Be a part of the innovative team driving economic prosperity in Durham. Our Office of Economic & Workforce Development and www.durhambusiness360.com helps ensure that Durham has a strong and diverse economy by helping commercial enterprises locate and grow, supporting entrepreneurs and their ventures, managing targeted revitalization projects and preparing the local workforce to for our businesses and industries. If you share our passion for shared economic prosperity and seek opportunities to serve and grow in your career, join our team!
This position will develop, design and implement programs and innovative solutions to retain, expand, start up, drive investment and attract businesses to Durham, create a business-friendly environment, and help businesses succeed. Position will focus on equitable economic development and inclusive growth, collaboration and transparency, and will use these values to help guide the City’s and Department’s efforts around business and workforce development. This position will ultimately connect economic development with workforce development and take advantage of new and diversified funding sources and strategies to support equitable economic development, business development, workforce development, through more impactful public/private partnerships to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Durham economy.
Designing and executing strategies that retain and grow businesses in Durham.
Build business relationships and facilitate networking for business growth and sustainability
Assist local small businesses and entrepreneurs to connect with technical assistance resources such as support for permitting, registration, financing, and technical assistance
Collaborate with community partners to work more effectively with ethnically diverse constituencies to foster business and workforce success within underrepresented communities
Assist the Director with strategic planning, budgeting and fiscal management, staff performance, internal and external coordination and collaboration, and representation of the Department with external partners and the community.
Create materials, presentations, collateral to share with local officials, stakeholders, and funders to spur economic development
Develop or direct the preparation of reports; present reports to the Mayor, the City Council, the City Manager and related Commissions and Committees.
Work cooperatively with all departments and local agencies to tailor programming and support to the needs of the neighborhood and small businesses.
Read, analyze and make recommendations on business plans and financial statements and connecting businesses with banks and other capital and funding sources
Develop and manage processes to collect and analyze business information and data, including providing business with actionable intelligence on trends and issues .
Consult and advise businesses through the RFP and contract bidding process .
Provide assistance to companies considering a Durham location, such services as site searches and evaluation, financing programs/incentives, and workforce support
Oversee the conduct of performance evaluations, training, and hiring, discipline and termination procedures as well as directly supervise management, professional, paraprofessional and support staff, as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration or directly related field,
Six years of professional program administration and/or analytical experience in economic incentives and community benefits.
Two years of supervisory experience.
Additional Preferred Skills:
MPA, MBA or other related graduate degree
Demonstrated ability in coaching, facilitating and assisting businesses in improving their operations and financial capacity;
Experience building entrepreneurial relationships, networks and business models;
Experience reading and analyzing financial statements and connecting businesses with banks, financial institutions and other funding sources;
Demonstrated experience consulting, advising and coaching businesses through the RFP and contract bidding process.
Ability to integrate and coordinate economic development program strategies with workforce development program strategies.
The City of Durham which is the County Seat of Durham County, is located in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, home to Research Triangle Park and one of the most economically competitive regions in the world. Research and development from the region’s three major research universities – Duke University in Durham, North Carolina State University in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – and many private and federal labs have fueled business and economic growth here for more than half a century and made the region a world leader in life sciences, information technology and clean technology. Durham is home to North Carolina Central University, the nation’s first public Historically Black College and University, now a major center for biotech and bio-manufacturing R&D, and Durham Technical Community College, a key partner in preparing a competitive workforce. Consistently ranked among the top places to live, work and play, Durham is a magnet for talent, which helps attract innovative companies working in high- growth industries. Durham, the “City of Medicine,” has long been known for world-class medical facilities, including top-ranked Duke Universi...ty Medical Center, and an industry-leading pharmaceutical sector. More recently, it’s become a hotspot for entrepreneurs and high-tech startups, propelled by the launch of American Underground, a startup incubator and accelerator. Downtown Durham is home to a premier performing arts center and newly renovated Durham Bulls AAA baseball stadium. Private investment has continued, redeveloping former tobacco and textile warehouses and historic buildings in many parts of the city into trendy, mixed-use developments filled with cool housing options, restaurants, artist studios, retail spaces and small businesses. The population of Durham County is 267,587 in 2010. Over the previous decade, the County’s population has grown by more than 41,500, representing an increase of about 20%. This increase represented 11 new residents and five new households for every day of the past 10 years. Natural growth (births minus deaths) accounted for a little more than 1/3 of the increase, while net migration (in-migration minus out-migration) accounted for almost 2/3 of the expansion. ??Much of Durham County’s growth occurred within the City of Durham. The City's population grew from 187,035 to 228,330 during the period 2000-2010, representing a decade-long increase of 22%. By the end of calendar year 2015, Durham County’s population had grown to 293,492. The City of Durham’s population increased to 252,800 during the same period.??The City expanded in size from about 98 square miles in 2000 to over 106 square miles in 2010. By mid-2016, the City had grown to 110.5 square miles in extent. Centrally located, Durham is a few hours’ drive from the beautiful North Carolina coast to the East and the Appalachian Mountains to the West.