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EEDD Business Retention Expansion Specialist (#RB0615)
$25.24-$30.67 Hourly / $4,374.93-$5,316.13 Monthly / $52,499.20-$63,793.60 Yearly




DEFINITION

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.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

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.

TYPICAL DUTIES

  • 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.

  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    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.

     

    AND

    License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

    KNOWLEDGE

    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.

    ABILITY

    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.

    PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

    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.


    CLASS: RB0615; EST: 6/8/2005; REV: 6/11/2008;