Economic Development Manager – City of Grove City

Apr 8, 2021Jobs

invites applications for the position of:

Economic Development Manager

SALARY $31.50 – $54.47 Hourly
OPENING DATE: 04/07/21
CLOSING DATE: 05/09/21 11:59 PM

Appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the Administrative Assistant, the Economic Development Manager, working under the overall direction of the Development Director is responsible for economic development activities as they relate to business retention and recruitment, business development, economic development incentive structures, special project planning, administering current planning efforts and processes, assisting in the administration of economic development activities, supervising consultants, preparation of detailed reports and analysis, writing codes, drafting legislation, assembling and maintaining detailed records.

The Economic Development Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of his/her executive and administrative qualifications in the profession of Economic Development, as shown by the adequacy of his/her technical training and his/her successful experience in Economic Development.

Has proven ability in oral and written communications.

Has the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with business owners/managers, public officials, state and federal authorities, civic leaders and the public in general.

Master’s degree in City Planning, Economic Development or Public Administration from an accredited college or university. Experience in the field of economic development working with businesses on matters of retention, expansion and attraction on a local municipal level is strongly preferred.  Ohio CED, CEcD, EDFP or CDFA certification preferred.

Sufficient knowledge of Economic Development to carry out a full range of varied responsibilities and discharge the accountability required of the Economic Development Manager including working knowledge of Federal, State, County and Local incentives such as CRA (Community Reinvestment Area) and TIF (Tax Increment Financing).



Obey and promptly execute all orders of the Administrative Assistant.

The Economic Development Manager shall have the following powers and duties under the immediate supervision of the Development Director:

Assists in the administration of economic development programs and related efforts as described further below:

Implement the goals, strategies, policies and programmatic framework for economic development in order to diversify and build on the economic base, enhance financial sustainability of the City, and promote community values for quality jobs, a protected environment, and a robust business climate.

Maintains a Business Retention and Expansion Program and identifies opportunities for the City to improve the business climate.  Coordinates between departments on developing and implementing programs that will improve business climate.

Plan and evaluate the efficacy of economic development and revitalization strategies, programs and activities.

Manages key economic development projects and programs which develop, implement and support the City’s economic development initiatives.

Initiate and continuously refine plans and actionable strategies to target and attract businesses and industries to the City.

Work in cross-departmental collaboration with all city departments, as well as Mayor and Council, to successfully execute economic development initiatives.

Assist potential new businesses in locating to the city, including but not limited to serving as the primary contact, providing statistical analysis, responding to due diligence questions and RFI’s, aiding in site selection options, and coordinating key staff and partners as needed to support the project.

Minimizes business impacts as it relates to working with other city departments; when necessary, takes the lead while advocating for the business and act as an ombudsman for the business.

Identifies, develops and manages programs to recruit new businesses, including industrial, technology and medical recruitment. Communicates key city policy and programs with concern to businesses.

Works with other city departments and other information sources to develop and track data on existing businesses, including business type, location, number of employees of the largest companies, in order to develop an ongoing understanding of business needs and capabilities.

Assists in the marketing and promotion of designated business locations to locate within the designated areas.

Conducts global, national, regional and local market, economic and industrial research and monitors local economic indicators.

Maintains required licensures and certification, if any.

Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable OSHA safety standards that pertain to essential functions.

Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.

Performs other related duties as assigned.



The employee has exposure to chemical compounds found in an office environment (e.g., toner, correction fluid, etc.); occasionally lifts objects 20 lbs or less; occasionally carries objects 20 lbs. or less.

Note: In accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor physical demands strength ratings, this is considered light work.

Digital camera, architect/engineer ruler, personal computer, computer software, printer, copy machine, fax machine, and other standard business office equipment.



Knowledge of general business practices and operations, public financing mechanisms, economic development concepts; principals of GIS; principles of zoning/land use laws; principles of basic statistical analysis; *City/department goals and objectives; *City/department policies and procedures; *personnel rules and regulations; *safety practices and procedures; government structure and process.

Skill in computer operation; use of modern office equipment; motor vehicle operation; planning software/equipment.

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, picture, or schedule form; interpret extensive variety of technical material in books, journals, and manuals; deal with problems involving several variables within familiar context; understand, interpret, and apply applicable City codes/policies/procedures; add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers; calculate fractions, decimals, and percentages; complete routine forms; prepare routine correspondence; prepare accurate documentation; compile and prepare reports; respond to routine inquiries from public and/or officials; communicate effectively; understand technical manuals and/or verbal instructions; understand a variety of written and/or verbal communications; *maintain records according to established procedures; develop and maintain effective working relationships; travel to and gain access to work site. (*indicates developed after employment).

Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain insurability under the City’s vehicle insurance policy.

The City of Grove City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



4035 Broadway
Grove City, OH 43123