Deputy Director of Economic Development

City of Ithaca
Ithaca, NY
United States
May 17, 2017
Professional Area: 
Economic Development
Experience: 
3-5 years
Salary Range: 
$68,910/year

The City of Ithaca seeks a dynamic high energy individual with proven experience as an innovative strategist.  Candidates should be able to navigate the many influences currently impacting our City’s economic health in retail, commercial, service, housing, arts and entertainment, hospitality, and educational cultures, inclusive of the impact of online shopping.  Candidate must have a proven tract record of assisting with challenges of large and small businesses with a keen eye on opportunities for their growth and success.

Ithaca, NY is a mini metropolis surrounded by breathtaking rural lands and boasts an award winning outdoor pedestrian shopping area, magnificent waterfalls, numerous hiking trails, bustling and diverse dining options, professional theaters, world renowned museums and thought provoking public art. 

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: 

This is a professional and administrative position responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing an economic development program for the City of Ithaca.  The incumbent designs and develops economic development strategies, analyzes economic development projects and proposals to determine feasibility and potential economic return of specific projects and proposals, and works closely with existing and potential businesses and developers to retain and recruit businesses in the City.  The work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Planning and Development with broad leeway allowed for the exercise of independent professional judgment in the performance of the work.  Supervision may be is exercised over the work of professional and clerical employees, if assigned.  Does related work as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

A. Graduation from a NYS registered or regionally accredited university with a Master’s Degree in City, Regional or Urban Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Economics, Urban Policy, Public Administration, Business, Marketing, Real Estate or a closely related field with similar course curriculum and five (5) years of full-time paid economic development experience with a strong emphasis on real estate development, public-private partnerships, grant writing and grant administration; or

B. Graduation from a NYS registered or regionally accredited university with a Bachelor’s Degree in City, Regional or Urban Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Economics, Urban Policy, Public Administration, Business, Marketing, Real Estate or a closely related field with similar course curriculum and seven (7) years of full-time paid economic development experience with a strong emphasis on real estate development, public-private partnerships, grant writing and grant administration; or

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Continued): 

C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.

NOTE:  Paid part-time experience may be credited toward the experiential requirement on a pro-rata basis.

EXAM:  A civil service exam will be required at a later date.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS:  Candidates must become a Tompkins County resident within one year of appointment and remain a Tompkins County resident for the duration of employment.

APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED: 

  • City of Ithaca application
  • Copy of college transcripts

Applications must be received by the City of Ithaca Human Resources Department no later than 4:30 PM EST on the last submission date indicated below.  Postmarks are not accepted.  All applications must be original applications.  We do not accept faxed applications, electronic applications or photocopies of applications.

Submit required application materials by May 30, 2017 to:

City of Ithaca

Human Resources Department
108 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY  14850

(607) 274-6539

Web site:  www.cityofithaca.org

The City of Ithaca is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversifying its workforce.

Issued:  April 27, 2017

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