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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:N1043

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

NATURE OF WORK

This is high level advanced professional work performing a wide range of business and economic development tasks, as well as activities related to community redevelopment within the Office of Economic Development.

Work involves conducting business and industry studies, assessing economic impact of business relocations and expansions, planning business recruitment strategies, developing and implementing business marketing and attraction programs, and coordinating job growth and training incentive programs. Supervises and coordinates the work of professional and clerical personnel according to assignment. Employee in this class must exercise substantial independent judgment and decision making in planning and carrying out assignments. Supervision is received through conferences with an administrative superior and by adherence to established policies and procedures. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports and program achievements.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS

Coordinates a variety of activities related to business development, expansion and retention.

Researches and develops long term objectives, strategies and approaches to urban redevelopment and revitalization, business incentives and economic impact.

Assists in the implementation of economic development plans, initiatives and grant projects.

Serves as staff liaison to the business community providing assistance to facilitate efficient business/County relationships.

Facilitates the completion of required procedural documentation to effectuate project completion.

Monitors, evaluates and amends goals and action programs in the work plan to achieve stated objectives.

Conducts meetings/workshops with the business community; prepares and presents economic development plans and information.

May act for the director in his/her absence.

Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Thorough knowledge of economic development principles, practices and procedures.

Thorough knowledge of federal and state programs available for economic development.

Considerable knowledge of the standard practices in the fields of local government, management, budgeting and accounting.

Knowledge of financial analysis, negotiations, project management, and proposal or grant writing.

Knowledge of urban planning and redevelopment. Ability to plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the work of subordinates.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to work independently, organize and execute assignments with minimum supervision, but with accountability to superiors and associates.

Ability to conduct research, analyze data, prepare and maintain reports and distribute information.

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation.

Skill in the operation of a computer, utilizing appropriate software for the preparation of data.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business or public administration, economics, urban planning, law, or related fields; three (3) years experience in economic development, community development, business recruitment/marketing or urban planning; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bargaining Unit:                                                Unrepresented
FLSA Status:                                                    Exempt
Code of Ethics Certification:                              No
Work Locations:                                               Office of Economic Development
Class Spec. Estab ./Revised:                              E6/98    R1/05

 


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