Senior Manager of Economic Development - City of Raleigh

Posted By: Debra Raymond Job Board ,

Position Needed by: January 27, 2020

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Categories: Chamber of Commerce, Local Government, Economic Development

Position Type: Full Time

Education Requirement: Bachelor's Degree

Experience: 5-10 years

Salary: $51,822.00 to $90,000.00

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Job Description & Details: 

Equitable Economic Development is one of the City of Raleigh's strategies to achieve the vision: Prosperity for All.

The City's Office of Economic Development & Innovation seeks an experienced Economic Development Senior Manager who will contribute greatly to this vision. This class is the third level in a three-level Economic Development Series leading the City's incentive policies and retention, expansion and attraction of business and industry efforts. Incumbents provide advanced journey level professional business retention and economic development work and are considered subject matter experts with the highest level of knowledge, providing consultation to other City staff, to management and external partners.

Work includes informing and leading strategic deployment of economic development policies and incentives; building relationships with existing businesses; addressing urgent business concerns and issues; ensuring open and responsive communication between the community and local businesses; developing proactive retention strategies and responding where there is a risk of closure; increasing the competitiveness of local businesses, job growth and new business development; and assisting with special projects. As assigned, incumbent may serve as project lead, assigning work and monitoring work completion or may supervise professional, paraprofessional and/or support staff including conducting performance evaluations, coordinating training, and implementing hiring, discipline and termination procedures.

The anticipated hiring range for this position is: $51,822.00 to $90,000.00 (Promotional ranges may vary)

Duties and Responsibilities


Monitors, tracks and evaluates economic development programs; reviews objectives and procedures; identifies and implements process and procedural improvements to support business development and expansion efforts including economic development tools including incentive policies; makes recommendations related to up-to-date economic development policies.

Administers and provides professional assistance of assigned programs to attract, retain and promote business growth and economic development. May serve as a project/program lead by assigning work and monitoring work completion; or may supervise staff including conducting performance evaluations, coordinating training procedures. Serves as a liaison to internal and external program stakeholders; evaluates program issues and needs; may conduct on-site visits for development projects; creates business development solutions; oversees the City's policies related to economic development incentives; coordinates and implements program functions and initiatives. Performs research and analysis of industry practices, trends and business development needs; prepares and communicates summaries, reports and presentations related to projects and initiatives.

Attends and promotes local business at various industry events and trade shows; develops and markets workforce programs in support of industry needs.

Provides advanced professional support and assistance with special projects including

Opportunity Zones and Site Assessment Plans.

Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Typical Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Community Planning & Management or directly related field and five years of progressively responsible and related experience with a preference for management and supervisory experience. '


An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.


Depending on assignment, some positions may require:

Valid North Carolina Class C Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record. Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) or willing to gain certification.

Additional Information

Knowledge Of:

Equitable Economic Development

Supervisory principles, practices and techniques (based on assignment).

Techniques and methods for organizing, prioritizing, assigning and monitoring work (based on assignment).

Practices and methods of coaching and leading the work of others (based on assignment).

Principles of economic business development.

Principles and practices of program administration and management.

Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research.

Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.

Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.

Principles and techniques of effective oral presentations.

Principles and practices of budget development and administration (based on assignment).

Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations (based on assignment).

Customer service principles.

Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment.

Modern office technology.

Skills in:

Supervising and evaluating staff performance (based on assignment).

Training and coaching staff (based on assignment).

Managing a project or program.

Overseeing the implementation and adherence to quality assurance and standards.

Researching industry trends, solutions and best practices.

Gathering data, analyzing findings and applying logic and reason.

Interpreting, monitoring and reporting financial information and statistics.

Establishing and maintaining business relationships in support of economic development.

Exercising political acumen, tact and diplomacy.

Coordinating deadlines, prioritizing work demands and assigning/monitoring work performed.

Working effectively under pressure, with multiple deadlines and changing priorities.

Authoring and preparing original reports, documents and presentations.

Facilitating group discussions and building consensus using persuasive reasoning.

Managing project or program finances.

Preparing and administering budgets and related reporting (based on assignment).

Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards (based on assignment).

Providing customer service.

Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications.

Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


Positions in this class typically require: standing, walking, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work:

Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in both the field and in an indoor office environment with moderate exposure to extreme temperatures and travel.


This job classification description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) designation may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.