Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A7138 / Dir,Econ & Comm Devt/HSC
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Directs economic and community development programs within Health Sciences Center (HSC) to include coordination, implementation and monitoring of comprehensive community development planning and community development activities. Initiates short- and long-range development strategies and plans, creates and identifies economic development opportunities, and develops marketing and promotional programs. Works closely with key stakeholders, university leadership, and other community partners or organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs, develops, executes, and monitors the implementation of strategic economic and community development initiatives.
  2. Establish and oversees short- and long-range plans for the development and administration of future economic and community planning initiatives.
  3. Creates, identifies, and participates in economic and community development opportunities pertinent to the objectives of the programs mission and goals.
  4. Develops and implements a consistent and effective plan to increase university visibility in economic development initiatives in efforts to further the mission and goals of the University.
  5. Recommends strategies for advocating the university's position on program specific opportunities and issues.
  6. Establish working relationships with community constituencies; communicates with representatives to ensure they are informed of planning activities and to encourage participation.
  7. May participate in or direct fund-raising activities in collaboration the University of New Mexico Foundation for economic and community development initiatives.
  8. Plans and organizes economic and community development initiatives including, attracting and retaining business partners for various initiatives and establishing community relations activities.
  9. Prepares reports, briefings, presentations, and responses on strategic planning issues, as appropriate.
  10. Ensures projects are proceeding according to timelines, meeting targets and expectations, and adhering to operating parameters; conducts feasibility studies of proposed developments and expansions.
  11. Develops and manages operating budgets as appropriate and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  12. May advise economic and community development board(s) members and key stakeholders on issues confronting the initiative assigned.
  13. Represents the university at various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of business and economic development principles, practices, and methodology.
  • Knowledge of financial reporting standards, regulations, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of marketing and public relations principles, methods, media, and techniques.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the core mission, objectives, and functions of a public university.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to compile, analyze, interpret, and integrate information and to prepare and present complex reports, statements, and other materials.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Strategic planning and leadership skills.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 09/23/2020