Director Of Economic And Urban Development

City of Las Vegas
Full Time $126,023 - $201,639 Per year NV US Housing & Urban Development Department, 302 E Carson Ave #400, Las Vegas, NV 89101, United States Apply before 5/19/2024 11:59


The city of Las Vegas invites applications for the Director of Economic and Urban Development.  

This position plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the Economic and Urban Development Department and the Redevelopment Agency.  This role also coordinates assigned activities with other city departments and outside agencies and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager and City Council.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished economic development professional who has proven that they can diversify economies and revitalize communities of appreciable scope and scale. Working in partnership with the City’s appointed and elected leadership, the selected candidate will pay special attention to the various Council Districts’ needs, whether that be new development on vacant land, vertical growth in the city center, or revitalization of depressed areas. Strong candidates will possess a visionary, strategic orientation for economic development while also being able to focus on critical project details. Candidates should also be adept at establishing productive partnerships with current businesses and organizations in the community. 

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position receives general administrative direction from the City Manager and exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical and clerical staff.


Essential Functions:

  1. Manage all Economic and Urban Development staff, services and activities, including redevelopment, business development, parking services, and housing and community development; coordinate new development and redevelopment throughout the city with an emphasis on the downtown area; strive to increase and diversify the city's economic base through business attraction, retention and expansion programs.
  2. Recommend, develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, priorities and procedures for each assigned service area.
  3. Establish, within city policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
  4. Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level managers, the department's work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems.
  5. Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
  6. Select staff and ensure effective morale, productivity and discipline; plan, organize, administer, review and evaluate the activities and performance of staff directly and through subordinate managers; work with staff to establish work priorities and schedules; encourage and provide for staff training and professional development; interpret city policies and procedures for staff; prepare and conduct formal performance evaluations; work with employees to develop short and long term goals, monitor accomplishments, establish performance requirements and personal development targets and provide coaching for performance improvement and development.
  7. Determine the feasibility of capital projects; direct, plan and implement new capital projects, including the redevelopment or economic development of real estate sites owned by city of Las Vegas.  Acquire new industrial business parks, install infrastructure and market to end users.
  8. Lead and direct staff in the negotiation of public/private partnership agreements to facilitate redevelopment and economic development projects to expand the city's tax base and create or retain jobs.
  9. Coordinate the city’s economic development investment strategy with public and private partners, including Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.
  10. Oversee the administration of federal and state grant funding related to economic development and redevelopment initiatives; coordinate with other city departments’ capital improvement programs related to housing development and rehabilitation.
  11. Direct the management of on- and off-street parking owned and operated by the city and coordinate with the private business community.
  12. Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  13. Explain, justify and defend the office's programs, policies and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
  14. Represent the department to other city departments, elected officials and outside agencies, and coordinate activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  15. Provide staff assistance to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy City Managers; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  16. Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  17. Establish the strategic direction for the department in alignment with City Council and city of Las Vegas strategic priorities; ensure all department employees are aware of their roles in performance measurement and achieving strategic priorities; and facilitate the reporting of measures to the city's executive team and all members of the department.
  18. Provide leadership in promoting sustainable, environmentally sensitive development and operations in the community and the department.
  19. Provide leadership in developing a culture that values people and their differences and is free from inequities and barriers to people reaching their full potential.

Marginal Functions:

  1. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



Six years of increasingly responsible experience in economic development, urban development, business development, housing programs, grants administration, or a related area, including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in business administration, public administration, or a field related to the essential functions. A combination of formal education and directly related work experience may substitute for the degree.  The City assesses 1.5 years of full-time experience as equivalent to one year of education.

An advanced degree in a field related to the essential functions is desirable. 

Licenses and Certifications:

Possession of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council is preferred.


Knowledge of:

Operations, services and activities of an urban business development program.
Principles and policies of business operation and real estate development.
Operations, services and activities of a housing development and rehabilitation program.
Principles and techniques of negotiation.
Current land use planning policies, laws and statutes.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application development and implementation techniques.
General federal and state grant application and administration requirements.
Management skills to analyze programs, policies and operational needs.
Principles and practices of redevelopment.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Operations, services and activities of a large municipal redevelopment program.
Operational characteristics, services and activities of economic development programs, including industrial business parks, business incubators and neighborhoods.
Principles and practices of real estate transactions.
Principles and practices of eminent domain.
Corporate and commercial bankruptcy statutes and procedures.
Building, environmental, zoning and historic preservation regulations.
Principles and practices of property and sales tax programs.
Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
Common office software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets and email.
Principles of business writing and report preparation.
Information contained in the city charter and general municipal powers and authority relating to business development.
Principles of management and organizational behavior.
Departmental policies and procedures.
Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
Bonding procedure and current Nevada tax laws.

Ability to:

Interpret, apply, explain and enforce city policies and procedures and applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
Research, analyze, and evaluate public service methods and techniques.
Resolve sensitive and controversial issues with the least adverse impact on all parties.
Delegate authority and responsibility.
Identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns and needs.
Resolve the most complex issues through negotiation.
Set and adjust priorities in a rapidly changing environment.
Plan, organize and prioritize assignments.
Meet critical deadlines.
Work in a fast-paced environment.
Define issues, collect and analyze pertinent data, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, draw valid conclusions, propose sound recommendations, and implement approved solution in support of goals.
Manage multiple assignments.
Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.
Communicate with individuals from a variety of social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds.
Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, spelling and grammar.
Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

In addition to Core Workforce and Supervisor Competencies:

Executive Competencies 

Establishing Trust – Noticing, interpreting and anticipating others concerns and feelings; creating opportunities for collaborative, respectful dialogue; showing trust in others first and holding self and others accountable for words and behaviors that build community; using face to face communication as a primary means to build trust within the organization.

Communicating Clarity – Developing and communicating goals in support of the city mission, vision and purpose; clarifying direction of work, roles and expectations for successful attainment of objectives.

Providing Recognition – Identifying and recognizing employees at all levels for their ideas, work and achievements; providing opportunities for both formal and informal recognition within the organization; creating a culture of peer recognition and encouragement.

Reinforcing Organizational Health – Routinely reviewing existing processes, practices and policies to ensure a balance in the ability to work productively and efficiently with employee needs for empowerment and development; changing processes, practices and policies when necessary to achieve the balance; establishing regular professional development time for each employee so they have opportunities to attend classes and other activities to enhance their professional growth; meeting regularly with employees.

Thinking Globally – Finding effective solutions and prioritizing problems using holistic, "big picture" thinking; putting the needs of the broader organization or community ahead of the needs of an individual department or community; developing and analyzing both near and long term impacts of decisions.

Business and Political Acumen – Having expertise in technical, political and budgetary leadership responsibilities; preparing and presenting complex concepts and proposals in a respectful, collaborative, understandable way to build community; comparing competing priorities and agendas looking for ways to establish a win/win solution whenever possible; speaking at community events and to the media to enhance the city's reputation and standing with the broader community.

Community Engagement – Identifying and working with different communities, whether internal, external or both, to achieve city mission, vision and purpose; including groups of stakeholders in decisions that affect them, directly or indirectly, whenever possible to do so; acting on decisions and strategies developed through community engagement.