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Posted on: October 14, 2016

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Strategic Initiatives

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Job Summary:

 Under direction of the City Manager and Deputy City Manager, the Manager for Strategic Initiatives will serve on the City’s leadership team to help develop and carry out Downtown and housing initiatives, provide administrative support for economic development efforts, and assist with administering the Kerrville Main Street Program, or similar efforts, as outlined in Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan.  Provides advanced administrative support to the City such as researching issues, developing policies and procedures, drafting position papers and presentations and staying abreast of current trends and developments.  Responsible for analyzing and developing revitalization strategies and recommendations in consultation with the appropriate officials, advisory bodies and community stakeholders to achieve project goals.  The person fulfilling this position must be an energetic, self-motivated, imaginative and accomplished organizer, capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation, while maintaining a sense of the overall goals of Kerrville 2050. May represent the City administration at meetings and functions as needed.  Responsible for special and complex projects, studies and other functions as assigned.  Must interact frequently with the public and other City staff in a customer-friendly manner at all times.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position.  The following examples do not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent 

  • Serves as a member of the City’s leadership team.
  • Develops and carries out Downtown and housing initiatives as outlined in the Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan.
  • Provides City administrative support, research and assistance for the economic development efforts of Kerr Economic Development Corporation, Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation and others.  
  • Serves as the primary liaison to the Historic Downtown Business Association and other stakeholders for Downtown Kerrville.
  • Works with city officials in developing incentives designed to attract and/or retain business.
  • Responsible for all requirements of the Kerrville Main Street Program under the Texas Main Street Program / National Main Street Program.
  • Coordinates promotional and marketing activities for the Kerrville Main Street District, including sales promotions, special events, press releases and printed materials, heritage tourism and all ongoing public relations related to the Kerrville Main Street Program.
  • Develops and implement business recruitment strategies to increase economic development in downtown, attract new businesses and expanding market opportunities.
  • Develops and implement housing strategies that support workforce needs and growth.
  • Implements local objectives through the development of revitalization tools, such as rehabilitation programs, existing state and federal funding sources and grant opportunities, administration procedures, legal tools, etc. as appropriate.   
  • Performs a variety of responsible and complex administrative duties in direct support of the City Administration.   
  • Participates in the development and implementation of City goals, objectives, policies and priorities.
  • Attends Council meetings as called upon and takes necessary action regarding relative Council agenda items.  
  • Researches issues to provide analysis and recommendations to the City Administration.  
  • Represents the City at various meetings and promotes the City’s interests and development.
  • Provides premier customer service to internal and external customers by responding to requests in a timely and professional manner. 
  • Communicates organizational goals to public, media, organizations, and all levels of government.
  • Does research for budget documents, compiles data for computer entry; enters or oversees data entry. Has responsibility for monitoring budget expenditures (typically non-discretionary expenditures) for a work unit of less than department size, i.e. programs, projects or small organizational units.    
  • Work is governed by broad instructions, objectives and policies. Requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent analytical and evaluative judgment.
  • Recommendations regarding policy development and implementation are made and/or recommended. Evaluates customer satisfaction, develops cooperative associations, and utilizes resources to continuously improve customer satisfaction.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned
     
Physical and Environmental Conditions:
     

Duties are generally performed in an office setting.  Some light work requiring occasional lifting and carrying objects up to 50 pounds.  Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.  Work may also require stooping, kneeling, crouching, bending, standing, walking, pushing, and pulling for up to 8 hours per day.  Driving is also a requirement of this position.


Qualifications

Education, Certification and Experience Required:

•    A Bachelor’s degree in real estate, finance, economic development, public administration, business administration or similar field is required.  Master’s degree preferred.
•    Two years’ experience in municipal operations.   Experience in real estate, finance, or economic development is preferred.
•    Economic development credentialing or advanced certifications preferred.
•    Any combination of education and experience may be considered as a substitute for a degree or years of experience.
•    Valid Texas Class C Driver's License

 Education, Certification and Experience Required:

•    A Bachelor’s degree in real estate, finance, economic development, public administration, business administration or similar field is required.  Master’s degree preferred.
•    Two years’ experience in municipal operations.   Experience in real estate, finance, or economic development is preferred.
•    Economic development credentialing or advanced certifications preferred.
•    Any combination of education and experience may be considered as a substitute for a degree or years of experience.
•    Valid Texas Class C Driver's License

 Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

•    Knowledge of planning and coordinating events and website development, design, and maintenance.
•    Knowledge of operations, services and activities of municipal programs.
•    Knowledge of organizational management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
•    Knowledge of principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
•    Knowledge of the current social, political and economic trends and challenges of municipal government.
•    Knowledge of concerns and interests of civic groups, governmental agencies, and the general public.
•    Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
•    Excellent marketing, public relations and interpersonal skills.
•    Strong volunteer recruitment and management skills.
•    Ability to read literature, books, reviews, scientific or technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and/or legal documents.
•    Ability to deal with system of real numbers; practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement.
•    Ability to write editorials, journals, speeches, manuals, or critiques.
•    Receives limited direction. The employee normally performs the duty assignment according to his or her own judgment, requesting supervisory assistance only when necessary. The assignment may be reviewed upon completion.  Performance is reviewed periodically.
•    Ability to provide direction to helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, or temporary employees.
•    Ability to learn and apply City of Kerrville policies and procedures, and organization, function and authority of various city departments.
•    Ability to maintain a professional appearance at all times.
•    Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
•    Ability to prepare and conduct effective presentations.
•    Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships within the community.
•    Ability to handle stressful situations regarding human relations.
•    Ability to learn and apply pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, statutes, and regulations.
•    Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of established goals.
•    Ability to identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns and needs.
•    Ability to prepare and present clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and officials, other government officials, community groups, the general public, and media representatives.
•    Ability to provide administrative and professional leadership and direction to staff.
•    Ability to work during crisis or emergency situations that may require work hours beyond the regular work day.
•    Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.

 Machines, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids Experience:

 Computer, Scanner, Smart Phone, Copier, Telephone, Calculator, Digital Camera.

Special Requirements

•    Must be able to work some holidays, weekends, or after hours for special events, meetings or during emergency situations.
•    Must be able to attend evening meetings, including evening Council meetings.
•    Must be capable of serving as a member of the City leadership team.

Miscellaneous Information

The City of Kerrville is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Qualified Applicants. A City of Kerrville application is required. Resumes are considered additional information, and accepted with a completed City application. Applications may be obtained from this site or Kerrville City Hall.

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