Special Projects Coordinator - Economic Development
Company: City of Kirkland
Posted on: May 24, 2023
$95,850.86 - $112,778.91 Annually
City Manager's Office
This position develops and deploys programs to meet Kirkland's
economic development and tourism goals with a focus in business
relations. The Special Projects Coordinator for Economic
Development will work closely with community members, local
businesses, regional partners, City staff, and City boards and
commissions, so should have excellent written and verbal
communication skills. Experience in project management and
community or business relations with an understanding of city
operations and economic development principles are strongly
Why Work for Kirkland?
Ranked as one of the most livable cities in America, Kirkland is an
attractive and inviting place to live, work, and visit. We have big
city vision while maintaining a small-town, community feel. If you
are a candidate with the desire to join an organization looking to
innovate into the future, the City of Kirkland is the place for
If you ask our employees why they love where they work, they'll
tell you about the great people, work environment, supportive
management and City Council, and fearless innovation.
We also invest in you!
We strive to maintain competitive compensation packages and work to
provide wages that meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our
The City offers benefits that are unmatched by most other
employers. This includes:
- Paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your
dependents with no premium share
- City-paid free employee health clinic
- City-paid ORCA card
- A health reimbursement arrangement (HRA)
- A robust retirement plan with employer contribution
- A Deferred Compensation plan with a low participation fee
- 12 paid holidays, including 1 floating holiday (prorated for
part-time positions and mid-year start dates)
- Generous package of paid vacation and sick leave
- Inexpensive Long-term and Short-term Disability coverage and
Term-life insuranceTraining and Career Development: The City of
Kirkland believes in developing its employees. You will have access
to training opportunities designed for career development and
advancement based on your position, skills, and interests.
SUMMARY: The role of the Special Projects Coordinator is to
develop, implement, and coordinate major city-wide programs,
services, and events to ensure alignment with City policies, goals,
and strategic plans.
Distinguishing Characteristics: The Special Projects Coordinator -
Economic Development independently coordinates city-wide programs,
services, and events related economic development and tourism. This
position is a key liaison between the City, Council, stakeholders,
and the public.
Essential Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the
Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following
representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a
comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by
incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which
are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as
required. The job description does not constitute an employment
agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer.
Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not
limited to, the following:
- Project Management. Initiates and organizes projects related to
area of focus. Analyzes issues and formulates solutions. Develops,
implements, and administers projects and programs. As appropriate,
develops budget guidelines and/or solicits
- Develops overall program goals and objectives in cooperation
with City stakeholders.
- Develops policies and procedures and ensures compliance with
relevant state and local laws and other regulations.
- Develops and implements communication and marketing efforts.
Plans, organizes, and implements comprehensive and effective
promotional and public relations programs to address key external
and internal audiences. Oversees coordination and implementation of
city-wide promotional activities related to assigned area of
- Acts as the key liaison between city departments and staff,
Council, community groups, stakeholders, and the public.
Responsibilities include frequent and responsible public
- Provides staff support to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
(Tourism Development Committee), Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission,
and other appropriate community groups and provides information,
technical expertise, advice, and recommendations related to the
City's tourism efforts.
- Administers annual Lodging Tax, Community Event, Business, and
City-funded Outside Agency grant programs, including application
process, funding recommendations to City Manager, and contract
- Oversees tourism related consultant contracts, budgets and
workplans. Monitors the timeliness and quality of their work.
- Serves as key liaison for business constituents and represents
the City in regional business support organizations and
collaborations, partnerships as well as business support
organizations in the City.
- Organizes, schedules, coordinates, and manages day-to-day and
overall promotional activities, special programs, and special
- Develops and maintains cooperative efforts and relationships
with public and private agencies, organizations, associations, and
- Identifies or promotes issues or events affecting Kirkland
residents and businesses. Provides ongoing problem solving and
resolution assistance to community members, businesses,
Councilmembers, and City staff.
- Develops and delivers presentations before City Council, boards
and commissions, the community, business, service organizations and
the media. Peripheral Duties:
- Performs functions as assigned in the City's Emergency
- Provides input on annual budget and supports preparation of
budget for area of focus.
- Serve on City committees or work groups as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to plan, organize, lead, and manage large and complex
programs and projects.
- Advanced analytical, public relations, and communication skills
(both verbal and written) to comprehend, interpret, and explain
rules, regulations, legal requirements, and policies to a diverse
audience and facilitate problem solving discussions.
- Advanced interpersonal skills to build and maintain effective
working relationships with a variety of internal and external
customers and stakeholders.
- Knowledge of City ordinances and codes as well as other
applicable laws and regulations.
- Knowledge of policies, functions, and procedures of all City
- Knowledge of bookkeeping, accounting principles, and record
- Strong organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to
manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
- General computer skills including the use of word processing,
spreadsheet, presentation, email, and other basic office software.
Working knowledge of City's internal software packages
(timekeeping, accounting, volunteer management, etc.) is
- Education: Bachelor's degree in Business, Recreation
Administration, Public Relations, Public Administration, or closely
- Experience: 3-5 years progressively responsible experience in
developing, implementing, and administering programs, preferably in
the public sector.
- Or: In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may
possess any combination of relevant education and experience which
would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to
proficiently perform the essential duties and responsibilities
listed above. Licenses and Other Requirements:
- Must have a valid Washington State Driver's license and ability
to remain insurable under the City's insurance to operate motor
Physical Demands and Working Environment:
Work is performed in a typical office environment. Some work will
be completed in the community, outdoors, attending meetings,
conducting field visits, or event inspections. Requires evening and
weekend work. Position may require standing for extended periods of
Selection Process Position requires a resume and cover letter
(letter of interest) for consideration of application. Please note
how you meet minimum qualifications within the cover letter.
Applicants who are selected for next steps in the hiring process
will be invited by phone or email. Job open until filled with a
first review date by 15th day of initial post. The City of Kirkland
is a welcoming community where every person can thrive and grow. We
value diversity, inclusion, belonging, and work together to support
our community. We do this by solving problems, focusing on the
customer, and respecting all people who come into the City whether
to visit, live, or work. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are
committed to creating a workforce that does not discriminate on the
basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion,
national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran
status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state
or local law. We encourage qualified applicants of all backgrounds
and identities to apply to our job postings. Persons with a
disability who need reasonable accommodations in the application or
testing process, or those needing this announcement in an
alternative format, may call 425-587-3210 or Telecommunications
Device for the Deaf 425-587-3111.
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