Economic Development Specialist - Town of Frederick

Please note:  This position is open pending funding approval by the Board of Trustees for 2023.  Hiring will take place effective January 1, 2023. Applications accepted through the Town of Frederick's Website, linked HERE.


The mission of every employee at the Town of Frederick is to “Foster an Exceptional and Inclusive Community that is Built on What Matters”. Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the Town’s core values of Family, Respect, Empowerment, and Dedication. 

This position supports the goals of the Community and Economic Development Department, which plans, promotes, and sustains an attractive and high-quality living and working environment by facilitating appropriate economic development policies and decisions ensuring that the community continues to develop in a safe, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable manner. 


The Economic Development Specialist will play an integral role in the execution of the Town of Frederick’s Strategic Plan. The Economic Development Specialist will contribute to the creation and implementation of programs and initiatives focused on strengthening Frederick’s economy through our business community. This position will operate as a team member and work individually on a variety of projects, and on some occasions will function as a project lead. The ideal candidate will be outgoing and thrive in a networking and relationship building role while also exemplifying the FRED values of the Town.  The Economic Development Specialist serves under the direction and general leadership of the Economic Development Manager. The Economic Development Specialist performs complex professional project management; develops and maintains relationships with the development community, and actively engages in the business community to promote growth and economic vitality.   The individual in this position must be able to establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, and handle confidential and sensitive information.  


The duties listed herein are illustrative of the essential duties of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required or assigned. 

  • Serves as an ombudsman for businesses and developers navigating the Town’s development review processes.
  • Collects and disseminates statistical data relevant to potential developers.
  • May assist in preparing financial and technical analysis, economic and fiscal impact reports, and other planning, marketing and real estate analyses for consideration by Town staff, Board of Trustees, FURA Board and other groups when redevelopment projects and/or public investment are proposed.
  • Represents the Town in meetings with professional organizations, outside agencies, and the general public
  • Makes public presentations to groups or members of various organizations.
  • Conducts retention visits, responds to business issues, and builds relationships with existing businesses.  
  • Assists the Economic Development Manager by conducting business surveys to ascertain needs and problems and facilitate problem resolution. 
  • Advises, counsels and supports prospective businesses and start-up businesses. 
  • Researches, authors, and oversees design and production of complex documents, such as monthly business report and annual report summarizing economic development activities and accomplishments.
  • Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.
  • Assists the Economic Development Manager with direct business outreach, including but not limited to participation in business walks and facilitating business visits and outreach events. 
  • Contributes to the development and enhancement of the division processes for prospect tracking, business intake and economic impact analysis, and completing and awarding business development opportunities.
  • Responds and provides follow-through to business and developer prospect calls and inquiries by conducting research, coordinating with other town departments, creating proposals and making presentations.
  • Assists in maintaining the economic development webpage with useful, attractive and easily accessible information and relevant links 
  • Represents the town and Economic Development Division at networking, business and community events, industry conferences leveraging opportunities to market the Town.
  • Maintains effective partnerships with town departments representing local business concerns during the review and permitting process. 
  • Acts as a liaison with state, regional and local economic development organizations and other jurisdictions.
  • Writes and reviews Board reports and memos.
  • Prepares and may deliver public presentations before the Board of Trustees.
  • Collaborates with the Town’s development review team to ensure effectiveness and efficiencies with town processes.
  • Recommends policies and procedures related to business retention and expansion efforts as well as economic development matters.
  • Collects, organizes and analyzes information about local businesses and available property.
  • Pursues federal, state and other outside funding as appropriate.
  • Maintains confidentiality on inquiries and development projects. 
  • Lives and breathes the FRED culture of Family, Respect, Empowerment, and Dedication. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Knowledge of basic economic development principles and practices.
  • Works independently with limited supervision. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong skills in public speaking. 
  • Ability to problem solve in stressful situations. 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at a time and handle rapidly changing priorities. 
  • Strong research and analytical skills. 
  • Skill in conducting surveys and obtaining critical business data. 
  • Attention to detail and demonstrate an ability to follow through.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team oriented atmosphere that provides the town customer base with excellent customer service.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment, computer equipment and software including word processing, database management, and spreadsheet applications and electronic mail.    Proficiency with MS Office Suite required.
  • Ability to use Sales Force or other similar program for tracking activities with businesses.
  • Ability to organize, plan and carry out events of varying sizes for the business community.
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with elected officials, business leaders, advisory boards, the news media, and the general public.
  • Understanding the Town’s political environment and sensitivities; ability to function effectively within that environment.

  • A minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible municipal and/or private sector experience in economic development, business, and/or planning in the public or private sector, including direct exposure to and substantial working knowledge of planning, development, and regulation processes of the public sector.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Real Estate, Public Administration, Marketing, or a related field.
  • Previous customer service experience working with passionate stakeholders and rapidly shifting priorities and deadlines. 
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver's license


The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, see and hear, and to use hands to finger, handle, touch or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Most work is performed in a typical office setting. Work is subject to many interruptions and requires that individuals quickly prioritize job responsibilities and project work in an environment that may involve assisting several people at the same time. The noise level is usually moderate. Compensation: $66,563.00 - $83,203.00 per year

The Town of Frederick is centrally located along the northern section of Colorado’s beautiful Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Frederick has experienced unprecedented population growth in the last decade, but has managed to hold onto its small town charm. In 2019, Frederick was named the safest mid-sized city in Colorado, and USA Today named Frederick the best place to live in the State of Colorado. We strive to be an employer of choice in the northern metro Denver area by offering our employees a rich benefits package, competitive pay, and a diverse and inclusive culture. We consider ourselves a family. We love to have fun, we empower each other to do our best every day, and we reach out to help each other whenever help is needed. We are dedicated to providing friendly, efficient and innovative services and programs that serve to enrich the lives of our residents.

Target start date January 1, 2023Paid | Full Time | Salary | $$66,563-$83,203
Town of Frederick Frederick, CO