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Assistant To The City Manager For Economic Development/community Housing


Under administrative direction of the City Manager, develop, implement and manage the City's Economic Development Program Projects from conception to completion; manages and administers complex and technical, financial, statistical, analytical work of housing programs. This position interfaces with the development community, local business community, Chamber of Commerce, Stanislaus County Economic Development, Workforce Alliance (Alliance), Housing Community and other City staff as required. The incumbent may serve as the team leader for special City-wide economic development projects when assigned.

This position is designated as management for Labor Relations purposes and is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


  • General administrative direction and support is provided by the City Manager The incumbent in this classification is expected to work with minimal direct supervision, exercising independent judgment and initiative in a number of complex, responsible and fiscally sensitive duties.
  • May exercise direct or indirect supervision of professional, technical and clerical staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop programs to achieve the Cityís goals and objectives relating to, economic development, business retention and community revitalization.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the business community and citizen groups to improve understanding of City economic policies, procedures, goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate City efforts to implement and enhance the Cityís Strategic Economic Plan including developing new strategies and techniques necessary to meet the Planís objectives.
  • Conduct financial analysis of projects, including revenue and cost estimates for project proponent.
  • Select and manage consultants as may be necessary to assist the City with specialized economic development, financing and legal services.
  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of economic development including public improvement identification, and monitoring status of engineering work and planning processes.
  • Prepare written reports regarding economic development activities, pertinent laws and trends, and proposed projects and make public presentations to the appointed and elected officials.
  • Coordinate economic development activities with other government agencies, private-sector developers, real estate site selectors, and lending institutions.
  • Monitor various laws and activities of other regulatory agencies relating to economic development, affordable housing, and community revitalization.
  • Prepare and administer the Economic Development and Housing budgets.
  • Develop and coordinate economic development marketing strategies including business retention, expansion and attraction.
  • Collect and maintain property, land use, economic, demographic and financial data necessary to monitor trends relevant to economic development activities.
  • Review impact of economic and redevelopment regulations and laws; make recommendations for legislative amendments; represent the City with regulatory and other governmental agencies.
  • Oversees, plans, develops, and implements strategy to achieve the Cityís goals for local, state and federal programs related to community housing and economic development, including community preservation, neighborhood revitalization single and multiple rehabilitation, affordable housing, first time buyer, sweat-equity, homeless-shelter, real property nuisance abatement, mobile home rent control, block grant, and related housing, loan and community Development programs and projects.
  • Oversee the preparation, implementation and compliance of the City/HUD 5 year Consolidated Housing Plan with local, state and federal agencies.
  • Perform related managerial duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles and practices of economic development, commercial revitalization and Community Housing.
  • Recent developments, current literature and informational sources in the field of economic development and community housing.
  • Finance and construction management principals, including research, statistical methods and methods of technical report writing.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques, as well as development financing, bank practices and investment markets.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.

Ability to:

  • Understand and interpret complex state and federal regulations, laws, codes, policies and solutions in the area of housing, revitalization and economic development.
  • Set priorities and organize work as necessary to meet deadlines and achieve redevelopment and economic development goals as established by policy makers.
  • Research, analyze, compile and prepare financial, demographic and land use studies, including producing such studies in an understandable manner.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to diverse groups, including large public audiences and small development teams.
  • Supervise, train, evaluate and empower personnel to work efficiently and effectively.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contracted in the course of work.



Four years of full-time, professional level work in the fields of economic development, community development work and community housing, preferably in a municipal setting. One of the four years of experience shall be in a supervisory capacity.


Equivalent to a Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, public or business administration, economics or a related field.


Possession of a valid California Driverís License in the category necessary to perform essential duties of the position will be required at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

Maintenance of a valid California Driverís license and proof of automobile liability insurance thereafter is a condition of continued employment.


Maintain the following physical abilities: See well enough to operate vehicles and equipment, read instructions and follow directions; hear well enough to distinguish mechanical noises, to converse on the radio, telephone and in person; use of hands and fingers for writing, typing, and other computer related functions; and be able to lift equipment as necessary.

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          Human Resources
          156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
          Turlock, CA 95380-5454
          (209) 668-5540

          Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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