The City of Fort Worth is the 15th largest city in the U.S. and the fastest growing among large cities. Fort Worth has received multiple accolades, including number one Downtown (Livability), and the second-best City in the nation for Job Seekers (Forbes). Our employees serve the needs of over 800,000 residents. We are seeking individuals that reflect our values of exceptional customer experience, mutual respect, embracing our diversity, continuous improvement, ethical behavior, and accountability.
The Economic Development Department is seeking a Strategic Development Coordinator to assist with the implementation of programs and projects focused on business attraction and expansion, and strategic development within Tax Increment Financing Districts. The Economic Development Department pursues high-wage job growth and a more sustainable tax base, driven less by residential property valuation and more by commercial and industrial investment; and has a commitment to "quality of place" throughout the community. We want to be recognized as a leader in economic and business development, as well as urban revitalization, by our peers and customers. The vision of the department is, “To compete successfully on the national and international stage for creative, high-growth businesses and the talented individuals who fuel them.”
The selected candidate is responsible for implementing those strategies specific to competitiveness, as identified in the Economic Development Strategic Plan. Primary duties will include implementation of strategies within Goal 1: Establish Fort Worth’s Competitive Edge by identifying and leading projects that elevate the profile of Fort Worth; attract new investments and businesses into the community; improve the competitiveness of existing businesses; and support talent initiatives.
The selected candidate will:
Assist in the creation and implementation of programs to encourage the attraction and expansion of new and existing employers within the community;
Actively engage with existing businesses on growth and expansion opportunities;
Attract new businesses to Fort Worth;
Establish relationships with local, regional, and national site consultants, corporate real estate executives and real estate brokers;
Manage relationships with those accounts specifically focused on the following key industries: International Business, Corporate and Regional Headquarters, Transportation & Warehousing; and Aerospace Manufacturing & Design.
Provide leadership and strategywith assigned Tax Increment Finance (TIFs) to support strategic efforts;
Conduct project analysis, negotiate terms of incentive contracts, and coordinates approval process;
Represent the City in meetings with representatives of business and community organizations, governmental agencies and the public;
Prepare a variety of periodic, progress and special reports.
In addition to the requirements stated above, the ideal candidate will possess the following additional knowledge, characteristics, competencies and style:
Principles, practices and techniques of economic development, marketing, and financing methods available for economic growth
Been a part of successful community building efforts in terms of forging strong partnerships and collaborative efforts with like-minded organizations to achieve clearly defined mission and goals
Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects
Possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills to interact effectively with all levels within the organization and with customers
Ability to make sound business decisions to meet the needs of the customers and maintain organizational goals
Utilize independent judgment and sound decision making
Able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and deadlines
Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
Have excellent speaking and writing skills.
Financial/statistical/comparative analysis techniques and formulae
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Real Estate, Economic Development, or related field or comparable education/experience/training; with four years of experience in economic development or related field required.
Four years of business attraction or economic development experience required
Experience with Microsoft Office products necessary
A Master’s Degree is preferred as is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) status or other appropriate certification;
Experience with Salesforce preferred
Candidates who do not meet the Education requirement, may be considered if they have more relevant work experience than the position requires. Those selected for employment will be required to pass Pre-Employment checks depending on the position requirements. Those could include, but are not limited to: criminal background check, drug screen, education verification, etc. Criminal convictions will be considered on a case by case basis. Employees are paid by direct deposit only. Equal Opportunity Employer.