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City of Spokane


808 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201

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Job Category: Senior Management

Employment: Full Time

Salary: 90,000 to 110,000

Experience: Any combination equivalent to: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Finance, or related field and five years of management experience in business, economic development, downtown management, or commercial real estate, including at least two years in a supervisory capacity managing complex projects.

Benefits: Yes

Listing Expires: March 31, 2018

Job Description:

The West Plains/Airport Area PDA is a partnership between the City of Spokane, Spokane County and Spokane International Airport. It includes the geographic areas of the airport plus some bordering property west, south and east of the airport.  In total, the PDA encompasses 9,251 acres of public and private land. The PDA designation aligns resources and services to support targeted investments consistent with advancing the Airport Layout Plan and furthering aerospace supply-chain and other industrial development which are identified as areas for potential economic growth on the West Plains. The PDA is governed by a seven member Board.

Nature of Work:
Under the direction of the Board of the Public Development Authority (PDA), the Executive Director plans, administers, organizes, coordinates, and directs the strategic growth plan for the West Plains PDA. Develops and implements long-range strategies to ensure the economic health and vitality of the PDA and coordinates with partner agencies to ensure long term, quality job and income growth in the PDA. Provides overall vision and leadership and requires independent judgment and action.

General Functions:
Performs administration, strategic direction, and evaluation of all economic development activities within the PDA
Drives job and income growth and private investment
Aligns partner agency and private sector resources with growth opportunities
Ensures regional collaboration in support of job and income growth strategies
Directs and reviews reports, analyses, and studies that impact the economic vitality of the PDA
Monitors programs and policies to ensure sustainable job and income growth in the PDA
Presents and proposes programs and projects to drive economic growth
Maintains a close working relationship partner agencies

Examples of Work:
Oversees, and directs all economic development activities of the PDA with the goal of advancing sustainable job and income growth.
Directs the design and coordination, of economic development programs and projects, including attracting new business and retaining existing businesses, and ensures that specific projects are planned and evaluated before implementation.
Directs the development, coordination, budgeting and evaluation of redevelopment programs and projects.

Works with Board of Directors to develop a strategic framework to drive measurable outcomes within desired timeframes
Coordinates economic and redevelopment projects with private and other public agencies.
Coordinates closely with Community Development, Business Development, and Planning and Development services within partner agencies.
Maintains and develops liaison activities with individuals, groups, various business and community organizations, and broad array of industry partners which might impact economic development activities.
Assesses PDA economic development problems and opportunities and conduct gap analysis.
Ensures that all programs meet the PDA’s objectives and policies.
Provides professional advice and assistance to business leaders and various other groups and agencies.
Prepares and presents written materials on projects including redevelopment plans, development agreements, progress reports, and staff reports.
Conduct negotiations with developers, including preparation of exclusive rights agreements, development agreement disposition, leases and other matters.
Develops and implements PDA Marketing program (either working with the Board or 3rd party marketing firm/agency)
Oversees annual operating and capital budgets and submits for Board review and guidance
Perform related duties as required.