Associate Director of Economic Development

  • Full Time
  • Morehead, Kentucky
  • Project Development & GIS
  • Posted 3 days ago
  • Close Date: 02/13/2023
Job Description

The Associate Director of Economic Development facilitates the identification and implementation of community, economic development, broadband strategies, and revolving loan fund strategies in the region. The Associate Director of Economic Development will collaborate on planning initiatives with the Disaster Recovery Planner and Infrastructure Development Planner and coordinate the collection, review, and management of community and economic development asset databases with GIS staff.

General Duties and Responsibilities

1. Community and Economic Development Coordination: Involves working with stakeholders to identify local and regional economic and community development needs. This duty will consist of:
 Facilitate the Regional Economic Development (RED) Committee;
 Collect, process, and assess community, economic, and broadband data;
 Coordinate project identification, development, and revisions;
 Draft and revise the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS); and
 Complete public participation activities and coordinate local and regional plan approvals.

2. Housing Program Coordination: Involves oversight and compliance of the District’s Kentucky Housing Corporation funded home loan program with all federal and state regulations as applicable. No new loans are being made under this program, only servicing of existing loans. This duty will consist of:
 Process payments and credit borrowers’ accounts;
 Send collection notices as needed;
 Prepare lien releases for fully repaid loans; and
 Answer borrower questions regarding loan status.

3. Public Administration Services: Involves assisting local units of government in their efforts to deliver services to their constituents by providing technical assistance in the areas of training, personnel, research, finance, and procurement. This duty will consist of:
 Notifications of training and grant opportunities for local officials;
 Oversee the Area Development Fund grant program; and
 Provide technical assistance to local governments, SPGEs, and stakeholders.

4. RLF Program Coordination: Involves oversight and compliance of the District’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) funded business loan program with all federal and state regulations as applicable. This duty will consist of:
 Market, conduct outreach, and follow leads to attract potential borrowers;
 Provide technical assistance to borrowers;
 Coordinate and manage loan underwriting and loan closing activities;
 Conduct loan program management and oversight activities; and
 Complete reporting/presentation activities for RED Committee, Board, and EDA.

5. Grant Writing: Involves preparing grant applications for various types of funding sources. This duty will consist of:
 Research potential funding sources;
 Develop proposals to meet the goals and standards of funding sources;
 Compose and package funding applications/proposals; and
 Maintain records of application submittals.

6. Project Administration: Involves coordinating project activities for various types of funding sources. This duty will consist of:
 Manage project schedules and funding administration activities;
 Communicate with stakeholders and clients;
 Maintain project documentation and records;
 Create and maintain project budgets; and
 Ensure all required forms, documents, certifications, submittals, and reporting are completed.

7. Other Duties: Involves any other tasks and technical assistance needed to support the administrative, planning, and project development needs of the Gateway counties and cities.

Physical Requirements

Sit for extended periods of time; stand and walk for extended periods of time; reach, stoop, crouch, and bend; ascend/descend ladders; fine motor skills; operate a vehicle; and ability to lift and carry 30 pounds.

Sensory Requirements

Sight; Hearing; Speaking

Working Conditions

Indoor office conditions; outdoor data collection or project site visits during various weather conditions and on various terrains; and possible wildlife/animal encounters during outdoor data collection or project site visits; requires intermittent standing, sitting, or stooping; work requires consistent use of computer and phone systems as well as other general office equipment; and frequent interruptions.

Availability and Travel

Normal business hours; nights/weekends (special events/training/local meetings); regular travel within region and state; occasional travel outside of the state; able to travel multiple days at a time; and must be able to attend meetings and answer calls during evenings and weekends.

Tools, Equipment, and Vehicle Use

Standard office equipment (computers, printers, scanners, phones, and other peripherals, including network equipment); fleet/personal vehicle(s); cellular/tablet device; and Trimble Geo7X / Trimble R2 GPS collection equipment.

This position will remain open until filled.

Gateway Area Development District is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher in government, history, geography, business administration, public administration, or other related field required.

Certification and Trainings: Valid Driver’s License required. CDBG Project Administrator Certification must be acquired and maintained after hiring. The employee will be expected to attend professional development trainings related to specialties.

Experience: Professional Level Position. Three (3) years of related work experience required; Five (5) or more years of related work experience preferred.

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