Economic Development Manager

Website City of Glenwood Springs

Position Summary:
The Economic Development Manager performs a variety of professional, technical, and administrative duties related to economic development and business retention and recruitment within the City. The Economic Development Manager oversees high-level projects, strategic initiatives, and provides professional assistance to the public, elected officials, City staff and board and commission members.

Salary Range: $69,952.00-$83,942.00

Group: Exempt

Posting Start: 02/15/2024

Posting End: 05/02/2024

Essential Functions:

  • Primary responsibility of implementing the Glenwood Springs Economic Development Strategy.
  • May be assigned responsibility for essential duties related to business retention, business attraction, target industry growth, economic gardening, and retail development, including continued operation of a USDA grant-funded revolving loan fund.
  • Conducts targeted industry, statistical and demographic research including Economic forecasting; analyzes findings and makes recommendations, including preparing financial analysis of redevelopment projects for consideration of the City Council or Urban Renewal Authority.
  • Works closely with the Director and Senior Management Team coordinating potential commercial development, working with staff members in the various departments, as well as real estate developers and builders in order to bring a development to fruition.
  • Supports the Director with project management duties for projects identified in the Comprehensive Plan Action Strategies.
    Works with the Planning Division on the administration of outdoor dining permits and business licenses.
  • Works with the Parks and Recreation Department on the implementation of the Recreation Economies in Rural Communities plan.
  • Functions as a liaison to the business community and related business organizations.
  • Participates in the development and administration of the Community and Economic Development Department budget.
  • Responds to the public in a courteous, timely and professional manner. Performs all duties in a manner consistent with City, state and federal laws and departmental policies.
  • Plans, sets, and meets realistic goals, objectives, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Identifies and solves job-related problems both alone and in conjunction with other City employees.
  • Works cooperatively with other City employees.
  • Work is typically performed in an office environment. Some fieldwork is required.

Other Duties: The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Core Competencies: 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Motivated to set and achieve economic development goals.
    Recognizes and communicates conflicts and issues which warrant input from supervisor.
  • Work requires research and analysis of data, interpretation of codes, plans and facts determining a course of action within the limits of standard practices of recognized methods of a professional discipline.
  • Proficiency with personal computer, word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Knowledge of graphic design.
  • Ability to take ownership over key communication topics, and problem solve as needed.
  • Excellent time management and ability to prioritize high-volume workloads under tight deadlines.
  • Maintains confidentiality and exercises sound judgment in internal and external situations.
  • Detail-oriented, responsive, and committed to providing high quality customer service. 

Education, Training & Certifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a field relating to commercial real estate, economic development, business or public administration, or urban planning.
  • Five (5) years of professional economic development or community development experience is required, with particular emphasis on experience with Main Street Programs, Brownfield, Enterprise Zones, revolving loan funds, and/or tax increment financing.
  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.


  • A Master’s degree or Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification.
  • Experience in real estate development or closely related discipline.

Necessary Physical Requirements:
Work is typically performed in an office environment. Some fieldwork is required. 

  • Lifting                         
    • 10 pounds frequently; 20 pounds occasionally
  • Carry                       
    • 10 pounds frequently; 20 pounds occasionally
  • Pushing/Pulling       
    • 10 pounds frequently; 20 pounds occasionally
  • Driving                           
    • Occasionally
  • Balance/Stoop/Bend   
    • Frequently
  • Twist/Squat/Crouch
    • Frequently
  • Kneeling
    • N/A
  • Crawling
    • N/A
  • Climbing Stairs
    • Frequently
  • Climbing Ladders
    • N/A
  • Standing/Walking
    • Frequently
  • Reaching Above/Below/At Shoulder Level
    • Frequently

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