Business Development, Economic Development, Engineering
4 Year Degree
The Economic Development Manager, under the direction of the Chief Commerce Officer, is responsible for development and implementation of APDC's, economic planning and practices, commercial recruitment and site development programs, as well as programs to encourage the retention and expansion of existing businesses at the Port. This includes the strategic development of economic opportunities, grant development and project assistance.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to the classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified:
1. In accordance with APDC's strategic plan, encourages, manages, and implements development of APDC economic development initiatives. Works with existing tenants, local and regional development organization officials and others to identify potential needs.
2. Assists in the development of infrastructure, project financing, and community-based programs to improve site marketability.
3. Coordinates data collection mapping, brochures, aerial photographs and other materials as required.
4. Develops and manages scope, schedule and budget for economic development projects.
5. Identifies funding programs for existing projects and strategic targets. Prepares funding requests, manages and/or completes grant implementation activities and ensures compliance with funding agency requirements from grant requests, and related functions.
6. Executes and/or supervises grant administration activities including activities necessary satisfy grant award including but not limited to the environmental review process, project reporting, MWBE compliance reporting, reimbursement requests, and related functions.
7. Performs assignments involving research and logistical tasks that will determine the feasibility or achieve the development and implementation of new business ventures within the Port. Stays current on economic development techniques and technologies and researches innovations, alternative and/or expansions of economic development, with emphasis on logistics, economy and service.
8. Maintains and develops new partnerships to support APDC and regional economic development initiatives. Works closely with tenants and internal staff to ensure sound communication and implementation.
9. Provides technical assistance to tenants related to planning, zoning and other matters related to land use and development or environmental protection.
10. Conducts data analysis of APDC's economic development activities and impact. Monitors, maintains and updates the analysis and representations of APDC's activities and impact for website and publications.
11. Works toward set goals including revenue generating and resource development.
5 years minimum of progressive economic development experience in community and industrial relations, business, and/or grant writing. Masters degree in related area may substitute for 2 years experience.
Works with accountability and integrity
Demonstrated success in grant writing and administration
Demonstrated public presentation and writing skills
Demonstrated ability to communicate with individuals at all levels and work as part of a team.
Demonstrated levels of professionalism, positive attitude, and ability to motivate others.
Strong problem solving and decision-making skills to identify, anticipate and resolve problems at hand.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong customer orientation
Ability to effectively negotiate terms, agreements and understandings with others
Writing samples and demonstrations of work will be required.
About Albany Port District Commission
Located 124 nautical miles north of New York Harbor, the Port of Albany is the largest inland Port in the Northeast United States. The Port consists of nearly 400 acres on the east and west sides of the Hudson River across three municipalities including Albany, Bethlehem and Rensselaer. The Port has dedicated maritime operations on both sides of the Hudson River and connects New York State’s Capital Region to the world. Primary cargo handled at the Port includes bulk and break bulk, including heavy lift/project cargo, wind energy, woodpulp, scrap iron and molasses. We work together with maritime operations, the Albany Port Rail Road and tenants to ensure the efficient, reliable and safe movement of goods.