Economic Development Officer – MORPC – Columbus, Ohio
As Central Ohio’s regional council, MORPC is an association of cities, villages, townships, counties and regional organizations and serves rural, suburban, and urban areas. We take pride in bringing communities of all sizes and interests together to collaborate on best practices and plan for the future of our growing region. We do this through a variety of programs, services, projects and initiatives – all with the goal of improving the lives of our residents and making Central Ohio stand out on the world stage. One of Central Ohio’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our communities, and to best serve our region, MORPC assertively values diversity and inclusion and strives to reflect those values in our team, our work, and our positive impact for the region. Our work progresses when our team can draw on a wide range of personal experiences and backgrounds, and when each member is open to learning from the experiences of others, both internally and externally. As an equal opportunity employer, we fully support all applicable state and federal laws and regulations and do not discriminate against applicants for employment or employees because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, sex or gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical conditions, age, disability or other handicap, genetic information, marital/familial status, veteran status, military status, or income or status with regard to public assistance in any aspects of our personnel policies, working conditions, or hiring and recruitment. To create and nourish a workforce as diverse as the Central Ohio region, MORPC encourages members of groups traditionally underrepresented in local government and professional positions to apply for our open career opportunities. MORPC recognizes the value of a healthy work/life balance for our team members and as such, we provide a variety of benefits to promote that balance. Eligible employees receive a free system-wide transit pass and discounted access to other alternative transportation modes to provide options for commuting to work. MORPC encourages opportunities for career advancement through generous tuition and professional development incentives, leadership programs, and participation in local and national organizations. For eligible permanent positions, MORPC also offers flexible schedules and remote work options as well as paid time off and holidays. MORPC employees may also be eligible for excellent health, vision and dental insurance, employee assistance programs, employer paid short-term & long-term disability coverage, employer paid life insurance in the amount of $50,000 coverage, participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, plus two Deferred Compensation Plans that employees can opt into for additional retirement funding. More info can be found in the benefits link within the online posting.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is seeking a Economic Development Officer on the Programming Team. Under administrative direction of the Chief Regional Development Officer and Senior Director of Programming, The Economic Development Officer is responsible for directing and developing agency economic development and strategic infrastructure programming and performs related duties as required. The Economic Development Officer is an officer-level position, with subordinate management responsibilities and regular reporting to senior agency leadership and the Executive Director. The position requires planning and coordination spurred from maintaining relationships and acting promptly on project development for relevant economic development stakeholders, including One Columbus, USEDA, USEPA, regional Lead Economic Development Officials, COTA, workforce development entities, and others. The Economic Development Officer is often tapped to provide information to the Executive Director and is considered a trusted member the agency’s Leadership Team. A successful candidate is self-motivated, metric-driven and encourages the success of MORPC colleagues and members.
Examples of Duties
- Oversee preparation of the application for the Columbus Region Economic Development District (CREDD).
- Lead the implementation and provide periodic updates of the Columbus Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
- Oversee implementation and compliance related to the United States Economic Development Administration (USEDA) grant to MORPC for economic recovery.
- Oversee implementation and compliance related to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) grant to MORPC for brownfield assessment related to redevelopment.
- Lead bi-annual update of the Competitive Advantage Projects (CAP) program, and provide ongoing technical assistance, including project strategy development and strategic funding assistance.
- Broadly support other agency planning projects with economic development components.
The Economic Development Officer should possess a working knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of public administration and planning. Good communication (written and oral) abilities and a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office software are essential. The successful candidate must have the ability to maintain a positive working relationship with peers, the public, and outside agencies. Should have a valid driver’s license, good driving record and maintain liability coverage as required by MORPC. Should be willing to use agency or personal vehicle with mileage reimbursed to conduct MORPC business. Essential functions include the ability to use phone, computer, and conduct professional meetings. MORPC has a flexible work environment which allows for some remote work capabilities. However, this position will have the expectation to work in-person most often.
Acceptable Experience and Training:
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning, Economics, Public Administration, Political Science or comparable subject matter from an accredited college or university.
- A minimum of five years of experience is required.
- Applicants with additional accreditations and advanced degrees in appropriate fields of study are given preference in the application process. Essential Functions:
- Prepares research, planning reports, and summaries.
- Presents reports and represents MORPC in a non-policymaking capacity to government officials, citizen groups, professional organizations, etc.
- Represents MORPC in various public forums including public involvement meetings, and inter-agency coordination meetings.
- Assists with updating MORPC planning and program documents. • Maintains working knowledge of federal and state guidelines.
MORPC is an EOE/AAP employer.
Please apply online at http://www.morpc.org/careers/ or you may mail a resume to or complete an application at MORPC, 111 Liberty St., Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215 ATTN: PG-1-22
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Due to the high number of expected applicants, we cannot accept phone call inquiries.
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