PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Economic and Community Development, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in developing and promoting economic and community development programs.
Works under the general supervision of a Community Development Specialist or other employee of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Promotes and coordinates economic, housing and community development activities and programs; advises municipalities in developing comprehensive community development plans; establishes and maintains contacts with and provides technical assistance to businesses and industries within and outside state; performs specialized analyses and evaluations for development of standardized data and specific forecasts, performance indicators and preparation of statistical information needed to meet guidelines and requirements of funding agencies; establishes and maintains contact with customers; advises customers undertaking community development activity; assists businesses and industries locating or expanding operations in Connecticut; identifies economic, housing and/or community development resources available to businesses and industries and coordinates services; reviews plans and proposals for conformity with statutory, regulatory and department requirements; identifies and assesses customer needs and evaluates customer financial capacity and reliability; acts as liaison between customers, business and financial organizations and government agencies; conducts feasibility reviews; underwrites proposals and makes appropriate recommendations; negotiates financial packages with customers relying on municipal, state, federal and private resources and programs; advocates on customer behalf requests for financial assistance and or related services; coordinates and tracks proposals through departmental approval process; prepares commitment letters, financial, statistical and administrative reports as needed; assesses, develops and/or promotes domestic and international markets for Connecticut products; develops and promotes Connecticut as a destination for business to out of state and international customers; coordinates a marketing or promotion program; develops, coordinates and conducts workshops, conferences and seminars to promote business development assistance; assists communities in planning and developing housing, industrial parks and promoting business development; provides technical assistance in grant application; may negotiate leasing or other contractual agreements for business opportunities of state owned facilities; may monitor and support business activities to maximize benefits of negotiated agreements; may monitor work performance of consultants; may monitor programs to ensure compliance; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of local, state and federal economic, housing and community development programs and resources; knowledge of local, state and federal laws, regulations and policies pertaining to economic, housing and community development; knowledge of budgetary and financial principles and practices; knowledge of planning principles and practices; knowledge of comprehensive community development principles and practices; knowledge of industry practices, markets and location issues; knowledge of economic development assistance programs and financing; knowledge of marketing principles and techniques; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; skill in planning, organizing and negotiating urban or economic and community development activities; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of professional experience in corporate marketing and business development or business experience including residential and/or commercial financing to include leverage financing, strategic planning, financial planning and analysis or project management experience with industrial, environmental, housing or community development projects to include public financing or experience in urban planning and development.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the level of Assistant Economic and Community Development Agent.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master’s Degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(31)-Public Relations and Information
(16)-ADMIN & RESID (P-5)
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Economic and Community Development Agent in Salary Group AR 25 approved effective March 28, 2008. (2012 SCOPE Review)