Economic Development Coordinator
The Partnership CDC - Philadelphia, PA

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The Economic Development Coordinator is responsible for cultivating relationships with a diverse business/client base and playing an integral role implementing the organization's community development strategy through engaging the corridors and neighborhoods we are investing in.

The Economic Development Coordinator has internal contacts with the entire administrative staff and external contact with members of the neighborhood development team and other community resources. This position requires hands-on field work, which may result in working non-traditional hours. This position has access to client information and is expected to handle such information with integrity and professionalism. This position has regular contact with members of the community and is expected to represent the CDC in a professional manner. The Economic Development Coordinator will report to the Executive Director and participate in department activities as necessary.

Essential Functions
  • Corridor Management
  • Maintain relationships with and provide support to corridor businesses, property owners, business association, and other organizations serving the corridor.
  • Coordinate business recruitment efforts.
  • Implement streetscape improvement projects.
  • Create marketing plan for corridor.
  • Promote and implement commercial corridor portion of neighborhood plan.
  • Provide and/or coordinate technical assistance for business owners.
  • Collect, maintain and apply corridor data and statistics.
  • Maintain resource library for businesses along with existing business database.
  • Recruit and oversee volunteers and interns.
  • Increase corridor capacity through bringing outside resources to the corridor.
  • B. Reporting / Document Management

  • The Corridor Manager is responsible for maintaining the following documents to meet both organizational and funder requirements:
  • Sign-in sheets and meeting minutes from all CDC sponsored or supported community meetings.
  • A 60 th Street event calendar
  • Manage program budget.
  • A file on all clients such as neighborhood organizations, business associations, individual business clients that includes an intake form, plan of action, correspondence, and proof of project completion.
  • Any and all reporting documentation in formats required by the Commerce contract
  • C. Community Outreach

  • Develop strategies to include the community in TPCDC's development activities.
  • Participate in the implementation of Neighborhood Plans that TPCDC has contributed to.
  • Support the implementation of TPCDC's economic development strategy.
  • Non-Essential Functions

  • Attend relevant workshops as necessary to maintain professional knowledge.
  • Adheres to the CDC's security guidelines and ensures the appropriate handling of sensitive financial and client information.
  • Facilitates and attends relevant staff meetings to promote communication and execution of goals.
  • Completes special projects specific to the function of the department or as needed for the department as directed by the Executive Director.
  • Other duties as assigned within the scope of position expectations.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge Philadelphia commercial corridor characteristics, dynamics and challenges.
  • Demonstrates ability to carefully set priorities, meet deadlines, delegate appropriately, and schedule time efficiently.
  • Proficient ability to operate a computer and use a variety of common software programs including spreadsheets. MS office required. Publisher is a plus.
  • Strong program management skills.
  • Strong presentation and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Familiarity with needs and challenges of small business.
  • Strong marketing and promotional writing skills.
  • Ability to follow-up and follow-through with strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Entrepreneurial and creative.
  • Basic knowledge of small business support, management and financing.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to supervise and direct the work of others.
  • Talent for working with diverse populations.
  • Familiarity with operating office equipment and standard clerical practices.
  • Demonstrates ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Demonstrates ability to work with other people through a cooperative effort.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by compassionate, courteous, cordial, cooperative, and professional interaction with co-workers, external business partners, and the community.
  • Adheres to all CDC and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Attends all CDC in-services as required.
  • Experience, Education, and Licensure

    Minimum Experience : A minimum of two years of community and development related experience preferred. Also experience in providing support to small and/or family owned businesses. Experience with business attraction and retention preferred. Experience creating and managing budgets. Volunteer/intern work experience will be considered in lieu of paid work experience. Qualified candidate must work with a diverse population, exhibit strong written and verbal communication skills, and have Microsoft Office and Publisher experience. Preferably in a non-profit community based setting.

    Minimum Education: A bachelor's degree is required; a master's degree in urban planning, economic development, or related field is preferred.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently stand; walk; sit; use hands to type, handle, or feel objects, reach with hands and arms; balance; talk or hear. The employee will occasionally climb stairs; taste or smell.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include frequent reading and close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is primarily outdoors and you will be required to travel outside to vendor or community locations weekly.
  • Position may require occasional trips to attend conferences seminars, and meetings.
  • Some evenings or weekend work may be required as necessary.
  • Nothing in this position description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.