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Position: Assistant Director of Economic Development
Municipality:City of Hartford
Close Date:12/5/2021



Class Title

Assistant Director of Economic Development




Classified Non-Union



Effective Date

October 29, 2021









General Purpose


This position assists the Director of Economic Development in the overall management and administration of the Division of Economic Development within the Department of Development Services.


Work involves responsibility for overseeing the administration of all day to day activities of the Economic Development Division. Under administrative direction, plans, directs, monitors and participates in the implementation of programs and projects and supervises subordinate staff involved in such activities; reviews the operations of the Division for efficiency; works with other City departments where work and activities overlap or require the expertise of the Economic Development Division; and performs related duties as assigned.


Distinguishing Characteristics

This position reports to the Economic Development Division Director. This position works directly with Department Leaders and City Staff as needed.  May attend and represent the Economic Development Division at council, commission and/or NRZ meetings as assigned.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Assists the Division Director in the overall management and administration of the Division; provides administrative oversight for activities and functions of the Division.


Acts for the Division Director at his/her direction, when needed.


Assists and advises the Division Director in developing direction, priorities, goals and objectives of the Division that align with City, departmental and community needs and objectives.


Assists in establishing and implementing the Divisionís internal organization and management systems, such as Project Management and/or Geographic Information System (GIS) software to effectively meet operating goals and objectives.


Assists in developing and evaluating internal policies and operating procedures and develops staff organization to effectively carry out departmental operations.


Assists the Division Director in carrying out programs and initiatives related to economic development, such as but not limited to, business recruitment and attraction, workforce development and redevelopment planning.


Advances discussions and negotiations with public and private sector entities with regard to development projects including City facilitated or City owned properties; and coordinates closely with other City departments and serves as liaison at the direction of the Director for a variety of economic development partners, related committees, community & neighborhood associations, and special interest groups.


Prepares a variety of complex correspondence, memoranda and administrative staff reports; coordinate and participate in the preparation of agendas.


Attends meetings before Boards, Commissions, City Council and its committees.


The above essential duties and responsibilities are not intended as a comprehensive list; they are intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities.  Incumbent(s) may be required to perform additional related duties.



Knowledge, Skill and Ability


Knowledge of:

  • General understanding of federal, state and local laws and regulations concerning redevelopment, economic development, real estate, and real property.
  • Principles, practices, and methods of economic development and property management.
  • Principles, practices, and methods of public administration including budgeting and purchasing.
  • Financial procedures and regulations pertaining to real estate, loan management, and property improvements.
  • Title report preparation and real estate acquisition and relocation procedures.
  • Municipal zoning regulations and development review procedures.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision and leadership, including work planning, assignment review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs of the assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Principles and techniques of working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors and City staff.


Ability to:

  • Select and supervise staff, provide training and development opportunities, ensure work is performed effectively, and evaluate performance in an objective and positive manner.
  • Develop and implement goals and objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with other governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies, and other written materials.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of sensitive employee information for past, current, and future employees.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of tasks.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Interpret policy contracts, insurance provision and laws as they relate to real property conveyances, management, leasing and licenses, contracts and agreements.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with government officials, business representatives, public and City employees.
  • Express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.



Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, public administration, business administration, economics, or a closely related field AND five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in housing, economic development, planning or commercial and industrial real estate, one (1) of which should be in a lead or supervisory capacity.



Physical Demands and Working Conditions

Work is performed primarily in an office environment with some travel to different sites. Incumbent may be required to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.





Classification History:  Created October 29, 2021.  This job classification is part of the Administrative Series.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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