Director of Strategic Development

Works independently while keeping the Executive Director abreast of developments and issues. Plans, organizes, monitors, manages, and evaluates economic development project activities.

General Summary

  • Works independently while keeping the Executive Director abreast of developments and issues.
  • Plans, organizes, monitors, manages, and evaluates economic development project activities.
  • Responsibilities include: coordinating, directing, and implementing programs and projects that support residential, commercial and industrial development; workforce development; the attraction of and assistance to neighborhood businesses; small business development initiatives; and/or other economic development, redevelopment, or capital improvement programs or projects.

Essential Job Functions

Oversees the Strategic Development Department

  • Ensures the strategy, resources, and work align with the overall organizational strategy.
  • Oversight includes management of the neighborhood development team with project managers tasked to identify, direct, and coordinate neighborhood economic development initiatives.
  • Directs and manages the requests for proposals for complex development projects.

Directs and oversees grant submission and management

  • Coordinates agreement implementation including activities related to legislative actions.
  • Establishes and maintains close cooperation with appropriate public and private business and community organizations, departments, boards, agencies and individuals involved in economic and related development activities; conducts community outreach when appropriate for planning and implementing economic development activities.
  • Responds to inquiries and provides information regarding City economic development and development project activities, and other related matters; attends meetings; serves on committees as assigned; participates in discussions regarding economic development; and serves as a liaison to potential investors, developers, local businesses, and the public at large.

Neighborhood business retention and attraction

  • Identify and track key vacancies and identify potential tenants
  • Maintain regular contact with key businesses and/or business organizations to provide support when needed
  • Identify key blocks or properties for redevelopment and engage community around potential uses
  • Facilitate site assembly for neighborhood redevelopment (working with SLDC Real Estate, neighborhood partners and/or developers)
  • Work with internal and external partners to create development concepts, develop marketing material, issue RFPs, identify and contact potential developers

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Conditions of Employment

  • Requires St. Louis City residency within 180 days of successful completion of 180-day probationary period.
  • Requires valid driver’s license - site visits.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work includes site visits in the field.
  • Ability to drive – site visits.
  • Ability to walk and move around buildings with uneven flooring and rubble
  • Exposure to elements during site visits
  • Requires the ability to lift and carry files/papers of up to twenty pounds.
  • Requires the ability to stoop, crouch, balance, bend, and climb during site visits.
  • Requires the ability to distinguish objects clearly in near vision for writing and computer work.

Equal Opportunity Employer

St. Louis Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran's status or marital status.

Job Qualifications

  • Qualifications include a minimum of a B.A./B.S. in business finance, business administration, economic development, or related field with a Masters Degree preferred.
  • 5+ years’ experience in economic development or related field.
  • Knowledge of design, construction, government funded projects, environmental engineering (Brownfield management), grant administration, and economic development project management and development financing techniques and tools.
  • Must be resourceful and possess good organizational skills, knowledge of city government, and the ability to implement policy.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; computer proficiency
  • Prior experience managing professional level employees a must.
  • Proven ability to work with public officials, government agencies and general public a must.

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