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LVEDC Seeking Director of Business Outreach Programs

By Colin McEvoy on June 15, 2015

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) is now accepting applications for the position of Director of Business Outreach Programs. Click here to apply for the position. More information is available below.

 

Position Title: Director of Business Outreach Programs
Job Purpose: Understand the needs of Lehigh Valley businesses
Reports to: Vice President of Economic Development & Marketing
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Job Status: Exempt

Job Responsibilities:

The role of the Director of Business Outreach Programs is to design, develop and execute on a business retention and expansion program that will target growing companies in the Lehigh Valley. The director will work with economic development partners to maximize outreach to companies in key industries and identify obstacles to growth and development in those sectors. Information is recorded in a standardized customer database and managed for accuracy and reporting. The director works in collaboration with the Director of Business Development regarding business attraction, and with LVEDC’s finance department to promote financing programs that may assist in real estate development and business expansion.

Additionally, the Director of Business Outreach Programs serves as a staff liaison to several LVEDC councils and facilitates discussion and program development with the Entrepreneur Council of the Lehigh Valley and the Women & Minority Business Opportunity Council. The councils serve as conduits for discussion and programing specific to the issues facing their individual sectors.

As part of the Economic Development and Marketing department, this position serves a critical role in assisting with event programs and marketing initiatives by representing the interest of the current business base and communicating the business climate through first-hand market intelligence.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinates the activities of LVEDC’s regional economic development partners for Business Retention and Expansion, including communicating program goals, assisting with company visits, and managing data related to visits.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with decision makers at strategically important firms in Lehigh Valley, with an emphasis on key industries and large employers.
  • Works closely with the Department of Administration and the Department of Finance, to promote the mission of LVEDC and our services and to provide market intelligence.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with start-up businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs, as well as with the entrepreneur ecosystem of Lehigh Valley to facilitate business expansion among that cohort.
  • Works closely with LVEDC’s Entrepreneurship Council of the Lehigh Valley to support Lehigh Valley startups, strengthen the entrepreneurial culture of the region, and develop Lehigh Valley’s innovation ecosystem.
  • Works closely with LVEDC’s Women & Minority Business Opportunity Council to support the objectives of the council, including the development of sourcing opportunities

Required experience: Business outreach (5 years)

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