Placer County

Director of Economic Development (#19924)

$54.12-$67.60 Hourly / $9,380.80-$11,717.33 Monthly / $112,569.60-$140,608.00 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct and review the activities and operations of the Economic Development Division including management and implementation of long-term economic development strategy; to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Chief Assistant County Executive Officer.


Receives policy direction from the Chief Assistant County Executive Officer.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop, plan and implement division goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate division activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the Chief Assistant County Executive Officer and Board of Supervisors; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Provide staff assistance to the County Economic Development Board.
    Provide technical assistance on a broad range of economic development matters to developers, businesses, prospective industries and the general public regarding economic development.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the division's work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Economic Development budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the division.
  • Represent the division to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence as necessary.
  • 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: Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in economic development, including four years of administrative and management responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration or economics.  Master’s degree preferred.

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



  • Principles and practices of economic division development.
  • Principles of redevelopment.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, State, and Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

  • Plan, direct and control the administration and operations of the Economic Development Division.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve division related issues; remember various rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and communicate through written means.
  • Foster effective working partnerships among individuals and interests with varying goals.   
  • Develop and implement division policies and procedures.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Successfully develop, control and administer the division budget and expenditures.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply County policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

CLASS: 19924; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 10/1/2007;