The Special Projects Officer will work with the Community Development Special Projects team to design, implement, and manage new programs supporting New Jersey’s equitable economic recovery. The Special Projects Officer will have the opportunity to work across a wide array of program and policy areas including, but not limited to: the Sustain & Serve New Jersey program, workforce development, food security, child care, maternal and infant health, and the digital divide.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Works with Special Projects team to develop, pilot, and mange new initiatives supporting equitable economic development across multiple policy areas
- Works with Senior Workforce Development Advisor to manage relationships with program grantees and other governmental and non-governmental stakeholders
- Oversees review and processing of payments for programs managed by the Special Projects team
- Tracks, aggregates, and reports on program spending and performance indicators
- 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
- Supports on other 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 stakeholders
- Must complete annual and semiannual self-assessment as required.
- Performs other duties and special projects, as assigned.
Required Skills and Abilities
- Enthusiasm for equitable community development and readiness to dive into a diverse array of policy issues
- Ability to communicate professionally with diverse stakeholders
- Commitment to collaborative problem-solving
- Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Ability to quickly research, analyze, and effectively synthesize information across a range of policy areas
· Ability to prioritize workload, must be highly organized, detail-oriented, handle various tasks simultaneously and work independently within limited time constrains with little or no supervision
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality and deal effectively and diplomatically with business professionals and EDA staff
- Demonstrates respectful behavior and promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to learn new software packages
Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience
- Minimum 7 years of experience in government, nonprofit, research, or similar organizations
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.