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Part-Time Project Manager

Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation
Job Description
Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation
Project Manager (Part-Time)
Job Duties & Responsibilities
(January 2021)

About Us
The Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation (EDC), formerly the “Columbus Economic Development Board”, is one of the state’s longest-running independent, non-profit economic development organizations serving Columbus and all Bartholomew County, Indiana.  The organization’s strategic goal is to grow & attract well-paying, high value-added, community-minded businesses by influencing and leveraging the area’s distinct capabilities. Current industry diversification targets include Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Engineering/R&D Services, and Aerospace Manufacturing, and we take pride in supporting the retention and expansion of existing employers.  Greater Columbus EDC’s approach is three-fold: (1) Work with existing primary employers to help them grow in Columbus and Bartholomew County, (2) attract and recruit new companies to diversify our local economy, and (3) work with local community partners to build and continuously improve the area’s desirability to businesses and residents.  
Since the EDC’s founding in 1976, more than 70 recruited companies today employ more than 7,000 local persons.  Approximately 400 local expansions by 110 unique companies have also been recorded, and combined, new projects and expansions have called for $3.4 billion in initial investments.  For more information on the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation and the services it offers, please visit
Position Overview
The Project Manager position gives the employee the opportunity to manage various economic development and community marketing projects focused on supporting the retention and expansion of existing primary employers and the recruitment of new primary businesses to Columbus and Bartholomew County, Indiana.  As an instrumental part of our three-person office, the Project Manager reports directly to the Greater Columbus EDC president.  The Project Manager position is part-time, calling for an average of 25 to 30 hours of work per week during normal business hours, Monday-Friday.
Key Duties
Respond in a timely and professional manner to requests for information from local companies, prospective companies, state and local officials, and others
Maintain current and accurate inventory of available sites & buildings of interest to EDC, and provide regular updates to the State of Indiana’s and site & building database
Prepare presentations for visiting companies and other meetings as may be required
Maintain/Update records of all projects and activities, typically using Microsoft Excel or in-house database. 
Maintain/Update EDC Scorecard tracking investments, jobs, wages, & incentives (Excel)
Utilize/maintain Synchronist database to track existing & prospective company information (training provided)  
Assist local companies with retention and expansion opportunities, via tax abatement, site selection, and other assistance as directed
Annually: Conduct local employer Wage and Benefits Survey during Q1, utilizing email and pre-formatted online and/or Excel surveys of approximately 25-30 manufacturers; collect & analyze data, prepare report for presentation to participants and Greater Columbus EDC Board of Directors
Annually: In conjunction with EDC President, EDC Office Manager, and EDC Board Members, conduct Business Retention and Expansion (Existing Business) surveys each spring, meeting with approx. 30 local companies; collect & analyze data, prepare report for presentation to participants and the Business Retention and Expansion committee 
OFFICE (10%)
Provide back-up support to the EDC Office Manager, answering telephone, emails, etc., as needed
Attend monthly board and EDC committee meetings, and provide staff support as required
Annually: Help plan and coordinate the EDC Annual Meeting (location, invitations, etc.)
Annually: Help plan & support an annual networking event co-sponsored with the Columbus Japanese Business Association (Golf Outing)
Other duties as may be assigned
In collaboration with selected marketing firm(s), support creation of EDC marketing/promotional material
Maintain fresh and relevant information, images, data, etc., on website 
Assist with occasional social media posts, media releases, etc.
Optional: Attend conferences or training opportunities as may be made available; e.g., Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA) conferences once or twice per year.
Interact in person, by phone, and/or via electronic communications with existing and prospective company representatives, site consultants, board members and stakeholders in a way that demonstrates a high-level of professionalism, discretion, and community support 
Maintain positive interactions with all EDC Board members and local (City/County) elected officials, demonstrating our appreciation of their investment and support of economic development programs
Engage US & foreign visitors in manner that represents Columbus as a welcoming community
Interact with community partners such as Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Center, and other members of the Columbus Area Economic Growth Council to further our mission and objectives
Maintain positive interactions with Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and in-state LEDOs/REDOs (Local/Regional Economic Development Organizations) 
Required Skills & Attributes
#1 – Must love Columbus, Indiana, and be prepared to be a “brand ambassador” to help promote our “unexpected unforgettable” message; Bartholomew County residency required within 90 days of hire
Very adept at using the Microsoft Office suite of products, including Outlook (email & calendar), Word, PowerPoint, and especially Excel.  Typical tasks require knowledge of how to format, cut/paste, insert & edit images, and within Excel, mistake-free sorting, use of basic formulas (sum, avg, median), etc.
Good communicator – written & verbal, including one-on-one & small group presentations, professional email correspondence, and must be comfortable speaking on the phone
Keen attention to detail & above-average reading comprehension – Notice details, able to find inconsistencies/differences between items, proofreads for mistakes, etc.
Skilled at conducting online research to find answers to unique questions 
Strong preference given to candidates with five or more years of business, local government, and/or non-profit organization work experience; Bachelor’s degree a plus.
Experience with WordPress websites and/or Synchronist Database a plus (training available)
International or cross-cultural experience also a plus
Annual Performance Evaluation Categories
Job/Technical Knowledge
Problem Solving & Decision Making
Planning & Organization / Dependability
Communication (Verbal & Written)
Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills
Change-management Skills
Adherence to Policies & Confidentiality
Other/Good of the Organization
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