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Project Manager - Economic Development

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction of the County Administrator or Deputy County Administrator, implements the economic development policies of the County Board of Supervisors, provides professional staff support to the Santa Barbara County Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC); conducts research and performs analyses to implement a County economic development strategy; as part of a management team, fosters job creation, retention, and workforce development; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will class, exempt from the civil service system. The incumbent serves at the pleasure of the County Administrator. The EDAC is an entity appointed by the Board of Supervisors for the purpose of advising the board on economic development policies, and coordinating and facilitating activities to encourage economic vitality Countywide. The EDAC consists of representatives of local economic development entities and business associations.

The Project Manager, Economic Development is responsible for coordinating, facilitating, and in various other ways supporting the EDAC's efforts to recommend and carry out a comprehensive economic development strategy to promote job creation and retention, and a system of performance measurement to describe and monitor economic conditions. The incumbent will also coordinate job creation and retention activities, as well as workforce development efforts with the One-Stop Workforce Resource Center.

The Project Manager, Economic Development classification is distinguished from the class of Departmental Analyst by the assignment of management duties and responsibilities. It is further distinguished by its reporting relationship to the County Administrator, its central role in developing and implementing economic development policies Countywide, and its role providing staff support directly to a Board of Supervisors-appointed advisory body consisting of public and private industry executives.


1. Coordinates and facilitates the work of the EDAC, directly and through staff. Activities include coordinating and facilitating EDAC board and committee meetings; preparing reports and agenda materials for the EDAC; representing the EDAC to the media, the economic development community, and the public; conferring with Workforce Resource officials to assist with implementation of the Workforce Investment Act; coordinating activities among parties concerned with job creation and retention activities and workforce development.
2. Prepares an overall Santa Barbara County economic development plan for EDAC consideration and adoption; researches, analyzes, makes recommendations, and prepares written and oral reports on short- and long-term economic development strategies.
3. Develops systems to collect information about, measure, and analyze economic conditions, resources, and opportunities for employment and business creation and expansion; maintains an effective working relationship with relevant local research entities such as the UCSB Economic Forecast Project and the South Coast Community Indicators Project.
4. Develops and implements marketing plans to promote economic vitality in the County. Related activities include designing and maintaining an economic development website; creating and distributing promotional materials; planning and conducting forums for private sector employers to explore opportunities to establish, retain, and expand businesses in the County.
5. Prepares fiscal and performance management budgets for the County's economic development allocation. Related activities include authorizing and monitoring expenditures; reallocating fiscal resources between budget items; preparing grants and contracts to secure special project funding.
6. Develops, writes, and administers grants; evaluates proposals from local economic development entities; recommends groups or programs for funding to the EDAC, and monitors the use of those funds.
7. Supervises support staff. Related activities include interviewing, selecting, and training staff; planning, assigning, scheduling, prioritizing, and reviewing work activities; establishing, communicating, and enforcing performance standards; evaluating staff performance; counseling staff and handling employee grievances; recommending and taking disciplinary actions; supervising the work activities of contractors and monitoring contract compliance.


1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in business or public administration, economics, urban or regional land use planning, finance, or a related field plus 3 years of professional project management of multidisciplinary teams that includes either a) providing professional staff support to boards or commissions, or b) urban or regional land use planning, economic development, community development/redevelopment, or related areas; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's license is required.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of local and regional economic development, economic development financing, land use planning, or strategic planning; project management and performance measurement; research, and data collection techniques; statistical analysis; budget preparation and control; group and team dynamics, including motivational techniques; principles and practices of training, supervision, and personnel management; standard English grammar and usage; standard computer applications used in business and government.

Ability to: assess the economic climate in the County; implement and analyze the effectiveness of economic development programs and policies; facilitate and coordinate teamwork among EDAC members, economic development entities, and County staff; use tact, discretion, political acumen, and independent judgment in working with and representing the EDAC; negotiate contracts and agreements; resolve operational and procedural problems and conflicts; establish and maintain effective working relationships; recognize and respect limits of authority and responsibility; conduct research; analyze barriers to economic vitality; formulate and implement recommendations; read, interpret, and analyze data, develop strategies and solutions, and make recommendations; prepare and present clear, concise, and effective oral presentations; prepare a variety of written correspondence and reports; work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds; plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate the work of staff; maintain confidentiality of information; supervise and direct the work of staff; organize and delegate work; establish performance standards and evaluate staff performance.

Evidence of: past track record of being able to work with minimal supervision; work long hours, deliver a product on time, within budget, and with sensitivity to the subject matter; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; extensive initiative and independent judgment; and strong, hands-on, positive, leadership experience.

Desirable Qualifications: knowledge of the principles and practices of marketing, grant writing, and public relations; ability to create and maintain a Website on the Internet; experience working with business and government executives, appointed commissions, elected boards, community groups, and joint public/private partnerships.


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