Economic Development Specialist

  • CITY OF HAYWARD, CA
  • Hayward, California
  • Jun 11, 2022
Full Time Community and Economic Development
  • Salary: $102,710.40 - $124,696.00 Annually USD

Job Description

Description

COVID POLICY: The City of Hayward has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all new employees issued formal offers of employment on or after February 1, 2022. Under this policy, proof of full vaccination is required as a condition of initial and continued employment with the City unless the employee has applied for an exemption and is awaiting the City's response or has been granted an exemption, or unless stricter State or Federal legal requirements apply. If offered employment, you will receive instructions regarding how to provide verification of vaccination or how to apply for an exemption, which will be required prior to your start date. You may read the full policy here: COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandate
Deadline to Apply: Next Review July 22, 2022; Open Until Filled
THE POSITION
The City of Hayward is excited to announce its recruitment for the position of Economic Development Specialist. The City and its leadership place a high priority on encouraging new businesses to move to Hayward, expanding retail offerings for the Hayward community, preserving a healthy industrial base, and strengthening its diverse economy. This opening offers a unique opportunity for a talented individual to create and launch new economic development programs. In addition to business attraction, retention and expansion tasks, the selected candidate will have a major role in the design and implementation of a suite of post-COVID economic recovery initiatives.
Expected projects shall include execution of:
1) "Restaurant Relaunch" - a program that provides eating and drinking places access to city-funded architectural design services and grants or loans to upgrade the interior and exterior of businesses to adapt to COVID trends and attract customers.
2) "Get Digital" - a program designed connect small businesses with technical assistance providers to modernize operations including website design, e-commerce store fronts and social media marketing.

DIVISION
The Economic Development Division is responsible for creating and supporting a positive climate for businesses in the Hayward community. The Division proactively works the business and development community for retention, expansion, and attraction of businesses to the community. In addition, the Division works to improve the image of Hayward through a variety of community focused activities and events.

DEFINITION
To perform professional level assignments in economic development research, design, implementation, and monitoring of programs encouraging economic development in the City of Hayward.

Essential Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Assists in the design and implementation of economic development strategies and programs related to business attraction, business expansion, and retention. Duties can involve research, writing, presenting staff reports, project management, data collection and analysis, visits to local businesses and facilitating business prospects.
Update existing city economic development data, and develop efficient methods of maintaining current, needed data on real estate trends, employment/training efforts and related issues.
Conduct marketing of the City's available economic development programs.
Works closely with other City departments to facilitate permit processing of economic development projects.
Plans and implements marketing and promotion of City programs, and assists in the management of related budgets.
Coordinates the City's economic development activities and efforts with those of other public and private sector agents and community groups.
Acts as a City liaison and discusses issues concerning economic development, business financing and employment generation with representatives of professional and employer groups, the financial community, community organizations and individuals.
Attends tradeshows and conferences to generate interest in the City.
Prepares written and oral reports for boards, trade associations and City leaders.
Responds orally and in writing to inquiries and provides information for the public on services and programs.
Coordinates the preparation/implementation of economic development programs, special projects and events.
Counsel small-business owners on ways to improve profitability and the appropriateness of real estate acquisition.
Analyzes proposed commercial and/or industrial projects requiring City assistance or approval for their financial feasibility and potential impact on commercial development.
May assist applicants with loan packaging for SBA or other loans.
May assist in the preparation and submission of proposals for funding economic development activities.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
JOB RELATED AND ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of:
  • Technical assistance techniques used in addressing such issues as economic development strategy and program formation, commercial revitalization, business attraction and retention, and incentives such as loans and grants.
  • The real estate and business entitlement and development process.
  • Methods and sources used in analyzing local economic trends and industry trends, as well as principles and practices of demographic research and analysis.
  • Modern marketing and communication practices; promotional events planning.
  • Writing and editing techniques for a variety of audiences.
  • Business and financial instruments and concepts relative to loan packaging.
  • Federal, state, and other resources for economic development and business assistance.
Ability to:
  • Plan, organize and implement a comprehensive economic development program, including a proactive outreach and communication program which projects the image of the community.
  • Organize work, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines, including using creative ways to solve issues.
  • Work effectively with business leaders, financial institutions, citizen groups and staff in interdepartmental and diverse team environments.
  • Interpret and apply complex rules, regulations, laws and ordinances.
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing fundamental technical information to the business community and general public.
  • Use financial analysis techniques to determine fiscal impacts of economic development efforts.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.


Minimum Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Three (3) years of recent progressively responsible professional experience, two (2) of which include journey level duties in public economic development planning, business administration, or business management, including specific experience in financial analysis.
Education : Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Economics, Business Administration, or a closely related field. Graduate degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for one year of experience.
Licenses and Certifications : Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver's License.

Supplemental Information

PROBATIONARY PERIOD : One (1) year
SELECTION PROCEDURE

COVID POLICY: The City of Hayward has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all new employees issued formal offers of employment on or after February 1, 2022. Under this policy, proof of full vaccination is required as a condition of initial and continued employment with the City unless the employee has applied for an exemption and is awaiting the City's response or has been granted an exemption, or unless stricter State or Federal legal requirements apply. If offered employment, you will receive instructions regarding how to provide verification of vaccination or how to apply for an exemption, which will be required prior to your start date. You may read the full policy here: COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandate

Candidates must submit a completed City of Hayward job application and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, which fully describe the nature of their professional experience and qualifications . Applications submitted without all required materials will not be considered.

Based on the information provided, employment applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Those best qualified may be invited to the next phase of the process, which may include an oral, practical, written examination and/or supplemental questionnaires reviewed by subject matter experts.

The examination process will result in a ranked eligible register of candidates for hiring consideration by the department derived from any of the exam processes mentioned above. Actual hire depends on success in the departmental selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background/reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, medical evaluation, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

Applicants will be notified electronically via Government Jobs as to their status in the selection process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they can receive email notice from Neogov/Government Jobs and the City of Hayward.

APPLICATIONS

Candidates are encouraged to apply online at www.hayward-ca.gov under the Current Vacancies tab or at www.GovernmentJobs.com. Paper applications can be obtained by visiting the Human Resources Department at Hayward City Hall located at 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least one (1) hour to submit your application if you are a new user to the system. Our on-line application system is provided by Government Jobs. If you have problems while applying online, please contact the Government Jobs Help Desk at (855) 524-5627.

The City of Hayward is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)

No

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