The Oregon Business Development Department aka Business Oregon has an exciting career opportunity for an Entrepreneurship Strategist (Operations and Policy Analyst 4) within our Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Section in the Economic Development Division.
What Business Oregon does
OBDD employs approximately 135 employees who carry out the agency mission, “Business Oregon invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy.”
The Innovation & Entrepreneurship team promotes innovation, startup business creation, mentorship and access to capital. I&E initiatives focus on building a statewide ecosystem with conditions favorable to start and grow new businesses. The team helps Oregon businesses access global markets, connects technical service providers, develops collaborative partnerships with Oregon’s research universities to further technology transfer, and manages the Oregon Growth Board and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC). Innovation strategists, entrepreneurial strategists, capital strategists, and program analysts work to achieve these goals in partnership with Oregon businesses.
What you will do!
- Support the development and execution of entrepreneurial ecosystem-building strategies to grow the state’s innovation-based economy.
- Develop and advocate for entrepreneurship-related legislation while maintaining positive working relationships with legislators and their staff.
- Research and collaborate with key partners to develop policies, incentives and programs to promote Oregon’s innovation economy.
- Administer current grants and manage future funding opportunities for the Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI) while helping ROI communities implement their vision for place-based rural entrepreneurship.
- Manage contract administration for Oregon InC programs by processing payments, monitoring contract progress, and contract close-out.
- Make presentations about Oregon’s rural entrepreneurial assets and Business Oregon’s focus on place-based entrepreneurial capacity-building.
For the full list of specific duties and working conditions, see the Position Description.
Please note: if you are interested in applying for this position, you must attach your current cover letter and resume to your application. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter will remove your application from consideration.
What you need to qualify…
A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and five years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work.
Any combination of experience and education equivalent to eight years of experience in evaluative, analytical and planning work.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
- Experience working in rural communities to develop and support the community’s entrepreneurial and/or economic development or community development strategies.
- Experience developing legislative concepts including securing support for such concepts with key stakeholders including legislators.
- Work experience designing and developing, implementing and managing programs in the areas of economic and community development with rural or underserved communities.
- Work experience facilitating meetings and work groups with the ability to foster healthy dialogue while also driving toward decision-making.
- Work experience building productive, collaborative, and strategic partnerships and advancing projects with external stakeholders including economic development partners and diverse audiences.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to maneuver difficult and sensitive conversations with individuals and groups. Must be adept at public speaking in organized, facilitated events and in town-hall settings.
- Work experience managing high levels of ambiguity and creating clarity, managing multiple tasks with varying deadlines, and learning complex information quickly.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and be self-motivated, as well as the ability to be part of a cross-functional team and be supportive to colleagues.
Succession and workforce planning are the cornerstones to consistently fulfill the agency’s mission. Business Oregon recognizes and values the knowledge and skills of each of our employees. To encourage employee longevity and retain institutional knowledge, preference may be given to current Business Oregon employees.