The Town of West Hartford has a part-time opening for a Economic Development Specialist in the Town Manager's department in Town Hall.

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Date Posted:            October 22, 2021                    Starting hourly rate: $ 36.69
Position:                    Economic Development Specialist
Hours: Up to 19 hours/week
Department:            Community Development
Reports To:              Economic Development Coordinator
Job Purpose:
Under the direction of the EDC provides outreach to enhance the relationship between the businesses within West Hartford to facilitate retention, expansion and new development.
  • Essential Job Functions: Engages in business visitation program to stimulate local economic growth by assisting businesses already established in West Hartford
  • Connects businesses with resources to grow and thrive
  • Establishes relationships with commercial real estate brokers to keep informed of commercial, industrial, and retail availabilities
  • Works with businesses to facilitate expansion in and relocation to West Hartford
  • Liaison between the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Metro Hartford Alliance, CT Department of Economic and Community Development, AdvanceCT, and other public and private agencies to include local neighborhood associations.
  • Identify and implement actions to enhance the business environment in West Hartford
  • Maintains social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook), maintains web site content including WHy West Hartford multimedia platform, and produces communication materials related to Town services specific to economic development
  • Conducts independent research studies related to economic development
  • Develops, compiles and coordinates data for reporting. Prepares statistical and narrative reports Prepares grant applications.
  • Responds to requests for information
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of business development programs and opportunities
  • Knowledge of local municipal government, especially planning and zoning and the regulatory process
  • Knowledge of real estate principles
  • Working knowledge of standard office practices, ability to operate a personal computer utilizing a Windows environment with proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, data base applications, and the ability to learn discreet departmental programs
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of creativity in the areas of public relations and marketing
  • Ability to actively listen and effectively communicate with individuals and/or groups, in person or by telephone
  • Ability to produce effective and accurate written materials
  • Knowledge of various social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and ability to effectively communicate to a diverse range of stakeholders through social media content
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with business associates, governmental officials and administrators
  • Ability to interact in a positive effective manner to establish and maintain positive work relationships with others using tact, diplomacy, sensitivity, and other principles of good customer service
  • Ability to manage challenging or stressful situations
  • Ability to plan and work independently and prioritize several on-going tasks to meet established deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments over a period of time, and understand the theories behind several related concepts
Work Environment and Job Demands
Work is performed in a variety of environments and locations within the local communities. The general business office environment involves everyday risks and/or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions, and is subject to interruptions, distractions and background noise. Use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls is expected. Will travel to and from off-site locations within West Hartford and the general capitol area for meetings. Must be mobile, able to push/pull light objects, and occasionally lift objects up to 10 pounds. Must be able to perform manipulative skills as writing, filing, typing, using a calculator and skills that require hand-eye coordination such as using a keyboard. Must be able to see objects closely as in reading and typing a document. Must be able to hear normal sounds with background noise, distinguish voice patterns and communicate clearly in English with speech as in using a telephone or group meetings. Must be able to work under stress from demanding deadlines and changing priorities and conditions. Manages and coordinates multiple priorities adhering to established timeframes and performance standards. Frequent interaction with employees and members of the public. Attends to tasks/functions for sixty-(60) minutes or more with occasional interruptions. Works for extended periods at personal computer. This position may require working non-traditional hours, including evening and early morning meetings outside the normal business workday, as well as the ability to work remotely.
Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Marketing, Business Administration, Economics, or Planning, public relations and/or urban planning or, any other relevant and equivalent combination of education and professional work experience that provides the necessary skills to successfully perform the duties of the position. Minimum of 2 years related work experience. Knowledge of planning, zoning and regulatory principles preferred.
An individual appointed to the position must satisfactorily complete a six month probationary period.
Applications may be obtained from the Jobs page of the West Hartford website,
 Applications must be completed no later than November 15, 2021.

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Sheila Diamond
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