County of Alameda

Executive Director, East Bay Economic Development Alliance (#0271)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Confidential Mgmt (U50)
$79.07-$116.80 Hourly / $6,325.60-$9,344.00 BiWeekly /
$13,705.47-$20,245.33 Monthly / $164,465.60-$242,944.00 Yearly


Under administrative and policy direction from East Bay EDA’s Executive Committee, the Executive Director plans, manages, coordinates and administers program activities and special initiatives for the  organization; performs work of unusual difficulty and complexity in overseeing the activities of the international trade and development, corporate outreach, employment, and small business and marketing programs; acts as a public spokesperson for the organization at conferences, seminars, presentations and external trainings; and performs related duties as required.


The Executive Director (East Bay EDA), is a classification reporting to the County Administrative Officer while receiving policy direction from the East Bay Economic Alliance Foundation’s Officers, Executive Committee and Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs.  The incumbent will be responsible for working with the East Bay EDA members and partners in meeting established strategic plan goals and objectives.  Responsibilities will also include supervising professional Economic Development Analysts, clerical staff and contractors performing a wide variety of independent and inter-related functions to improve and secure the economic health of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  This position will be a member of the County Administrative Officer’s Leadership Group meeting, as well.


NOTE:  The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  The individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1.  Directs, coordinates, and administers the East Bay EDA’s signature events (East Bay Innovation Awards, International Consulate Reception, Legislative Reception, Spring and Fall Membership Meetings), small business events, programs and services.

2.  Supervises all staff and consultants and conducts formal performance evaluations for staff.  Develops professional goals for staff and develops individualized professional development programs, including the identification of personal pro bono coaches.

3.  Assigns and supervises staff and consultants in support of East Bay EDA’s eight Leadership Committees: Business Development & Resources, Economic Development Directors’ Council, Employee Advisory for Workforce Development, International Trade & Investment, Land Use and Infrastructure, Legislation and Advocacy, Marketing & Communication and Membership Engagement.

4.  Serves as the principal staff and provides guidance and requested information to East Bay EDA’s Chair, Officers and Executive Committee.  Establishes meeting agendas, provides fiscal and operational reports, creates educational panels, and provides meeting minutes as needed.

5.  Directs the development of East Bay EDA’s Strategic Plan through the Leadership Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs, including desired goals and metrics for success.

6.  Oversees the development of regional marketing collateral and the implementation of regional marketing strategies.  Oversees written, online, media and social media communication messaging and strategies.

7.  Develops the operational budget for East Bay EDA and seeks approval from the Executive Committee.   Provides regular fiscal reports showing sources of revenue and major cost expenditures through East Bay EDA’s Alameda County accounts and the East Bay Economic Alliance Foundation account.  Manages all fiscal activity, reports and invoicing management in compliance with Alameda County procedures and East Bay Economic Alliance Foundation procedures.

8.  Provides the East Bay Economic Alliance Foundation’s Accountants with fiscal reports and information for the preparation of annual tax returns.

9.  Solicits and secures financial and in-kind support for operations, research, events and business services through renewed and new memberships, sponsorships, business service fees and grants.  Provides sponsor reports and grant reports, and manages sponsor fulfillment, as required.

10.  Represents East Bay EDA in state-wide forums (CALED, REAL Coalition, Team California, etc.), regional collaborations (East Bay STEM Network, East Bay Broadband Coalition, etc.) and local committees and boards (Alameda County Workforce Development Board, Oakland Workforce Development Board, etc.), as approved by the Officers.

11.  Assists the County of Alameda on matters related to East Bay EDA’s core work: economic development data, workforce development, business resources and business development.

12.  Plans and executes meetings, collaborations, briefings and events to encourage business attraction, retention and growth.

13.  Make presentations about the East Bay’s economy, assets and economic opportunities to diverse public and private audiences such as the East Bay Mayors’ Conferences, local chambers of commerce, local city economic development committees, and local leadership programs.

14.  Identifies opportunities for member engagement and leadership positioning.



Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, business administration or a related field and the equivalent of five years of progressively responsible full-time professional level experience in economic or community development, program administration, research or a closely related field.  (A Master’s Degree in a related field may be substituted for one-year of experience.)

NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE:  The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of public policy and administration management. 
  • Current principles, practices, and techniques of economic development/regional economic development. 
  • Current economic trends in international, national, state, regional, and local economies. 
  • Theories, concepts, and practices of urban planning. · Public sector operating programs, policies, procedures and functions related to revenue and expenditures.  
  • Principles and practices of business management and private sector decision-making.  
  • Fiscal and budgetary practices. 
  • Public, private and nonprofit funding sources. 
  • Principles of supervision, performance evaluation, contract negotiation and administration, organizational and management strategies and fiscal management. 
  • Statistical and analytical techniques applicable to economic analysis. 
  • Techniques employed in public presentations, business presentations and cross-sector collaborations. 
  • Negotiation techniques and consensus building techniques. 
  • Automated information systems. 
  • Principles and techniques of report writing and organizational and operational analysis. 
  • Relationship of federal, state and local environmental agencies and their role with other agencies and the business community. 
  • Project management skills for economic development-related work, research products and special events.    

Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively in writing and oral conversations with elected officials, corporate executives, and nonprofit leaders 
  • Provides original writing for reports, media pieces, meeting minutes, talking points and scripts. 
  • Fundraise to cover operational costs through membership renewals, new memberships, sponsorships, grants and business fees. 
  • Interpret statistical, economic, and highly technical data relating to regional economic development matters.  
  • Supervise professional staff and consultants effectively and evaluate effective performance utilizing input from external engaged parties. 
  • Plan effective meetings incorporating goal setting, inclusion of subject matter experts, and clear and concise reports. 
  • Establish guidelines and set priorities. 
  • Develop a strategic plan that addresses operational goals and showcases the organization’s value.    
  • Establish and maintain cooperative-working relationships with the Officers, Executive Committee, elected officials, corporate executives, small business leadership and nonprofit leaders.     
  • Prepare and defend an annual budget, and manage revenue and expenditures. 
  • Research, study and evaluate programs’ service levels and operational challenges.


co:updated 5/4/00 
New doc. name: 0271 under Jobspecs/Newspecs
Csc date: 4/15/98 
JB:cs Revised 1/28/10 
CSC Date:  3/10/10 
RE:ah Revised and Retitled 6/22/18 
Old Title: Executive Director East Bay Economic Development Alliance 
CSC Date:  9/12/18


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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