NATURE OF WORK
This is professional management work within the Office of Economic and Small Business Development, performing and managing a wide range of tasks in development.
Work involves coordination of activities leading to enhancement of the County's overall economy including the creation of employment opportunities, the expansion of business opportunities, and commercial revitalization for economic development.
Major work assignments will involve business and industry studies; developing and implementing strategies to stimulate the growth of new and existing businesses; assessing economic impact of new and existing business relocation and expansions; planning business recruitment strategies; and coordinating work with staff and/or agencies involved in business marketing and attraction.
Employee in this class must exercise substantial independent judgment and decision making in planning and carrying out assignments. Work is reviewed through project achievements, reports, programs, and conferring with the Office director. Employee in this class must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse community.
Coordinates a variety of activities related to business development, expansion, and retention.
Researches and develops long term objectives, strategies, and approaches to stimulate the County's economy through the establishment of new businesses, and through the revitalization of commercial areas.
Assists in growth of new businesses and the expansion of existing businesses through coordinated efforts with organizations and agencies focused on this objective.
Coordinates with municipalities and local organizations in implementing redevelopment strategies.
Coordinates the County's involvement in business development through promoting business and technology incubators and accelerators, business clustering, and regional technology corridor initiatives.
Provides business assistance to companies seeking ways to expedite their involvement in government regulatory and permitting processes, or access business opportunities in the public sector.
Conducts market analyses to determine the feasibility of encouraging private investment in commercial development projects.
Participates in redevelopment activities in targeted communities.
Works with internal agencies of the County to accomplish a business friendly environment without compromising County policies and standard practices.
Serves as liaison to business development organizations, municipalities, community agencies and other organizations in the community.
Facilitates the completion of required documentation to effectuate project conclusion.
Monitors, evaluates and amends the section’s business plan.
Conducts meetings/workshops with the business community; prepares and presents economic development plans and information.
Supervises section staff assigned to economic development.
May be assigned to act for the director in his/her absence.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Considerable knowledge of economic and community development principles, practices and procedures.
Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local programs available to support and promote economic development.
Knowledge of the standard practices in the fields of local government management, budgeting and accounting.
Knowledge of financial analysis, negotiations, project management, and proposal or grant writing.
Knowledge of business financing methods in terms of equity and debt capital and the typical sources of business capital.
Ability to provide general management, financial, and technical assistance to small or starting businesses and knowledge of referral sources.
Ability to manage the work of subordinates.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to conduct research, analyze data, prepare reports and distribute information.
Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business or public administration, economics, urban planning, or related field; six (6) years experience in business development, business finance, marketing, and commercial development, including three (3) years of management experience; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
Bargaining Unit: Unrepresented
FLSA Status: Exempt
Financial Disclosure Required: No
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E 9/00 R 02/12