Senior Economic Development Manager – City of Cambridge

The Community Development Department (CDD) is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. Encompassing the Community Planning, Economic Development, Environmental & Transportation Planning, Housing, and Zoning & Development, our mission is to foster a livable, sustainable, just, and equitable community. CDD engages and collaborates with community partners, other government agencies, and residents to make Cambridge a desirable place to live, work, learn, play, and innovate.

The City of Cambridge cares deeply about supporting local small businesses, entrepreneurship, and providing economic opportunity for its residents. Under the direction of the Director of Economic Development, the Senior Economic Development Manager is responsible for the continued implementation of the City’s Retail Strategic Plan recommendations, including acting as liaison for small businesses and business associations.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Develop initiatives to support Cambridge’s active ground floor uses and small local businesses based on the Retail Strategic Plan and other city planning recommendations. Collaborate with other economic development staff on developing assessment plans for commercial areas and communication of information to appropriate audiences.
  • Assist the Director in managing staff, including actively managing one direct report and the intern program; assign project tasks, manage division communication efforts, and other efforts as needed.
  • Oversee implementation of Retail Strategy programs, including construction mitigation efforts, vacant storefront initiatives, and commercial district/small business marketing programs. Monitor activity and measure return on investment for these activities; recommend and implement future adjustments according to results.
  • Serve as the City’s liaison to small businesses and business associations, including serving as a resource in projects led by other divisions and city departments.
  • Assist Director in managing tasks related to division-led initiatives including Disparity Study efforts and the BIPOC Business Advisory Committee.
  • Develop other strategic initiatives for the division, including management of all the division’s data and reporting.
  • Support the development and promotion of workforce training, financial literacy, and other economic opportunity programs
  • Lead and participate in community meetings with businesses, business associations, and neighborhood associations; engage the community and other constituencies to solicit input and feedback, as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

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