Economic Development Manager - Clackamas County, OR

Title: Economic Development Manager
Type: Economic Development/Redevelopment
Date Posted: August 30, 2022
Organization: Clackamas County, OR
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Economic Development Manager


Job ID: 106620


Location: Oregon City, Oregon


Full/Part Time: Full Time






Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:


• Service

• Professionalism

• Integrity

• Respect

• Individual accountability

• Trust


By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.


Clackamas County is committed to building a community where people thrive, have a sense of safety, connection, and belonging, so that everyone is honored and celebrated for the richness in diversity they bring. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and lived experience to apply.



This position will remain open until filled. The first application review will be Monday, September 26, 2022. We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.



Annual Pay Range: $ 104,148.76 - $ 140,600.39


Hourly Pay Range: $ 50.071517 - $ 67.596341


Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.


Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular-status employees. Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee's date of hire.


Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions include:


Generous paid time off package, including:


• 16 hours per month of vacation accrual

• 8 hours per month sick leave accrual

• 10 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year


• Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):


Employer-paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.)

• ORSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65


A choice of medical plans with vision and prescription drug coverage

A choice of dental plans

• Chiropractic coverage and alternative care benefits

• Robust EPA and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes

• Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

• A variety of optional benefits (See the link below for additional information)


This is a full time non-represented group 2 County position.



Growing a vibrant economy is a top priority for Clackamas County. We seek a creative and innovative economic development professional to lead our newly created Office of Economic Development and advance the county's economic development efforts.


The Economic Development Manager is responsible for managing, coordinating, and implementing economic and business development strategies, projects, and functions with a particular focus on building wealth and prosperity by helping businesses start, expand, or relocate to Clackamas County. The Office of Economic Development also serves as the liaison between the County Fair & Event Center/Clackamas County Fair Board and the county. In addition, the selected candidate will help build relationships that promote the county's economic competitiveness and support current and future businesses within Clackamas County.


Some of the current initiatives and services provided by the Office of Economic Development include:


• Programs and services to retain and grow existing traded-sector firms in the county and recruit new targeted industry firms

• Programs and services to reduce barriers to property development and to improve the supply and visibility of available industrial sites and employment lands

• Supporting the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown areas through the Clackamas County Main Street program

• Planning and execution of distinct economic development strategies and initiatives for both the urban and rural areas of the county

• Supporting the Economic Development Commission, a board-appointed advisory body that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) on matters on the support and growth of a balanced, sustainable economy within the county.


The Economic Development Manager reports to and receives general direction from the County Administrator and is responsible for supervising staff within the Office of Economic Development. The incumbent is also responsible for bringing an economic development lens to the work of other departments as appropriate through coordination of work programs and ongoing engagement.


Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*


• A minimum of eight (8) years of related experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills to perform the responsibilities of this position, which includes three (3) years' experience managing a program or operating unit, that demonstrate advanced proficiency in:


• Principles and practices of economic/business development strategies, including methods for business attraction and retention

• Experience researching the general economic environment, consulting economic forecasts/models, and conducting research and analysis of complex redevelopment and economic-related issues

• The principles and practices involved in the acquisition, disposition, relocation, demolition, construction and rehabilitation of real property

• Resolving development challenges between developers, contractors and governmental departments

• Connecting businesses with appropriate assistance and incentive programs, including County, State, or Federal programs, grants, loans, and informational resources


• Experience organizing, leading, or facilitating community groups, advisory committees, task forces, and meetings

• Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to organize content, employ proper grammar and audience-appropriate vocabulary, and convey information accurately and succinctly. (A writing sample will be required as part of the application process)

• Excellent verbal presentation skills, including the ability to organize content, employ proper grammar and audience-appropriate vocabulary, and convey information accurately to audiences of differing backgrounds and subject matter expertise

• Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*


• At least three years of professional work experience in Business and Economic Development specifically within the government sectorAt least three years of experience gathering and analyzing economic and other statistical data

• Demonstrated experience working with elected officials

• Demonstrated experience defining desired program/service outcomes, developing applicable performance measures, and collecting, analyzing, and evaluating performance data


*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.



Duties may include but are not limited to the following:


• Develops, recommends, and oversees economic development strategies, programs, goals, and objectives; manages staff to implement and execute developed strategies, projects, and programs; provides vision, leadership and direction on major strategic initiatives and projects.

• Cultivates diverse, strategic internal and external partnerships that benefit the county's economic equity priorities with community partners and increases community connections; coordinates with economic, equity, and workforce development officials in cities and unincorporated areas of Clackamas County; develops and maintains relationships with key businesses in target communities and with industries and organizations that advocate for the economic empowerment of historically disadvantaged communities and small business owners.

