San Diego Regional EDC is a 20+ person team, dedicated to mobilizing business, government, and civic leaders around an inclusive economic development strategy to connect data to decision making, maximize regional prosperity, enhance global competitiveness, and position San Diego effectively for investment and talent.

EDC values diversity of thought, experience, and perspectives, and encourages individuals with non-traditional backgrounds to apply for the below position(s). We are a passionate group of professionals committed to supporting inclusive economic growth in San Diego, and we welcome applicants who are eager to learn and join us in this important work. We support regional companies and create programs and initiatives that grow our economy.

EDC offers:

  • Excellent benefits – Health, Vision, Dental, 401k match, and Life Insurance.
  • A collaborative work environment where ideas are encouraged. You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in your community and contribute from day one!
  • Subsidized parking or transit pass. EDC’s office is located in San Diego’s vibrant downtown.
  • The opportunity to lead initiatives and network, present, and collaborate with key business contacts – in San Diego and beyond.

Our values:


In accordance with EDC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our stakeholders and visitors; and the community at large. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, as applicable.

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The Economic Development Manager (Life Sciences) leads a strategic economic development framework to enable business attraction, retention, and expansion in the life sciences industry – one of the region’s most competitive clusters. The ideal candidate can communicate effectively to internal and external stakeholders, and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines without comprising quality of the work. This role will powerfully impact the growth trajectory of San Diego’s life sciences cluster. Experience in stakeholder engagement and project management is required.

This position is full-time and reports to the Senior Director, Economic Development and Research.

Compensation for this role ranges from $64,000 – $75,000.

Specific duties and responsibilities

Company Support:

  • Work with and through private and public sector partners to streamline company expansion and accommodate job growth in life sciences cluster
  • Steward a consistent pipeline of complex company expansion and retention projects from start through completion
  • Identify bottlenecks and barriers to business growth in the life sciences industry and recommend creative solutions to address those challenges
  • Provide timely and actionable insight to public sector economic development, planning, and development agencies on facility expansions, and other growth needs of life sciences companies and the industry at large
  • Track major infrastructure, investment, and supply chain trends that support regional competitiveness and quality job growth
  • Respond to company inquires and project proposals for site selection and business development opportunities within the region
  • Master a toolkit of local, state, and federal business incentives, services and support specific to life sciences, and target outreach to 50+ companies annually to triage problems and assist with growth goals

Industry Engagement:

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with senior industry executives and relevant stakeholders, and serve as EDC’s life sciences domain expert internally and externally
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key organizations and partners to identify and address challenges in key industries
  • Coordinate with internal and external partners on messaging and data related to industry opportunity and growth
  • Execute collaborative outreach in external markets for vetted opportunities (conferences/expansions/trade missions)

Key qualifications


  • College/University degree (or equivalent experience) and minimum of five years experience in business, real estate, planning, life sciences facilities or related field.
  • Experience managing large, multi-person projects and teams. Ability to communicate at all levels of an organization and with external partners and vendors.
  • Knowledge of San Diego/California economy and related industry sectors. Experience in life sciences or adjacent field preferred.
  • Familiarity with BEAR activities, business incentives, planning, permitting, and related economic development project work
  • Strong presentation skills and excellent oral and written communication.


  • Creative and collaborative solution-finder who can get things done with limited resources.
  • Excellent time management as well as demonstrated proficiency managing multiple project under competing deadlines.
  • Self-directed critical thinker and team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be client-focused, adaptable, and have unquestionable integrity.

This is a full-time, salaried position with excellent benefits. EDC offers a collaborative and flexible working environment in San Diego’s vibrant downtown.

Please view full job description here.


Internships at EDC

EDC’s internship program is currently closed. Follow us on LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information on opportunities at EDC.

Please no unsolicited calls or emails regarding employment or internship opportunities.

EDC Internship Program


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