In order to advance the careers of economic developers focused on business retention and expansion, BREI has established a job board for members and partners seeking qualified candidates for open positions. Please see the positions available below:
City of Bowie, Business Retention Specialist
The Business Retention Specialist performs advanced professional economic and community development work; manages key projects from inception to completion; conducts business recruitment and retention activities, implements commercial district revitalization efforts, acts as a liaison between business and community groups, and performs departmental administrative functions. Reporting directly to the Economic Development Director, the incumbent conducts economic development policy analyses and development, and is responsible for making various public presentations. Frequent and consistent interaction with various community groups, including residents, members of the business community, and elected and appointed officials at all levels of government is vital to the success of incumbent in this position.
Specific Duties Include:
- Working with local county and city officials for retention and expansion of existing businesses and recruitment of new businesses.
- Serving as a liaison between businesses and public/private agencies
- Developing and implementing events, forums and programs to address identified needs of the business community.
- Collecting, compiling, and analyzing data regarding economic conditions and projects.
- Respond to inquiries from City staff, developers, prospective businesses, and the general public; determine focus/needs of inquiries and respond as specifically as possible; make referrals and/or introductions as appropriate.
- Cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with residents, and individuals at all levels of government.
- Bachelor’s degree in economic development, urban planning, public administration, marketing, finance, or a related field.
- Four years’ experience in economic or community development, business assistance, commercial development, and/or business retention programs.
Certain combinations of training and experience may be considered in lieu of the above listed qualifications.
- Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI), Community Development Institute (CDI), or International Economic Development Council (IEDC) certification.
- Prior experience working for a local government or similar agency.
*COVID-19 vaccination required in order to qualify for this position
Salary: $76,322 – $88,000 Annually
Employee Benefits: Excellent medical, dental, vision, life and long-term care insurance; 401(k) with employer match; 457 savings plan. Telework and flexible scheduling opportunities may be available with this position.
How to Apply: please visit the city’s website at: www.cityofbowie.org and click on the employment link.
Application Deadline: FRIDAY, July 15, 2022 at 5:00pm
All applicants MUST submit a completed City of Bowie employment application in order to be considered for this opportunity.
The City of Bowie is a drug and alcohol-testing employer. EOE
Senior Executive Service, Chief Counsel- Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
The Chief Counsel provides legal services and counsel to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development (Under Secretary) and other officials of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) in developing, coordinating, and implementing a national program for establishing and strengthening minority business enterprises. As a member of MBDA’s senior management team, the Chief Counsel advises and assists in the development of MBDA policies and programs.
The Chief Counsel for MBDA responsibilities includes but are not limited to:
• Provides legal advice and consultation to the Under Secretary and MBDA senior staff regarding the powers, duties, and legal responsibilities of MBDA and its relationship with other governmental departments, agencies, and regional offices as well as business, industry, public, and private organizations.
• Advises the Under Secretary and other senior MBDA officials on all legal and interrelated legal and policy aspects of matters arising out of their respective areas of operation.
• Provides advice on and legal interpretations of existing or proposed legal authorities and directives, including statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, proclamations, and Departmental authorities that affect the authorities, operations, and programs of MBDA, and prepares appropriate comments, briefs, or petitions, relating to current or proposed legal authorities or directives of other Federal agencies.
• Prepares legislative or regulatory proposals, as well as policy directives, to advance MBDA’s mission and goals and achieve Administration priorities.
• Conducts continuing reviews of the legal developments that could impact MBDA’s programs or minority business development generally.
• Prepares or reviews for legal sufficiency all orders, notices, rules, and regulations for publication including notices in the Federal Register and announcements posted on Grants.gov, to be issued by MBDA in connection with its programmatic and legal authorities.
• Acts as the initial point of contact for MBDA legal matters, both with the Department’s Office of the General Counsel and all OGC offices.
HOW TO APPLY:
Visit https://www.usajobs.gov/job/646474400 for more information on how to apply.
