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Saratoga Springs Economic Development Director

February 22, 2021 by Judi Pickell

Website Saratoga Spring

Department: Community Development
Job Status: Full-Time
Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Rate of Pay: $70,895.67 – $102,798.73
Position Type: Full-Time, Exempt
Status: Open Until Filled


Job Description

The City of Saratoga Springs is currently recruiting an Economic Development Director.  This position will work under the general direction of the Community Development Director, assists in the recruitment, retention and expansion of businesses, organizations, and job creation in Saratoga Springs. The position performs a variety of professional and managerial duties related to economic development efforts of Saratoga Springs.  Performs professional and complex technical duties related to the City’s economic development efforts, including managing project areas. . Requires the ability to manage multiple functions of a municipality while helping the organization reach its visions and goals.


Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and monitors, on behalf of the city, all economic development/redevelopment programs with developers, contractors, property owners and other interested parties.
  • Lead in the creation of project areas and other redevelopment and economic development projects under the supervision of the CDD.
  • Oversees and implements the city’s long-term economic development strategic plan; generates and nurtures professional working relationships with private developers, realtors, business leaders, banking and financial leaders, economic development professionals, professional and trade associations, state and local government leaders, the Point of the Mountain Chamber of Commerce and other community leaders.
  • Participates as the city’s representative with the Point of the Mountain Chamber of Commerce and occupies a position on the Chamber Board.
  • Maintains files of all potential economic developers with whom contracts are made and all potential economic development property in the city.
  • Hosts clients, provides tours of the city, and matches up appropriate interested parties for development projects; markets Saratoga Springs by preparing appropriate information for presentations to potential developers and designing and implementing public relations programs promoting a positive image of the city.
  • Generates specific studies and reports, including statistical information pertinent to current economic development/redevelopment needs and trends in the city.
  • Participates as the city’s representative with state and regional economic development professional groups and stays abreast of current trends and methods of economic development.
  • Promotes new development programs and arranges and facilitates creative financing packages.
  • Represents the Saratoga Springs Redevelopment Agency at all required meetings with developers, citizen groups, other governmental agencies, financiers, etc.
  • Prepares all federal, state and local economic development and redevelopment reports.
  • Manages the work of economic development/redevelopment consultants and associated projects and contracts.
  • Conducts studies to determine blighted areas of the city in order to establish redevelopment areas; negotiates and prepares contracts for the purchase of real property, property development and other business.
  • Monitors locations within the city for possible land acquisition by the city; seeks possible buyers or renters for city properties; monitors status of renters regarding payments and makes decisions related to retention of rental agreements.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



Education & Experience:

  • Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, finance, planning, or a closely related field, master degree preferred.AND
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience performing above or related dutiesOR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.


Must possess a valid Utah driver’s license


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities -Knowledge of:

  • Considerable knowledge of State redevelopment and agency laws and processes;
  • Understanding of principles and practices of economic development and redevelopment;
  • Correct English usage, spelling, vocabulary and arithmetic;
  • Clerical and general office practices and procedures;
  • Proper presentation skills for use when attending various committee meetings;
  • Understanding of municipal planning, transportation, housing and economic development;
  • Statistical research techniques, personal computers and word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs and other related software packages.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, elected officials, employees, business leaders, and government agencies;
  • Skills in mediation, negotiation, team building, system development, data analysis, program planning, consultation, and evaluation;
  • Ability to work independently.


Ability to:

  • Plan and organize comprehensive property acquisition projects;
  • Facilitate problem solving processes with local businesses, school districts, potential industries and elected officials;
  • Manage city financial resources; prepare and present technical reports;
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective relationship with coworkers, other government entities, the public, and elected officials;
  • Negotiate effectively with property owners and/or developers concerning agreements that can have substantial financial implications.


Working Conditions

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions—including but are not limited to the job functions, qualifications, and competencies listed herein—of this job in the working conditions below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The successfully candidate must be able to perform under the physical demands and work environment including but not limited to the following:

  • Sit at a desk or table to operate a computer and related equipment and to type, read, proofread, interpret, and apply information obtained therefrom for sustained periods of time while maintaining efficiency, attention to detail, alertness, proficiency, and accuracy.
  • Stoop and/or bend to move items into and between file drawers or boxes.
  • Regularly walk, stand, or stoop and periodically climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl.
  • Lift, carry, push, pull or move boxes weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Lift, carry, push, pull, or move carts of items weighing up to 100 pounds
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet while in the office.
  • This position requires the employee to be able to operate a car, pickup truck, van, or similarly situated motor vehicle.


Compensation and Benefits



The full wage range is as follows, please note hiring will normally occur at the minimum of the range and will not exceed the midpoint:

Minimum – $70,895.67/year., Midpoint – $86,847.20/year, Maximum – $102,798.73/year.


The City offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, life and long term disability insurance. The City participates in the Utah Public Retirement System (pension). In addition, the City does not participate in Social Security so no Social Security taxes are deducted from your paycheck. In lieu of the City’s Social Security contributions, the City contributes 6.2% of salary into a 401(k) retirement plan. Other benefits include 160 hours of paid time off (PTO) accrued annually, 40 hours of short-term medical accrued annually, 10 holidays annually, and a flexible work week.







The City reserves the right to reject any and all applicants, to waive any requirement set forth in this announcement, and to hire anyone as the City Manager or designee deems to be in the City’s best interest, all subject to legal requirements. Any application in response to this Announcement is at the applicant’s sole risk and expense. Although the City anticipates hiring one of the applicants responding to this announcement, there is no guaranty that any responding applicant will be hired.
Saratoga Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

• The City will provide reasonable accommodations as needed
• Pre-employment drug testing, proof of employment eligibility, and a background check is required

Saratoga Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by Community Development Director. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, and skill required for this position.


Application Special Instructions

The City of Saratoga only accepts applications using our on-line application available at All candidates are required to submit an online application. Please attached any supporting documentation to your online applications such as cover letter, resumes, or proof of certifications.

Please contact the Human Resources Department at 801.766.9793 X187 or 801.766.9793 X121 if you have any questions. To apply, please submit the following City application form.

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