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Economic Development Director, (B177510-1), R44, Administration

at City of Laredo, TX

Pay: $98884 to $125000/year
$98884 - $125000
Posted: 2/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1853019

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Summary

Re-posted: 5/8/2018, 6/27/2018, 1/8/2019
Revised: 6/27/2018, 1/17/2019

SALARY: Negotiable depending on qualifications and experience

Plans, directs, coordinates, and monitors the day-to-day activities of the Economic Development Department. Directs and supervises the administration and functions of the Economic Development Department. Oversees, plans, directs, and coordinates grant writing activities for the City of Laredo. Responsible for researching, collecting, and analyzing regional economic and demographic data.

  • Certain relocation costs may be considered for an out-of-town selected applicant depending on circumstances and budget availability
  • Vehicle and cellular phone allowances may be provided

Job Description


  • Knowledge of public and business administration as it relates to functions, needs, policies, laws, ordinances, and regulations governing the City.
  • Knowledge of the methods and practices of assembling, analyzing, and presenting statistical data.
  • Knowledge of grant writing and application preparation.
  • Ability to have strong interpersonal skills and to work with and motivate all levels of employees, and to interact with the City of Laredo business community and the general public.
  • Ability to develop and maintain unified working relationships with local and Nuevo Laredo trade organizations.
  • Ability to maintain good planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain a valid Texas Driver License and a good driving record.
  • Ability to maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with other employees and respond to general public complaints.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in the English language and orally in the Spanish language.
  • Ability to project a positive and professional image of the City of Laredo.
  • Ability to comply with all City of Laredo's policies and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain good health and physical condition sufficient to permit the full performance of the duties of the position.

Work is performed inside and/or outside an office, stockroom, or warehouse. Work may be exposed to a variety of weather conditions and outdoor elements, such as: excessive dampness, chill, heat, humidity, intermittent noise, and inclement cold weather. Work may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions, such as: unknown & dangerous conditions, unusual environmental stress, dry atmosphere, solvents, dirt, grease, oils, dust, constant noise, pneumatic vibration, fumes, smoke, gases, and slippery/uneven walking surfaces. Capable of working closely with others or alone, working long or irregular working hours, working shift work and/or weekends, working with protective devices, working below ground, working on ladders or scaffolding, working around moving objects or vehicles, working around machines with moving parts and objects, and traveling by car or plane. Ability to operate a motor vehicle and office equipment; Work requires light to moderate carrying and lifting (under 15 pounds up to 44 pounds), straight pulling, simple grasping, repeated bending, sitting, standing, climbing stairs, and walking. Ability to see, write, read, count, identify shade of colors, perceive depth, and hearing is needed to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Oversees all operational activities of the Economic Development Department.
  • Formulates and administers the planning and grant writing activities for the City of Laredo. Researches available grant sources and submits applications to all potential funding sources to include private foundations, local trusts, and to state and federal agencies.
  • Assures grant management in accordance to all federal, state, and local requirements including requirements stipulated by private foundations and/or trusts.
  • Directs the research, collection, and analysis of trade related data from production of reports and publications on economic status.
  • Supervises, plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates; instructs and trains in correct methods and procedures; reviews and evaluates employee's performance.
  • Develops and supervises the implementation of an annual operating and marketing plan, in order to promote Laredo as a destination to local, state, regional, national, and international audiences.
  • Directs the development and preparation of the annual departmental budget and monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with budget limitations.
  • Develops collateral materials including brochures, newsletters, promotional documents, advertisements, direct mail pieces and planner's guides to increase market shares for the Economic Development industry in Laredo.
  • Develops economic updates, reports, and publications.
  • Assists potential investors.
  • Directs the planning and coordination of promotional activities for the City of Laredo.
  • Promotes development operation in the City of Laredo and other foreign countries such as Mexico, China, and any other country interested in development and investing in our community.
  • Participates in international trade related conferences and trade shows for the purpose of attracting business and industry to our region.
  • Serves as the international trade liaison with foreign organizations.
  • Assists potential investors by organizing meeting agendas and providing regional economic and/or demographic data/maps.
  • Serves as conduit between private sectors and City Council for recommendation of economic policy.
  • Directs the development and maintenance of data on City of Laredo home page on the internet.
  • Represents City of Laredo in local and international forums by participating in meetings, conferences and/or trade shows.
  • Attends City Council meetings and takes necessary action regarding Council agenda items.
  • Works with an Advisory Committee made up of industry representatives that will make recommendations to the department and the City Council on policy changes needed to reflect the industry needs.
  • Will be required to drive a City vehicle for City business use.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Marketing, or related field.
At least seven (7) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in grant administration (including grant writing and grant monitoring), economics, business, and community development, including five (5) years of administrative responsibility and supervising personnel at an upper management level.

Valid Licenses and Certifications

Valid Texas Driver License*
*If applicant holds an out-of-state license, a State of Texas Driver License must be obtained prior to employment.

As part of the minimum requirements for all positions with the City of Laredo, a thorough background check and certified school transcripts will be required from all applicants who are offered employment.

Effective February 24, 1997, all selected applicants are required to undergo a drug and alcohol test prior to employment.

Effective January 7, 2008, all persons in safety-sensitive functions/positions, as per City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy definition, shall be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

A person with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at (956) 727-6460 two days prior to the scheduled interview and/or test if applicable.