Placer County

Economic Development Specialist - Senior (#15594)

$39.55-$49.39 Hourly / $6,855.33-$8,560.93 Monthly / $82,264.00-$102,731.20 Yearly


To perform a variety of the more difficult and complex analytical and technical duties in support of the County's economic development policy and program objectives; to provide information and assistance to County staff, developers and the public; and to provide assistance to the Director of Economic Development.


This is the advanced level classification within the Economic Development Specialist series.  This class is distinguished from the Economic Development Specialist class by the assignment of the more difficult and complex analytical studies associated with the Economic Development and research program activities.  The Economic Development Specialist - Senior may also exercise technical and functional supervision over technical and clerical staff as assigned.
The Economic Development Specialist is the journey level class within the Economic Development Specialist series and is assigned the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating policies and procedures of the Office of Economic Development.


Receives general direction and supervision from the Director of Economic Development and may exercise technical and functional supervision over assigned staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Coordinates and performs administrative and technical duties necessary to achieve program goals and objectives. 
  • Collect, compile and analyze data regarding economic conditions and projects; prepare informational and promotional reports, illustrative charts, tables and graphs, and press releases. 
  • Plans, organizes and conducts analysis related to implementation of economic development programs. 
  • Research, establish and maintain various files and databases regarding economic development. Organize and analyze market conditions, program information, and other economic development programs; propose development implementation plans. 
  • Develop grant applications and reports; compute, collect, monitor and track grant data on an on-going basis; provide statistics as appropriate.
  • Administer, monitor and evaluate contracts; participate in negotiating contracts with outside vendors, consultants or organizations; monitor fiscal and legal liabilities of the same; assist with contract management and administration.
  • Respond to inquiries from County staff, developers, prospective businesses and the general public; determine focus/needs of inquiries and respond as specifically as possible; make referrals and/or introductions as appropriate. 
  • Act as liaison with businesses and public/private agencies; assist in arranging meetings, conference and public information programs; and make presentations as directed. 
  • Participate in tradeshows throughout the state representing the Office of Economic Development.
  • Work with local county and city officials for retention and expansion of existing businesses and recruitment of new businesses. 
  • Prepare a variety of comprehensive studies, proposals and reports related to program activities and assigned projects. 
  • Prepare appropriate agenda reports, informational materials and other written materials regarding the County’s Economic Development programs and related activities. 
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of responsible professional economic development experience.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business, finance, public administration, economics, or a related field.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Research methodology, including statistical evaluation and presentation.
  • Principles of economics.
  • Principles of economic development, including relationship of real estate, land development and financing.
  • Advanced math principles.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Basic techniques of industrial and economic development.
  • Preparation and presentation of informational and promotional materials.
  • Inter-agency relationships, including recognition of overlapping and/or complementary requirements.
  • Land development process and commercial building codes.
  • Intra-governmental structure and dynamics, including the roles of local, regional, state and federal jurisdictions in the development process.
  • Community-based organizations interested in the promotion of industry, business and private-public partnerships.
  • Computer software, including word processing, spreadsheet and graphics applications, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) experience using ESRI Platform.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift light weight.
  • Analyze complex issues and problems, identify and evaluate alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Prepare informational and promotional reports and materials, including press releases.
  • Compile, analyze and present statistical data in a meaningful way.
  • Perform complex mathematical and statistical calculations accurately.
  • Analyze grants, reports and various proposals.
  • Establish and maintain a wide network of public and private resource contacts.
  • Understand and interpret the County's economic development policy as directed by the Board of Supervisors and carried out by the Director of Economic Development, under direction of the County Executive Officer.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interviews; work with interruption; and work firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Exercise initiative and sound judgement in solving difficult and complex administrative and technical problems.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine, and photocopy machine. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

CLASS: 15594; EST: 4/1/2000; REV: 7/11/2017;