ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Pontiac, MI Economic and Community Development
Job Type
Full-time
Description

  

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: This position is responsible for providing support to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Under the general guidance of the Economic Development Director, this position provides a variety of functions related to identifying resources and deploying programs to assist business owners looking to invest in the City of Pontiac.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the supervision of the Economic Development Director who assigns work and reviews work for conformance with required standards. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Maintains a record of all small business ventures of 100 jobs or less in the community. 

2. Visits businesses and entrepreneurs on a regular basis to assist them in the access to the resources necessary to grow and thrive. 

3. Acts as a liaison to small businesses to connect them to available resources for growth, and will help them navigate through resource and programs offered and available through the City of Pontiac partners. 

4. Researches and makes recommendations regarding the creation of programs/policies to address systemic barriers that entrepreneurs/small businesses face in Pontiac. 

5. Maintains a relationship with non-profit agencies, government programs and philanthropic organizations (throughout the nation) focused on assisting entrepreneurs/ small businesses; maintains appropriate records relative to these activities as required 

6. Maintains a working relationship with small business and micro-loan lenders. 

7. Works closely with external partners such as Oakland County, the MEDC, SBTDC and PTAC among others. 

8. Assists in the interactions of external programs/organizations and the department to market the City of Pontiac and its neighborhoods to prospective businesses. 

9. Assists various economic development agencies in formulating and establishing business contacts and identifying associated needs. 

10. Participates in the development and implementation of public information programs relative to the City’s business assistance programs as required. 

11. May represent the department in regard to business assistance and business promotion. 

12. Other duties as assigned. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: 

A. Knowledge of the laws governing business activity. 

B. Knowledge of business practices and trends. 

C. Knowledge of finance or underwriting practices 

D. Thorough knowledge of modern office practices and procedures. 

E. Demonstrated computer skills, proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet research. 

F. Ability to carry out routine administrative and supervisory detail independently. 

G. Ability to maintain clerical records and to prepare accurate reports and tabulations from such records. 

H. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with fellow employees, outside agency personnel, and the general public. 

I. Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines. 

J. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. 

K. Strives to provide excellent customer service. 

L. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality. 

Requirements

  

A. Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field. 

B. Two (2) to five (5) years of public or private sector experience, working with financial management, small business counseling or a related field. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. 

Salary Description
$45000 - $56800