City of Cambridge Senior Economic Development Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts


The City of Cambridge cares deeply about supporting local retail, small businesses and entrepreneurship, especially in light of the constantly evolving retail and small businesses environment, nationwide.**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 retail and small local businesses based on the Retail Strategic Plan recommendations.
  • Oversee implementation of Retail Strategic Plan initiatives. 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.
  • Oversee commercial area district assessment efforts, coordinating with other economic development staff on developing assessment plans for commercial areas and dissemination and communication of information to appropriate audiences.
  • Actively manage Associate Economic Development Specialist, developing leadership capabilities and strong team orientation; assist Director in managing other economic development division staff in tasks related to business associations, grant programs, and other efforts as assigned.
  • Assist in the development of other strategic initiatives for the Economic Development division. Work with the Economic Development Director to develop budgets and program goals, as well as staff training and development towards economic development efforts.
  • Serve as the economic development expert participating in development project review, zoning and long term planning projects to support the City's economic development goals.
  • 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.
  • Serve as a resource and an advocate for small businesses, retail, and economic development in projects led by other city departments and CDD divisions, such as Envision Cambridge.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • A Master's Degree in planning, public policy, public administration or closely related field, plus a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience. Candidates with an undergraduate degree may be considered if they have 10-12 years of directly-relevant experience.
  • Strong community engagement and consensus-building experience, especially involving stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests and opinions; demonstrated ability to relate to the public and co-workers in a positive manner.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Experience in collaborative and multidisciplinary team-based project work, in both leading and supporting roles; good judgement.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of Department staff, other City employees, volunteer board/committee members, elected officials, and members of the public in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to provide effective staff management as well as work well individually; demonstrated ability to lead, encourage ideas and develop leadership in others.
  • Strong project management and consultant management skills; strong organizational and time management skills.
  • High level of motivation and detail oriented skills; ability to research and evaluate information for use in analysis and planning.
  • Overall computer proficiency including general office applications (Microsoft Office suite) and advanced applications (e.g., Adobe Acrobat, CRM).
  • Ability to prioritize workloads, multitask and meet deadlines while working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends for community meetings and events, as needed.


  • A genuine desire to study challenging and current issues in economic and community development.
  • Familiarity and/or working knowledge of Community Development Block Grant programs.
  • Knowledge of Cambridge is highly desirable.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to answer phones and maintain multiple files and able to lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds. Ability to travel throughout the City of Cambridge to various meetings, etc.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essentials functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office environment. Fluorescent lighting and air conditioning. Moderate noise level.


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest by 5pm on the closing date via email to: or toPersonnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Department: Community Development Department

Job Title: Senior Economic Development Manager

Job Code: M525-704

Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position

Union Affiliation: None

Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week (occasional evening and weekend hours)

POSTING DATE: September 10, 2018

CLOSING DATE: September 26, 2018

RATE: $89,745 - $105,866/year plus excellent benefits