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Local Industry Programs Manager
Reports to: Chief Economic Development Officer
Date: March 14, 2017
Both internal and external applicants should send their resume, cover letter and salary requirements to email@example.com no later than March 31, 2017.
The Local Industry Programs Manager will work with the Economic Development team to serve the business community. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
Local Industry Programs
Assist in creation and implementation of Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program.
Develop company surveys, work with the Chief Economic Development Officer to conduct company visits and interviews, and ensure follow-up on all action items.
Identify needs and opportunities to support existing businesses and develop programs as appropriate.
Convene industry-specific employer groups on a regular basis to understand and assist in areas of industry-wide challenges including, but not limited to, talent pipeline.
Review proposed ordinances and codes that relate to economic development and business climate.
Serve as an advocate for the business community when appropriate.
Maintain a customer relationship management system with detailed information on existing and prospective Colorado Springs area businesses.
Create monthly report on local industry programs for inclusion in Board of Directors Report.
Economic Development Programs
Work with the Senior Vice President of Economic Development on business attraction projects.
Assist the Chief Economic Development Officer in representing the Chamber & EDC on committees for community planning and policy related to economic development.
Prepare reports on development and redevelopment activities for senior staff and the Board of Directors when necessary.
Establish strong working relationships with the local municipal leaders; partner agencies such as Colorado Springs Utilities, Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, Small Business Development Center, Better Business Bureau, and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center; higher education institutions; K-12 schools; and others.
Proactively participate in additional initiatives developed to execute the Economic Development Strategic Plan.
Required knowledge, skills and abilities
Ability to work with businesses at various stages – startup to established companies.
Frequent visits to businesses in the region will be necessary. Reliable personal transportation is required; additional travel might be required.
Willingness to participate in business community events to promote business development and vitality.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-demand environment while maintaining a positive attitude.
Must be able to work independently with little direction, prioritize projects and manage time.
May supervise staff, interns or volunteers.
The ability to manage information in a confidential and ethical manner is vital.
Knowledge of modern principles and practices of local and state economic development programs and business administration; real estate principles and practices; practices and methods of financial analysis; contract and negotiation language; and fundamentals of economic development.
Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
Must have strong interpersonal skills with ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of job-related contacts.
Proficiency in Word, Excel and CRM systems.
Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or a related field. Additional education and training in economic development preferred.
Five years of progressive experience in economic development or related field working with a variety of businesses. Direct experience in business preferred.
Work-related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above required knowledge, skills and abilities is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The employee must regularly lift or move up to 10 pounds; frequently lift or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
The employee is occasionally required to stand. walk and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.