Economic Specialist Job Description
Working under the direction of the Silver Valley Development Corporation Board of Directors and in partnership with the Idaho Department of Commerce to develop, implement, and coordinate business recruitment, retention and expansion, entrepreneurial development, community development activities and related work.
Frequent travel within service area will be required. Some travel within Idaho is required. Occasional out-of-state travel is possible. Reliable personal transportation will be needed. Evening and weekend work can be expected.
1. Business Retention and Expansion. Typical responsibilities: answer inquiries and make referrals concerning small-business loans; advise businesses with expansion plans of various market development, financing, job training, and business planning resources; coordinate with state, federal and regional sources to assist in business expansion and workforce development; provide technical assistance to local governments in identifying business expansion by planning adequate infrastructure. Assist with business retention and expansion programs, as well as business start-up and recruitment efforts.
2. Entrepreneurial Development. Assist entrepreneurs by providing direct support to new business start-ups through problem-solving, advocacy and referrals. Coordinate business training workshops; assess need for training and workshops local entrepreneurs and businesses, coordinate with NISBDC, TechHelp, Dept. of Labor and post-secondary institutions to offer local training options.
3. Business Recruitment. Typical responsibilities: research and provide site location and infrastructure information to businesses interested in locating in the Silver Valley; coordinate inquiries with chambers, local and state government officials; establish a network of private and public contacts to market the Silver Valley as a business expansion or relocation site; develop, update, edit, and oversee distribution of informational marketing publications to promote a positive business climate; conduct workshops and make presentations to business to facilitate economic development, prepares news releases and works with media to promote feature story coverage of ED-related activity and accomplishment.
4. Coordination and Liaison. Typical responsibilities: work with the board of directors, mayors, county commissioners, chambers of commerce, school districts and local post-secondary institutions along with regional and state organizations on a broad range of economic development activities; serve as liaison with various governmental agencies, local community groups, and private sector organizations; acts as a community advocate in expanding new business; maintains client/network contact list.
5. Program Administration. Typical responsibilities: develop annual work plan, provide monthly accomplishment reports to Idaho Commerce, coordinates and prepare annual membership campaign invoices and cover letters, and prepare and submit monthly reimbursement vouchers. Identify potential granting agencies and match with possible businesses, and write funding grants and participate in other fund-raising activities. Assist the Board in setting and prioritizing annual goals and objectives.
Any combination of education and experience which demonstrates good knowledge of: local business opportunities and economic conditions, business assistance programs and sources; economic development marketing concepts; community economic development practices.
Experience might include: working in a professional capacity with federal, state, or local economic development/assistance programs; evaluating and recommending appropriate business site locations and expansions; providing technical economic development assistance to businesses, business organizations, and community groups; organizing and conducting workshops and making presentations to business and community groups.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
It is expected that the successful candidate will have experience in most of the following areas:
Public Relations and Communication. Have the ability to communicate orally with a broad range of individuals and before groups. Be able to communicate effectively in writing to a varied audience. Have a basic knowledge of economic development marketing concepts and techniques. Ability to use multiple media sources to ensure effective communications (e.g., e-mail, web publishing, social media).
Meetings – Knowledgeable in meeting planning, management and facilitation techniques.
Productivity - Know how to use Microsoft Office, website publishing software, personal information manager/planner, able to conduct effective internet research.
Grants, loans and financing – Familiarity with government and private grant, loan and other business assistance programs related to economic development.
HOW TO APPLY:
Mail cover letter (including salary and benefit requirements), resume and references to:
Attn: SVEDC Hiring Committee
703 Cedar Street
Wallace, Idaho 83873
Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org