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Director of Business & Economic Development

Company: Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Location: Redmond
Posted on: September 17, 2020

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Director of Business & Economic Development Company: Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Location: Seattle

Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Director Business Management Jobs in Seattle, WA. Jobs. Jobs.Interviews. Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce3.7?. Directorof Business & Economic Development. Posting Date: September 1,2020. Job Title: Director of Business & Economic Development.Classification: Regular, full-time, exempt. Reports To: Senior VicePresident of Member Development. Application Instructions:. Submitcover letter and resume through the Chamber's job portal.Applications received in other means may not be considered.Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with prioritygiven to applications received by September 21st, 2020.. About theSeattle Metro Chamber of Commerce:. The Seattle MetropolitanChamber of Commerce is the largest independent business andemployer association in the region. The Chamber engages theinnovation and entrepreneurship of its members to create a strongeconomy, advocate for a vital business environment, and buildsustainable and healthy communities in the Seattle region..Position Summary:. This position will lead the Chamber’s economicdevelopment goals for King County and will serve its 39jurisdictions. This individual will be instrumental in setting astrategy for business retention & expansion in King County that isnimble and focused. This position will be responsible for ensuringthat the Chamber tracks and reports on contracted metrics with theWashington State Department of Commerce to ensure compliance withthe ADO contract on behalf of the Seattle Metro Chamber.. TheDirector of Business & Economic Development will work with regionalleaders and local jurisdictions to address retention and expansionissues both on a sector basis and on a specific, one-to-one clientbasis. The candidate should be a self-starter who is comfortablewith extensive outreach and client relationship building, coupledwith the ability to deliver against a set of annual targets andmetrics. The ideal candidate is an experienced economic developmentprofessional with a background working across jurisdictions tosupport existing firms with their expansion needs and formingretention strategies. They are knowledgeable of business climate inthe Puget Sound Region and understand the needs of different typesof businesses at various stages of their growth cycles. Thisincludes a focus minority-owned business growth and development.The Chamber’s mission is to help businesses grow and thrive in aninclusive and equitable economy; we are looking for a candidate whois passionate about our mission.. Critical Job Functions. Thefollowing describe the critical functions of the role, but do notprovide an extensive list of job responsibilities and duties..Support and partner with local jurisdictions business retention &expansion programs. Assess business retention and expansionprograms led by local jurisdictions and develop strategies for howto support these communities in their efforts through partnership,capacity building, and resource connections.. Provide resources tolocal jurisdiction to support BIPOC small business growth in theircity.. Leverage partners like Greater Seattle Partner and those ineconomic development offices in cities across the county, as wellas commercial real estate professionals and subject matter experts,to understand and promote the evolving inventory of available sitesand building available to the business community.. Connect andbuild understanding of prioritized needs of businesses to enablethem to thrive. Conduct business retention and expansion visitswith 260 employers within King County, in partnership with localjurisdictions. Create an eco-system of partnerships who can assistin solving and discussing specific business barriers to retention &expansion. Make connections between needed business resources,programming, and relevant assets to achieve expansion & retentiongoals, leveraging the Chamber’s work when possible to maximizeimpact.. Promote value of Chamber membership in interactions withnon-members across King County. Support for key industry sectorsand demographic sectors within Seattle and King County to supporttheir growth in the region.. Assess opportunities for growth inSeattle & King County within targeted industry sectors.. Developengagements to support long-range planning for area businesses anddevelopment of key sector needs in the workforce arena.. Partnerwith the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County inits strategic sector-based activities, including its new IndustryEngagement Committee and industry tables.. Develop engagements andprograms to support BIPOC small business growth. Participate ineconomic development system-wide discussions. Partner with regionaleconomic development organization focused on business attraction toalign business outreach in the county and develop a plan to fillthe gaps within retention and expansion. Develop and activelyengage quality, trusting relationships with the leadership ofclient companies, regional governments, city jurisdictions andtheir economic development leadership and colleagues.. Accelerategeographic and racial equity and promote inclusive economicdevelopment in King County.. Evaluate capacity and communitypriorities and build innovative programming in partnership with theMember Development Department. Establish a new minority-ownedbusiness recovery and development program. Inform programming thatwill assist in retaining and growing businesses. Skills andQualifications. Experience partnering with external stakeholders,preferably local jurisdictions;. Experience in and/or knowledge ofeconomic development preferably in King County;. Stronginterpersonal skills, including being a good listener; high levelof critical and creative thinking with a demonstrated ability toproduce tangible results and be hands-on. A demonstrated ability topromote collaboration and build coalitions across a wide range ofinternal and external stakeholder groups;. Demonstrated experiencein crafting and implementing robust and creativestrategies/programs and delivering on new initiatives throughimplementation.. Excellent verbal and written communication skills;skilled in group facilitation and making presentations in audiencesof various sizes and areas of interest;. Demonstrated proficiencyworking within a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system(Salesforce or Microsoft Dynamics preferred);. Proven experienceand success in economic development, account management, outsidesales, or similar;. Experience within an economicdevelopment-oriented organization, including a Chamber, nonprofitor public or municipal entity strongly preferred;. Excels atfollow-through and anticipating challenges, comfortable meetingtangible metrics with some level of role ambiguity. This positionis funded by Washington State and King County and is renewed on abiennium basis.. The Chamber provides a comprehensive andcompetitive benefits package including but not restricted to:.Medical/dental/vision coverage. Vacation/sick/float leave. LifeInsurance. Long-term disability insurance. Flexible SpendingAccounts. Employer-matched 401(k) Contribution. Paid parentalleave. Wellspring EAP membership. Generous holiday schedule andpaid days off. More about our benefits, perks, and info aboutworking at the Chamber. We recognize the value of the Chamberreflecting the diversity of our community and are intentionally andactively seeking out applications from a variety of backgrounds,including members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and black, indigenous,and people of color.. The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer.All employees and potential employees will be recruited, selected,trained, promoted, and, if necessary, disciplined without regard tosex, race, religion, creed, marital status, age, national origin,ancestry, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,political ideology or activity, disability, honorably-dischargedveteran or military status. All applicants are carefully screenedand full consideration is given to their training, education,skills, aptitudes, experience, and previous work record. Inaddition, the Chamber does not discriminate on the basis of geneticinformation in its employment related policies and practices,including coverage under its health benefits program.. Get alertsto jobs like this, to your inbox.

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