Program Manager (Ma3) - Economic Development And Competitiveness/ Business Development (00797)

State Of Washington Olympia , WA 98504

Posted 1 week ago

  • This position is based in Seattle, WA and salary listed does not include the 5% premium pay granted to all King County employees. 

Apply Early!   First review of applications begins on February 10, 2023

The Program Manager (MA3) works within the Business Development Unit of the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness (OEDC) , and is responsible for supporting business recruitment, retention and expansion program development and management, research, analysis, writing, and outreach in support of Washington State Department of Commerce's mission to drive job creation and private investment into Washington State. As a member of the Business Development team, this position will work with businesses, economic development organizations, state, federal, and local governments, and economic development practitioners to increase or preserve business investments.

The Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness (OEDC) partners with local, regional and international economic development agencies, companies, site selectors and decision makers to strengthen communities and grow Washington's economy through increased exports, investment, retention and expansion.

At the Department of Commerce (Commerce), we are creative, collaborative, and trusted. We identify opportunities to deliver critical funding and services to strengthen communities, we cultivate an environment in which we continuously learn, and we own our work.

This posting may be used to fill other vacant positions within 60 days once position is filled.The Program Manager (MA3) performs professional level duties requiring substantive knowledge of a variety of regulations, rules, policies, procedures and processes to support and ensure the division meets critical deadlines and goals. Here are some of the duties performed in this role.

Economic Development Research & Analysis

  • Gather, compile, and classify relevant data and information for use in research, analysis and proposal materials.

  • Conduct research and analysis of economic, employment, or industry market conditions, leveraging a broad spectrum of internal and external sources, including the Emsi and Pitchbook toolset.

  • Identify and explore data sources that provide insight into better understanding the state's opportunities for domestic and foreign direct investment.

  • Investigate fluctuations in statistical results, and provide information to explain them.

  • Validate results and document methodology, procedures, and decisions to ensure reproducibility, standardization, and quality of research.

  • Provide internal or external customers information and insight regarding economic and industry market or historic project data trends.

  • Participates in related business meetings and industry events and generates responses on behalf of the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness.

  • Coordinates and collaborates with the Marketing team on related marketing collateral and proposals, with identifying and recommending new content to promote Washington State.   (research and combing information)

  • Research and identifies prospects for the Agency, for both domestic and international recruitment events and trade missions, based on analysis.

  • Develops briefs and reports on projects and grant programs.

  • Tracks company/industry contacts, prospects, projects, and related metrics using Salesforce and generated reports.

Program Analysis and Process Improvement

  • Performs analyses of business issues and evaluates options, prepares project reports, summaries with narrative, statistical charts, tables and graphs to identify solutions; Implements process solutions.

  • Develops and delivers business processes and procedures training to ensure staff comply with operational requirements.

  • Identifies problems, analyzes business, management or technology needs to facilitate changes in organizations business, management, or technology services.

  • Leads small to medium sized projects coordinating with other departments and multiple local jurisdictions.

Development of reports, research, presentations, and collateral

  • Prepares programmatic reports including the quarterly Results Commerce and POG reports, the monthly Business Development reports, and the monthly business recruitment and foreign direct investment reports.

  • Develops and prepares informational materials to highlight success stories in Washington State and support qualitative data.

  • Creates and maintains the foreign direct investment portfolio on an as-needed basis.

  • Develops and prepares ad hoc reports as needed for the Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, law, public health, health administration, or a related field (Additional professional level work experience may be substituted year-or-year for a degree)


  • Three years of experience conducting research and/or analyzing policies, laws, rules, or regulations or comparable combination of graduate education and experience

Required Competencies:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; ability to write concise briefs and reports.

  • Excellent research and analysis skills.

  • Ability to successfully prioritize and coordinate multiple complex projects in a fast-paced environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with business members and public stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft suite of software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • International experience, including work in the public or private sectors, as well as proficiency in a second language.

  • Experience working with businesses and solid understanding of business principles, processes, and trends.

  • Experience with local economic development and workforce development organizations and agencies.

  • Experience collaborating effectively with a variety of businesses, agencies, and stakeholders in order to see projects through to conclusion.

  • Experience working with Salesforce or comparable CRM system.

  • Possession of a valid U.S. driver's license.

To be considered for this position the following are needed in your application:

  • A complete and detailed online application;
  • A Cover letter (enter online);
  • At least three (3) professional references (enter online).

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. For questions about this recruitment, please contact Jose Dominguez at 360-810-0182 or

Work From Anywhere In Washington State

This position may be located anywhere within Washington state though occasional travel to a Commerce office building or in-state travel to attend events or meetings may be required. If selected, you will need to travel to pick up equipment and receive instruction. Many Commerce employees work remote or have a hybrid schedule. However, it is anticipated that interviews for this position will be held using virtual videoconferencing. You will work with your supervisor to identify an appropriate work schedule and balance, including telework and reporting to a duty station for work activities, if needed. 

Important Notice

Per Governor Inslee's Directive #22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated prior to your first day of employment. Your vaccine status will be verified prior to an offer of employment.  Please reach out to Human Resources Specialist Jimmie Wimberly at if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.

Our Commitment to Equal Opportunity:

The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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