MPA and MPP Job list Economic development director - Idaho Falls

Melissa Hall melissa.hall at
Thu Apr 2 14:44:30 MDT 2015

SALARY:           $28.66 - $40.20 Hourly

$2,292.80 - $3,216.00 Biweekly

$59,612.80 - $83,616.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 03/12/15

CLOSING DATE: 04/09/15 11:59 PM


The City of Idaho Falls is accepting applications for an Economic Development Coordinator. This position assists in the recruitment, retention, expansion, and promotion of business to further

economic and business developments in the City; participates in administrative and operational activities associated with economic business development. Researches and formulates long-

range goals for the City; develops policies and procedures, position papers and negotiates with administrative and/or elected officials regarding incentives for various types of projects that will

further benefit the community's economic development efforts. Interfaces and coordinates with the development community, local businesses and various City divisions, and staff.

Works under the direct supervision of the Mayor. Will work collaboratively with others doing related work particularly in the Planning & Building Division.

As part of the application process, each candidate is required to answer supplemental essay questions. The questions with directions are as follows:

Supplemental Essay Questions

Prepare a separate Word document that thoroughly answers the below questions. Number each answer accordingly. Keep your answers limited to 500 words or less per question.

Please Note: Attach the Word document to your application BEFORE you click the SUBMIT button. You will not be able to attach the document or make any changes to your application after you click SUBMIT.

1.  How will you measure success?

2.  What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?

3.  What are some long-range objectives that you developed in your last job? What did you do to achieve them?

4.  Describe an effective governmental plan or incentive which you designed and/or administered. What methods did you use to promote the plan?

5.  What factors do you consider when assessing the feasibility of proposals?

6.  Describe an effective method you have used to investigate property availability?


The Essential Functions of the Economic Development Coordinator include planning, organizing and directing all economic development programs and activities with emphasis on creating and

implementing strategies to enhance the economic well-being of City of Idaho Falls.

At the direction of the Mayor, leads and oversees the creation and implementation of a City model for short and long-term planning of economic development and policy formation activities, in conjunction with internal and external organizations that promote economic development. May coordinate the City's response to such requests and keeps the Mayor informed on progress and issues; determines viability of and troubleshoots issues related to economic development opportunities, where appropriate.

Prepares work plans, budgets, reports memoranda and correspondence.

Recruits and negotiates with industry representatives to encourage location in Idaho Falls; meets with elected officials to discuss incentive recommendations for prospects.

Develops and maintains a comprehensive inventory of available buildings and sites in the community for economic development purposes; identifies potential properties to be used for specific industries, business, industrial parks, and commerce business centers.

Prepares and maintains and information on utilities, taxes, zoning transportation, community services, financings tools, etc.

Directs the research, analysis and evaluation of technical information to determine feasibility and economic impact of proposed expansions and developments.

Assists in the retention, expansion, attraction, and promotion of business to further economic and business development in the City; participates in administrative and operational activities associated with economic and business development programs; communicates with property owners and/or business owners to explain and promote participation in programs improving businesses; researches and compiles data into marketing letters of documents and distributes to potential businesses.

Host clients, provides tours of the City; matches up appropriate interested parties for development projects; markets City of Idaho Falls by preparing appropriate information for presentation to potential developers and designing and implementing a public advertising program to promote a positive image of the City.

Coordinates project and program activities and services between various departments, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals; gathers data regarding business incentives; responds to public and internal inquiries/complaints and provides program information or resolves issues.

Represents the City at various local, regional, and national conferences and meetings, serves as

a liaison to other cities, counties, state and federal agencies, various boards and commissions, chamber of commerce, merchant associations, and other community/professional/civic groups, industries, businesses, the news media, other professionals and the general public.

Performs related duties as assigned.

1.      Education and Experience:

A.    Graduation from an accredited university with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration or related field;


B.    Five (5) years of progressive work experience working with an elected official's office providing support, research and analysis or equivalent government agency or private sector experience;


C.    An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2.      Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Advanced knowledge of municipal government organization, ordinances, rules, policies and procedures; program development and implementation; legislative methods, techniques and procedures of the City Council and other political subdivisions. Knowledge of a variety of issues on the local, state and federal level.

Knowledge of principles and practices of economic development and redevelopment; working knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure, and planning programs and processes.

Knowledge of urban planning issues; transportation, housing and economic development, and statistical research techniques.

Knowledge of business marketing and public relations methods and techniques; economic and business development concepts; state statutes and local ordinances dealing with economic development, local land use planning, etc.

Ability to plan and develop the policy operations and activities of the Mayor's office, including the application of research and analysis of City-wide policy issues; define complex City issues; perform difficult analyses and research, evaluate alternatives and develop sound conclusions and recommendations; understand, interpret, explain and apply City, state and federal policy, laws and regulations; balance conflicting priorities in a public office environment; present proposals and recommendations clearly in public meetings, represent the City and Mayor's office effectively on a variety of issues.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, all levels of City management, other governmental officials, business and community leaders, community agencies, employees, the public and others encountered in the course of work; and work effectively in situations where conflicting viewpoints exist.

Skill in providing and following oral and written instructions; typing and operation of complex office equipment.


Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate

controls. Tasks require a variety of physical activities, involving minimal muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and light lifting. Essential functions require

talking, hearing and seeing.    Common eye, hand, finger dexterity are required. Mental

application utilizes memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic travel required in normal course of job performance.


380 Constitution Way
PO Box 50220
Idaho Falls, ID 83405-0220 208-612-8248
ifpersonnel at<mailto:ifpersonnel at>


The City of Idaho Falls is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Preference will be given to qualified veterans.

Melissa Yack Hall, MPA, Ph.D.
MPA Program Manager<>

Directions to OSH 214<>

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