Economic Development Specialist

  • 304315

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, coordinates projects for the Small Business Division; assists in developing economic development strategies and creating an entrepreneurial climate to increase the tax base for the City; performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:(Which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Audits city bid and/or contract documents, activities, and transactions to determine adherence to policy and the City’s Small Business Procurement Ordinance.
  2. Audits, monitors, and authorizes payments to qualified vendors.
  3. Investigates compliance issues, conducts on-site monitoring visits, prepares written reports of findings and makes recommendations to vendors or other City departments to resolve issues.
  4. Promotes and markets the City’s Small Business Procurement program at trade fairs, business expositions, etc.
  5. Coordinates the department Economic Development and small business projects.
  6. Assists in developing innovative economic development strategies to promote and support the growth, expansion, and retention of businesses within the City of West Palm Beach.
  7. Assists the department in creating an entrepreneurial climate, so as to increase the tax base for the City.
  8. Responsible for assisting the department in building business partnerships, public/private partnerships, trust and credibility throughout the community.
  9. Interacts with a wide array of organizations to build awareness of the City’s small business program.
  • Knowledge of City, federal and state laws, rules, regulations, codes and ordinances related to small business development and procurement programs.
  • Knowledge of standard business office machines, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution and mediation techniques.
  • Skill in utilizing written and verbal communication in the development of reports and presentations.
  • Skill in utilizing computer hardware and software in the research and development of granting applications, documents, statistical data, and reports.
  • Skill in analyzing written and verbal information.
  • Skill in negotiating consensus and agreement with a variety of vendors, contract providers, and grant recipients.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves sedentary to light work in an office setting. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, lift light objects (up to 10 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Business Administration, Political Science, Public Administration or related field and three (3) years of public administration experience, including one (1) year of economic development administration, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: E
Last Revision date: December 2007
Overtime: No
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