Economic Development Specialist- Workforce Development

City of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, IA Municipal & Government $63,128 to $ $0 yearly

Under direct supervision of the Economic Development Manager, directs and develops workforce development and marketing strategy for the City of Cedar Rapids. Develops, implements, and manages strategic workforce economic development plans for business needs. Assists with economic development and redevelopment incentives and development agreements.


The work is performed under the direct supervision of an assigned supervisor, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The position is distinguished from other administrative positions by a greater scope and depth of work relating to development contracts, interaction with key personnel and direction of overall planning and implementation. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee establishes and maintains effective working relationships with economic development partner organizations, city staff members, training and education partners, workforce development officers, consultants, businesses, Board and Commission members, governmental agencies, community organizations, non-profits, candidates and the public. The principal duties are performed in a general office environment.

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Serve as a consultant to area employers to provide data-driven support to assist in aligning positions, workforce and education initiatives, and planning services using objective methods of evaluation.
  • Develop a plan for strategic alignment of existing educational (both K-12 and Post-secondary) and labor information to demonstrate accurate workforce needs.
  • Serve as a liaison between employers and educational partners to share information and support alignment of programming and employment opportunities.
  • Assist with the development of community resources that help employers to identify potential workforce through assessment and a clear path to skills improvement and work-based educational programs.
  • Identify tactical strategies for targeted workforce populations and create new marketing strategies to tap into underutilized workforce populations.
  • Participate in awareness efforts that communicate workforce needs and dynamic opportunities with clear career pathways to support business growth.
  • Develop training for employers and educational partners to support the continued strategic alignment of occupation and educational profiles.
  • Leverage existing platforms and resources to create a more systematic approach for area talent development.
  • Research community needs and reports findings and recommendations as a part of planning initiatives which are companion to assisted funding programs;
  • Prepare contract documents, correspondence, reports, lists, data bases, schedules, and other documents;
  • Operate a variety of computer applications and online resources including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office, Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code site (O*Net), National Center for Educational Statistics site (NCES), US Bureau Labor of Statistics, EMSI Economic Modeling, etc.
  • Assists with the reporting and tracking of economic development projects which have received City financial incentives including ongoing reporting and monitoring of economic development agreements
  • Assists Finance staff with tax increment financing (TIF) reports for use by City staff in various departments and also external reporting, such as annual documentation submitted to the State of Iowa
  • Establishes and maintains database of projects which have received City financial assistance and prepares reports or findings metrics and results
  • Prepares and coordinates City Council documentation, economic development agreements, memorandum of agreement, Urban Renewal Plans and amendments and other documents used for economic development incentives for review by Economic Development staff
  • Perform database functions necessary to enter data, maintain, and update information for tracking and reporting purposes
  • Interpret and applies program, policies and regulations in accordance with prescribed procedures and guidelines.
  • Transcribe or prepare letters, minutes, reports, statements, grant applications, memoranda, notices, budgets, financial and statistical tables, requisitions and other related materials, including confidential correspondences and reports.
  • Gather, interpret, and update data in the preparation of periodic departmental reports regarding current status of active projects.
  • Compile and archive key information and reports, gathers, assembles, updates, distributes and/or files a variety of information, forms, records and data using traditional filing systems or databases, sets-up and maintains complex filing systems including an electronic network project filing system and library.
  • Attend meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas.
  • Inform supervisor or designee on work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.
  •  Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.

Required Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Experience working with education and occupational classification systems and language.
  • Experience working in or with economic development organizations, educational partnerships at all levels and employers with an ability to demonstrate successful partnership activities.
  • Experience working with individual job seekers at all levels (i.e. unemployed, emerging and underemployed)
  • Experience working with Human Resource professionals and basic knowledge of Iowa employment laws
  • Proven track record of creation and development of workforce and employment programs
  • Experience in workforce marketing
  • Comprehensive knowledge of general economic development activities based upon national best practices;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of applications/practices which promote economic development,
  • Thorough knowledge of modern office procedures, practices, equipment, and filing systems.
  • Some knowledge of databases and their applications.
  • Ability to recognize the hierarchy of multiple work assignments with overlapping deadlines and prioritize them to meet deadlines and task expectations.
  • Ability to prepare documents in accordance with department policies and to prepare accurate correspondence, reports, and memorandum according to standard business practices.
  •  Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language.
  •  Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks, especially database operations.
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines and high level of interruptions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, economic development organizations, city staff and officials, consultants, contactors, and other governmental agencies.
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.
  • Integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Business, Economics, Human Resources or a closely related field; and
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in workforce and/or economic development; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications:

  • Valid U.S. driver's license
  • Considerable experience with public contact and customer service operations

Essential Physical Abilities:

Requires the following with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, which permits the employee to communicate effectively;
  • Sufficient vision, which permits the employee to review a wide variety of written correspondence, reports and related material in both electronic and hard copy form;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, which permits the employee to operate a keyboard and produce handwritten materials and notations;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, which permits the employee to visit other sites

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. Employees may need to perform other duties consistent with the role and function of the classification as required.

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Job ID: 70478

Posted 15 days ago

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