The Strategic Product Development (SPD) team within Economic Growth mission is to accelerate the growth of New Jersey’s economy by conceiving and implementing initiatives that enhance the state’s long-term economic competitiveness and establish New Jersey as an innovation leader within key strategic sectors, including life sciences and technology, transportation and logistics, clean energy, offshore wind and advanced manufacturing. The Project Officer for SSD works directly with EDA’s Sector Leads on projects that accelerate New Jersey’s growth within these and other focus sectors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops, pilots, and scales initiatives and programs that strengthen the state’s innovation ecosystem and increase competitiveness in focus industries; these efforts may include: contributing to the development of sector and issue-focused strategies and programs, identifying and engaging key companies and broader stakeholders, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, defining program implementation plans, impact metrics, budgets, etc.
- Develops industry expertise for EDA through project-based research and analysis; these efforts may include: tracking industry trends at the state, regional, and national level, identifying which key industry issues state government could help to resolve, providing industry and policy updates to internal government stakeholders
- Works with Project and Product Leads to manage relationships with key industry stakeholders and acts as an industry-development advocate; these efforts may include representing the Authority at industry events, conducting company research, and acting as a company liaison within EDA
- Demonstrates a leadership and ownership mindset within the SPD alongside other Senior Project and Project Officers, including suggesting new ideas for how to improve the division
- Supports the development and achievement of SPD department goals; reviews and evaluates own performance against key metrics
- Helps to institutionalize best practices; defines and implements needed systems and policies
- Supports on other SPD strategic initiatives as necessary
- Performs duties to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism
- Promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative, and customer- focused work environment among division, EDA staff, and external customers.
- Must complete annual and semiannual self-assessment as required.
- Performs other duties and special projects, as assigned.
Required Skills and Abilities
Problem solving and communication
- Demonstrated proficiency in creative and analytical problem solving, including structuring issues, framing solutions, and executing complex analyses with limited errors and oversight
- Strong ability to synthesize findings and propose actionable solutions
- Strong written (presentation, memos, and emails) and oral presentation skills
- Ability to work on small project teams tackling complex and challenging work
Ability to build industry expertise
- Ability to engage credibly and thoughtfully in conversations with industry and government leaders
- Comfortable engaging in the technical detail of an industry and related supply chain development
- Knowledge and understanding of economic development, sector development approaches, innovation-focused development, and public policy and governance
- Ability to quickly master an understanding of EDA’s existing programs and services
- Demonstrated ability to self-motivate and self-lead own work planning and execution with a strong results orientation
- Ability to prioritize workload, must be highly organized, detail-oriented, handle various tasks simultaneously and work independently within limited time constraints with little supervision
- Exceptional history of strong performance and consistent high-quality delivery on commitments
- Ability to adapt to changes in work environment and manage competing demands
- Ability to build strong relationships and contacts within the industry
- Track record of consistently meeting private sector customer service-level expectations
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality and deal effectively and diplomatically with business professionals and EDA staff
- History of sound decision making and ability to understand implications of decisions
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including ability to influence and engage team leaders and peers
- Ability to work in a respectful manner that promotes teamwork, communication, and a customer-focused ethos
- History of respectful behavior and promoting teamwork and communication
- Strong ethical orientation, including exercising sound financial stewardship
- Commitment to and passion for EDA’s mission and inspires a sense of shared purpose
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to learn new software packages
Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a relevant field such as business, finance, policy, planning, energy, engineering, or environmental studies
- Seven years of industry-facing experience in a government agency or related field (or) experience in a fast-paced, project-based professional services environment that emphasizes team work, problem solving, and communication (e.g., management consulting, investment banking, legal field, large-scale project management, etc.)
- Experience in program development, public policy development and basic financial principles
Advanced degree or industry specific certification may be substituted for 1 year of experience
- Position can be based in either Trenton or Newark
- Ability to work outside normal business hours, as needed
- As necessary to events, meetings, businesses, etc.
Certificates and Licenses Required
- Valid driver’s license
The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job description. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope, general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.
Your employment at NJEDA is voluntary and subject to termination by you or NJEDA at will, with or without cause, or with or without notice, at any time. Nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to conflict, eliminate or modify the employment-at-will status of NJEDA employees.
This position is considered exempt and is excluded from minimum wage, overtime regulations, and other rights and protections afforded nonexempt workers under the FLSA.
NJEDA reserves the right to amend/revise this job description as necessary to meet current and changing business needs.
Equal Opportunity Employer
- Foreign degrees/transcripts must be evaluated by a reputable evaluation service at your own expense and must be submitted prior to a start date. If this cannot be provided within 21 days of an offer the offer will be rescinded.
- Must comply with the “New Jersey First Act” which requires employees hired after September 1, 2011 to reside in New Jersey. Non-New Jersey resident employees must relocate to New Jersey within one year of their date of hire and provide proof of residency to Human Resources.
- Must complete an Outside Activity Questionnaire (disclosure of outside office or employment) on an annual basis.