Planner I- East Providence, RI

Under the direction of the Director of Planning and Economic Development, the Business Development & Economic Opportunity Coordinator will respond to the needs of the local business community to determine, how best to help and assist business grown and expand. This position functions as a liaison to businesses helping to expedite and simplify the process by which businesses become established and grow in the city. Position will identify, develop, and coordinate services and programs to support business growth and expansion in the City of East Providence through partnerships with employers, educators, economic developers, and other community-based organizations. Other responsibilities include collecting and analyzing relevant data, and cultivating new relationships with new businesses in the city and business support organizations. Position will focus on assisting existing businesses and industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITES:
Serve as a point of contact for the City of East Providence and provide support for businesses through the Planning and Economic Development Department
Promote and coordinate monthly informational sessions in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders for the business community.
Coordinate with City of East Providence Building Inspection, Zoning Officer, Fire Department Plan Review and other City departments or officials as well as field calls from business owners to assist with licensing and permitting issues.
Confer with local business/industry management and training personnel individually and/or in groups to gain knowledge of workplace requirements in prioritized industry sectors and assist with employers’ staffing needs.
Coordinate with workforce development efforts to collect and share information regarding workforce development needs, trends and workforce development and business incentives. Conduct economic development research using various data sources including U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Rhode Island Dept. of Labor and Training.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree preferred; OR previous education and experience in business management, economic development, marketing/communications, public administration or related area.
Minimum of two (2) years of experience in public administration, workforce development, small business entrepreneurship program development or related area.
Knowledge of business support services, entrepreneurship activities, technical assistance and capacity building programs, workforce development, and MBE/WBE certification programs.
Proven ability to conduct independent research, analyze and synthesize data, and develop coherent data presentations.

Salary: $50,974

Full job description and application are here

Application and resume must be submitted no later than December 1, 2021, by 4PM.


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