Assistant Director for Economic Development

  • City of Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development Management
  • Salary: 102,308 USD
  • Salary Top: 135,558
  • Apply By: Oct 23, 2021


Pay Range: $102,308 - $135,558 annual compensation

Job Posting Closing on: Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Assistant Director for the Economic Development Department will assist the Director in planning, managing, and overseeing the activities and operation of the department, budget and financial operations; management and oversight of various TIRZ, PID and Component Unit Boards, coordination and collaboration with community economic development partners; and development of policies and guidelines. This position will help oversee programs supporting the city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and collaborate with staff to ensure the successful implementation of those programs. This position also provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Economic Development Director.

The city’s Economic Development Department develops and administers programs that promote a strong economy and improves the economic well-being of Fort Worth.  The department specifically focuses on business recruitment, retention, and expansion; neighborhood revitalization, promoting entrepreneurship, and supporting innovation.  The Economic Development Department also works closely with colleagues in the city’s Diversity & Inclusion Department on projects related to business equity and workforce development, and the Planning & Data Analytics Department to develop urban villages.

In December 2017, the department released Fort Worth’s first Economic Development Strategic Plan, which identified three main goals to help achieve the department’s vision for Fort Worth to compete successfully on the national and international stage for creative, high-growth businesses and the talented individuals who fuel them.  Additionally, the Economic Development team oversees and monitors several local incentives available to businesses, including Fort Worth’s Chapter 380 grants and tax abatements, the city’s Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) and Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIFs).

Job Description


Duties & Responsibilities of the Assistant Director of Economic Development include:

  • Directs the activities of their assigned team(s), which includes planning, coordinating, administering, and evaluating programs, projects, processes, procedures, systems, standards, and/or service offerings, as well as ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, codes and/or standards.
  • Work with the Director to develop the department budget, forecasting funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies, and implement adjustments as needed. This position will also conduct return on investment analysis (ROA) of businesses seeking to relocate or expand in Fort Worth, and will evaluate possible incentive recommendations made to city leadership.
  • Supervises staff, which includes assigning and prioritizing work, reporting standards and benchmarks aligned with developing and executing measurable goals, conducting performance evaluations, ensuring staff is trained and building employee knowledge, making sure that policies and procedures are followed, maintaining a healthy and safe working environment, and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary decisions or recommendations for their direct reports.
  • Represents the Economic Development Department to other departments, elected officials and outside agencies, participating on a variety of boards, commissions and committees and preparing/presenting staff reports as well as other necessary correspondence. The position will work alongside staff with business representatives, consultants, the real estate community, state and regional officials, and City officials on business recruitment, expansion, and investment opportunities, and will be expected to establish and maintain relationship with a variety of entities involved in Fort Worth’s economic development process.

Specific goals and objectives for the new Assistant Director to address and accomplish include:

  • Assist the Director with implementing economic development programs and practices that lead to private investment in the City and result in job creation, expanded tax base, catalytic redevelopment, and other quality projects.
  • Assist the Director with the implementation of a strategic and proactive recruitment strategy for the promotion of Fort Worth to business and industry leaders by contacting national and international businesses, site selectors, brokers, developers and consultants.
  • Ensure the City is successful in efforts related to developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the Chamber of Commerce, developers, corporate leaders, business owners, public school officials, other regional and state economic development agencies, and Fort Worth residents to resolve business needs and promote expansion opportunities in the city.
  • Ensure staff training and professional development opportunities are identified, maintained and encouraged.


Job Requirements

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an organized, experienced, energetic and resourceful leader with a demonstrated record of leadership and operational experience.  They should possess a strong customer-centric approach; have the ability to negotiate, balance and sustain strong stakeholder relationships; and have in-depth knowledge of economic development principles.  The successful candidate will be adept in managing organizational change and have the ability to collaborate and build strong partnerships with developers, property owners, residents, neighborhood organizations, community groups, other City departments, and other governmental agencies.

A successful candidate must possess strong communication skills. Comprehensive knowledge of long-range planning, financial analysis and budgeting, as well as state, regional and local business incentives/finance related tools will be critical to performance in the position.  Candidates must thrive in a fast-paced environment with a high level of agility and patience where multitasking is required, while maintaining a focus on important strategic elements.  They should also be comfortable in a community with a diverse population and be culturally sensitive to all elements of the community.

An Assistant Director of Economic Development is expected to be detail-oriented with good business sense and strong negotiation skills.  The candidate should be an innovative problem solver who is passionate about improving the quality of life for residents of Fort Worth, and exceptional interpersonal skills are essential.  The individual must have the ability to boost and maintain positive employee morale and to motivate and inspire employees to maximize their potential and provide the highest level of customer service to citizens.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, economic development or a related field.
  • Six (6) years of experience in economic development or community development with three (3) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree is desirable.
  • Professional certifications, such as Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) or working towards certifications will be given preference.


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Conditions of Employment

Candidates who do not meet the Education requirement, may be considered if they have more relevant work experience than the position requires. Those selected for employment will be required to pass Pre-Employment checks depending on the position requirements. Those could include, but are not limited to: criminal background check, drug screen, education verification, etc. Criminal convictions will be considered on a case by case basis. Employees are paid by direct deposit only. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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