Director of Community and Economic Development (Unclassified)

Ramsey County, MN - Ramsey County, MN (30+ days ago)

Provide the overall vision, long-range strategic planning, leadership and direction for the Community and Economic Development Division. This position reports directly to a Deputy County Manager and is part of the Economic Growth and Community Investment (EGCI) Service Team.

This position will remain open for application until filled. Applicants should respond promptly as an initial screening of resumes and letters of interest will occur on August 14, 2018.

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If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with personnel rules, i.e. promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction.

Examples of Work Performed
Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace.
Provide leadership, vision and strategic direction for community and economic development in Ramsey County, in support of and aligned with the Ramsey County mission, vision and goals. Direct the development of strategic goals, objectives, and long-range planning for programs and operations within the department, across the EGCI Service Team, and county-wide. Oversee the administration of federally-funded housing programs. Establish measurable program and service outcomes and oversee the development of continuous improvements and quality assurance measures.
Work with other leaders in the EGCI Service Team, especially the Director and Deputy Director of Planning in Public Works and the Director of Workforce Solutions, to ensure strong ongoing coordination of economic development efforts and a one-county approach to identification and leveraging of future opportunities.
Plan, organize and implement economic development functions from conception to completion. Serve as the County's primary marketer and business expansion advocate. Encourage taxable business investment and the creation of new job opportunities within Ramsey County; retain and support existing businesses by providing assistance to ensure continued success and expansion. Keep abreast of changing needs for public intervention required to attract and retain desired business activity that will result in tax base and employment opportunities.
Plan, develop and and finance new projects; identify potential funding partners for new development and housing initiatives; negotiate with developers the terms and conditions of redevelopment contacts.
Direct the development and management of the department's operating budget including the administration of the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and other programs, projecting funding levels, assessing existing and anticipated service levels, staffing needs and program changes or requirements.
Coordinate and execute the County's marketing effort. Provide information and make presentations to city officials, their elected bodies, business and developer groups, civic groups, residents, and the County Board and its Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) on economic development issues, programs, services and plans.
Authentically engage and build partnerships with Ramsey County cities to achieve collaboration and inclusiveness that will advance regional interests; serve as a convenor and connector, bringing a regional perspective and opportunities to share in economic development work.
Supervise the preparation of requests for county board action and attend weekly meetings of the county board and its subcommittees to provide information and explain department proposals.
Represent the county before the news media, elected officials, state and federal officials, local government officials, staff from cities and other counties, and the community to present the county position on economic development issues, to explain county policies and procedures and to negotiate satisfactory problem resolution.
Direct, manage and oversee the selection of professional consultants and contractors, the negotiation and execution of contracts and agreements with business owners, private developers, financial institutions and other vendors, and the monitoring of contracted service performance to ensure the delivery of effective services in compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies.
Promote efficient, effective and collaborative service delivery. Participate as a member of the County Manager's Senior Management Team and perform related duties as assigned.
(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this work and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11, 12.
Minimum Qualifications
Education: Bachelor's Degree in economic development, public affairs, urban studies, economics, finance, public administration, business administration or a related field.

Experience: Eight years demonstrated experience in economic development, project development, negotiation and financing, including five or more years of management or supervisory experience.

Substitution: A Master's Degree in economic development, public affairs, urban studies, economics, finance, public administration, business administration or a related field may substitute for 50% of the required experience.

Exam/Screening Process Information
This is an unclassified, at-will position, holding a confidential relation to the department head or elected official. This position requires an open screening and selection process. There is no exam for this unclassified, at-will position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the department for consideration.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; applicants should respond promptly as the initial screening of resumes will occur on August 14, 2018. Initial interviews of the best qualified applicants are tentatively planned for the week of August 27, 2018.

Interested candidates may complete an on-line application and attach a resume and letter of interest including size of the organization, scope of budget and responsibility for staff supervision; how your experience relates to the qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities of the position; your experience in supporting the vision, mission and goals of an organization; and developing strategic partnerships.

The resume and letter of interest may be submitted electronically as an attachment to the online application.

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