Economic Development Administrator - Pensacola, FL

Career Center,

Department: Economic & Neighborhood Development

Recruitment Range: $78,832-$91,644.80 annually dependent on knowledge and experience

This position is exempt from overtime

Minimum Preparation for Work:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Management, Marketing, Urban and Regional Planning, or other closely related field.  
  • Three (3) years of professional experience in economic development,  community development, or local government. Marketing, grant management and project management experience preferred.


  • Combination of education, training, and/or work experience equal to or higher than the requirements listed above as determined by Human Resources.

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • Possession of an appropriate driver license for equipment operated and any license, training or certification required by law or regulation to complete assigned tasks.

Nature of Work:

This is an administrative professional position that assists the Economic Development Director with the implementation of economic development programs for the City of Pensacola, including planning, coordinating, and monitoring programs and projects that are designed to retain existing businesses, attract new businesses, and secure new economic investments.
This position will play a vital role in developing and implementing strategies to promote economic growth, support local businesses, and attract new investment to the City. Administrative support of economic development initiatives is an essential function of this position.  Work is performed under the general direction of the Economic Development Director. Work is evaluated through the review of results attained.

Examples of Work:
  • Assists the Economic Development Director in planning, developing, and implementing economic development initiatives and programs to support the city's economic growth goals.
  • Promotes the City of Pensacola as a desirable place for development and investment.
  • Conducts research and analysis on economic trends, market conditions, and industry opportunities to inform economic development strategies.
  • Provides high level administrative support related to economic development projects to include writing RFP’s and RFQ’s, writing City Council agenda items, maintaining project files with sufficient detail, managing project budgets and other complex administrative tasks as necessary.  
  • Utilizes grant funding as a strategy to achieve economic development objectives and contributes to the writing of the grant applications as well as the administration of the grant awards.  
  • Collaborates with city departments, local businesses, community organizations, and other stakeholders to promote economic development initiatives.
  • Under the direction and guidance of the Department Director, oversees economic development projects, including business attraction and retention efforts, workforce development programs, real estate development opportunities, housing initiatives, and capital improvement or grant funded projects.
  • Represents the city at meetings, events, and conferences to promote economic development initiatives and build partnerships with external organizations.
  • Assists in the development of marketing programs, materials, and content.
  • Collects and compiles relevant census and statistical information as well as maintenance of business lists, building and land inventories, market absorption dynamics, and similar information needed by prospective businesses.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the operation of local and state government as it applies to economic and community development.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of economic development and program planning, assistance planning and public outreach trends, methods, and practices.
  • Knowledge of sources of demographic, social, political and economic databases relevant to municipal governance.
  • Ability to conduct research, data analysis and report writing.
  • Ability to disseminate information to potential developers/community partners.
  • Ability to manage the administrative requirements associated with economic development initiatives.
  • Ability to work with other City staff on cross-departmental projects.
  • Ability to manage complex projects effectively and through completion.
  • Ability to develop, organize, and implement comprehensive citywide goals, and objectives in line with the City’s strategic plan.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, including public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with senior leadership, government and community agencies, other employees, and the development/business community.
  • Ability to conduct efficient and effective meetings.

The mental and physical demands and the work environment characteristics described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental and Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to hold or feel, reach with hands and arms, walk, talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, climb, balance, stoop, and crouch.  Specific vision abilities include near distance, far distance, color, and peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Work Environment:
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Some jobs may require an employee to be exposed to outside weather conditions, wet and/or humid conditions.This description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. It is intended to accurately reflect the activities and requirements of the position, but duties may be added, deleted, or modified as necessary. This description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.