Assistant Director of Economic Development - City of Red Oak, TX

Title: Assistant Director of Economic Development
Type: Economic Development/Redevelopment
Date Posted: February 7, 2023
Organization: City of Red Oak, TX
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Assists department head in all economic development and industrial development corporation functions of the city to include all business recruitment, expansion, retention and marketing activities.  Plans, develops and oversees the activities and operations pursuant to the vision of the City of Red Oak.


PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

Provides leadership and strategic direction for increasing the visibility of the city by developing and administering strategic marketing and communication brand initiatives through the use of; but not limited to, digital, graphic design, internet, mail, media, print, video, and web-based programs and resources. 

Identifies quality business prospects and establishes and executes marketing campaigns to attract those businesses to the city; negotiates with industry representatives to encourage location, retention or expansion of business in the city.

Maintains effective working relationships with developers, brokers and other resources for bringing business prospects to the city; develops and maintains positive working relationships with existing businesses to encourage business expansion projects.

With oversight, effectively project manages prospects considering investment in the City, including identifying key deal points and drafting potential agreements, communicating those to the department head, City Manager's Office and City Attorney’s office as directed in order to prepare and present such agreements for City Council consideration.

Serves as a liaison with new businesses and city departments to assist with required permitting, arrangements for water/sewer service, fire codes, zoning issues and certificates of occupancy.

Responds to proposals from prospects and evaluates incentive requests by gathering data to prepare a cost benefit analysis for City Council consideration.

Designs, produces, presents and supervises city presentations to business partners.

Prepares agendas, documentation and represents the department at City Council functions and Boards and Commission meetings as needed.

Administers the development and implementation of the economic development program which includes economic development guidelines, consultant oversight, database development, prospect contact, and coordination with the Chamber of Commerce, landowners, and developers.

Directs and oversees the preparation and administration of the departmental budget; directs the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approve expenditures; directs and implements adjustments as necessary.

Conducts surveys, collects data, and researches economic trends, demographic trends, infrastructures, etc. in order to effectively promote the economic opportunities available in the City of Red Oak.

Works with outside agencies and professional consultants as necessary; assists the Department Head with technical knowledge on development issues to the City Council and various other committees; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of economic development.

Represents the community in a professional and positive manner with business leaders in order to promote Red Oak as a place to conduct business.

Performs related duties as directed when such duties are a logical and appropriate assignment to the position.

Regular and timely attendance are required for this position.

Interacts professionally and respectfully with the public, coworkers and others in the course of daily work.

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field, and three to five (3-5) years’ progressive experience in economic development or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Valid Texas Class C Driver’s License with clear driving record.
Economic Development Certifications preferred: Certificate of completion from the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute (EDI); and/or Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Application Special Instructions

Interested candidates should apply immediately by providing a comprehensive resume, a recent headshot, and a compelling cover letter of interest and accomplishments. Only online applications are accepted for this position.


Job Post Expiration Date February 22, 2023

  All jobs are considered open until filled, unless otherwise posted.