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Economic Development Specialist

Economic Development Specialist

Economic Development Specialist

City of Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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The City of Phoenix Aviation Department is seeking a highly motivated team member that will enjoy the high-energy environment of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The Aviation Economic Development Specialist position is in the Business and Properties Division, Concessions Section. The Business and Properties Division (B&P) is currently comprised of Airline Affairs, Compliance, Concessions, Commercial Real Estate, and the Rental Car Center. This diverse group is responsible for the management and development of the Aviation Department's real property assets at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and two General Aviation Airports: Phoenix Deer Valley (DVT), and Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR), ensuring their long-term viability through revenue generation, contract administration and management of land and development of improvements. The team manages over 4 million square feet of facilities, ground leases for approximately 2,000 acres of land, developing, negotiating, and managing agreements with over 1,600 tenants.

This position reports to the Concessions Superintendent and is instrumental in supporting key business lines within the Business and Properties Division, prepares and reviews scopes of work, contracts and leases, contract administration, maintains tenant/customer relations, reviews gross sales data, and provides analysis and reporting. This position will support the day-to-day activities and priorities of the concessions section. Candidates with strong verbal and written communications skills that aspire to support a professional environment should apply. The Aviation Department is searching for candidates that are familiar with contract management, procedural documentation, graphs, and spreadsheet experience. Must have the ability to walk large site locations and a strong commitment to maximizing customer service levels.

This recruitment and any interview process as a result of this recruitment may be used by multiple hiring managers and multiple departments throughout the City to fill any related current or future vacancies; other recruitments and appropriate eligible lists may also be considered.


  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities.
  • Strong decision-making skills and effective at problem solving.
  • Supportive of a team-oriented environments.
  • Valid Arizona driver's license with ability to drive city owned vehicles.


$51,771.20 - $78,769.60 annually.


A comprehensive benefits package is offered which includes traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, or HSA/HDHP plan; wellness incentive of up to $720 annually; dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; 401(a) and 457 plans; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement program; paid time off includes 12.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, and 15 sick days and personal leave days.

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  • Two years of professional level experience in commercial leasing, real estate contract negotiation, or economic development, redevelopment, or business assistance.
  • Including experience in program implementation, marketing, and public information efforts.
  • Bachelor's degree in public or business administration, economic development, urban planning, or a closely related field.
  • Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
  • The City job description can be found here.
  • The following list is not all inclusive but are TSA general factors for disqualification of employment for working at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Other factors will be assessed that may also lead to disqualification. Qualified candidates should consider these factors when applying. Aviation Employment Disqualifiers
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The City of Phoenix has paused plans to implement a federal mandate requiring all city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. This decision comes after a series of legal challenges and a ruling from a federal judge which temporarily halts the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide. If the requirement is reinstated, the City of Phoenix may require new hires to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of employment. After a conditional offer has been extended, candidates may request a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.


The minimum qualifications listed above, plus:

  • Experience creating and writing operational processes, standard operational procedures, and business correspondence.
  • Professional experience with airport food and beverage/specialty retail/passenger services.
  • Experience exercising tact, discretion, and diplomacy when handling sensitive and confidential issues and situations.
  • Experience with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that monitors contractual terms and gross sales data.
  • Experience analyzing complex problems, evaluating alternatives, and make sound recommendations.


Recruitment closes March 4, 2022. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.


Apply online by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.


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Economic Developement Specialist, JC:08830, ID# 4072, 2/3/2022, 6 mos, SA, Benefits: 007

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