Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

Department Information
The city of Aurora provides services and resources to businesses and development partners with the purpose of retaining, attracting and expanding business and employment opportunities throughout our community.  The Development Services Division includes Urban Renewal, Retail Assistance, Economic Development and the Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center.

Performs and manages complex professional project management of retail and sales tax producing projects, including retail business recruitment, retention, redevelopment opportunities, marketing, developer solicitation, and the management of projects for the Development Service Division.


  • Develops, coordinates and implements retail strategies, plans and/or programs to attract or expand commercial and retail businesses
  • Conducts outreach to targeted markets and stakeholders
  • Analyzes project feasibility
  • Prepares and provides oversight of sales tax  incentive agreements, retail redevelopment requests for Proposal
  • Communicates with retail brokers, businesses and property owners
  • Addresses retention and expansion of existing retail businesses; markets retail opportunities to developers, realtors, and investors; preserves and increases the City's retail tax base
  • Markets the City's economic climate and location advantages through targeted advertising and promotional efforts
  • Interacts with development applicants, recommending the most viable process and options for project development
  • Interacts and negotiates with brokers, developers, engineers, and architects on project development and scheduling;
  • Explains and interprets the City's requirements to appropriate development entities and community groups
  • Assists developers on inter-governmental issues
  • Prepares and monitors project schedules
  • Controls project activities through other departments' review
  • Analyzes complaints and recommends corrective action
  • Makes recommendations to division manager to develop new policies and programs, resolve problems
  • Prepares and presents a variety of reports
  • Performs additional duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's Degree in real estate, economic development, business, marketing/advertising or other closely related field. 
  • A Master's degree is strongly preferred.
  • At least 6 years progressively responsible experience in commercial retail real estate, commercial brokerage, retail leasing, real estate development, economic/retail development, or commercial marketing.
  • A commercial real estate or brokers' license, ICSC certification(s), or substantial retail or retail leasing experience may substitute for one year of experience.
  • Experience in leading or managing teams, personnel and/or contracts/contractors desired.

  • Knowledge of retail, commercial real estate, economic development practices, processes, and strategies;
  • Marketing practices and techniques
  • Basic construction practices and techniques
  • Municipal development ordinances; real estate development/financing
  • Retail merchandising, economic development principles; and personal computers with related word processing and project management software applications 
  • Basic knowledge of zoning and permitting procedures desired but not required
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
  • Strategic thinking, strong marketing and communication skills
  • An ability to cast vision and to express city goals and desires, to attract, establish and retain retail businesses  Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with the retail community
  • Must also be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with potential retailers, developers and property owners, as well as interact with employees, citizens, and elected officials
  • Handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy
  • resolve problems in a political environment, research as well as promote creative solutions to retail and redevelopment problems, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • Perform as a project manager; plan and schedule team operations; and mediate/resolve conflicts
  • Small business experience desired but not required
Skills:  Strong interpersonal, analytical, sales and marketing, financial, project management, and presentation skills (written and verbal) including public relations  

Licenses, Certificates, Or Equipment Required:This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment. ICSC and real estate Certifications are desirable and may be required over the course of employment.


Physical Demands:  Sedentary physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds; occasional lifting, carrying, walking, and standing; vision for reading and interpreting information, speech communication and hearing to maintain communications with employees and citizens.
Work Environment:  Works primarily in clean, comfortable environment.

Equipment Used:  Uses standard office equipment including a personal computer system.

For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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