Job Listing: Economic Development Specialist

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Brigitte Farrell Published: February 2, 2020
Kilgore, TX
Job Type


Economic Development Specialist
Department: Workforce & Economic Development
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: Community Services Manager
Supervises: N/A
Travel: 10% within the 14-county region
On Call: N/A

Job Purpose: Assist the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) jurisdictions
in the development and execution of plans and programs relating to Community and
Economic Development, grant and contract management with government agencies
and private consultants, and research for supplemental funding sources and grants
for program activities. Addresses environmental aspects of Economic Development
such as Solid Waste and Air Quality, representing East Texas at the regional level.
Assists with ETCOG Home program initiatives as directed by the Housing program
manager and team. Oversee the daily operations of the Community Loan Center
(CLC) program of East Texas.

Essential Job Results:
% of Time Results Expected and Duties Performed
40% Ensure regional Economic Development services, initiatives and projects are coordinated and supported throughout ETCOG’s 14-county region by seeking funding from corporate, governmental and individual grant opportunities; performing research and analysis for special non-grant related projects to include analysis of financial impact
and cost benefit, best practices and statistical and demographic analysis related to the project; using raw census data for research and statistics for various grant applications; conducting comprehensive studies, surveys and other evaluative processes to analyze existing and proposed economic solutions; providing a continuity of statistics throughout the ETCOG region by conducting base studies and analyses of the region’s geographic, population, and economic characteristics; ensuring resources for community development are allocated appropriately throughout the region by attending meetings, scoring Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications and assisting with community outreach events; assisting with the transition from Regional Review Committee (RRC) administration to CDBG grant writing for ETCOG jurisdictions; conducting site visits; researching grants for ETCOG programs and providing analysis to other divisions within ETCOG, writing grants for customers as needed, ensuring grant proposals are applied for and submitted on behalf of ETCOG customers; assisting with other duties as

10% Support regional efforts to manage solid waste disposal, improve air quality and comply with state and federal requirements by working closely with the Community Services Manager and attending meetings, assisting with compilation of scoring materials and with mailings and communications.

25% Assist the Housing Program Manager with the Home Program initiative to ensure awareness of services offered throughout the ETCOG region by providing support for the Home Disaster Funds Program and the General Home Program; researching and analyzing other similar programs to attain success for ETCOG; researching and
developing funding streams to secure grants from state and federal resources; assisting with application intake, procurement and environmental reports; maintaining accurate documentation and accountability for program files; reporting data and financial drawdowns to the appropriate entities.

25% Ensure program delivery, compliance and understanding of the CLC program by monitoring the software weekly to prevent problems that may arise; creating and maintaining an active list of eligible participating employers; training participating employers and borrowers on using the software to apply for loans and understanding the program parameters; reconciling of employer pay periods and credit reporting; sharing responsibility to market the CLC program to potential customers throughout the region.

Required behaviors for all positions:
• Communicate with co-workers, management, customers, vendors, and others in a courteous and professional manner

• Conform with and abide by all company codes, regulations, policies, work procedures and instructions

• Embrace ETCOG’s Vision, Mission and Purpose

• Demonstrate the values and principles set forth in the Customer Service Creed in all interactions with all individuals, both within ETCOG and when dealing with those we serve

• Regular attendance

Education: High School Diploma or equivalent required; Bachelor’s degree in
Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field of study preferred.
Experience: Minimum 3 years prior related experience in grant writing and research, public relations skills and knowledge of government programs preferred. Experience in a banking environment with the ability to serve customers and reconcile accounts preferred. Combination of education and experience will be considered.

Skills and Abilities:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent writing and research abilities; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; the ability to multi-task and prioritize work; meet deadlines; analytical and critical thinking skills are needed; high level of customer service skills required; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with all levels of staff, elected officials and the public.

Other: Valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.

Office Equipment and Software:

Computer, telephone, scanner, copier, printer;
MS Office programs (i.e. MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook)

Decision Making: May make some alterations when following established procedures. Develop options by which work can be accomplished. Select specific steps from established options.

Interpersonal Communication: Internal customers at all levels; regular interaction with political officials, Board Members, various State agencies, the general public, and the business community.

Confidential and Sensitive Information: Access to or knowledge of upcoming projects for cities or counties that have not been released to the public.

Working Conditions:
Potentially Hazardous Conditions: Condition

Travel by automobile to locations throughout 14 County Region; occasionally outside of region.

Monthly Environmental Conditions (noise, temperature extremes, etc.):

Temperature extremes associated with traveling; heat, cold, wind and rain
Weekly Physical Exertion: Exertion

Organization of office space and materials Weekly

Carrying or moving office equipment Monthly; Lifting & collating agenda packets Monthly