Economic Development Manager - Entrepreneurial & Technology Programs

  • City of Auburn, AL
  • Auburn, Alabama
  • May 02, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development Planning and Development
  • Salary: $4,366.09 - $5,213.34 Monthly

Job Description


This position is responsible for planning, organizing and executing activities for entrepreneurial programs.

  • Manages entrepreneurial activities. (50%)
    • Develops strategies, programs and processes to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Auburn.
    • Works with Auburn University and other entities to identify start-ups and as part of a wider technology and innovative initiative to support the recruitment efforts of targeted industries.
    • Works with the Auburn Research Park to maximize the potential for Auburn to support the creation of knowledge-based jobs.
    • Consults with start-ups to support their growth in Auburn.
    • Manages start-up competition (e.g. Auburn Regional Alabama Lauchpad) and similar programs and activities.
    • Provides information through research for use in entrepreneurial activities.
    • Develops a network of entities and individuals in support us start-ups.
    • Maintains a current and thorough knowledge of trends, policies, objectives and strategies for economic and entrepreneurial development programs.
    • Serves as a liaison with various local, regional, and statewide agencies.
  • Identifies prospective tenants for the incubator program and its facilities. (25%)
    • Proposes and discusses leasing options with start-ups.
    • Manages tenant relationships.
    • Monitors progress of individual tenant start-ups.
    • Management of leases and lease payments of incubator tenants.
    • Inspects ACDI facilities to confirm compliance with leases.
  • Performs duties in support of the delivery of industrial and workforce development goals of the Economic Development Department. (15%)
    • Assists in programs and events of the Economic Development Department.
    • Researches and gathers information needed for proposals and information requests handled by the Economic Development Department.
  • Performs related duties. (10%)
    • Demonstrates punctual, regular, and reliable attendance.
    • Attends meetings, workshops, and training sessions.
    • Provides innovative solutions to enhance current processes and procedures and/or resolve workplace issues.
    • 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 duties as assigned.

  • Knowledge of technical and business aspect of start-ups.
  • Knowledge of the local, state and regional industries.
  • Knowledge of industry retention resources.
  • Knowledge of job-related software programs.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal regulations related to federally funded programs.
  • Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in creating accurate records and reports.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
  • Skill in oral and written communication, using both technical and non-technical language.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.


    The Deputy Director Economic Development assigns work in terms of division goals and objectives. The supervisor spot checks completed work for the nature and propriety of the final results.


    Guidelines include department and City policies and procedures, Auburn Center for Developing Industries (ACDI) guidelines, and City of Auburn Core Values, Vision, and Mission statements. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application.

  • The work consists of varied management duties. Innovative problem solving for varied situations and the need for accuracy contribute to the complexity of this position.
  • The purpose of this position is to direct the entrepreneurial operations of the Economic Development Department. Success in this position contributes to the provision of innovative and dynamic start-up ecosystems.

  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, start-ups, Auburn University employees, elected and appointed officials, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, motivate persons, and justify and negotiate matters.

  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, bending, crouching, or walking.
  • The work is typically performed in an office or in a stockroom or warehouse.



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a related field; and
  • 1 to 2 years of related experience; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.