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Hillsboro seeks new Economic Development Director

Position will influence future of city


Hillsboro, the city that is arguably driving the state's economy, is looking for a new Economic Development Director.

The position pays between $86,472 and $116,976 a year. Applications are due by the end of the business day on Sept. 28.

The new director will replace John Southgate, who left to work for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. Work will include the shaping of urban renewal and economic development projects that will help determine where and how Hillsboro grows.

Acceptable experience and training include a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, Political Science, Marketing, International Business or a related field, extensive experience in local or regional economic development operations and activities, and considerable supervisory experience, or any combination which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Applicants must also possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License and a safe driving record.

According to the job description posted on the city's website, responsibilities include directing Hillsboro's economic development operations and activities, under the supervision and direction of the Assistant City Manager.

The website also lists the following examples of essential work:

• Directs the City’s economic development operations and activities, including the HEDC-City Urban Renewal Agency; develops goals, policies, plans, programs, processes and budgets; manages the City’s economic partnership with the Chamber of Commerce; provides expert financial development and redevelopment advice and strategic project management; and ensures collaborative working relationships within the City and with its stakeholders, businesses and partnership organizations;

• Directs and manages Department employees, including developing annual work goals, developing specific assignments, conducting performance reviews, mentoring, enforcing policies, conducting staff meetings, and other Director duties, performing periodic work and project reviews, and hiring, disciplining, and overseeing Department matters;

• Provides international and domestic business development and recruitment, including participating in international and domestic recruitment policies and actions, and serving as the prime representative for the City and HEDC with local, State, regional, national and international businesses;

• Provides international representation for the City and HEDC;

• Ensures the successful completion of major facility construction;

• Leads and/or participates in trade missions for the City’s Sister City and Governor’s trade program;

• Plans and implements policies and programs for growth management, economic development, land use planning, and transportation planning and improvements within the City in coordination with local, regional, and state government organizations;

• Participates with the Deputy City Manager, City Manager, and members of the City Council in monitoring economic development issues inside and outside the organization;

• Participates in the development of short-and long-range plans; gathers, interprets and prepares data for studies;

• Represents the City on economic development issues at various local, regional, state and national meetings;

• Serves on and/or makes presentations to various boards and committees as necessary;

• Analyzes proposed local, state, and national legislation and rules and actions by other public and private organizations, and determines potential impacts on the City;

• Prepares reports that evaluate economic development programs and services to determine if they meet the legislative and policy intent of the City Council;

• Keeps immediate supervisor or designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;

• Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas;

• Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;

• Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;

• Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.