Community Engagement and Renewal Manager

Community Engagement and Renewal Manager

Position Overview:  

The Community Engagement and Renewal Manager will build strategic partnerships, as well as create  and implement economic development programs to promote the creation and expansion of  businesses in less dense and developed areas of DeKalb County, or those areas that are poised for  redevelopment – particularly the southern portion of DeKalb County. This position works closely with  Decide DeKalb’s Business Retention and Expansion Manager and Workforce Development Analyst to  ensure that the businesses in these areas have the tools that they need to grow and thrive. The  Manager is responsible for creating an environment for growth in areas of DeKalb that are in need of  revitalization – including workforce development, redevelopment, and business financing.  

Duties will include creating and implementing strategies to support economic development in the  areas of the county in need of revitalization, compiling and analyzing data, building relationships within  the economic development and business communities, making presentations to business-owners, community and business organizations, and working with regional partners to implement new  programs and incentives for businesses.  

This position requires at least five years in a related field and a Bachelor’s Degree although a Master’s  Degree may substitute for additional years of experience. The ideal candidate will have experience  working with CRM software and experience working with one or more of Decide DeKalb’s targeted  industries: advanced manufacturing, healthcare/life sciences, logistics and distribution, corporate  operations and business services, and film and entertainment. In addition, they will also have  experience with building diversity and inclusion programming, as well as building community  consensus for redevelopment proposals. 

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Under the supervision of the Vice President, Economic Development, this position creates and  implements programs to support the creation and expansion of businesses in the targeted market areas of DeKalb County 
  • Connects developers, investors and businesses with underserved communities  • Creates and implements a strategic plan for increasing investment in communities in need of  revitalization and development  
  • Works closely with community improvement districts and other partners with funding to  promote healthy and safely walkable communities  
  • Works closely with DeKalb business owners as they advocate for change and investment in their  communities  
  • Maintains a database of projects and leads using CRM software 
  • Coordinates and develops programs and projects that support commercial, office, and  industrial development; workforce development; and small business development initiatives
  • Develops and maintains close relationships with key industry leaders and partners in the county to support business retention and expansion efforts  

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:  

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.  


5-10% out of state travel, as well as travel to regional meetings. This position is expected to drive/travel  to meetings in DeKalb County daily.  

Qualifications & Skills:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; Master’s degree preferred 
  • Five to seven years of prior project management experience in an economic development  organization or a similar position 
  • Experience designing new programs to support business retention and expansion preferred
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Suite, as well as CRM expertise  
  • Organized and detail-oriented 
  • Strong communication skills both oral and written 
  • Expert problem solver 
  • Strong networking ability  
  • Self-motivated 

Other Duties:  

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities,  duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and  activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


Qualified applicants should send their resume to [email protected]