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  • JOB TITLE:  Project Manager – Economic Development

    This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the essential functions and minimum qualifications of this job.  The incumbent(s) may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign job-related responsibilities and tasks to this job at any time.  Certain functions are understood to be essential; these include, but are not limited to, attendance, getting along with others, working a full-shift, and dealing with and working under stress.  Any essential function of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when possible.

     

    JOB OBJECTIVE:  The BDC’s Project Manager – Economic Development role is often the first touch in responding to our business community. The Project Manager’s goal is to place a finger on the pulse of Berwyn’s business community, providing support and feedback for BDC staff, City of Berwyn, and broader community stakeholders. The Project Manager will assist the activities of BDC economic development and planning team in a variety of ways: assisting in marketing new programs and services, assisting in the coordination of capital improvement projects, serving as a liaison between BDC and City of Berwyn departments, tracking vacancies and available properties, and supporting the general economic health and vitality of the Berwyn community.

     

    ACCOUNTABILITY:  The BDC’s Project Manager reports to the Division Director of Economic Development and Planning Services, as well as receives general direction from the Executive Director.

     

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

     

    1. Information
      1. Answers questions and provides information regarding available real-estate
      2. Answers questions and provides information to citizens and landowners on Economic Development Programs and general planning procedures

     

    1. Research
      1. Complete research for special projects; emphasis on Capital Improvement and Economic Development.
      2. Gathers and prepares data for studies and reports, including quarterly and annual reports for the City of Berwyn
      3. Provides support and assistance on comprehensive planning studies
      4. Provides support for plan review and zoning approval

     

    1. Marketing
      1. Assists in the development, production, and distribution of marketing material
      2. Assists in the development of sell sheets, partners with local brokers to ensure accurate information on the BDC’s online available property database
      3. Generates content for economic development section of the BDC’s member e-blast

     

    1. Program Management
      1. Commercial Loan and Microloan Programs
        1. Markets the program to eligible businesses through site visits
        2. Manages application process
        3. Manages reporting requirements for each loan
      2. Finish Line Grant Program
        1. Markets the program to eligible businesses in our TIF districts
        2. Guides applicants through eligibility requirements, outlining approved uses of funds
        3. Recommends project approval to BDC staff and board members
        4. Manages project requirements for each recipient
      3. Pay As You Go Program
        1. Markets the program to eligible businesses in our TIF districts
        2. Guides applicants through application process
        3. Manages project requirements for each recipient
      4. TIF Agreements
        1. Develop a checklist of reporting requirements
        2. Ensures requirements are adhered to
        3. Informs BDC staff if agreement recipients are in default
      5. Vacancy Tracking
        1. Compiles and maintains a list of vacant properties
        2. Generates monthly tracking reports for BDC staff, the Economic Development Commission, City staff, and elected officials
      6. Building Permits
        1. Obtains a list of recently approved commercial building permits from the City of Berwyn
        2. Conduct outreach to commercial permit recipients to ensure satisfaction with City process
        3. Refer eligible businesses to Division Director of Economic Development and Planning Services for a formal retention visit

     

    SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

     

    1. BDC Staff Support
      1. Assists as needed for BDC special events.
      2. Attends BDC Committee Meetings and others as directed by Senior Staff.
      3. Answers a multi-line telephone and routes callers to appropriate personnel, greets and screens callers.
      4. Develops agendas, takes and transcribes minutes of meetings and distributes to appropriate individuals.
      5. Assists department/division administrator(s) in scheduling meeting rooms and making other necessary arrangements for meetings, notifies appropriate individuals of scheduled meetings.
      6. Performs other duties as assigned.

     

    REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

     

    • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of real estate. 

     

    • Good knowledge of the principles and practices of economic development and urban planning.

     

    • Good knowledge of work processing, webpage, database and spreadsheet software.

     

    • Some knowledge of the techniques of demographic or economic development research.

     

    • Some knowledge of descriptive statistics.

     

    • Some knowledge of GIS software programs and application.

     

    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with employees, business professionals, architects, contractors, developers, landowners, elected officials, city staff, and general public.

     

    • Ability to read and interpret maps, plats and blueprints.

     

    • Ability to read and interpret City Ordinances regarding land-use and zoning.

     

    • Ability to perform detailed research and technical studies, and to communicate the results in an effective manner.

     

    • Ability to handle routine administrative tasks.

     

    • Ability to perform assignments independently without specific instructions.

     

     

    ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

     

    Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Economics, Business, Public Administration, Marketing/Management, Real Estate, or a related field. Master’s Degree preferred. At least two (2) years experience in real estate, economic development or planning fields; OR any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Applications will be considered as they are received. The position will remain open until filled.

     

    • Professional Proficiency in Spanish preferred, but not required.

     

     

    SALARY AND BENEFITS

     

    Salary: $45,000-$55,000, Depending on Qualifications

     

    Benefits: The BDC’s current benefits package includes health and dental insurance, paid vacation time, sick day accrual, paid holidays, as well as a simple IRA match after one year of employment.

     

     

    To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, 3 personal references, and a writing sample to sandeb@berwyn.net.

     

    The Berwyn Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, or gender identity.

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