JOA Opens: 4/01/22
JOA Closes: 5/02/22
Business Retention and Expansion Program Manager- Charles County Government
The Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program Manager will facilitate business investment and job creation through a data-driven process. This role manages, coordinates and implements programs and projects that support the retention and expansion of local firms within the Albuquerque region, with a focus on those in target growth or at-risk industries. It will also assist with commercial, office, and industrial development as it pertains to business retention and expansion; coordinating data analysis and research activities of the organization; and supporting the attraction and retention of domestic and international businesses. The BRE Program Manager administers AED’s business retention and expansion effort, including surveying area businesses, following up with appropriate parties on the survey responses, and creating market intelligence reports as a result of those efforts that inform future strategic competitiveness initiatives. To be successful in this role one must build and maintain strong relationships with business and community leaders, the commercial real estate development community, and public sector partners.
• Focusing on business retention and expansion efforts on behalf of all target industry sectors as identified in the AED Strategic Plan
• Aiding companies and developers with navigating state and regional job training and incentive program opportunities available to existing local firms
• Implementing Business Retention and Expansion survey and company visitation program, providing on-going support and services to corporate officials and uncovering potential projects from company visits
• Responding to requests for information, conducting research, financial modeling and tax incentive analyses
• Updating and maintaining customer relationship management (CRM) database on current and target local businesses for outreach as well as related projects and BRE visits and outcomes, creating and proactively providing up to date reports on progress to senior leadership
• Maintaining detailed, accurate understanding of business ecosystem and all players including for- profit, non-profit, federal, state, local government resources
• Managing special project assignments and collaborating with other team members to support overlapping/aligned goals related to business solutions including workforce, innovation partnerships, startup assistance, ecosystem mapping and key business wins
• Assisting on or leading the planning and execution of events, market visits and trade shows (in person or virtual)
• Assisting with or overseeing the planning and implementation of relevant task force or committee meetings of the board, membership or other verticals
• The ability and desire to review complex documents, contracts and incentives proposals while driving job creation and economic impact in the region
• Demonstrated strong research, data analysis, and data interpretation skills
• Strong customer service, presentation and relationship management skills
• Ability to juggle multiple projects and meet tight deadlines
• An understanding of business principles with an entrepreneurial mindset, including finances, supply chain, sales, marketing, real estate, procurement, workforce development, strategic business planning, commercial lending practices, and non-banking alternative forms of financing, marketing and sales, and real estate transactions
• The ability to utilize software including Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software and databases to provide business intelligence and location information to local business
• Working knowledge of web design and social media tools, as well as Constant Contact, to oversee a digital business retention and expansion campaign
Competitive salary and healthcare benefits, 401(k), on-site gym access, paid parking
• BA/BS degree In a relevant field or combined with relevant on the job experience
• Strong computer skills, proficient in the MS Office suite of products as well as a working knowledge of a CRM system
• Three to five years progressively responsible work experience or management of projects and programs in economic development, redevelopment, commercial real estate development, banking, financial planning, business assistance and service, chamber of commerce, government, public facility or infrastructure development, public and/or private finance, or workforce development
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit cover letter and resume to Beverly Cruz at email@example.com.
Vice President of Existing Industry/Regional Development – Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation
The Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation (CCREDC) leads economic development in the three-county Corpus Christi MSA (Nueces, San Patricio, and Aransas counties), serving a population of approximately 450,000. The CCREDC is a public-private partnership charged with securing new jobs, payroll and capital investment in the region. The organization provides economic development services to the major public governmental agencies of the region and is also supported by over 150 companies in the region. CCREDC is considered the leading Economic Development Organization in the Coastal Bend Region of Texas.
Supporting the CCREDC core strategies:
As a key part of the CCREDC mission, the Vice President of Existing Industry/Regional Development will take a lead role in meeting with existing companies, interviewing them to identify issues, and reporting on conditions. Also, they will manage projects with existing businesses planning expansions or consolidations, leading to additional jobs, payroll, and capital investment in the region. The Vice President will take a leading role in working with regional economic development stakeholders and allies in alignment on regional programs, surveys, data gathering, policy recommendations and coordination of economic activities.
