Post Date: 11/26/2019
Close Date: 12/19/2019
The Oregon Business Development Department aka Business Oregon has an exciting career opportunity for an Regional Development Officer (Operations & Policy Analyst 4) within our Regional Development Section in the Economic Development Division.
This position serves the Greater Eastern North region of the state, which includes Umatilla, Morrow, and Wheeler counties. The work station of this person would be located in Pendleton Oregon. Realignment of counties served may be considered in the future for this position, however this will not impact the primary work location of the selected candidate.
Business Oregon strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.
What Business Oregon does
OBDD employs approximately 135 employees who carry out the agency mission, "Business Oregon invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy."
The Regional Development Section (RD) promotes business and community economic opportunities to build and promote growth, retention, and job creation by removing barriers in addressing industry and community needs and providing access to capital investment. The RD section services include helping Oregon businesses and communities access State incentive programs and business finance programs.
What you will do!
Coordinate and facilitate business retention, expansion and recruitment activities in the Greater Eastern North region by gaining knowledge of the company, building a working relationship with key management, and monitoring results.
Develop partnerships with communities by regularly visiting communities, meeting with applicants, community leaders and citizens on project concepts.
Manage and direct state activities in the region to develop a focused economic development strategy based upon the region’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for economic development and diversification.
Develop and package business and infrastructure projects to leverage the use of funding programs, grants, and loans offered by other funding agencies.
Promote the agency’s mission through oral and written presentations on programs to local economic groups, training events, chambers of commerce, trade shows, and other local organizations.
Provide communities technical and consultative services in solving local infrastructure problems, scoping projects, completing applications and meeting funding requirements and timelines.
Please note: if you are interested in applying for this position, you must attach your current cover letter and resume to your application. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter will remove your application from consideration.
What you need to qualify…
A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and five years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work.
Any combination of experience and education equivalent to eight years of experience in evaluative, analytical and planning work.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
Demonstrated collaboration and relationship skills to work harmoniously with stakeholders such as businesses, communities, economic development partners, legislators, and local/state governments to reach a common goal;
Experience with traded-sector economic development, including understanding of business plans, due diligence, finance, marketing, site requirements and project development;
Experience working with regional governance related to land use, strategic planning, transportation, and infrastructure;
Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook);
Experience working in rural communities to support business and community development;
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to maneuver difficult and sensitive conversations with individuals and groups. Must be adept at public speaking in organized, facilitated events and in town-hall settings;
Demonstrated ability to work independently and be self-motivated, as well as the ability to be part of a team and be supportive to colleagues across agency divisions. Must possess skills to manage multiple tasks and learn complex information quickly.
Succession and workforce planning are the cornerstones to consistently fulfill the agency’s mission. Business Oregon recognizes and values the knowledge and skills of each of our employees. To encourage employee longevity and retain institutional knowledge, preference may be given to current Business Oregon employees.
How to Apply
Click the “Apply” button above to complete your online application.
Attach your current cover letter and resume. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter will remove your application from consideration.
Complete the questionnaire.
The candidates whose work experience most closely matches the qualifications and skills of this position will be invited to interview.
Warning – Workday will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity and will not save your application progress. You must submit your application after you begin the process.
Veterans’ Preference - Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, we will ask you for your documents later in the process. Click on the following link for additional information on Veterans’ Preference.
Criminal Records Check - Hiring of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the results of a Criminal Background Check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.
Work Authorization - The Oregon Business Development Department does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.
This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
This position is a permanent, full-time position and a member of the State's Management Team and is not represented by a union.
PERS – This is a PERS qualifying position. After a six month waiting period eligible Management Service, Executive Service, and Unrepresented employees will have their base pay increased by 6.95% and the 6% PERS contribution deducted from their base pay rather than a direct 6% contribution by the State of Oregon to the employees PERS account. This will mirror the bargained SEIU and AFSCME PERS process.