The Sonoma County EDB is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Economic Development professional to become their Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Program Manager. As the BRE Program Manager, you will focus on results-oriented, business retention and expansion services, visiting approximately 200 businesses a year throughout the County, and collaborating with other local partners. In this role you will serve as a liaison to the business community, the primary point of contact on all County marketing, recruitment, and business expansion activities; you will connect business owners and entrepreneurs with business services, programs, and resources provided by the EDB and the County, and
- Serve as a key customer service representative in assisting new and expanding businesses in areas of County and city building code permitting requirements
- Research and maintain the demographic, socioeconomic, and quality of life data used to support businesses and business development initiatives
- Establish a network with local chambers of commerce, business and trade groups, and other regional partners by holding regular community visits, attending business events and chamber mixers, etc.
- Track interactions with current and prospective businesses
- Strong communication skills in order to support our local business community in identifying, mitigating, and overcoming barriers
- The ability to facilitate and coordinate long-range economic planning activities
- Working knowledge of planning, land use, and commercial real estate
- Knowledge of commercial lending practices, and non-banking alternative forms of financing, marketing and sales, and real estate transactions
- The ability to utilize software including Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software and databases to provide business intelligence and location information to local business
- Working knowledge of web design and social media tools, as well as Constant Contact, to oversee a digital business retention and expansion campaign
The Sonoma County EDB is a small, dynamic public-agency involved with a broad range of public policy issues and innovative programs that support the local economy of Sonoma County. Located at the threshold between the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area and the spectacular beauty of northern California and spanning over 1,500 square miles, the County of Sonoma maintains a diverse economy that includes a world-class wine region, stunning natural resources, and dozens of tourist destinations. The EDB is committed to the vitality of Sonoma County, providing services directed towards encouraging the startup, retention and expansion of County businesses and jobs. Please visit www.sonomaedb.org for additional information.
What We Offer
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package* including:
- An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
- Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
- Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
- County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
- Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
- May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
- Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
The Civil Service title for this position is Department Program Manager. The employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time or extra-help vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future vacancies should consider applying to this recruitment. APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED
Minimum QualificationsEducation: Any combination of education and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, significant college coursework in business or public administration, finance, economics or a closely related area would provide this opportunity. For some assignments, college coursework in social work, psychology, sociology or a closed related field may be desirable. Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, three years of experience supervising or coordinating a program including some responsibility for program coordination, planning, analysis and administration, including at least one year leading or supervising staff would provide such opportunity. Specific experience related to the assigned position may be required for designated positions and will be stated as such in recruitment materials. License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment, to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesConsiderable knowledge of: the principles and practices of program management including planning and program analysis; data collection, research methodology and application of basic statistics; report writing; legislation, laws, current issues and trends, and techniques and principles for the assigned program area. Working knowledge of: the principles and practices of personnel management, employee supervision, and training; budget development and fiscal management; grant and contract administration.
Ability to: plan, organize, coordinate and manage a specific program or group of related programs; select, train, and supervise staff; develop, evaluate, and analyze operational policies and procedures; analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions; prepare, interpret and evaluate a variety of narrative and statistical data and reports; communicate orally and in writing on a variety of issues; understand, interpret and apply procedures, laws, rules and regulations as they apply to assigned area; ensure proper compliance with federal, state and local guidelines, policies, goals, rules and regulations; develop and maintain harmonious relationships with employees, public officials, community groups, other agencies and the general public.
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
- Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
- You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
- You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
- Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
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