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Economic Development Director
Loveland, Colorado


The Position

Reporting to the City Manager, the Economic Development Director delivers leadership, managerial and administrative services associated with the delivery of essential community services provided by the operations of the Economic Development and Visit Loveland Divisions. This position also serves as a liaison to City and community boards and commissions, committees, and task forces as assigned.

The Economic Development Director ensures an effective and efficient economic development services process including the management of downtown redevelopment efforts, business attraction, expansion and retention activities, visitor attraction and destination marketing activities and Visitor Center operations. These activities enhance the quality of life for the community, provide job opportunities to citizens and generate increased revenues by implementing strategies to provide for local tax base growth.

The Department

The Economic Development Department, created in 2011, is a full-service department including recruitment and expansion of primary employers; retail recruitment; downtown development; small business growth; and visitor services. The Director supervises six staff directly. The Department is guided by an Economic Development Strategic Plan adopted in 2012.

Total approved budget for 2016 is $2.587 million. This includes $450,000 in the Economic Incentive Fund to support business recruitment and expansion projects, and $1.215 million in visitor services expense, which is funded by a dedicated lodging tax. In addition, approximately $130,000 is contracted annually to the Loveland Center for Business Development, which is a long-time city-funded nonprofit providing small business expansion services.

Ideal Candidate

The Director of Economic Development is responsible for developing and coordinating the City of Loveland’s economic development program by partnering with several organizations in the community and the region to support, retain and expand existing business and attract new business enhancing local economic diversity. Two exciting initiatives in the Economic Development department are the issuance of a RFP seeking a development partner to create an innovative commercial development (3.9 acres) within the City’s vibrant downtown district and the submission of a Regional Tourism Act (RTA) application to the Colorado State Economic Development Commission seeking support for four unique regional tourism attractions.

This dynamic position requires engaged, proactive and visionary leadership, a participative and collaborative management style and active communication to all internal and external customers.  The ideal candidate will offer a combination of strong interpersonal skills, excellent administration skills and a keen sense of community development. The successful candidate will be expected to closely partner with other city department heads in identifying, developing and implementing innovative methods to provide programs and services to the residents in Loveland.

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, public administration or related field and a minimum of six (6) years’ work experience in economic development and three (3) years of managerial or supervisory experience in business, economic development or a related field. Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis. Experience in statistical tools and analysis as it relates to business recruitment and development is required. A Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration or related field is highly desirable. Experience with a development review process and a proven track record of attracting primary employers to a community is highly desired.

About Loveland

With a population of 74,000 within a 35 square miles area, Loveland has enjoyed a steady population growth of approximately 2 percent annually over many years. The community is located 46 miles north of downtown Denver on the I-25 Corridor. Nestled in a valley at the entrance to the Big Thompson Canyon with a short ride to Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland is known as the “Sweetheart City.” Loveland’s education and income levels are above national averages and the community has received many awards and recognitions for its quality of life.

Since the 1970’s, Loveland, Colorado has been a mecca for artists. Loveland’s affection for art is evident everywhere. Throughout the city you’ll find sculptures, galleries, and public art. John Villani’s fourth edition of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America” named Loveland as the number two city, only behind Santa Fe, NM. With over 200 unique sculpture pieces, three major art shows a year, two of North America’s largest foundries and two sculpture parks, it is easy to understand why Loveland is a destination arts community.

Community Growth

Loveland is quickly growing into one of the major retail and financial centers of northern Colorado. Attractions include a retail lifestyle center with over 70 specialty shops and restaurants. Other areas of commerce and entertainment include the Budweiser Events Center and other nearby retail and hotel complexes. Also, the historic downtown Loveland has an eclectic selection of boutiques, shops, and galleries. The Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology project is expected to become a significant employer in the region.

Education

Loveland is served by the Thompson School District which is a leader in Colorado for K-12 education. There are many higher education schools near Loveland including the University of Colorado in Boulder, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Front Range and Aims Community Colleges are other post-secondary education campuses in the area.

Leisure & Entertainment

With an average of 300 days of sunshine annually and low humidity, Loveland experiences pleasant weather year-round. There is always something happening in this community from musical concerts, art and sculpture shows, theater productions and professional hockey games and community celebrations.
Loveland offers a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities enjoyable for every season. Parks and  recreation facilities in Loveland include 22 softball fields, 8 baseball fields, 3 inline hockey rinks, 2 skate park areas, 21 outdoor tennis courts, 10 outdoor basketball courts, swimming pools, 26 playgrounds, dog parks and over 5,000 acres of open space and natural areas. Additionally the community enjoys award winning golf courses and numerous hiking and biking trails.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $80,000-$128,000 annually with an expected hiring range of $80,000-$104,000 depending on qualifications and experience. The City offers an excellent benefits package highlighted by defined contributions to a plan for retirement and a health clinic for employees and their families.

How to Apply

This position has been filled and is no longer available.

Thank you for your interest.

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants first complete a brief online form and then are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that has a cover letter, resume with salary history, and a list of 3-5 professional references. Applicant information will be kept confidential. Open until filled with first review of applications December 11, 2015. Just click here to get started.

The City of Loveland is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation. We encourage, value and respect diversity.

Questions

Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or (513) 221-0500 .

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