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Minimum Qualifications Education Level required: Bachelor’s degree with strong financial and economic development background; Master’s degree preferred in business, public administration, urban planning preferred.
Relevant experience required: 5+ years direct, extensive experience in one or more of the following fields: economic development, government, planning, public administration, or related business.
Knowledge required: Project development, government relations, financial analysis, public policy, data analysis, strong. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills. Demonstrated ability to efficiently manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously, take initiative, and work independently. Strong attention to detail and independent follow through are highly important. Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Word; Database management
Duties Description BASIC FUNCTION: Responsible for a variety of project management duties from point of offer acceptance through funding disbursement for grants and loans to projects undertaken by businesses and organizations such as municipalities, and not-for-profits, and local economic development organizations.
•General management of a portfolio of 80-100 active grants and loans where both tax incentives and grants are used as a funding source, including: review of applications, management of approval and funding process, compiling and reviewing information, negotiating terms, preparing directors approval documents and contracts, project presentations, and attendance of on-and off-site meetings.
•Lead outreach efforts to expand WNY Regional Office and own project portfolios. Prepare customized economic development proposals related to expansion/retention/attraction projects.
•Develop a clear understanding of the incentives offered by ESD and NYS, which can be used to advance the WNY region’s economy.
•Develop project analysis and review responsible for coordinating financial analysis of projects with ESD finance team.
•Respond to inquiries, address concerns, and explain ESD programs services and to companies, organizations, and regional stakeholders. Communicate with applicants and applicant reps, including telephone, email and paper correspondence.
•Monitor, prepare, and analyze Consolidated Funding Applications and other program applications and proposals submitted to the Regional Office.
•Prepare various documents including project origination paperwork, and ensure that project information is accurate in the web-based Project Tracking System. Monitor project compliance to ESD guidelines and regulations.
•Perform outreach, manage relationships and maintain contact with IDA’s, Chambers, municipalities, and other key economic development agents to coordinate with and assist them with client servicing and business outreach efforts.
•Establish and maintain contact with senior managers and executives of target industry companies operating in Western New York to promote and facilitate their retention, expansions or diversification in NYS.
•Maintain an understanding and participate in the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s work and project review
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