Development and implementation of efforts to support Existing Industries that are the economic foundation of the Coastal Bend Region, including a targeted business retention & expansion program, focused business expansion efforts, project management, project expansions, reporting and analysis. This includes a great amount of time building and maintaining the Synchronist database, structured interviews with business leaders, and reporting on issues/results. This will include presentations to business leaders, building relationships with key decision makers, communicating the advantages of the Corpus Christi Region for expansions, and developing materials to deliver the CCREDC core message to further grow the regional economy. The Vice President will lead the Regional Development efforts of CCREDC, building alliances, coordinating regional economic programs, implementing regional economic surveys, coordinating regional summits, and communicating the existing economic conditions of the region.
The Vice President of Existing Industry/Regional Development is a full-time, senior-level professional position responsible for supporting a variety of projects and programs in order to secure business and economic development investment in the region:
- Develop and implement targeted business retention program to identify and secure new economic development projects for the region, measured through new jobs, payroll and capital investment secured, through expanded existing companies in this area.
- Cultivate, manage, and develop contacts and relationships with company and public leaders in the region such as plant managers, corporate real estate professionals and target industry executives.
- Manage and update comprehensive Business Retention/Expansion tracking system based on Synchronist software. Extensive familiarity with Sychronist data-gathering and implementation of the reports/policy recommendations of the software is highly desired.
- Interview 100+ company leaders annually, undertake structured interviews, and report on issues through Synchronist, and make policy recommendations based on the data gathered.
- Develop and manage outreach efforts to companies in the area to identify issues, report on problems and address concerns.
- Work cooperatively with local, regional, and statewide economic development allies and stakeholders to gather economic data, build surveys, maintain the Economic Development regional partnerships, and host economic summits and other key events.
- Manage site and facility projects, including coordination of site identification and certification program for expansion projects.
- Developing a coordinated approach to communicating the message that the Coastal Bend is a great place for investment and doing business to the region’s business community.
- Building face-to-face relationships with key business leaders, managing in-person and on-line communications campaign, and ensuring the organization stays “on message” in communicating its work to the board of directors and wider business community.
- Polished senior-level executive able to work independently as well as part of a dedicated professional team, delivering excellence and a supreme work ethic in achieving goals.
The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, extensive familiarity with economic development projects, high-level communication abilities, and organizational marketing and messaging. The person should be able to interact easily and professionally with company executives, government leaders, senior business leaders, have finely developed time and project management skills, know how to execute core mission strategies, and take the initiative to achieve goals.
This is a senior level position that requires independent work with minimal supervision. A bachelor’s degree is required; MBA, JD, or other advanced degree is preferred, however equivalent experience may be considered. A minimum of 5-10 years of successful economic development program and project management, as well as a demonstrated track record of completing projects, polished communications skills, technical abilities, public relations, and marketing campaign management is required. Certification through IEDC (CEcD) or similar is desired. Strong command of Microsoft Office products, social media, presentation software, customer/sales database program management, and other software is required. Synchronist familiarity is highly desired.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Economic Development – Charles County Government
Charles County Government is hiring a Director of Economic Development. This position Provides economic development strategies, technical elements, work plans and services on behalf of Charles County as the Economic Development official to retain and expand the County’s primary employment and investment base. Oversees and manages the County Economic Development Department’s activities, programs, partnerships, and client relationships. Serves as the primary advisor to the County Administrator and Charles County Board of Commissioners for economic development. Starting salary is $111,025.00 – $179,861.00 annually with a comprehensive benefits package.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Marketing, Urban Planning, Economic Development, Real Estate, Law, or a related field. Ten (10) years of experience with business, planning, real estate, government economic development or considerable experience in commercial or industrial real estate site acquisition and development or in business and industrial financing, zoning, commercial real estate, and business marketing; or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.
Licenses or Certifications:
- Must possess a valid driver’s license.
- Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and related training toward CEcD certification are preferred.
HOW TO APPLY:
Apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/charlescountymd