Economic Development Director

Application Period: 
Mon, 02/02/2015
City of Irving
Street Address: 
825 W. Irving Blvd
Job Description: 

Economic Development DirectorThe City of Irving is seeking an Economic Development Director. In addition to having solid credentials and a track record in structuring economic development agreements, the ideal candidate for this position is self-motivated and must possess excellent communication and leadership skills.The following reflects the management style and personal characteristics of the ideal candidate:

  • Outstanding personal leadership and management skills
  • High personal energy and a positive approach
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization and all elements of the community – citizens, visitors and businesses
  • Ability to maintain positive, productive relationships with the City Manager’s Office, the public, the business and commercial communities, and development interests and prospects
  • Ability to anticipate problems, identify alternative courses of action, and prepare proactive recommendations
  • Ability to be an effective and articulate advocate for the city’s interests in discussions and negotiations with corporate executives
  • An understanding of the political process while avoiding personal involvement in political issues

The Economic Development Director (EDD) assumes full management responsibility for all Irving economic development projects and activities, including:

  • Participating in policy development, priority setting, and strategic planning related to economic development and real estate
  • Administering contracts
  • Representing and projecting the interest of the city at the corporate executive level
  • Managing development projects associated with TIFs;
  • Leading and negotiating with economic development prospects.

 The EDD serves as the liaison between the city and the Chamber of Commerce and actively participates in site selection and networking to benefit the city as well as works closely with the deputy city manager. The EDD coordinates assigned projects and activities with other city departments and outside entities as well.SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES To plan, oversee, organize, and direct the activities of the economic development department including leading the City’s economic development efforts to enhance local economic viability. Responsible for achieving the economic development goals set by the City Council and City Manager. Classification: Economic Development DirectorFLSA Status: ExemptJob Department: Economic DevelopmentReports To: Deputy City Manager ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  

  • Participate in the development of policies, priorities and strategic planning related to economic development and real estate
  • Represent the economic interests of the city, including explaining, justifying, and defending city objectives at the corporate executive level
  • Lead negotiations with economic development prospects to achieve development goals
  • Oversee the implementation and administration of economic development strategies
  • Serve as the liaison between the city and the Chamber of Commerce including participating in site selection, networking, and other assigned activities
  • Administer the Chamber of Commerce contract and budget
  • Manage the development projects associated with TIF #1 and TIF #2
  • Direct the development and administration of the departmental budget, monitor approved expenditures, and recommend adjustments as appropriate
  • Oversee the selection, training, motivation, evaluation of personnel, and discipline of the departmental employees
  • Evaluate the operations and activities of the department and recommend improvements and updates
  • Attend City Council meetings and present information as requested
  • Serve as principal staff liaison to various committees and external groups
  • Perform related duties as assigned


  • Assist with all legislative action associated with economic development
  • Attend and participate in relevant professional groups to remain abreast of new trends in economic development

 SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES Provides administrative control and guidance over an entire department through subordinate managers. 

Job Requirements: 


  • Administration and Management: principles and processes involved in business and organizational planning, coordination, and execution. This includes strategic planning, resource allocation, manpower modeling, leadership techniques, and production methods
  • Budget Management: developing plans and budgets and monitoring them against actual activity
  • Communications: techniques and methods of communication, including alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral and visual media
  • English Language: the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning of words and grammar
  • Government Policy: policies, operations, and processes at the local, state, and national levels
  • Law and Government: laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, and the democratic political process
  • Municipal Operations: current social, political, organizational, and economic trends affecting municipal government
  • Personnel and Human Resources: policies and practices involved in personnel/human resource functions, including selection, supervision, training, performance evaluations and termination
  • Regulations: federal, state, and municipal restrictions, laws and ordinances.
  •  Knowledge and Practices of Real Estate and Business Development


  • Complex Problem Solving: identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Cooperation: establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Critical Thinking: using logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches
  • Information Organization: finding ways to structure or classify multiple pieces of information
  • Management of Personnel Resources: motivating, developing, and directing people as they work and identifying the best people for the job
  • Negotiation: lead development initiatives and establish terms of agreement
  • Program Assessment: evaluating existing and potential programs for effectiveness and efficiency
  • Public Speaking: effective oral communication with an audience
  • Reporting: researching, analyzing, and compiling data and preparing concise documents
  • Solution Appraisal: observing and evaluating the outcomes of a problem solution to identify lessons
  • Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand: written expression
  • Effectively present information to groups and respond to questions: interactive presentation
  • Identify and define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions: problem analysis
  • Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences: oral comprehension
  • Manage time wisely to complete assignments on time: time management
  • Produce decided, decisive, and/or desired effect in the actions of those under one’s direction: effective supervision
  • Read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations: maintaining current knowledge
  • Use oral expression to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand: oral expression
  • Weigh the relative costs and benefits of a potential action: judgment and decision making.
  • Work independently and without supervision: self-management

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in business administration, public administration, finance, real estate or related field. Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is preferred. A minimum of ten years of experience, including five years of supervisory experience is sought. 

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