Business Community Engagement Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

Overview:
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, 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, 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.

The Business Diversity & Inclusion Manager is a full-time, key member of MCEDC’s business
development team. The Business Diversity & Inclusion Manager is responsible for outreach to
diverse, minority, and ethnic chambers of commerce and other business groups, as well as
responsible for community and business development outreach in underserved communities.

Essential Functions/Duties/Tasks:

  • Conduct proactive outreach to diverse communities including disabled, veteran, LGBTQIA,
    minority and ethnic chambers of commerce, and other business groups to learn about their
    constituencies, services, and priorities
  • Inform minority and ethnic chambers of commerce and other business groups of the
    economic development assistance provided by MCEDC and its partners
  • Initiate meetings and conduct strategic and effective presentations with representatives of
    local business and community organizations to cultivate partnerships and generate new
    opportunities for MCEDC to help grow jobs and the business tax base
  • Collaborate with local communities by proactively participating in on-site meetings that
    include a variety of local officials, stakeholders, the general public, and other interested
    parties
  • Continuously build and maintain a collaborative relationship with partners and client
    communities
  • Research the local community to identify small, diverse, and minority business and
    community groups, and identify opportunities for creative partnerships
  • Create and implement partnership programs and initiatives that build stronger, more
    aligned collaborations among MCEDC and partner organizations
  • Become familiar with the full range of economic development assistance provided by
    MCEDC and its partner organizations
  • Identify and develop tools and resources for community partners
  • Provide technical advice and guidance on economic development programs and initiatives to
    community organizations, elected officials, citizens, and others to assist with their planning,
    execution, and implementation of programs and community development needs and
    initiatives
  • Through regular ongoing engagement with residents and community leaders, identify
    community needs and service gaps
  • Develop community organizing strategies to increase business and resident involvement in
    economic development activities that address community issues/concerns

 

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to meet tight deadlines within budgetary
    constraints, and to handle multiple projects simultaneously and autonomously
  • Ability to garner respect and trust from community and business leaders, elected officials,
    and a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to understand the viewpoint of minority and underserved communities
  • Excellent coalition-building skills, organizational skills, and mediation/negotiation skills,
    including the ability to inspire trust, motivate, and negotiate with community members and
    partners, and the ability to understand how to engage communities in a responsible and
    honorable way
  • Superb communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen actively, to
    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
  •  Independent and strategic thinker with the capacity to generate new ideas and act creatively
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to represent 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.
  • Holds a valid U.S. driver’s licensePreferred education and experience:
  • Professional experience working in community collaborations or coalitions
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Familiarity with standard office equipment, and with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Foreign language fluency—ideally applicants will be proficient in one or more languages that
    are relevant in the local business communityDescription of physical demands and work environment:
  • Must be able to travel throughout the county to 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 levelJob Type: Full-time, ExemptJob Location: Hybrid/Montgomery County, MD
    Required education: Bachelor’s Degree

Salary: $100,000 – $112,000
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.

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