Placer Employment Opportunities

Economic Development Manager

Economic Development Director (Unclassified)

Recruitment #2021-19924-01


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Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. Click here to view Management benefits.

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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.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

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 filed.  A master’s degree is preferred.

NOTE: Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Human Resources Department. Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

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


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Thalia Torres, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 886-4664.

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