Project Specialist – Athens County Economic Development Council

Oct 12, 2020 | Jobs

Reports to: Executive Director

Work schedule: Full-time, typically 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with adjustments made for early morning, evening, and weekend events, and as needed to accomplish stated functions. * (2x per month 7:30am meetings required)

Essential Functions/Tasks
*This list is not all-inclusive. Position requires dedication, adaptability, and commitment to organization above all else.

 

Marketing & Attraction

  • Promote positive image of ACEDC (Shared with all staff)
  • Maintain database with up to date site/building information (Shared with all staff)
  • Oversee marketing for ACEDC and manage relationship with consultants (Sole)
  • Lead social media presence and keep website current and professional
  • Develop Annual Report and other important collateral materials
  • Co-Organize monthly YAP Happy Hours w/ Career Connections

 

Business Retention & Expansion

  • Maintain Business Retention & Expansion database (Shared with all staff)
  • Schedule company BRE visits (Coordinate with Director)
  • Attend BRE software program trainings (Shared with all staff)
  • Attend BRE visits when director is unable

 

Revolving Loan Fund & Grant Administration

  • Market RLF(s) and grants for appropriate projects (Shared with all staff)
  • Distribute/review application materials (Sole)
  • Coordinate communication with partners (Buckeye Hills, State of Ohio, private lender, loan/grant review committee, commissioners, etc.)
  • Preparation of quarterly, semi-annual and other required reporting documents (Shared with all staff)
  • Respond to client needs and requests (Shared with all staff)

 

Administrative

  • Update monthly ACEDC Activities Report (Shared with Director)
  • Answer multiple phone lines
  • Maintain accounts payable/receivable in conjunction with Cotner & Cooley
  • Copy & Scanning
  • Check mail
  • Schedule meetings using Doodle surveys/polls
  • Run necessary errands (must have reliable transportation)
  • Prepare/distribute EDC and Port Authority meeting materials and recording minutes
  • Provide support to Committee Chairs (Shared with all staff)
  • Organize events including scheduling, booking rooms/locations, securing speakers, communication with elected officials, and tech support

 

Requirements of the job:

Skills:

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to develop positive and beneficial relationships.
  • Strong sense of urgency.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to take initiative on projects with or without guidance.
  • Knowledge of business principles, especially small business.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Organization and follow-up skills.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work well with little supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Proficient in computer programs including: Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook, Word Press and Social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); understanding of marketing/business management systems.

 

Experience:

  • Work in a small business
  • Customer service
  • Work in non-profit organizations preferred

 

Knowledge:

  • College degree required
  • Familiar with Athens community and surrounding region
  • Basic economic development principles

 

Additional Requirements:

  • Some travel required and applicant must have own transportation
  • Position may require occasional early morning or evening meetings

 

Compensation

Wage: This is a salaried position, the wage for which is negotiated and agreed upon at the time of hire. Salary commensurate with experience and education. Periodic pay increases may be given as deemed appropriate and affordable by the Executive Director and the budgeting process. Merit increases may be given as the result of positive performance evaluations and cost-of-living increases may be given after each full year of employment.

Benefits: The ACEDC offers employees paid vacation, sick leave and personal time, as well as a generous retirement plan and a health care savings account for eligible employees. All benefits begin after 90-day probation unless stated otherwise.

 

For full consideration, send resume or professional CV, cover letter and three professional references to admin@athenscountyohedc.com with the subject line, “ACEDC Project Specialist Application” by Friday, October 30th at 3pm.

Much more than just “drug houses”; State grants to fund commercial building demolition would propel county land banks as key drivers of Ohio’s economic development

In late April 2021, a legislative committee in the Ohio House held its second hearing to consider creating a $100 million grant program, exclusively for county land banks, to fund commercial building demolition. Ohio’s land bank statutes are recognized as a national model, uniquely providing an opt-in for county commissioners to direct tax collections to fund their county land banks’ activities. That revenue model, coupled with allocations from the state’s Hardest Hit Fund (specifically, the sun-setting Neighborhood Initiative Program), allowed land banks to grow in number during the past decade and thrive in addressing so-called nonproductive land in their communities. 

read more

Partnership Produces Success in Paulding County Through Northwest State Community College

Archbold, Ohio – Communication, collaboration, and partnerships are all sometimes a difficult ask. The ultimate goal of all three is to produce action that leads to meeting a goal or need. At Paulding High School, the goal was met as five students completed the Northwest State Community College welding course. The offering, consisting of two college level welding courses, came to fruition alongside the OhioMeansJobs-Defiance and Paulding Counties Office, the Paulding County Economic Development Office, Paulding High School, and Northwest State Community College.

read more