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City of Reno, NV Economic Development Program Manager in Reno, Nevada

Economic Development Program Manager



Class Title

Economic Development Program Manager

Class Code



  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under administrative direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates assigned economic development programs, projects, services, and activities; assists new businesses, developers, and other public or private entities in the investment or expansion of operations within the City; assists in the preparation of economic development strategies and programs; implements projects leading to business expansion, real estate development, and creation of jobs within the City; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Redevelopment Administrator.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Assist new businesses, developers, and other public or private entities in the investment or expansion of operations.

Coordinate the inventory of vacant sites and spaces with the local real estate community; design and execute marketing strategies for vacant sites.

Identify and confer with private developers and established partnerships in support of development projects; coordinate development activities between private developers and the City; negotiate complex and sensitive development issues.

Conduct financial analysis of proformas of commercial development projects.

Communicate and interface with citizens, the community, and the media to promote and support economic development strategies; conduct public speaking engagements.

Conduct research, examine alternative funding methods, and prepare cost benefits and economic impact studies; analyze complex business plans and evaluate legislation affecting economic development projects; prepare reports on findings.

Prepare scope of activities to be funded for various economic development projects; review consultant qualifications and obtain outside expertise on development projects.

Conduct financial analysis of loan requests; administer loan programs for small business; develop guidelines for lending and investment strategies.

Negotiate property purchases on behalf of the Redevelopment Agency and the City of Reno; negotiate the development and disposition of Redevelopment Agency property.

Attend and participate in a variety of professional group meetings with public and private organizations; discuss and resolve complex community issues.

Prepare written and graphic reports containing specific recommendations on assigned economic development matters.

Develop economic indicators and demographics of the City.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of an economic development program.

Project management principles and practices.

Methods, techniques, and applications of economic development.

Principles and practices of urban planning.

Principles and practices of redevelopment.

Principles of research, data collection, and analysis.

Financial analysis principles and practices including understanding of financial analysis of business proformas and historical financial data.

Principles and practices of public administration.

Principles and practices used in the sale and acquisition of commercial real estate.

Concerns and interests of local community, businesses, and other public agencies.

Methods and techniques of dealing effectively with the public.

Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.

Alternative funding methods and procedures.

Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:

Oversee and participate in the management of comprehensive economic development projects and program areas.

Identify and confer with private developers and established partnerships in support of economic development projects.

Negotiate contractual agreements related to redevelopment of properties.

Work with diverse groups of people toward common goals.

Perform research, data collection, and analysis.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Respond to requests and inquiries and deal effectively with the general public.

Research and develop alternative funding sources for economic development projects.

Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public or business administration, finance, economic development, planning, or a related field. A Master's degree is preferred.


Five years of increasingly responsible economic development/redevelopment related experience.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel to different sites and locations; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements



Last Update: 3/2008

JD 11/2018

**Existing benefit package is currently under review. Benefits are subject to change.

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; paid 100% for employee and 55% for dependents.

City paid life insurance and long term disability insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available, with up to a 5% City match.

Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.