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Business Development Representative Senior-Emerging Growth & Innovation

$73,371.48 - $98,303.40 Annually

Waterford, MI

Job Type
Full Time

Economic Dev & Comm Affairs

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Job Summary
Within the Economic Development Department, Emerging Growth & Innovation Unit, functions and promotes the County as a business location by providing resources and technical assistance to businesses contemplating investment and growth in the County by linking them to appropriate local, regional, state, and federal resources and programs. Educates industry leaders about emerging market trends, technology, and advancements. Creates connections, programs, events, and inform policies that increase business growth and hiring within Oakland County. Works to position Oakland County as a premiere business location by driving progress on economic impact strategies advanced by the Economic Development Department, particularly those involving the development of traded clusters. Assists in developing programs, initiatives and supportive ecosystems that enhance economic activity in Oakland County’s key traded clusters, including manufacturing, aerospace and defense, mobility and technology as assigned.
Provides connections to appropriate local, regional, state, and federal resources and programs for Oakland County businesses, the public and other stakeholders. Assists in developing and delivering resources, technical assistance programs and events for existing businesses as well as those businesses contemplating investment and growth in Oakland County. Collaborates on multiple activities and events designed to activate and leverage Oakland County’s assets annually. Activities and events will be informed by and carried out in partnership with leadership, fellow staff, and strategic partners. Collaborates with internal teams, strategic partners, universities, test sites and other stakeholders to manage public-private partnerships aimed at accelerating the development of Oakland County’s traded clusters. Engages with unit contractors and grant recipients regarding program operations, reporting and deliverables. Assists in the development of select project proposals and grant applications. Collaborates with the Economic Development, External Affairs and Business Information marketing team to create communications that promote Oakland County’s traded clusters and assets for enhanced economic impact. Coordinates with other entities and cluster initiatives that are synergistic with the mission of Oakland County’s Economic Development Department. Attends and represents Oakland County Economic Development at relevant events, meetings, and conferences. Attends recurring meetings with unit personnel and with department staff. Performs follow up via phone, written communication, and personal visits with businesses and strategic partners on a regular basis, to provide continual and high-quality assistance. Collaborates with other Oakland County personnel on projects and initiatives related to areas of focus. Occasionally travels to attend meetings, conferences, and training; may travel internationally.

Minimum Qualifications
Applications will be rejected if the following information is not provided at the time of application: 
  • Thoroughly documented work history
  • Transcript with degree and award date
  • The application is incomplete in ANY capacity
  • Valid Driver's License Number

At time of application, applicants must: 
1. Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration, Urban Planning, Marketing, Political Science or a related field.
2. Have at least four (4) years of full-time professional work experience in the public or private sector in economic development, community development, or a closely related area.
NOTE: Applicants possessing transcripts from a college or university outside of the United States will be required to provide documentation of degree equivalency from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( The degree evaluation will be required for application processing.
NOTE: A Master’s Degree in one of the fields listed in 1 above may substitute for one (1) year of experience listed in 2 above.
3. Possess a valid United States motor vehicle operator’s or chauffeur’s license. Out of Country driver’s license holders will be required to obtain the appropriate valid State of Michigan driver’s license before the hire date.
4. Pass the complete examination, including the employment medical, established for this classification.
5. Successfully complete the six month probationary period.

Work History
You are required to include your work experience in the Work Experience Section of your NEOGOV application. If you have previously included work history on a resume you must transfer your work history into the Work Experience Section prior to applying. Attached resumes will not be reviewed or considered. Please review the job posting, specifically the purpose of the position and the minimum qualifications, prior to answering the work experience question; and note that only related work experience will be considered. NOTE: Provide full detail in the employment history section noting the skills, experience and hours worked per week pertaining to the minimum qualifications. 
 College Transcripts
 If you have completed education higher than a high school diploma or GED, you must attach a copy of your official/unofficial transcript(s) that clearly state the type of degree and date awarded/conferred, institution name, and applicant name; and is in a format that cannot be modified or edited. Your application will not be considered for further review if you have failed to provide this information. Transcripts from outside the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( This documentation must be attached to your application if you are certifying you have an education higher than high school/GED. NOTE: This section is used for TRANSCRIPTS ONLY. If a job offer is made, an official transcript will be required. 

Special Requirements
1. Must maintain a valid United States motor vehicle operator’s or chauffeur’s license.