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Business Development Specialist

The Business Development Specialist is an exempt, full-time position and serves as a key member of the MCEDC’s business development team. This position reports to the Director, Business Recruitment. This position is responsible for performing increasingly responsible work to attract businesses to Montgomery County. Responsibilities include interacting with businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies in order to attract new business and build a diverse, sustainable economy for Montgomery County. The Business Development Specialist also will reach out to a variety of businesses with the goal of facilitating private sector capital investment creating new job opportunities for Montgomery County. Apply here.

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Essential Functions/Duties/Tasks:

  • Direct outreach to businesses and decision makers in order to obtain the relocation or expansion opportunity
  • Work with the MCEDC team to implement a wide range of economic development projects and programs
  • Become familiar with the full range of economic development assistance provided by the MCEDC and its partner organizations
  • Identify and develop tools and resources for business and related community partners
  • Schedule, coordinate, and participate in company, real estate broker and site selector visits
  • Respond to requests for information and develop subject-matter-expertise in order to provide connections and guidance to businesses, partners, the general public, and/or outside agencies
  • Research and develop new business contacts and opportunities and draft proposals, applications, presentations, and other documents as needed to develop opportunities
  • Research and outreach to US and international businesses seeking to expand or relocate their businesses
  • Act as liaison for a variety of advisory groups, boards, committees, agencies, councils, and other related groups
  • Initiate meetings and conduct strategic and effective presentations with representatives of local business and community organizations to cultivate partnerships and generate new opportunities for the MCEDC
  • With the MCEDC staff, create and implement partnership programs and initiatives that build stronger, more aligned collaboration among the MCEDC and partner organizations
  • Continuously build and maintain a collaborative relationship with businesses, partners, and client communities
  • Develop strategies for and attend trade shows and other industry sector events
  • Track business interactions and results in the MCEDC’s Salesforce database
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to learn quickly and initiate lead generation resulting in new projects in the pipeline
  • Ability to multi-task and distinguish priority projects with deadlines
  • Ability to develop respect and trust from community and business leaders
  • Ability to understand the viewpoint of business, including minority and underserved business communities
  • Superb communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen actively and present clearly and effectively in positive or negative situations, and to respond well to questions
  • Writes clearly and informatively and varies writing style to meet needs
  • Works independently with little supervision required
  • Strategic thinker with the capacity to generate new ideas and act creatively
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to represent the MCEDC at community-based events and meetings
  • Comfortable organizing interns and volunteers
  • Adaptable to changes in the work environment, managing competing demands, changing approaches or methods to best fit the situation, and dealing with frequent changes or unexpected events
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to meet tight deadlines within budgetary constraints, and to handle multiple projects simultaneously and autonomously
  • Hold a valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Hold a U.S. Passport

Preferred education and experience:

  • Experience working in community collaborations or coalitions
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Proficiency in working with Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce or other CRM
  • Familiarity with standard office equipment
  • Experience working with CoStar and JobsEQ (Preferred, but not required)

Description of physical demands and work environment:

  • Must be able to travel throughout the county to companies, partner organizations, meetings, and events
  • Must be able to occasionally travel outside of the region to events and trade shows
  • Must be able to use office equipment and computers
  • Position may require moderate lifting of supplies and materials from time to time
  • The working environment is a general office environment with a moderate noise level

Job Type: Full-time, Exempt
Job Location: Montgomery County, MD
Required education: Bachelor’s Degree
Required experience: Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience
Commensurate with experience

The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) brings a big and bold approach to achieving greater economic competitiveness and prosperity across Montgomery County, MD. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a fresh public/private perspective, entrepreneurial spirit, and proactive approach to economic development, the MCEDC is focused on maximizing Montgomery County’s rich diversity of people, talent, and business expertise to keep the county at the leading edge of today’s competitive economic development environment. Overseen by a Board of Directors with both public and private sector representation, the MCEDC is committed to growing the county’s vibrant business community and leveraging current strengths and advantages to build an even stronger, more stable, and diverse future economy that benefits all members of the community.

EEO Statement:
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.