Website East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Economic Development Authority

East Grand Forks, MN Economic Development Authority (EDA)
POSITION: Economic Development Director
SALARY & BENEFITS: Total compensation range of $122,047 – $158,782, depending upon experience.

Competitive compensation package includes wages, health insurance, vacation, sick leave,
HSA contributions and Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 05/20/2024 at 12:00 p.m.

JOB SUMMARY: Performs complex administrative leadership directing Economic Development Authority (EDA) programs that identify community needs to create, retain, and grow a vibrant business and economic community. Develops and implements plans and programs that create community, support and accommodate economic growth, and foster tax base growth in East Grand Forks. Has frequent interaction with business owners, developers, elected officials, administrators, and City department heads. Work is performed under the general direction of the EDA Board and the City Administrator.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree with coursework in Business Administration, Community/Economic Development, Public Administration, or other areas of study closely related is required. Two plus years of experience working in economic development or a related field is desired.
APPLY: Visit and complete the application process by no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2024.

Please direct any questions to Terry Knudson, HR Generalist with the City of East Grand Forks at or 218-399-3247.

Essential Functions of the Position

  • Manage the overall operations of the Economic Development Authority (EDA).
  • Plans and implements Economic Development programs and policies, manages funds and properties controlled by the EDA.
  • Collaborates and provides support to grow a variety of economic development programs including, but not limited to, business growth & retention, childcare, workforce develop- ment, and housing development.
  • Meet with public officials, developers, businesses, and the public regarding development
    plans and Economic Development funding opportunities.
  • Identifies potential grant and loan opportunities, and other funding sources, for local eco- nomic development projects, and makes applications for them.
  • Works with existing City businesses to assess their needs and support strengthening them.
  • Holds meetings, represents, and builds relationships with community partners to strengthen the EDA, including the business community, GF/EGF Chamber, Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation, Downtown Development Associa- tion, local school district, etc.

Top Desired Skills and Attributes

  • Ability to build relationships with businesses and community partners to retain business and help local businesses grow.
  • Experience and knowledge of EDA programs and available funding opportunities
  • Experience and ability to write grant applications and funding requests
  • Ability to promote and market city programs through EDA webpage and social media.
  • Strong social and communication skills
  • Collaborative spirit. Able to motivate and energize colleagues and community members.
  • Approachable and desires a connection to the community in which we serve.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with government officials, busi- ness owners, developers, and community groups.

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