Placer County

Economic Development Manager (#19924)

$54.66-$68.28 Hourly / $9,474.40-$11,835.20 Monthly / $113,692.80-$142,022.40 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct, and review the activities and operations of the Economic Development Division; to formulate policies and strategies related to the County's economic development program; to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the County Executive Officer.


The Economic Development Manager classification is responsible for full line and functional management responsibility for the Economic Development Division. 


Receives policy direction from the County Executive Officer or designee.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional, technical, and clerical personnel. 


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop, plan, and implement division goals and objectives related to a wide variety of economic development programs, including but not limited to, business attraction, retention, and expansion; marketing and promotions; business outreach; and the Business Resource Center.
  • Recommend, administer, and oversee economic development policies and procedures.
  • Oversee the collection and analysis of data and statistics related to economic development measures and market conditions, such as business climate, business clusters and composition, growth and opportunity sectors, etc.
  • Oversee the development of economic development marketing materials, including web page content, social media platforms, and other outreach methods.
  • Manage grant applications and oversee the administration of grant funds.
  • Conduct fiscal impact analyses for potential economic development projects and programs.
  • Coordinate division activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the 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 and other regional economic development groups and committees.
  • 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 workflow; 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 coworkers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions. Position may require travel to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions.


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: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in economic development, land-use planning, or redevelopment,  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, urban or regional planning, finance, economics, or a related field.  A master’s degree is preferred.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification preferred. 
  • 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.



  • Principles and practices of economic development, including business development, real estate development, redevelopment, international trade, and local government programs.
  • Business community and neighborhood marketing and outreach methods, including use of websites, social media, and other forms of outreach.
  • 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 effective personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

  • Plan, direct, and manage the administration and operations of the Economic Development Division.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; analyze work papers, reports, and special projects; analyze budget and technical reports; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations, and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve division-related issues; remember various rules; explain and interpret policy; work under time pressure and complete a high volume of tasks; focus on a single task for long periods of time.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time; occasionally walk and stand for long periods of time; intermittently twist, stoop, kneel, squat, and reach to access equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, write, or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see with sufficient visual acuity to perform essential job functions; and lift light weight.
  • Foster effective working partnerships among individuals and interests with varying goals.
  • Develop and implement division policies and procedures.
  • Present and convey complex information in a variety of public forums, including Board of Supervisor meetings, committee and commission meetings, industry and business meetings, and meetings with various public and private sector officials.
  • 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.
  • Analyze complex documents and reports, such as financial statements, studies, plans, grant applicants, and bid documents.
  • 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.


Length of Probation
  • This classification serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority and has no specific term and no right to continuous employment.

Bargaining Unit
  • Unclassified management

CLASS: 19924; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 12/14/2021;