Commerce Specialist 4 [04960]

State of Washington Olympia, WA
Description

The Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness is seeking a Commerce Specialist 4 within the Rural Strategies Unit.

This position serves as the agency expert responsible for setting the agenda for the state's rural economic development strategies. The purpose is to strengthen communities by initiating activities and programs that build resilient and sustainable rural communities. The primary charge is to establish Washington as a global leader in rural strategies through the development of local, regional, national and international partnerships with the public and private sectors and the pursuit of collaborative opportunities.

Duties

* Develop the state Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness Rural Economic Development Strategy.

* Work directly with the 34 rural economic development organizations throughout the state to provide strong leadership and direction, with a focus on achieving targeted results. This includes: assistance with strategic planning and asset mapping for each of the rural counties; managing the Economic Gardening program; assisting in the development of economic development metrics for commerce contracts; promoting rural strategies through social media, the website and other media formats; serving as a resource for rural communities and entrepreneurs; engaging in public speaking opportunities, and serving as Commerce's voice on economic development issues in rural and underserved communities.

* Work with the tourism sector lead and 13-member governor-appointed board to the Tourism Marketing Authority to implement a statewide marketing program focusing on rural tourism-dependent counties, natural wonders and outdoor recreation opportunities of the state, attraction of international tourists, identification of local offerings for tourists and assistance for tourism areas adversely impacted by natural disasters.

* Coordinate the selection of board members from the tourism industry and related businesses, prepare meeting materials as directed and provide policy, financial and contractual assistance to the authority.

* Supervise and direct work of Commerce Specialist 3 in Eastern Washington. Oversee the work performed, providing regular feedback, coaching, and guidance to staff.

* Delegate workload responsibilities and assignments to staff.

* Introduce new programs that strengthen the tools and resources available to entrepreneurs.

* Direct the Global Entrepreneurship Week program, manage the Fund Local program, and maintain the state's Startup website content. Write monthly blog for newsletter.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

* A Bachelor's degree in business, public administration, accounting, or related field and four years of professional experience in community, trade, or economic development.

* Additional professional level experience may substitute year-for-year for education.

* One year of lead or supervisory experience.

* Experience writing and delivering presentations to diverse audiences.

* Familiarity with rural economic development strategies.

* Familiarity with strategic planning and asset mapping

Required Competencies:

* Creative and independent

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

* Basic economic development course graduate, technical expertise in economic development, understanding of state government delivery services, experience with startups.

* Graduate of Basic Economic Development Certified Course preferred.

* Current Economic Gardening certification or ability to secure certification within one year of hire.

* Experience in developing public-private partnerships, including securing funding.

Supplemental Information

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

* A letter of interest of no more than two pages describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;

* A current resume no more than two pages detailing experience and education; and

* A list of at least three professional references.

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

For questions about this recruitment, please contact Robb Zerr at 206-256-6111 or Robb.Zerr@Commerce.wa.gov.

Who we are:

Washington State offers commuting programs, including free, subsidized and reduced public transportation incentives. There are approximately 300 employees in our agency. We are committed to our work and value balance in our personal lives. We hire people for a position and encourage them to train for growth opportunities.

What we do:

We are the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. We administer a diverse portfolio of more than 100 programs and several state boards and commissions, all focused on achieving one clear and simple mission: to grow and improve jobs in Washington.

Our key customers include businesses, local governments and community-based organizations. We also play the crucial role of convening numerous local, state, regional and federal partners and stakeholders, public and private. Together we work to support the Governor's priorities and achieve shared goals and objectives for the citizens of Washington.

Not from Olympia?

As the state's capitol, Olympia is located off Interstate 5 at the south end of the Puget Sound roughly half-way between Seattle and Portland, and less than a two hour drive to the coast, temperate rainforest, mountains, urban city, or farmlands. With year-round art festivals, parades, theater shows, concerts, and community events, Olympia and its surrounding cities have something for everyone. For parents, it boasts some of the best schools in the nation and the renowned HandsOn Children's Museum. Home to two universities (The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin's University), Olympia residents also have the opportunity to pursue a degree while working!

Additional Information:

The Washington State Department of Commerce complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.