Business Retention Specialist Advertisement
Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO)
The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is an independent, yet complimentary arm of Jefferson Parish government with the main objective of attracting, growing, and creating new business in our area. JEDCO’s mission is to proactively influence the economy through the retention and creation of quality jobs, entrepreneurship, and investment in Jefferson Parish.
The Business Retention Specialist position supports JEDCO’s Economic Development Services department by encouraging the retention of existing businesses in Jefferson Parish. Applicant will be responsible for dedicated outreach efforts to companies, achieving intensive annual meeting quotas set by the JEDCO Board of Commissioners. The ideal candidate possesses the knowledge, skills, and sincere interest in the Economic Development industry. Prospective applicants will have the chance to work alongside passionate and talented individuals, working to advance the overall economic vitality of Jefferson Parish and ultimately the Greater New Orleans region.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Under the general direction of the NWPID Board of Directors, the Executive Director plans, organizes and implements economic development activities including recruitment, retention, and expansion; grant writing/administration for infrastructure development; overall management of industrial park; and supervising NWPID administrative assistant and water superintendent. The Executive Director is responsible for preparing/ overseeing NWPID financial records in compliance with state regulatory requirements. The Executive Director works closely with local, regional and state, economic development partners, and applicable utility and government officials.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Work collaboratively with prospects, consultants, various statewide economic development organizations, and others related to myriad economic development issues.
Supports initiatives to expand/enhance existing industry; workforce development.
Work with partners to develop sufficient infrastructure to support future development.
Coordinates detailed information to new/existing businesses contemplating relocation/expansion.
Organizes economic, market, and demographic data for dissemination.
Responds to requests for proposals/qualifications.
Participates in the negotiation, preparation and processing of documents/agreements as required
Ensures compliance with open records and other government compliance requirements
Manage website I online presence
Experience and ability to manage approximately $850,000 public budget.
Knowledge, Skills, andAbilities
Demonstrated professionalism, co nfidentiality, interpersonal skills, and integrity required.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong attention to detail
Sound technical skills
Prepare I supervise budgetary activity
Demonstrated execution of customer service
Creative and strategic thinking ability
Strong knowledge of industrial development/site selection process
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree from accredited institution required, preferably in business, marketing, public administration, or economics. A Master's degree is preferred. Any combination of education and exper ience providing knowledge, skills, and abilities necessa ry to succeed in the position is acceptable.A minimum of five
(5) years' experiencein progressively senior, full time economic/business development position in either the public/private sector preferred. CEcD, EDFP or other professional economic development designation is
desirable. However, candidates with relevant experience/education encouraged to apply. Experience working is rural/underserved communities and/or workforce development initiatives a plus.
Residency: Candidate will be required to live within the jurisdiction of the District as soon as possible after accepting position.
COMPENSATION: Competitive salary ($90-$110) DOE; health insurance, and reasonable relocation reimbursement.
Submit resume and cover letter to (3 references and transcripts required of finalists)
N. Webster Parish Industrial District Attn: Search Committee Chair
PO Box 176
Springhill, LA 71075
Deadline for application: February 16, 2018
Inquiries directed to: Denny McMullan, Chairman, Search Committee, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NWPID is an equal opportunity employer.