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Economic Development Specialist

City of Brenham, TX
Brenham, TX 77833
Full-time, Part-time
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Job Description

Job Description


The position assists with the promotion of the economic development strategic goals to expand and retain business and industry to ensure the City of Brenham's economic vitality. Coordinates research and assists with existing commercial and industrial businesses as well as prospects, including maintaining databases of businesses, commercial property, and project pipelines, gathering and analyzing data, and conducting site visits.

Starting Pay: $50,024.80 annual salary

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with existing businesses and prospects to communicate the economic development goals and objectives from initial contact throughout their tenure in the City,
  • Conducts business retention and expansion (BRE) visits with area businesses according to a schedule determined with the Director;
  • Responsible for monthly and annual reports of BRE activity, and uses discretion when immediate escalation on feedback from a visit is required;
  • Responsible for the database of all existing businesses in the community and provides support and training for secondary users of the system;
  • Develop and implement emergency response communication network with existing businesses;
  • Implement systems allowing developers, brokers or potential prospects to easily identify land, buildings, and commercial lease availabilities in the City;
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating information on the economic development website in conjunction with the website developer;
  • Responsible for maintaining an active social media presence for the economic development organization following best practice guidelines of the City of Brenham;
  • Prepare data analysis and other information in response to inquiries about local economic development activities and opportunities;
  • Participate in short- and long-range economic development plans including gather, interpret, conduct research, and prepare data for studies, reports, project proposals;
  • Monitors prospective grant-eligible projects in regard to applicable regulations and approval criteria;
  • Maintains accurate records of all economic development incentive awards and participates in the annual compliance review of active incentive awards;
  • Gathers information, analyzes, and prepares progress reports on development projects;
  • Build relationships and effective channels of communication with both elected and staff representatives of local, state, and federal governments to advocate for business-friendly policies;
  • Maintain positive relationships with economic development partners including, but not limited to Brenham Economic Development Foundation, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, Blinn College, and local school districts;
  • Assists the Director with boards and committees, including maintaining agendas and minutes, and establishing a calendar of all upcoming board and committee meetings;
  • Assists the Director with managing vendor relationships for economic development support services;
  • Maintains confidentiality when handling communications and documents;
  • Assists with monitoring the departmental budget and expenditures;

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises part time staff, volunteers, and/or vendor staff members in the absence of the Economic Development Director


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work marketing, communications, or business administration, plus three years of work experience preferably in the economic development or local government field, or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge Of

General management principles; computers; budgeting, purchasing, and accounting principles and procedures; standard office practices and procedures; City code of ordinances and policies in specific areas of assignment; courteous and professional telephone etiquette; computers; and standard office practices and procedures.

Skills/Ability To

Strong personal and professional integrity. Skilled at building coalitions. Ability to maintain productive and positive relationships with economic developers, stakeholders, public officials, business leaders, and the general public. Excellent communicator possessing well developed interpersonal skills. Collaborative leader and skilled negotiator. Innovative strategic thinker and committed to excellent customer service. Advanced knowledge and skills in office equipment such as computer, fax, and copier, Microsoft programs such as Excel and Outlook, handle multiple tasks and prioritizing.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Valid Texas driver's license. Completion of both the Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) and Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator (BREC) certification within one year of employment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to operate office equipment, including telephone and computer keyboard, reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk; and the employee may be required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 20 pounds, such as books and stacks of records. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee has frequent contact with other employees in the assigned department, and may be required to interact with employees outside of the department, and must remain calm and professional in tense, emotionally charged, and stressful situations. The employee may face difficult and stressful situations, and may be required to work under time pressures to meet deadlines, to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, to change tasks frequently, to perform tedious and exacting work, and to work closely with others as part of a team. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Posting ID: 599578928Posted: 2021-03-05