Under general direction, plans, organizes and coordinates economic development strategies and outreach and other programs for the Employment and Economic Development Department; serves as liaison between the County, public agencies, and businesses to promote business development services; and provides economic development assistance to local businesses for continued growth and development within the County; and performs other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3, of the Civil Service Rules.
An incumbent in this class engages in a broad variety of activities, serving as a liaison among businesses and public and private agencies in an effort to foster business expansion and retention in the County.
Assists new and established businesses in obtaining economic development services including fixed assets, working capital loans and/or other forms of financial assistance, relocation assistance, permit assistance, business advocacy, development incentives, and regulatory compliance.
Receives and/or follows up on all inquiries from businesses and others interested in establishing, expanding or locating their facilities in the County.
Develops and implements strategies to increase employer participation in economic development programs; participates in various projects to promote economic development through electronic mediums that will enhance the creation, operation and retention of businesses in the County; represents the agency in various task forces, committees and planning groups; recommends program process or procedural changes to meet organizational needs.
Advises businesses of various resources available to assist them in resolving problems; explains and interprets pertinent state and local regulations; makes presentations to groups regarding programs; conducts business site visits to inform and promote the use of state incentive programs; may analyze business operations and prepare action plans to assist businesses in attaining benefits.
Coordinates and oversees promotions and special events, including trade shows, seminars and
workshops to promote economic development programs; develops and designs ideas for booth exhibits and display materials; attends special program training.
Assists various chambers of commerce in conducting business visitations within their respective cities to market their business services and identify areas of concern for resolution.
Develops, prepares and maintains a log of companies to track various needs; makes presentations to employers to address issues such as explaining economic development services or to companies with pending layoffs or closure to offer dislocated services to employees.
Prepares a variety of marketing materials and correspondence; maintains confidentiality of business prospects.
Prepares and finalizes monthly reports on assigned program operations and activities; prepares policies and procedures and develops internal reporting forms as necessary; maintains current information regarding programs, including regulatory and procedural requirements.
EITHER PATTERN I
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in business administration, public administration, accounting, finance, economics, economic development, or a closely related field.
Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible workforce development, economic development, marketing, outside sales management, fiscal, or administrative/analytical work, preferably in an employment training, economic development, or social service agency.
OR PATTERN II
Education:Completion of 60 semester units at an accredited college or university with course work in economic development, business administration, public administration, finance, or a related field.
Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible workforce development, economic development, marketing, outside sales management, fiscal, or administrative/analytical work, preferably in an employment training, economic development or social service agency.
OR PATTERN III
Experience:Six years of increasingly responsible workforce development, economic development, marketing, outside sales management, fiscal, or administrative/analytical work, preferably in an employment training, economic development, or social service agency.
License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.
Principles and practices of economic development; methods and techniques related to business financing and economic development; programs available to assist business development, retention and expansion; community agencies and resources available to assist with expansion or for relocating to the County; labor market, business, industrial and employment demographics; basic computer and modern office automation technology, including pertinent software, principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation; techniques of public relations; sales and marketing techniques; pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.
Coordinate programmatic efforts directed at businesses; use computer and related software; make necessary recommendations to businesses regarding available financial assistance or other state programs; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including public officials, trade unions, partner agencies, project participants and sponsors; make sales and marketing cold calls; make presentations to groups; prepare written materials and documentation; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, policies, and regulations.
Mobility-Frequent operation of a data entry device; repetitive motion; sitting for long periods, walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting; climbing stairs; occasional driving; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Occasional decision making and public contact; frequent concentration; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime; speaking before groups; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.