Economic Development Assistant Director

City of El Paso
El Paso, TX
Date Posted:  October 15, 2021


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Finance, Business or Public Administration, Urban or Regional Planning,  or related field, plus four  (4) years of professional experience planning and managing economic development programs, trade development, international trade, commercial or residential real estate development or urban and regional planning including two (2) years of supervisory or lead experience.

Licenses and Certificates: Texas Class “C” Driver’s License or equivalent from another state.

General Purpose

Under general direction, direct economic development programs and projects to promote the City’s economic development initiatives and ensure achievement of department goals.

Typical Duties

Plan, organize, manage and direct economic development programs. Involves: Assist in managing the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities. Oversee and assign work that involves preparing, revising and maintaining specific functions of the department to include the implementation of City and regional marketing initiatives, redevelopment policy, business recruitment, business retention, and business expansion programs. Oversee the development of an effective plan for a systematic redevelopment strategy. Oversee the evaluation of project economics, community needs and land use in developing recommendations for types of development appropriate for redevelopment project areas. Coordinate with other departments and external organizations as appropriate to communicate the City’s initiatives and accomplishments in economic development to local, regional, national, and international audiences.

Plan, organize, manage and direct economic development financial management functions.  Involves: Prepare financial reports on economic development activities and conduct presentations.  Conduct market and feasibility studies, and cost-benefit analyses.  Conduct economic business impact analysis and formulate economic development agreements.  Formulate, review and negotiate business incentive agreements.  Assist with state incentive agreements and support efforts for recruitment, retention and expansion.  Formulate recommendations of incentive packages for recruitment, retention and expansion of business prospects.  Verify compliance on economic development incentives for the City and County of El Paso.  Prepare and manage project and program budgets.

Plan, design, implement and review department short and long-term goals and priorities. Involves: Assist with the administration of the City’s development incentives programs, including fiscal and economic impact and cost-benefit analyses. Compile, research, and analyze data needed to develop reports, accomplishments and goals. Design, establish and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives.
Assist in development of budget. Monitor and approve expenditures.

Represent the department in a professional manner. Involves: Perform duties of department director, if necessary to ensure continuity of operations during absences. Meet with city management, and outside agency officials to inform of pending expansions or relocations. Make presentations to City management, Mayor and Council, boards and commissions members and other officials as required. Interact with a variety of governmental agencies, architects, engineers, neighborhood associations, private sector officials, school board members and others to provide and gather accurate information. Work with other city departments to provide assistance or gather information.

Supervise assigned personnel. Involves: Participate, authorize or approve the hiring of staff. Supervise directly and through subordinate supervisors. Schedule, Assign and check work. Appraise employee performance and review evaluations by subordinate supervisors. Provide for training and development. Enforce personnel rules and regulations and work behavior standards firmly and impartially. Counsel, motivate and maintain harmony.  Interview applicants and recommend hire, terminate, transfer, discipline, or other employee status changes.