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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 04/25/23

Applications Due07/25/23

Vacancy ID129520

AgencyEmpire State Development, NYS

TitlePresident, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC)

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitNone listed

Salary RangeFrom $127616 to $127616 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Erie

Street Address 95 Perry Street

City Buffalo


Zip Code14203

Minimum Qualifications Education Level required: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Governmental Affairs, Economics, Public Administration, Architecture, Engineering, Real Estate Finance, City Planning; or equivalent professional degree in a related field.

Equivalent Experience required: Approximately 10 years progressively responsible experience in public administration, business, development, consulting, or other positions related to economic development and/or urban redevelopment/revitalization; with supervision and coordination of large-scale projects, public development program and management of staff.

Knowledge required: Strong understanding of the setting, context, and history of Buffalo Waterfront redevelopment and revitalization efforts; being a current resident or native of Erie County a strong plus. Concepts, practices and procedures related to development/redevelopment including real estate, finance, city planning, supervision and coordination of large-scale projects, public development programs, and management. Ability to read, review, and comment on master plans, policies, and programs, for public infrastructure, capital improvement, and building projects. Strong communication skills, including ability to prepare summary briefings, and oral presentations to the ECHDC Board of Directors, ESD Management, governing bodies, and/or regulatory agencies. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

Duties Description BASIC FUNCTION:
The President of ECHDC is responsible for the oversight and management of ECHDC, including the continued redevelopment of the Buffalo Waterfront, Canalside, and the Outer Harbor. The position also includes all project development, financial performance, intergovernmental relations, and public information associated with ECHDC/ESD revitalization and economic development efforts along the Buffalo Waterfront in Buffalo, NY.

• Administrative/Strategic Planning
- Serves as day-to-day, visible leader of all ECHDC operations.
- Liaison to ECHDC’s Board of Directors and with ESD WNY leadership team.
- Serves as primary ECHDC/ESD contact with City of Buffalo and Erie County and their departments/entities, state agencies associated with development in the Buffalo Waterfront area, and Western New York’s community, civic and business leaders.
- Develops annual ECHDC budget in conjunction with ESD subsidiary finance.
- Identifies goals/objectives for each program year and formulate/refine projects to progressively advance agency mission.
• Project Planning
- Prepares and presents discretionary items for consideration/approval by ECHDC Board of Directors.
- Prepares or directs the preparation of various types of applications for grants, state/federal aid, or other types of assistance for ECHDC projects.
- Prepares or directs the preparation of technical scopes of work for requests for qualifications (“RFQs”), Requests for Proposals (“RFPs”) for consultant assistance on ECHDC capital projects.
- As necessary, procures/oversees work of consultants (architects, engineers, environmental, market analysis, legal) as they relate to ECHDC capital or investment projects.
• Procurement/Business Development
- Prepares or directs the preparation of requests for expressions of interest (“RFEIs”), RFQs, and RFPs for development on ECHDC-owned or controlled land/properties.
- Develops selection/evaluation criteria for procurement activities.
- In conjunction with ECHDC staff, leads and manages procurement process in accordance with ESD Procurement Guidelines, including documentation, required screenings, responsibility determinations, interview sessions, de-briefings, etc.
Other projects/efforts as assigned by the ESD WNY VP of Policy and Planning & EVP, Real Estate Development.

Additional Comments Position expected to work onsite and/or remote consistent with NYS and ESD guidelines and needs.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Maria Gately, SHRM-CP - Senior Human Resources Manager

Telephone N/A

Fax N/A

Email Address


Street 633 Third Avenue

City New York

State NY

Zip Code 10017


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