Summary of Position: This is a grant-funded position that plans and coordinates the activities of the association related to community & economic development. The Community & Economic Development Coordinator provides information and assistance to councils of governments (COGs) to expand regional economic development planning in Texas by facilitating educational opportunities and technical assistance for the 24 Economic Development Districts (EDDs) located in the COGs throughout the state.
Duties include, but are not limited to, conducting policy analyses and writing communications on policy developments; updating COGs on initiatives and planning requirements; supporting the development of state plans; identifying and coordinating appropriate training that will assist COGs in their work with federal, state, internal and local entities; representing the association at state agencies, public forums and on workgroups of interest to the association. Under the direction of the Associate Director, the Community & Economic Development Coordinator will coordinate activities supporting regional community & economic development efforts across the state, especially those related to resiliency and recovery.
Required Knowledge and Abilities: Experience with or knowledge in the operations and organization of state and local government and a strong interest in public service and community & economic development. Experience working with boards, governing bodies, or economic development-related programs preferred.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Texas Association of Regional Councils (TARC) Associate Director, the Community & Economic Development Coordinator will:
- Manage all facets of the Economic Development Administration grant with Associate Director and Finance Officer in compliance with grant requirements and scope of work.
- Ensure timely submission of required documents and reports to grantor agencies and interested parties.
- Monitor, provide technical assistance, and disseminate information on all federal COVID-19 economic development-related activities and initiatives.
- Represent TARC in its various roles with COG and EDD staff and the TARC Community and Economic Development Committee.
- Serve as liaison among COG staff and planners, local elected officials, state officials and agencies.
- Pursue local, community, and state partnerships and cooperative opportunities to support regional economic development goals.
- Develop, plan, and coordinate economic development summits addressing needs and goals in Texas’s severely economically distressed districts as well as other parts of the state.
- Coordinate the planning and development of new programs and project initiatives related to regional and statewide goals for economic development.
- Develop methodology for communicating program and best practices integration to increase statewide efficiency and effectiveness.
- Generate information, conduct analyses, and prepare reports, studies, and TARC publications related to economic development activities, COG regions, and EDDs.
- Coordinate professional and technical assistance for COG planners and EDD professionals from all applicable or appropriate sources.
- Plan and assist with execution of full Association and Board of Directors meetings, including but not limited to coordinating programming, trainings and action items related to community & economic development programs.
- Work with appropriate TARC committee chairs to plan meetings and assist with implementation of policy discussion and action.
- Provide staff support to community & economic development-related workgroups and initiatives.
- Undertake special projects and perform other duties that may be required by the Associate Director or Executive Director or the association.
- Perform all other duties as may be required by the Executive Director or Associate Director.
- Excellent written and verbal communications with strong attention to detail.
- Strong interpersonal skills including ability to establish and maintain effective, collaborative, and positive working relationships with co-workers, members, and local and state government employees and officials.
- Ability to establish and consistently meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Ability to work in a collaborative team environment and make decisions in best interest of association.
- Able to work independently and take initiative to effectively manage multiple tasks and high volume of work.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Knowledge of budgeting and grant project management including grant writing and reporting.
- Ability to prioritize tasks and adjust to ever present work demands.
- Proficiency with computers (Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, etc.).
- Understanding of TARC’s purpose and the ability to work effectively to further regionalism.
- Working knowledge of Texas’s 24 councils of governments, their leadership, and their program areas.
- In-depth knowledge of local, regional, state and national economic development trends, programs, and development initiatives.
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with local and state officials and community and state leaders to plan, develop, and implement educational summits, special projects, and community and economic development programs.
- Familiarity with commonly used economic development software is desirable.
Education and Experience:
- At a minimum, a bachelor’s degree required, ideally in economics, business, urban and regional planning, political science, public administration, community development or a related discipline.
- Upper-level management experience in business, local government, or regional organizations with a focus on economic or community development is desirable.
- Knowledge of and experience with federal grants is preferred.
Other Requirements: Interest in public organizations and issues. Commitment to the TARC Board of Directors mission and values. Travel is required; a valid Texas driver’s license and ability to drive or access to alternate means of transportation is required. Non-smoker.
Please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Application Materials:
- Cover Letter expressing interest
- 3 references including at least one from a supervisor
No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Equal Opportunity Employer