Engaged on a full-time basis, and under the direction of the Economic Development Director, the Downtown Manager will work closely with staff, members of the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority (KDDA), Urban Redevelopment Agency (URA), Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), Special Events Committee, businesses, residents, and development community to attract and facilitate new development, business and services, residences, public amenities, and parking and transportation improvements in the downtown area of Kennesaw consistent with adopted master plans. The Downtown Manager will act as an ombudsman to businesses with the City, act as a facilitator and mediator between residents, businesses, and City, and promote downtown and Entertainment District activities.
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Assist Economic Development and Planning & Zoning in preparing and implementing strategic plans and economic development initiatives.
Identify and promote improvements to and expansion of existing businesses.
Identify and promote new business opportunities downtown and gateways.
Support private development initiatives, including real estate development, in the downtown and gateways.
Support implementation of Depot Park master plan, approved private development, and downtown parking and transportation plans.
Research and support strategic land acquisitions for public facilities and amenities and acquisitions to facilitate private development.
Compile and maintain a detailed economic profile of downtown.
Develop and maintain database of the available land, buildings and other facilities in downtown and city gateways.
Identify the needs of the downtown business community, determine solutions and recommend to the appropriate public sector bodies
Research grant opportunities that directly support development, transportation improvements, parking and public spaces
Analyze economic impact of special events downtown
Team member for review of all new developments
Research new planning tools, advances to support long-term, cohesive growth of downtown
Point of contact for businesses with the City
Facilitate between businesses, residents, and the City
Advocate for various stakeholder groups: businesses, employees, residents, visitors
Serve as staff liaison to KDDA and URA
Represent ED with Special Events Committee to increase economic impact of special events.
Maintain active contacts with the relevant agencies at all levels of governments.
Participating in regional economic planning activities with DCA and GDA.
Promote available government programs that assist with economic development of the community.
As assigned, coordinate and facilitate interactions between governments, other communities, business, industry, and community organizations.
Attend meetings with Boards, Council and business community as required.
Support tourism through coordination with Museum, Depot Park Amphitheater, Special Events Committee, and business community
Promotion & Marketing
Coordinates with City’s communications and marketing staff to:
Develop, maintain, and distribute promotional and marketing collateral through multiple social media, website, and other avenues.
Promote businesses, activities, and cultural events
Assist the business community with coordinated promotions and marketing.
Respond to inquiries from prospective businesses and real estate developers
Develop relationships with downtown businesses.
Assist with the development and implementation of the KDDA goals/objectives, business plan and marketing plan.
Facilitation of partnerships between the businesses, government, communities, educational and financial institutions.
Support management of public parking with appropriate strategies and enforcement
Assist in the development of new public parking master plan
Team Lead on development of new public parking
Administrative and Coordination
Responsible for scheduling, correspondence and document management for KDDA.
Coordinate budget preparation, tracking and invoice processing for KDDA.
Provide KDDA administrative, budget, contract, and invoice support.
Performs other related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES
Data Utilization: Requires the ability to coordinate, manage, and/or correlate data. Includes exercising judgment in determining time, place and/or sequence of operations, referencing data analyses to determine necessity for revision of organizational components, and in the formulation of operational strategy.
Human Interaction: Requires the ability to work with others to coordinate the more complex programs and more complex problems associated with the responsibilities of the job. Often represents the department and/or organization when dealing with others.
Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information.
Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.
Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving broader aspects of organizational programs and operations, moderately unstable situations, or the direction, control and planning of an entire program or set of programs.
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Economic Development, Planning or Business Administration. Five (5) years related experience preferably in support of downtown development, planning, travel and tourism or related activities, preferably in local government with a medium sized city; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Must obtain and maintain the following certifications: Level 1 Georgia Downtown Development Professional (GDDP) certification from GDA within 18 months. May be required to obtain and maintain Georgia Certified Economic Development Professional designation.
WORK HOURS AND CONDITIONS
Regular attendance is a necessary job function required for this position. Normal work hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with one hour off each day for lunch. Some evening and weekend work is required.
Individuals applying for the posted position must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Physical Requirements: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
Sensory Requirements: Tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, and visual cues or signals. Most tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Work Environment: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
Position will be open until filled.
City of Kennesaw-Growing City, Growing Careers
From its pre-Civil War beginnings in the 1800s, to its current reputation as a Best City to Live In, Kennesaw has been recognized throughout the U.S. for its standards of excellence and quality of life. Kennesaw has grown to a community of 36,000 residents within a 9-square-mile area. Located 26 miles north of downtown Atlanta near I-75, Kennesaw has taken advantage of its convenient location and the willingness of its employees to provide a strong base of services to businesses, residents, and visitors alike.
The City of Kennesaw is an Equal Opportunity Employer and the Kennesaw Police Department actively recruits any qualified person regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or age.
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