City of Ventura


Community Development Department
Recruitment #17-M39-001
Salary:  $97,782.26 - $131,030.02/year

Are you an energetic and collaborative leader with a focused commitment to business attraction, retention and expansion?  The City of Ventura is seeking a progressive Economic Development Manager to lead the City's economic development efforts, programs and services.  To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply on line at by the December 18, 2017 filing deadline.
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Under general direction, works with businesses, community groups, developers, commercial real estate brokers, and outside agencies to achieve the objectives of the City's economic development policies and programs through a comprehensive and focused commitment to business retention, expansion and attraction. Reporting to the Community Development Director, plans, organizes, manages and provides leadership to staff in the activities and operations of economic development programs. Represents the city to the business community and works with regional and state economic development organizations.

This position is designated as "at will," serving the pleasure of the City Manager, and subject to discharge without cause and right of appeal.

In support of the City Council's goal of Creating and Maintaining Economic Development and Vitality, the following are priorities:

  • Retain and support existing businesses, create opportunities for expansion and attract complementary new businesses to the City
  • Assume Business Ombudsmen role to assist businesses in relations with the City and other agencies
  • Collaborate with citywide departments and key stakeholders to create a thriving medical/Wellness district and health care industry workforce
  • Determine essential infrastructure required to support business retention, expansion, and opportunities for manufacturing jobs
  • Partner with key organizations to support and enhance efforts of Focus Area 1 – Ventura’s Auto Center and adjacent retail and industrial property
  • Support start-up and technology centered business and manage Ventura Ventures Technology Center – Ventura’s high-tech business incubator
  • Assist with the review of the City’s permit process to ensure an efficient, customer friendly building and development permit process in order to give Ventura a competitive advantage in attracting growth and jobs
  • Work with City partners to showcase Ventura’s natural assets, grow tourism and the city’s cultural and arts scene
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with other city, county and statewide economic development organizations
  • Support the creation of a fiber optic network for future bandwidth needs

The Ideal candidate is a strong collaborator, who understands the value of internal and external relationships to achieving the City’s economic development goals; this candidate focuses on connecting people and organizations, finding room for agreement, and can focus on realizing the City’s prosperous future.

  • Possesses a proven track record of successful economic development initiatives
  • Has a broad knowledge of economic development, including economic drivers, real estate development, business retention and attract
  • Works collaboratively and cooperatively with City Departments and the business community
  • Is highly organized, decisive and innovative, with a strong commitment to the values of community participation, sustainability, and cost efficiency
  • Has excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Is a skilled facilitator with proven experience working collaboratively with businesses, community groups, developers, and commercial real estate brokers
  • Demonstrates  knowledge of planning and community development issues and practices related to economic and job development
  • Demonstrates solid knowledge of federal, state and local programs and opportunities to enhance economic development
  • Works independently
  • Possesses excellent follow-up skills

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develops, implements, and maintains Economic Development goals, objectives, policies, and priorities and tracks achievement toward established goals and priorities. Implements and adjusts Economic Development Strategy. Identifies economic job producing opportunities and develops strategies for implementation. Leads the Economic Development Strategy update process in cooperation with the Council Committee and key community stakeholders.
Acts as liaison between the City and the private sector for business retention, expansion and attraction. Develops internal and external communication tools for sharing information and promoting business within the City. Collaborates with other cities in region as a desirable place to do business.
Implements, coordinates and markets programs to strengthen the City's economic base.
Analyzes data trends for the purpose of providing programs and projects administered by the City. Performs retails sales “gap” analysis utilizing sales tax leakage; solicits commercial and various industries to fill the retail sales gaps. Advises the City Manager, Directors, and City Council on and coordinates appropriate strategies and processes to assist the business community; confers with government officials to effect changes in local policies regarding new development.
Staffs Council Economic Development Committee, including preparing reports, making presentations, and facilitating third party presentations; actively participates in the discussion to guide outcomes that are consistent with the City’s Economic Development Strategy.
Coordinates contracts and activities to meet the City's tourism goals; coordinates business assistance programs; conducts special projects; prepares and coordinates federal and state grants relating to economic vitality. Advocates with legislative affairs coordinator on federal and state legislation that impacts the City’s business community.
Serves as the City representative and liaison to the business community by developing and engaging in productive relationships with community organizations and business partners involved in business and tourism activities; works and engages with the business community through the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Cooperative, Ventura County (EDC-VC), Ventura Visitors Convention Bureau (VVCB), Ventura Harbor, Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA), Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA), commercial real estate brokerage community and financial institutions to maintain and enhance the economic vitality of the community; meets regularly with the City's major employers.
Leads the process of developing and implementing a wellness district/hub in the medical corridor.
This position leads the City’s effort to develop an entrepreneurship strategy, including the future of the Ventura Ventures Technology Center (V2TC) Incubator, and to the increase in broadband and fiber optics availability throughout the City.
Collaborates with City departments on projects, goals and other economic development efforts. Implements internal city-wide communication and training program on Economic Development to raise city-wide awareness.
Makes presentations relating to the City's economic development goals, objectives, programs and policies to public and private groups.
Oversees the selection, training, and evaluation programs of assigned staff. Supervises, evaluates performance, monitors productivity, recommends and implements disciplinary actions and provides training as necessary.
Performs other duties as assigned.

License:  Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required.

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in planning, economics, business or public administration, or a related field and five years of increasingly responsible professional economic development experience, including two years of supervisory experience, in the public or private sector are required. A Master's degree in planning, business or public administration is preferred.

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Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.
Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in January 2018, date to be determined.

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