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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge

NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: May 20, 2022
RESUME AND COVER LETTER RQUESTED BY: 06/20/22 POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Community Development Department
Job Title: Economic Development Specialist
Job Code: M592-716
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week, Flexibility to work nights and weekends for community meetings and events, as needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Community Development Department (CDD) is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. Encompassing the Economic Development, Housing, Community Planning, Zoning & Development, and Environmental & Transportation Planning divisions, CDD's mission is to foster a livable, sustainable, just, and equitable community. CDD engages and collaborates with community partners, other government agencies, businesses, and residents to make Cambridge a desirable place to live, work, learn, play, and innovate.

The City of Cambridge cares deeply about supporting small businesses and entrepreneurship and providing economic opportunity to its residents.  Under the direction of the Director of Economic Development, the Economic Development Specialist is responsible for the development of initiatives aimed at small business, retail, clean technology, biotechnology retention and expansion. The Specialist will work closely with staff to advance efforts to support businesses of all types, and will work regularly with business owners, residents, and startups.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Managing the Division's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded programs, including, but not limited to: Small Business Enhancement, Small Business Coaching, Entrepreneurship Assistance, and other programs. This work includes conducting outreach and working with sub-recipient contractors and businesses to carry out programs and grant funds.
  • Ensuring regular communication with current and potential CDBG program clients; respond appropriately to issues.
  • Compiling and analyzing CDBG program data to assess outcomes relative to program goals; use participant feedback to improve programs.
  • Implementing the recommendations from the City's new Circular Economy Report, including developing initiatives to support circular, sustainable business models.
  • Providing one-on-one counseling with entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in starting or growing their businesses.
  • Conducting research and industry analysis regarding the Cambridge economy including commercial district market profiles, Top 25 Employer data, Life Science companies, employment, and other local and national economic trends.
  • Providing support for other division initiatives and perform other duties as required.
  • Performing other duties as required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities     

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

The Economic Development Specialist should be a self-motivated, detail-oriented professional who is ready to work as part of a team to support Cambridge's diverse businesses and creating economic opportunities for its residents. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to equity and respect, both in the provision of services and in the workplace.

  • Bachelor's degree with 7 years of experience in planning, public policy, public administration, or similar professional experience. A Master's Degree in planning, public policy, public administration, or closely related field, may be substituted for 2 years of experience.
  • Strong community engagement and consensus-building experience, especially involving stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests and opinions; demonstrated ability to relate to the public and co-workers in a positive manner.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of Department staff, other City employees, volunteer board/committee members, elected officials, and members of the public in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to develop, research, analyze, interpret, and communicate written program guidance, requirements, and regulations.
  • Strong project management and consultant management skills; strong organizational and time management skills.
  • High level of motivation and detail-oriented skills; ability to research and evaluate information for use in analysis and planning.
  • A genuine desire to study challenging and current issues in economic and community development.
  • Overall computer proficiency including general office applications (Microsoft Office suite) and advanced applications (e.g., Adobe Acrobat, CRM).
  • Ability to prioritize workloads, multitask and meet deadlines while working in a fast-paced environment.
  • The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

PREFERRED:

  • Familiarity and/or working knowledge of Community Development Block Grant programs.
  • Knowledge of Cambridge community.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to answer phones and maintain multiple files and able to lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds. Ability to travel throughout the City of Cambridge to various meetings, etc. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essentials functions.  Work is performed in a standard office environment including fluorescent lighting, air conditioning, and a moderate noise level. Please note, City of Cambridge employees are fully working on-site.

BENEFITS SUMMARY:

  • Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Vacation and Sick leave eligible
  • Sick Incentive Pay Eligible
  • 3 Personal days
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Management Allowance, $2,700/year
  • Discounted MBTA monthly pass, Bluebikes membership and EZRide Shuttle pass

 

RATE: $81,160 - $107,753/year plus excellent benefits (rate is effective 07/01/22)

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit your resume and cover letter via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov  or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.  Resume and cover letter requested by 6/20/22, Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES, WRITTEN MATERIALS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, AND REASONABLE MODIFICATIONS IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FREE OF CHARGE, UPON REQUEST. The City is committed to advancing a workforce culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

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