Economic Development Program Manager Job at Vallejo, Solano County, California

Economic Development Program Manager

City of Vallejo , California

Job Information 


Economic Development

Senior Level


$107,538.17 - $130,713.31 Annually

Application Deadline 


03/15/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo’s delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer’s market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America’s only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.
The Economic Development Division works directly under the City Manager, and is supported by a team of employees that work closely with Planning and Development Services, Building, Housing and Public Works to ensure a seamless and successful experience for stakeholders who invest in the City. The Economic Development Division supports economic growth in Vallejo. The Division's services include new business recruitment, technical assistance for existing Vallejo businesses, business retention, site selection assistance for new and existing businesses, asset management of City-owned property, and Mare Island conversion. The primary goals of the division are to increase the tax base and employment opportunities in Vallejo.
This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.
The Economic Development Division is seeking a dynamic candidate to play an important role in managing elements of the City's economic development efforts, including programs and projects designed to expand the local economy, promote community vitality and expedite quality development and redevelopment in the City. Ideal candidates will be detail-oriented, creative problem solvers, experienced project managers who are versatile in all aspects of Economic Development, and can manage multiple projects within tight timeframes.
The most successful candidates will have a minimum of four years of increasingly responsible project management experience in Economic Development or Planning and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Planning, or related field. While not required, senior-level experience with larger Economic Development and/or Planning projects and a project management certificate are highly desirable.
This classification is designated as an “at will” classification.
General direction is provided by senior management.  
May provide direct and indirect supervision to professional, technical and clerical staff, as well as contractors.

Examples of Duties

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.
- Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participate in all economic development efforts and activities.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of economic development goals, objectives, and priorities; recommend and administer relevant policies and procedures.
  • Within City policy, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend resource allocations accordingly.
  • Make presentations to the City Council, community and business groups.
  • Participate in the development and administration of economic development programs and activities; recommend budgetary adjustments as appropriate, and prepare cost estimates on special projects.
  • Act as liaison to community and regional groups as directed by the City Manager.
  • Coordinate the efforts of City departments and other groups relative to the City's economic development activities.
  • Participate in the negotiation of development agreements related to economic development activities.
  • Work with key senior staff to develop a municipal marketing plan.
  • Coordinate consultants and City staff in securing funding for economic development projects and activities.
  • Prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Represent the City, as directed, to elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinate assigned activities with City departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Participate on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the fields of economic development; recommend actions to incorporate new developments as appropriate. 
  • Respond to and resolve citizen inquiries and complaints related to areas of responsibility.
  • Perform related duties as required.


Typical Qualifications


  • Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive economic development program.
  • Principles and practices of economic development, and long range planning.
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Methods and techniques of public affairs and public relations.
  • Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Statistical and financial research methodology.
  • Practices and techniques for the development and implementation of economic development, marketing and communication techniques.
  • Practices of private sector developers, lenders and financial institutions as they relate to economic development projects and activities.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Understand and participate in a comprehensive economic development program.
  • Recommend and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.
  • Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate recommendations for adjustments. 
  • Identify and respond to community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Participate in the preparation of designs and plans, field studies, inspection, contract documents and economic analyses.
  • Participate in the negotiation and administration of a variety of agreements and contracts.
  • Meet critical deadlines while working with frequent interruptions.
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Participate in the preparation and administration of budgets.
  • Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Make effective public presentations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Four years of increasingly responsible economic development experience.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, planning, economics, or a related field.

License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record is required.
*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with City of Vallejo.  For continued employment with City of Vallejo, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.


Supplemental Information

The Recruitment & Selection Process

1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, March 15, 2021. Applicants must submit a completed City of Vallejo online application, including all responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (Resume/Cover Letter Optional), by the posted deadline in order to be considered.

NOTE: If you have problems creating a user account, obtaining your already created account information, or submitting your online application, please contact applicant support directly at 855-524-5627. City of Vallejo HR staff are unable to assist with these issues.

2. Applications will be screened for overall qualifications the week of March 15, 2021.


3. Applicants who are found to be the best qualified may have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts. Candidates who are deemed to be the best qualified will be invited to take part in an assessment process which may consist of written, online, oral, or performance exercises. Candidates invited to the assessment process will be notified by email of the date, time, and location of the assessment.

The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions.

4. Candidates who are successful in the assessment process will be placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list). Candidates will then be referred at the Department’s discretion. The Department will conduct all final interviews and make the final candidate selection for this position.

The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Alex Clark at (707) 648-5402 or send an email to: no later than March 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
The selected candidate will be required to: 1) Submit to reference checks 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check. 3) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.
Disaster Service Workers - All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") by state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109).  Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.


555 Santa Clara St

Vallejo, CA 94589