreational activities in an affordable and clean-living environment.

City Government
Fresno is a full-service charter city operating under a strong mayor form of government. There are seven Council Members. The Council appoints the City Attorney and the City Clerk. The Mayor is elected at- large and does not serve on the Council, but has veto power over certain actions taken by the City Council. The City Manager, who is appointed by the Mayor, is responsible for appointing all other department heads in the City.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Fresno is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information please refer to our Career Opportunities web page on the City of Fresno web site.

Closing Date/Time: 07/31/2022

Job Address

2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, California 93721 United States View Map