• Researches, analyzes and interprets economic data, and prepares studies and reports on a variety of economic issues, including labor market trends, retention measures and other regional economic planning issues; develops qualitative and quantitative measures to monitor, ensure, and evaluate program and project effectiveness; recommends and implements actions for improvement as necessary.

• Coordinates responses to inquiries, resolution of complaints, problems or emergencies related to area of responsibility; responds to the most sensitive or complex inquiries and service complaints and facilitates resolutions that may involve Planning, Engineering and Building Services divisions, other county departments and County Service Districts; creates goals and objectives designed to improve relations between the private and public sectors.

• Hires and supervises professional staff to provide quality service to citizens, businesses, organizations and county staff; coordinates activities of staff; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; prepares and conducts performance evaluations; initiates and implements progressive disciplinary action as warranted; resolves grievances and other personnel matters; provides training opportunities and career development as appropriate; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other departments.

• Promotes Clackamas County's equitable and inclusive economic competitiveness; develops marketing materials and programs that promote Clackamas County as being “Open for Business” among site selectors, developers, and the business community in general to recruit new businesses as well as promote business retention and expansion.

• Initiates actions and policies to maximize the supply of development-ready land; partners with education and workforce entities to develop a talent pipeline for existing and future businesses and works with partners to fill those gaps.

• Establishes partnerships with other jurisdictions, the state and federal government, and business advocacy organizations in the crafting of development/re-development strategies and funding needed to support regional economic development; participates in organizations and task forces as needed to network and represent Clackamas County in regional and state-wide economic development initiatives; coordinates funding and planning of intergovernmental agreements with other government entities; provides assistance to cities and unincorporated areas in their revitalization efforts.

• Manages economic development events and serves as a county representative for public involvement on related committees and groups; functions as primary contact for information and assistance regarding economic development programs and projects.

• Attends Board of Clackamas County Commissioner meetings and meetings with other public agencies including council meetings of cities within Clackamas County as needed; provides staff support to the County Economic Development Commission (EDC).

• Acts as a liaison between the County Fair & Event Center/Clackamas County Fair Board, or assigns function to Office of Economic Development staff; facilitates the Fair Management Agreement between the two organizations; ensures policies and procedures are in place to meet requirements of the agreement.

• Prepares, administers and monitors the annual budget for the Office of Economic Development; forecasts funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, services, and supplies; approves expenditures, allocates resources, and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate; administers various grant applications and grant funding to enhance county economic development efforts.

• Creates and oversees the implementation and maintenance of a County Economic Development Work Plan, for review and approval by the County Administrator and County Board.

• Maintains and builds the county's small business initiatives in close coordination with external partners such as Chambers of Commerce, the Clackamas Community College Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Legal Clinic, Main Street organizations, Community Based Organizations with a focus on small businesses particularly in traditionally disadvantaged communities, and Business Oregon.

• Engages with other county departments on major initiatives that bear on the county's economic competitiveness, providing an economic development lens to those initiatives.



Working knowledge of: Public and private sector economic development processes, practices and strategies; marketing methods for attracting and retaining commerce and return on investment principles; private sector business practices, including business plan development, business financing and business development strategies; traded-sector vs. non-traded sector businesses; industry cluster concept and strategies; marketing, promotion and public relations; principles of effective service delivery; zoning and land use development laws, regulations, and processes; infrastructure development; public financing methods and grants management; governmental planning principles and practices of personnel, budget and project management.


Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; inspire and motivate colleagues and staff to creatively address challenges and opportunities related to the economic health of the county; analyze and evaluate complex economic and financial data; develop, manage, and administer budgets and expenditures; interpret and apply applicable laws, codes, regulations, and standards; develop marketing strategies, materials and programs to promote, attract and retain business enterprises; establish effective working relationships with private sector and public organizations as well as internal county staff and elected officials; devise policies and strategies based on research and understanding of local and regional economic development activities; creatively resolve business development issues between businesses and governmental organizations; plan, coordinate and supervise staff and functions of Economic Development; proficient in the use of computer software programs, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, databases and GIS system mapping.



This position is included in the County's alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off). Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended. This position is eligible for hybrid on-site/telework subject to the and based on the Department's business needs. The exact amount of on-site/telework and schedule will be discussed with the hiring manager during time of offer. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.



Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents.









Clackamas County has remained vital and continues to grow. Businesses are flourishing here. Industry leaders can be found in Metals, Machinery, Healthcare, High-tech, Forestry, Food & Beverage Processing, Renewable Energy, Nursery/Agriculture, and Software Development. Clackamas County's Economic Development program provides leadership, market research, planning, analysis, and coordination services to policymakers, community partners and businesses so they can locate or expand their business in Clackamas County.



Clackamas County only accepts online applications.


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If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).









Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.




Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.


If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


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