Applications Accepted From: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED
Posting Number: 23438
Division: External Affairs and OBO Solution Center
Reporting Location: 611 Walker Street, 7th Floor
Workdays & Hours: Monday
Friday; 8:00 a.m.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The Office of Business Opportunity ("OBO") is committed to creating a competitive and diverse business environment in the City of Houston by promoting the growth and success of small businesses and developing Houston's workforce. The OBO places a special emphasis on historically underutilized businesses and disenfranchised individuals by ensuring their meaningful participation in the government procurement process. The OBO provides business assistance to start-up companies, helps businesses navigate the city permitting and licensing process, provides referrals for educational and financial resources, as well as certifies Minority, Women, Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWSDBE) and Persons with Disabilities Business Enterprises. The OBO is also charged with ensuring that city departments and prime contractors identify and connect with certified companies to participate in contracting opportunities on City funded MWSDBE goal-oriented contracts. The primary objective for the OBO is to significantly increase the number, capacity and success of businesses in Houston. Our motto is: Educate. Connect. Grow.
The OBO is seeking a Business Development Coordinator for its External Affairs Division and OBO Solutions Center. The Business Development Coordinator is responsible for providing assistance to small business owners and start-up companies to ensure they have access to information and resources that will help them develop successful, thriving businesses. The successful candidate's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:
Use an understanding of local, state, and federal business requirements to guide start-ups through the requirements for starting a business in the City of Houston.
Maintain a comprehensive, updated database of small business resources in the region.
Help to maintain and publish OBO's business resource guides, along with other published content, in support of OBO's mission.
Develop and publish a periodic small business newsletter.
Serve as Program Manager of the City of Houston's annual business plan competition, LiftOff Houston!.
Serve as Program Manager for the City of Houston's Turnaround Houston Entrepreneurship Program.
Represent the City of Houston/OBO at external events to promote start-up services and initiatives, along with other OBO services.
Create and distribute daily content for OBO's Social Media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
Perform special projects as needed and other position related duties, as assigned.
This position requires attending events/meetings outside of normal business hours, including nights and weekends. This position may require visits to construction sites, in addition, to work in the office environment. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Liberal Arts or a related field.
One year of responsible, professional administrative experience is required.
Directly related professional experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Driving is an essential function of this position, as the selected candidate must have a Valid Driver's License and be compliant with the City of Houston policy on driving (AP 2-2).
Preferences shall be given to those with the following skill sets:
Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate comfortably and at appropriate level of summary and detail across multiple levels.
Effective time management and organization skills.
Experience producing Social Media content in a professional business environment and knowledge of best practices.
Experience with graphic design/producing flyers and announcements in a professional business environment.
Written and oral fluency in Spanish is preferred.
Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.
SELECTION / SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED
Department may administer a skills test.
SAFETY IMPACT POSITION Yes
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.
PAY GRADE: 18
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov. To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call 832/393-7238.
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Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.
All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided..
EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.
City Of Houston, TX