Regional Sites Specialist – OhioSE

Nov 29, 2023Jobs

Position Title: Regional Sites Specialist
Reports To: Site Selection Manager
Location: Logan, Ohio or Pre-Approved Remote in the OhioSE Region
Schedule: Full-time
Compensation: Exempt/salaried position with competitive compensation based on qualifications
Deadline: Applications accepted until December 8, 2023, or until position is filled

Company Overview:
The Appalachian Partnership (API) is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention, and capital support. One of API’s subsidiary companies, OhioSE, is a non-profit 501(c)(3).
OhioSE contracts with Ohio’s lead economic development organization, JobsOhio, to serve as the JobsOhio network partner in 25 counties of southern and eastern Ohio. By being the outreach of JobsOhio in southern and eastern Ohio, OhioSE plays a leading role in economic
development and serves as a catalyst to accelerate growth by helping Ohio’s businesses in JobsOhio targeted industry sectors expand and attracting new companies to the state.

Position Description
OhioSE is seeking a Sites Specialist to support site and building development initiatives and site selection projects. The Sites Specialist will work with developers in obtaining grants and/or loans to assist site and building development for industrial and transformative projects. The
Sites Specialist will also manage site selection projects, coordinating among multiple parties to submit properties for consideration for companies planning new facility locations. As a member of the OhioSE Sites Team, the Sites Specialist is responsible for activities and tasks of varying size and complexity. These activities range from administration duties (maintenance of project documentation, proofreading, plans and reports), through quantitative analysis, and client and team interactions.

OhioSE is a lean and nimble non‐profit organization with a small central office and remotely based field staff working across a very large region. We are looking for an independent, self‐starter who can learn as they go with minimal supervision. Good communication skills and a
team‐player attitude are needed. A commitment to improving the quality of life in southeastern Ohio and an attitude of continuous improvement are also keys to success. OhioSE works closely with Local Economic Development Organizations (LEDO’s), developers,
agencies, engineers, and utility and rail providers to obtain information pertinent to the development of sites and buildings throughout the region. The candidate will communicate with these partners on various site-related initiatives.

In addition to working with the OhioSE team, the selected candidate will network with JobsOhio and other network partner sites staff to improve performance, meet network‐wide standards, and advance economic development across Ohio. The JobsOhio Network
provides outstanding opportunities for professional support and skills development.

Ability to travel throughout the region and to Columbus, Ohio, is essential to this position.

Expected Duties
 Submit grant and loan requests for industrial site and building development projects
 Assist with project identification, development, and approvals
 Coordinate among developers, OhioSE team, appropriate JobsOhio staff, and other partners for seeing projects through the sales, offer, approval, and servicing phases.
 Utilize SalesForce for developing and tracking projects.
 Maintain knowledge of OhioSE, JobsOhio, and ODOD program guidelines and philosophies.
 Support OhioSE Site Selection Manager on review of very quick‐turn‐around Requests for Information (RFIs) from site selectors and companies. This will include review of site inventory records for accuracy, communicating with partners to ensure correct information is obtained and properly documented, and ensuring information about sites and buildings is consistent among site records, presentations, marketing materials, documentation used for submission for site selection projects, and any other documentation of site data.
 Document resources for completing future RFI’s.
 Lead coordination and execution of site visits as needed.
 Assist with documentation for regular reporting, such as quarterly reports and gap analysis. May assist with quantitative and qualitative analysis of site inventory and site search specifications.
 Assist with maintenance of organization’s shared files and ensure filesharing protocols are being followed.
 Assist with OhioSE Site Readiness Grant and Special Request Sites Grant as needed. Help track grant deliverables and ensure they are properly stored in shared files and shared with LEDO’s.
 Provide support for OhioSE and JobsOhio site-related programs and initiatives.
 Prepare maps, aerial photos, and other data using geographic mapping software as requested.

Education Requirements
 Bachelor’s degree in regional planning, business, finance, economic development, or related degree preferred. Equivalent experience will be considered in lieu of degree.

Position Specific Qualifications:
 3 to 5 years of relevant professional experience preferred
 Must be organized and detail-oriented with the ability to be thorough and check for errors and discrepancies. Ability to be productive with tedious tasks
 Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing
 Self-motivated and quick aptitude
 Self‐starter with the ability to take a task and run with it with minimal supervision strongly preferred
 Working knowledge of economic development is useful but not required
 Project management experience is preferred but not required
 Computer proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint required. Familiarity with SalesForce and GIS software would be a significant plus.
 Excellent time management skills; ability to deal with changing work demands; ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks required.
 Solid English writing, grammar, and proofreading skillsrequired.
 Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with total discretion required.
 Ability to travel regularly within southeast and central Ohio. Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Method of Response: Please submit a cover letter, resume describing relevant skills and professional experience, and contact information for at least three relevant academic or professional references to Applications will be accepted until December 8, 2023, or until the position is filled, whichever is later. No phone inquiries, please.

API is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, familial status, or veteran status.

*Project is when a company has a job creation and or capital investment opportunity in which Ohio is in competition

WEBINAR: How Can Local Economic Developers Talk with Housing Developers?

Housing demand outstrips supply so much that developers can be – and are – very selective about where they choose to invest. Factors like land price, annexation and zoning processes, infrastructure costs, density, and community design specs will make or break a developer’s go-or-no-go decision. This panel discussion will provide insights into developers’ decision-making processes, as well as help direct the focus of local economic developers to those areas in which they can add value in housing discussions.

read more

Speakers Sought for 2024 OEDA Annual Summit

The Call for Presentations for the OEDA Annual Summit to be held September 4-6, 2024, at the Glass City Center in Toledo, Ohio, is now open. The Annual Summit offers a unique platform to highlight innovative solutions, spark discussions, and share impactful strategies that have positively influenced communities. The Annual Summit organizers are seeking speakers to provide a variety of high quality educational sessions to attendees.

read more

Nauseef and Hill to Keynote Ohio Basic Economic Development Course

The Ohio Economic Development Association has announced JP Nauseef and Dr. Ned Hill as the keynote presenters for the upcoming Ohio Basic Economic Development Course, April 29-May 2, in Dublin, Ohio. JP Nauseef, the President and CEO of JobsOhio, which has been described as the “best in class state economic development partnership,” will welcome the Basic Course students and Keynote the course. Dr. Ned Hill, a recognized national expert in economic growth, regional development, and economic development, will kick off the course by covering “What is Economic Development and What is the Job of an Economic Development Professional?”

read more