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Economic Development Specialist - 2023 

Category Economic Development  


Advanced specialized work providing support to the Economic Development Director. Provides administrative and technical support in the administration of all activities of Economic Development, including business retention and expansion, business recruitment, and property development/redevelopment.



  1. Assist in the preparation of regular status reports for the County Administrator regarding economic development activities and opportunities.
  2. Monitors the progress of economic development programs and various local economic indicators.
  3. Supports the Economic Development Director in recruiting and retaining targeted industry in Sumter County.
  4. Maintains the site inventory database for all industrial and other designated property.
  5. Prepares and submits regular informative communications with existing targeted industries per the direction of the Economic Development Director.
  6. Conduct regular site visits to county businesses and targeted industries to monitor business needs per the direction of the Economic Development Director.
  7. Gathers statistics, reports, and exhibits. Researches and analyzes data. Makes presentations and recommendations to the Economic Development Director.
  8. Maintains the content of the websites for Economic Development, tourism, and the Industrial Development Authority.
  9. Assist the Economic Development Director with short and long-range strategic and marketing plans.
  10. In case of an emergency or crisis situation (hurricane, flood, etc.), the position must respond/perform recovery duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.
  11. Employees hired on or after February 1, 2016, must be a tobacco-free person, both on and off the job, for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application and maintain the same tobacco-free status throughout the term of employment.
  12. Face tattoos (from ear to ear and hairline of the forehead to the bottom of the chin) are prohibited.
  13. Maintains regular physical attendance during normal work hours as assigned at one of the county's offices or work facilities with the ability to work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays as required.


[These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related marginal duties as required.]

Position Requirements




  • Knowledge of economic development functions and organization
  • Knowledge of business English, spelling, and punctuation
  • Knowledge and experience with comprehensive planning and land development regulations, policies, rules, and statutes to operate at a proficient level
  • Skill in typing, filing, and records research techniques
  • Skill in the use of computers and various office equipment
  • Ability to acquire sufficient knowledge of the processing of applications for development approval and permitting and of development inspections to operate at a proficient level
  • Ability to read site plans and legal descriptions, to use a variety of maps and map scales, interpret map data, and convey that information to the public
  • Ability to read and prepare a variety of forms and documents using the proper format
  • Ability to understand and follow complex policies, laws, and directives
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with government officials, division directors, department heads, employees, business professionals, and the general public
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to follow through on designated tasks
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to multi-task within an environment of shifting priorities and deadlines



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's degree in Business Administration, Marketing, or closely related field
  • Two (2) years experience in a progressively responsible position in economic development, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field



  • Valid Florida Driver's License and a driving record acceptable to the insurance provider
  • Must possess or obtain the required National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications within six (6) months of employment



  • Acceptable vision (with or without correction)
  • Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle
  • Ability to access file cabinets for filing and retrieval of data
  • Ability to communicate using speech, hearing, and vision skills
  • Ability to enter data into a computer



  • Works inside in an office environment
  • Works outside for field inspections and site visits periodically


Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

FLSA Non - Exempt Status

Reviewed 10/01/2022

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range $17.73 - $25.36. Commensurate with experience and licenses. Benefits package.  
Closing Date December 15, 2022  
Position Economic Development Specialist - 2023  
Division Economic Development  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 12/1/2022  
Location Economic Developemt  
Flyer None Specified 

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