KEDA Economic Development Manager: Position Posting

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27 Jun 2022

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Full-Time Position  •  $80k - $87.50k   Apply to Position

Responsible for all business retention, expansion and client-facing activity of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance. This includes working with employers to understand the challenges and opportunities enabling growth and retention outcomes, managing a variety of economic development programs and metrics, and administering KEDA’s Procurement and Technical Assistance Subcenter (“PTAC”), our government contracting program. Ensures all of KEDA’s work achieves stated quantifiable goals with high quality, reporting on such to internal and external stakeholders regularly.


  1. Business Development. Responsible for all KEDA “BREER” activity: Business retention, expansion and entrepreneurship. For the final “R,” recruitment, manages inbound inquiries and referrals, engages with the community for outbound proposals, and interfaces with Executive Director for high potential target engagement / business development. Owns the CRM software and ensures it is used across KEDA.
  2. Metrics and Reports. Tracks and ensures that KEDA achieves its required quantifiable metrics: Business retention, expansion, recruitment, startup, export assistance and training interactions. Launches strategies that support achieving such goals. Owns all of KEDA’s operational reporting, doing so monthly, quarterly and annually, disseminating to a wide variety of jurisdictions, funders and the public.
  3. Local Expert. Has or develops broad expertise on Kitsap’s economy, communities and employers. Develops trusted partnerships with a variety of entities and persons from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Closely monitors available commercial and industrial properties throughout Kitsap with regard to capacity and vacancy, so as to better site and expand employers. Has or obtains a working knowledge of city jurisdictions and zoning codes. Serves on a variety of economic development related community boards.
  4. PTAC (10% of time). Manages the operations, staffing and volunteers of KEDA’s Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (“PTAC”). Ensures that client requests are met, manages and publishes the annual training calendar, and that staff adhere to operational processes and deliver high quality consulting. Ensures the program maintains relationships with small business officers at government agencies and prime contractors. Files monthly reports as needed, ensures program compliance with Washington State PTAC and federal agencies, and prepares KEDA’s annual application to the PTAC program. Communicates regularly with the main PTAC center for research, client assistance and other needs as required. Reviews PTAC online dashboard regarding metrics and determines appropriate plan of action to meet goals. Tracks PTAC team member training in compliance with requirements.
  5. Economic Development Portfolio. Serves as lead on all of the following economic development areas:
  • Technical Assistance. Manages all economic development technical assistance programs when they are needed in the market, including but not limited to business education efforts and grants.
  • Analysis and Research. Conducts economic analysis as needed in support of KEDA activities or client requests, and/or partners with external stakeholders to do so. Leads work on KEDA’s annual top employers list, and with partners, semiannual economic profile and quarterly cost of living indices.

6. Administrative Duties. Address administrative duties as needed or tasked, including but not limited to taking meeting minutes, addressing payables and receivables, and completing a range of office tasks.

7. Other. Manages various special projects and assists other KEDA team members as needed. Examples include but are not limited to generating social media, submitting grant applications and leading new economic development initiatives. Supports other team members as needed in order to accomplish organizational goals.


Details and To Apply

Salary and Benefits:

  • Cash compensation of around $85,000 (structured as salary of approximately $80,000 with a $5,400 health insurance stipend).
  • Additionally, KEDA offers a 401(k) retirement package, where we match the employee’s contribution of up to 7.5% of salary into the plan.
  • Four weeks of vacation annually, plus all federal holidays.
  • Paid CEcD Certification—Should the candidate not already hold a Certified Economic Developer credential (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council, KEDA will pay for that certification when allowed ($5,000+ value)

Schedule: This is a full-time, exempt position of 40 hours weekly or more. KEDA operates in a hybrid, flexible work environment (with typically one day in the Silverdale office). The work schedule based on the needs of the position. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Application Instructions and Timeline: KEDA is reviewing applications on a rolling basis for this role; applying as soon as possible is recommended. Regardless, candidates are encouraged to apply prior to July 25, when we will begin scheduling interviews.

Candidates can apply by submitting a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact details of three professional references with their materials. They will also need to answer the three required questions listed in the online application.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.