Posted: 07/10/2022

DESCRIPTION:

This position plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the Economic Development and Tourism Division, carries out the City-wide economic development and tourism strategies of the City of Alamogordo, and advises, recommends, and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.

RECRUITMENT QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in business or public administration, economic development, or closely related field;
  • Six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in economic and/or real estate development;
  • At least three (3) years of administrative experience;
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in the supervision of employees;
  • Must be bondable;
  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain within 60 days of employment, with a driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo (valid out-of-state license may be considered);
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Desired: 

  • Master's degree in business or public administration.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Manages and supervises direct-report staff by coordinating, assigning, and reviewing work to ensure compliance with policies and procedures;
  • Conducts employee evaluations, introductory and annual; makes recommendations for hiring, promoting, and releasing employees;
  • Initiates and administers corrective action, as necessary, according to the Employee Manual;
  • Mentors employees to full potential and ensures appropriate training is given to meet the standards of the position held;
  • Plans, organizes, and directs the project and program activities of the Economic Development and Tourism division;
  • Develops the division, including policies and procedures, from the ground up, meeting the City Manager’s vision and direction;
  • Assists in developing, planning, and implementing short-term and long-term goals/objectives for economic development;
  • Works with developers, consultants, and the business community to identify and recommend programs and projects that further economic investment; evaluates and develops recommendations regarding development concepts and project proposals; 
  • Facilitates cross-departmental communications related to economic development projects and initiatives, which include identifying appropriate resources, navigating City processes, and related issues;
  • Directs special studies and submits recommendations, professional analysis, and sound advice to the City Manager;
  • Participates in the preparation and administration of the economic development & Lodger’s Tax budget; directs the forecast of revenues and funding needs for all operational costs; monitors and approves expenditures; implements mid-year adjustments, identifies, and develops the revenue sources necessary to fund all operations;
  • Oversees division procurement processes within city, state, and federal guidelines;
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings, serves as the City's representative to regional, state, and national organizations; stays up to date of relevant new trends and innovations, evaluates the latest and best practices for the City;
  • Oversees incentive programs to promote new business such as Governor Richardson's Investment Partnership (GRIP) and Local Economic Development Act (LEDA);
  • Oversees planning, implementing, and facilitating City marketing, advertising, public relations, and communication between the City of Alamogordo and both the public and news media;
  • Oversees coordination and communication for activities in Alamogordo among tourism and community partners;
  • Serves as primary point of contact for events; coordinates and executes special tourism events and City-wide events;
  • Oversees a strategic marketing plan and initiatives for City of Alamogordo tourism;
  • Safely operates a motor vehicle;
  • Establishes procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety, and risk avoidance;
  • Assists the City’s Safety Coordinator in thoroughly investigating, reviewing, and addressing department or division accidents to prevent future occurrences and control risk management related costs;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills;
  • Interacts professionally and provides excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens, to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Performs duties in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.

OTHER IMPORTANT DUTIES

  • Makes public presentations and represents the City on committees, boards, and with civic organizations and while conducting outside City-related activities;
  • Position is required to attend meetings, including regular and special City Commission meetings, on a regular basis outside of normal business hours;
  • Aside from meetings, other duties may be performed outside of normal working hours; occasional night and weekend work hours may be required;
  • Some travel may be required;
  • Must maintain required license(s);
  • Maintains the confidentiality of information obtained during performance of duties; and
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Economic development principals, practices, and implementation including business development, real estate development, redevelopment, and local financial incentives for business and marketing;
  • Principles and techniques of leadership, public relations, customer service and conflict resolution; current market trends in real estate development; city zoning ordinances;
  • Various negotiation styles and techniques, advanced methods of research, statistical analysis, and report preparation and presentation;
  • Current social, political, and economic trends and challenges faced by a municipal government;
  • Effective supervisory and management methods and techniques;
  • Responsible budgetary and purchasing practices; and
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Skill/Ability to

  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; follow instructions;
  • Convey work-related matters in a positive and professional manner to employees of varied backgrounds and personalities;
  • Demonstrate professionalism and tact with other City employees, elected officials, and the public; speak clearly and concisely; 
  • Plan, direct, and control the administration and operations of the Economic Development Division in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and codes;
  • Plan, coordinate, and direct the work of subordinate staff; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve division-related issues;
  • Develop, implement, and manage others in strategies for recruitment and retention of business-related to economic development;
  • Identify and respond to City Manager and City Commission issues, concerns, and needs;
  • Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs;
  • Operate standard office equipment, including computer using standard word processing, spreadsheet, and database software;
  • Learn and become proficient in the use of the City’s financial and timekeeping systems;
  • Manage simultaneous tasks and projects and meet deadlines;
  • Analyze information and technical reports and formulate quick, effective, and reasonable responses; 
  • Prepare and maintain complete and accurate records; prepare reports neatly and accurately;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and other City personnel, outside agencies, and the public; and
  • Provide excellent customer service to ensure high operational and service standards are met and maintained for the citizens of Alamogordo.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
  • Work is typically performed in an office setting where the noise level is quiet;
  • Daily tasks require both sedentary and physical labor that include, but is not limited to, sitting, standing, walking, bending, squatting, turning, and driving;
  • May be exposed to adverse weather conditions while conducting tasks away from the office; the noise level outdoors may be moderate to loud;
  • Light physical demands may be required including occasionally lifting and/or moving up to twenty-five (25) pounds;
  • May be subject to repetitive motion while using personal computer and multi-line telephone; and
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for field work such as visiting development sites.
 

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