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Senior Program Manager - Economic Development #2203-352900-01

Economic Development

Date Opened
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 5:00 PM
Close Date
Friday, May 06, 2022 5:00 PM
Economic Development
  • $82,707 to $93,045 Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


Charlotte’s local government, with more than 7,000 employees and a $2.39 billion budget, works hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play.

The City of Charlotte’s Economic Development Department takes great pride in our success with bringing together public and private resources to create places that attract a diversity of talent, job opportunities, and businesses.  We are driven to make Charlotte competitive in the global market and facilitate an environment through which all residents have opportunities for economic success. Organized around four strategic areas, Great Places, Business Innovation, Talent Development, and Prospective Business, the Economic Development team is motivated by growing an economy that is healthy, inclusive, and equitable.   Through active collaborations with other city departments and community partners, the team fulfills its purpose of helping businesses and residents thrive.




The Economic Development Department is seeking an innovative professional to lead business recruitment efforts among other organizational initiatives. The strategic leader will be responsible for creating new jobs within the city from both new-to-market and existing businesses, growing the city’s tax base and growing and supporting the local business community. This position will also play an influential role within the department and lend industry expertise in business recruitment, talent development, incentives, and real estate to the team on department-wide initiatives. A qualified leader and strong, creative project manager will demonstrate their ability to develop customized solutions for clients, and the ability to deliver them with a high level of client service. This position will report directly to the Deputy Director of Economic Development.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Work directly with leadership team to implement strategic initiatives
Facilitate and manage all aspects of a site location project, from initial contact, research, proposal, presentations, prospect visit, negotiation, location decision and announcement.
Manage the Business Investment Program, including preparing proposals, negotiating incentives, obtaining City Council approval, and solidifying with an agreement. 
Cultivate and actively maintain meaningful professional relationships with economic development stakeholders and allies, site consultants, real estate brokers as well as established and prospective businesses, through various forms of regular contact and communication and reporting to the Assistant City Manager 
Support organizational initiatives as needed, including conducting research, determining fiscal/economic impacts of projects, preparing and delivering high-level correspondence and presentations, developing itineraries, agendas and supporting materials 
Participate in the budget process and maintain high level of fiscal responsibility
Be very familiar with the city’s marketable assets, business leadership, brokerage community, talent partners, etc.  
Recognize emerging needs and interests of key stakeholders, including internal, economic development, real estate brokers and prospective businesses
Partner with the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina to bring prospective companies to Charlotte
Co-lead the #MeetCharlotte marketing campaign to build awareness in key industry sectors and target markets
Maintain knowledge of economic development trends and opportunities for business growth by attending relevant conferences, tradeshows, marketing missions, and site consultant visits 
Monitor and measure project activity and pipeline through entry into Salesforce 
Other duties as assigned 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Excellent communication skills, listening, negotiation and presentation skills
Strong relationship builder
Proven track record of successful ability to manage large and complex projects
Ability to establish immediate credibility with stakeholders, build consensus and achieve goals through influence
Strong decision-making skills
Use creative thinking and seek innovative solutions to address complex situations
Working knowledge of organizational planning, organizational structure and budgeting
Understanding of current real estate investment and development happening in the City of Charlotte 
Understanding of City of Charlotte rezoning process 
Understanding of the Charlotte labor market, education institutions, workforce development organizations and non-traditional certification programs. 
Strong relationships within the City of Charlotte real estate, workforce and business community
Business development experience 
Visionary mentality with ability to focus on overall concept and longevity of results of related projects
Strategic thinker to assemble customized business recruitment approaches 
Ability to travel 
Ability to navigate the grey with minimal oversight 
Serve as an ambassador for the City of Charlotte with an ongoing passion for community work and transforming the city

Preferred Qualification

Graduate level degree in economics, public administration, urban planning, communications, marketing, or business administration.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in economics, public administration, urban planning, communications, marketing, or business administration
Five (5) or more years of experience in business development, strategy, planning or related areas


$82,707 to $93,045 Commensurate with Experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

How To Apply

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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