Economic Development Director
City of Gresham, OR - Gresham, OR

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The City of Gresham is seeking a professional manager to direct and coordinate the city’s Economic Development activities to encourage the generation of community wealth, protect property values and foster regional links in order to create a balanced and diverse industry base providing family wage jobs.

The City is a general service local government located between Portland, Oregon and the Mt. Hood Wilderness Area at the gateway to the scenic Columbia River Gorge. The City of Gresham is widely recognized as a well-managed full-service municipality providing police, fire and emergency services, water, sewer, roads, parks, planning, building inspection and code enforcement services. The City has received numerous local and national awards for its planning, public works, communications, finance and human resource programs.

In addition to the Office of Governance & Management and the City Attorney’s Office, the organization consists of the service areas of Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Environmental Services, Economic Development, Community Development, Urban Design & Planning, Human Resources, Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement, Communications, Information Technology and Finance and Management Services. Department Directors and Public Safety Chiefs are appointed by the City Manager. The city has 518 budgeted positions for fiscal year 2012 - 13 with an operating budget of approximately $115 million. City Manager, Erik Kvarsten, has been with the city for nine years and has 28 years of experience in Oregon as a City Manager.

Starting salary for this position is $85,512/year to $98,328/year. In addition to the full benefit package and employer paid PERS pickup of 6%, this position is eligible for the HRA/VEBA city contribution of 1% of base salary, and a Paid Time Off program.


Reporting directly to the City Manager, the Economic Development Director leads a three person team and is responsible for the management, coordination and implementation of economic development strategies and projects for the City of Gresham. The Director provides assistance to existing and potential business or development interests, particularly in sectors which provide family wage jobs to Gresham residents. Establishing and maintaining strong ties to outside agencies, State of Oregon, local businesses and regional partners is an important role of this position. The Economic Development Director participates as a member of the management and Policy Leadership team.

The essential job functions consist of the following duties:

Manages and coordinates the City’s economic development activities, including business recruitment, retention and expansion, particularly of traded sector businesses.

Creates goals and objectives designed to ensure collaborative relations between the City and its private and public sector economic development partners within the region and the state.

Represents the City on economic development issues at various local, regional, state and national meetings.

Provides liaison and support to private industries to ensure positive development of industrial land that supports creation of a family wage job market and positive working relationships with the City.

Provides domestic and international business development and recruitment, including participating in appropriate international and domestic recruitment policies and actions.

Represents Gresham in international trade issues relating to economic development opportunities for Gresham industries.

Manages, implements and coordinates the activities of the City’s Traded Sector Economic Development Strategic Plan or other similar plans.

Functions as a member of the City’s Service Area Manager leadership team.

Supervises and coordinates activities of staff; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments. Conducts performance evaluations and initiates and implements disciplinary action as warranted. Resolves grievances and other personnel matters. Provides training opportunities and career development as appropriate.

Manages departmental and business development events and serves as City representative for public involvement on special committees and groups; functions as primary contact for information and assistance regarding economic development projects.

Coordinates responses to inquiries, resolution of complaints, problems or emergencies related to area of responsibility. Responds to the most sensitive or complex inquiries and service complaints and facilitates resolutions.

Attends City Council meetings and meetings with other involved groups as needed; may be required to make presentations to various community groups and serve on various boards or committees as appropriate.

Develops, maintains and monitors the section’s annual budget.


Bachelors degree in Business, Economics, Political Science, Planning, Public or Business Administration, or related field and three to five years progressively responsible experience including, project management, budgeting, development and implementation of programs, public relations, marketing, supervision of employees, presentations and report writing or any combination of relevant experience and education.

Selection Process:

Required application materials include completion of the online city application, a resume, and a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and detailing your experience as it relates to the essential job functions of the position .

A review of your application materials will be conducted to determine the most qualified candidates to be invited to an oral board interview. If you wish modification of this selection process in order to accommodate a disability, please make your request in writing and submit it with the required application materials. Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and management assessment.

If a modification of this process is needed in order to accommodate a disability, please make your request in writing at time of submitting an application, verbally to 503-618-2729, or in person to a Human Resources representative.

The City of Gresham provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law. Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran’s preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

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All applications must be received by end of day February 8, 2013 for first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. If questions, call(503) 618-2882 or email .