MINORITY BUSINESS AFFAIRS MANAGER
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DEFINITION OF CLASS:
This is a senior management level, policy-making position in the area of providing county-wide leadership, guidance, and direction in the formulation of County policies, practices, and short and long range economic development strategies addressing the unique needs of the minority business community within the County and will assure that these needs are reflected as the County develops and implements its comprehensive economic development strategy. The employee in this position advises the County Executive in these matters and reports to the Director, Department of Economic Development. The employee in this non-merit position will be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council.
The employee will operate within an overall framework of County economic development principles, goals, and objectives, including related issues such as procurement; workforce training and education; and the establishment and utilization of social and cultural resources within the County. The employee will head the Minority Business Affairs activities of the Department of Economic Development.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (Illustrative Only):
(a) Advises the County Executive, the Chief Administrative Officer, and the Director of the Department of Economic Development on issues relating to the minority business community.
(b) Directs and supervises research and evaluation in the analysis of problems, issues and opportunities involving the County's minority business climate and image in the business community.
(c) Develops outcome measures and a reporting mechanism regarding program missions.
(d) Initiates and facilitates responses to inquiries from within and outside the Department and County; and tracks performance of the County's agencies in attaining the minority business related policy/program outcomes.
(e) Works with other County, State, Federal agencies, and the business organizations and advisory committees to ensure that the County's minority business community is served by supportive policies, programs and resources.
(f) Performs other related duties as required.
Experience: Extensive (7 years) experience in economic development, business development, marketing and promotion work.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in business development and administration, business marketing, public relations, communications, or a related field.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(a) Extensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of planning, formulating, analyzing and implementing management and programmatic policies and strategies appropriate to organize and manage a major organizational unit.
(b) Extensive knowledge of current trends and issues affecting the business community, and in particular, the small and minority business community.
(c) Extensive knowledge of business practices and strong familiarity with the intricacies of operating a business.
(d) Working knowledge of and ability to apply knowledge of budget and financial control or human resource management.
(e) Extensive knowledge of procurement issues within private and public sector.
(f) Knowledge of affirmative action based and business related Federal, State, and County laws and regulations.
(g) Ability to design, implement, monitor, and modify programs, methods, operating procedures, and/or regulations; to develop and present options and alternative; and, to develop innovative solutions to difficult problems related to area of assignment.
(h) Ability to prepare or direct the preparation of complex reports and studies, the analysis and interpretation of independent research and findings, and the review and analysis of proposed legislation and County policies.
(i) Ability to strategically plan, direct, and administer diverse operations of the assigned organizational unit.
(j) Ability to delegate work appropriately in order to achieve desired results in an efficient manner.
(k) Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, including the presentation of complex and/or technical information to lay audiences.
(l) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental administrators and managers, senior program management staff, representative of public and private sector agencies, business and community groups and organizations.
(m) Ability to attend meetings and perform work assignments during non-business hours and/or at locations outside the office.
MEDICAL PROTOCOL: Medical History Review
Class Established: October, 2005