Now Hiring: Manager, Economic Development
Position: Manager, Economic Development
Department: Economic Development
Reports to: Vice President, Economic Development
Cities are built by people. The creators of industry, makers of place. Visionaries—for what’s next.
At the Downtown Denver Partnership, we are building with vision.
We believe the horizon of a great city is always growing, always improving. We believe our city is only as strong as the center. And we know that a thriving, strategic evolution only happens when every voice steps up to the mic. When access allows for unbridled opportunity.
To make the most of this opportunity, to make meaningful impact, we must plan with purpose. With a bias for action, we invest for tomorrow, execute for today. Creating an impactful culture and business community that will support each and every citizen, giving us all a seat at the table.
Building our center city, making our place.
About the Position
The Partnership’s place-based approach to economic development includes an emphasis on office, technology, retail and housing. These sectors are impacted by our work through a focus on project management, strategic planning, research and business development. Fundamental to the Partnership is our work with members and volunteers. This work takes the form of Committee and Council management, building a network of downtown champions, and aligning with external partners (i.e. City of Denver Economic Development, Metro Denver EDC and State of Colorado Economic Development.)
The Manager, Economic Development plays an integral role in the organization. This leader will collaborate with the integrated economic development team, which supports the entire organization in achieving the ambitious goal of creating an economically vibrant center city.
About the Job
Project management—Works with clients, developers, brokers, bankers and other partners to support a project from concept to completion. This project management work will include expediting permit application reviews, incentive negotiations, and vendor introductions.
Strategic planning—Convenes groups of stakeholders to consider key market opportunities.
Business Development—Develops and maintains relationships with key stakeholders and prospects to help attract new, high quality jobs to the center city.
Business Retention—Works with Downtown business and building owners to retain and grow their jobs and investments in the center city.
Marketing and Communication—Carries the brand message of the Partnership, prepare and deliver speeches to various local interest groups, speak with media when appropriate and advance the membership development interests of the organization.
To be successful in this position, you must be a strategic and creative communicator and team leader with a keen sense of Partnership programs and how best to support our goal of creating an economically vibrant center city. You must have the capacity to work with diverse stakeholder groups including employers, developers, brokers, retailers, public agencies, and government officials. You should possess a deep commitment to instilling practices and a culture that reflects The Downtown Denver Partnership.
- 3-5 years of relevant, progressively responsible economic development experience, preferably in the residential and retail sectors.
- Excellent project management, including proactive and independent development of work plans, timelines, and budgets.
- Ability to initiate and manage relationships with internal and external partners.
- Strong analytical skills and well-developed business acumen; natural relationship management instincts; savvy for gaining buy-in from various stakeholders.
- Orientation as a team player and leader with strong management skills.
- A metrics-driven, entrepreneurial mindset that informs strategy and work.
- Commitment to city building.
- The ability to succeed in a distinct and dynamic culture.
- Ability to easily network and establish rapport and connections with individuals and groups.
- Flexibility and a sense of humor.
- Expertise in social media, e-communications platforms.
- Bachelor’s Degree in business, economics, marketing, urban planning or an equivalent combination of education, training, and expertise.
- Proficiency in Sales Force and Microsoft Office Suite.
- Flexibility to work varied hours for events and to meet deadlines.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.