(ECO) Manager - Economic Development (Non-Civil Service)

(ECO) Manager - Economic Development (Non-Civil Service)
City of Dallas Office of Economic Development
 Dallas, Texas
Job Description

Position Purpose:

The salary listed on this job posting is the starting salary range; amount offered will depend upon qualifications.

The Economic Development Manager- Public Improvement Districts and Finance manages, oversees, and directs the Office of Economic Development’s Operating Finance division and Public Improvement District program. Key duties include budget development and implementation for operating funds, oversight of all finance functions for the department’s operating funds, coordination of contracting and procurement activities for assigned projects, and oversight of the City of Dallas’ Public Improvement District (PID) program. This position reports to the Office of Economic Development’s Finance and Compliance Assistant Director.

Essential Functions:

Supervises, oversees, and directs daily operations and activities of department’s Operating Finance division and PID Program.

Leads the development, management, and implementation of the department’s general fund budget; reviews and approves all general fund related financial transactions.

Ensures accuracy, accountability, and transparency in financial matters for operating funds including:

  • position management
  • development of revenue and expenditure forecasts for PID funds and other special revenue funds
  • fund accounting; management of fund cash balances and appropriation requests
  • timely payment of payables
  • routine financial reporting
  • procurement activities

Supervise work of PID team; oversee PID creations, renewals, and annual service plan adoption process, including timely preparation of PID assessment rolls, public hearing notices, and Council agenda items; monitor contractual and financial compliance with PID management agreements, Chapter 372 of the Texas Local Government Code, the City of Dallas’ PID policy, PID management agreements, and all other applicable rules and regulations.

Oversee process for timely and accurate tracking, disbursement, and reconciliation of over $36 million in annual PID assessment funds to PID management entities.

Provide administrative support to Executive leadership and hiring managers with human resource business processes such as completing job requisitions, generating position and compensation reports, and answering questions.

Develop and implement policies, procedures, and internal controls; identifies needed areas of change or development; institutes change to improve operations.

Provides coaching, guidance, direction, and performance feedback for subordinates; delegates authority and responsibility for assigned tasks to subordinates; assists in the resolution of challenging issues and provides direction and management.

Establishes short-, mid- and long-term goals and objectives; develops and approves schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving goals; and directs evaluation activities.

Negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues or financial discrepancies; oversees special investigations, internal audits, and research studies.

Conducts and performs various research activities and projects as assigned.

Attends City Council meetings and meetings with PID management entities.

Performs any and all other work as needed or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college with an emphasis on any or several of the following: Urban Planning, Public Administration, Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Economics, Business Management, GIS, and/or Finance/Accounting. (Required)


  • Six (6) years of progressive public or private working experience in any or several of the following: finance, economic development or business development, accounting, or contract compliance, budgeting, revenue collections, and public improvement districts. (Required)
  • Two (2) years’ experience in a supervisory or lead position preferred.

Supplemental Information:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Excellent communicative skills, both oral and written.
  2. Advanced knowledge of financial principles and budgeting.
  3. Ability to monitor and forecast expenditures and revenues.
  4. Ability to perform extensive research and resolve financial discrepancies.
  5. Ability to analyze data, make mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy.
  6. Knowledge or ability to gain expertise in Texas Local Government Code Chapter 372
  7. Ability to use independent judgement in decision-making.
  8. Ability to analyze problems, identify solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of established goals.
  9. Ability to identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns, and needs.
  10. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  11. Ability to evaluate contract performance.
  12. Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, statutes, and regulations.
  13. Ability to make public presentations.
  14. Ability to provide supervision, leadership, and direction to subordinate staff.
  15. Ability to establish work procedures that expedite workflow, improve efficiency, and increase operational effectiveness.
  16. Ability to prioritize and organize work assignments to meet all deadlines.
  17. Knowledge of Oracle, AMS Advantage, or other municipal budgeting software a plus.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skill required.