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Economic Development Specialist

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Economic Development Specialist
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170150
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The specialist will develop and conduct applied research and technical assistance projects and participate in the collaborative design and implementation of projects with other faculty. This position, reporting to the director of the office, is a restricted calendar year, administrative and professional faculty appointment.
Design and implement projects addressing economic and community development needs across Virginia on subjects such as research commercialization, manufacturing extension, distributed research centers, strategic innovation partnerships, asset-based development, entrepreneurship, and strategic planning.
This requires the specialist to undertake the following:

  • Conduct diverse forms of research and analysis such as economic impact and feasibility studies, market analysis, cluster studies, strategic planning, and program design and evaluation with emphasis on economically distressed areas in Virginia. Prepare reports and deliver public presentations to project clients and other stakeholder’s derived from that research.
  • Write and submit sponsored project proposals, including scope of work, budget development, and secure funding from national, state, and local sources to support a substantial portion of salary and fringe for this position.
  • Develop contacts with current and potential clients across the public, private, and non-profit sectors through regular travel around the state, active participation in professional associations, and other marketing activities of the unit.
  • Build strong relationships with academic departments at the university, and include faculty as partners in projects.
  • Participate in internal evaluations and conduct impact assessments of past projects.
  • Participate in recruiting, selecting, and managing graduate assistants and undergraduate interns.
Required Qualifications:
  • Experience with applied research or technical assistance projects in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting.
  • Experience with research and practice grounded in economic concepts and their application.
  • Possess exemplary communication and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate capacity as a highly organized, creative, entrepreneurial self-starter, capable of contributing to a team.
  • Advanced degree in planning, public administration, business, economics or a related field.
  • Willingness to undertake extensive travel, primarily within the state of Virginia.
Preferred Qualifications:

An understanding of and interest in contributing to the scholarship of economic development.

  • Possess experience with grant writing for federal funding agencies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build collaborative teams across organizations.
Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, include cover letter, CV/Resume, Letter of Reference, and a list of references with contact info. Apply to posting AP0170150. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Up to $50,000, depending on experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Economic Development
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8-5
Job Posting Date: 06/12/2017
Review Begin Date: 07/10/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Letter of Reference #1
  4. List of References
Optional Documents