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The Hampton Roads Alliance is currently hiring for two full time positions. Full details of the positions and application requirements can be found below. 

Specialist, Offshore Wind Business Development

BASIC FUNCTION:
Support activities aimed at marketing Hampton Roads to businesses in the offshore wind supply chain, thereby contributing to the ultimate goal of attracting jobs and capital investment to the region.

The Hampton Roads Alliance is an organization whose mission is to bring economic growth to its 11 partner localities. It does this through a number of key responsibilities including marketing the Hampton Roads region to domestic and international firms.

The Alliance is spearheading a regional effort to stand up an offshore wind supply chain development program that will position Hampton Roads as the premier destination for offshore wind supply chain companies to establish operations to serve the growing $100 billion East Coast offshore wind industry. This position will support those efforts under the direction of the Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Offshore Wind Business Development.

PRIMARY DUTIES:
Business Recruitment

  • Support the coordination of strategic and targeted outreach to offshore wind supply chain companies
  • Help organize and participate in virtual and in-person marketing missions to both domestic and international locations
  • Prepare customized marketing packages in response to project related inquiries
  • Help coordinate virtual and in-person site tours for prospects and act as host and facilitator during the visit
  • Build and foster relationships with local, regional, and state organizations engaged in offshore wind development

Research / Marketing / Administrative

  • Participate in the creation of the annual marketing activities calendar
  • Analyze market data, demographics, labor statistics and real estate trends and develop concise, targeted offshore wind-related marketing materials and communications, including blog posts and social media
  • Use multiple databases and websites to search for sites and buildings that best meet project parameters and develop familiarity with the real estate opportunities throughout the region to make recommendations to prospects
  • Conduct follow‐up activities with prospects through phone calls and email correspondence
  • Use Salesforce database to maintain current records of all projects and leads, prospect visits, face‐to‐face appointments, marketing missions, etc.
  • Maintain necessary records to ensure compliance with any grant-funded activities
  • Compile monthly report of activities on a timely basis
  • Identify, keep current and utilize the most appropriate and innovative research support resources (e.g., market intel databases, prospect identification tools, project tracking databases)


CORE COMPETENCIES AND SPECIAL SKILLS OR QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Superior organizational, written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects
  • Flexibility to travel and to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Willingness to be a team player and to assist co‐workers on an as needed basis
  • Ability to use computerized databases for project management
  • Skill with MS Office Suite of applications (particularly MS Excel), relational databases, cloud‐based data applications, public and proprietary data sources
  • Experience in conducting economic development research – direct economic development or business attraction organization experience a definite plus
  • Experience with a variety of online / electronic software research tools and resources (e.g., IMPLAN, EMSI, REMI, GIS) highly desirable
  • Flexibility to assume additional responsibilities as required


EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required

To apply for this position, please send your resume to Angela Parsons, Director of Operations, at aparsons@757alliance.com.

A PDF of this job description can be downloaded here:
Specialist, Offshore Wind Business Development

Director, Business Retention & Expansion

BASIC FUNCTION:

Develop and manage a comprehensive regional business retention and expansion strategy for the Hampton Roads region. This position reports to the Chief Strategy Officer and is a shared position between the Business Development and Business Intelligence & Communications Departments.

The Hampton Roads Alliance (the Alliance) is the leading regional economic development organization for the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. It is a nonprofit, public-private partnership supported and led by the region’s most influential business leaders, local governments, and top academic institutions. The Alliance is proud to represent 11 localities who, with the support of over 70 private sector investors, govern and resource the organization and its regional economic development efforts. Those efforts focus primarily on the following service areas: business attraction, business retention and expansion, and business intelligence.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a regional business retention and expansion (BRE) strategy

  • Guide the creation of an online tool to collect BRE information

  • Engage local stakeholders in the development of the BRE strategy and the BRE tool

  • Manage the BRE tool and ensure data is being entered correctly and in a timely manner

  • Develop, continuously reevaluate, and update the BRE visit questionnaire and surveys

  • Develop target lists of companies for BRE visits based on the use of research tools and understanding of key industries

  • Gather contacts for target companies and ensure data is entered into BRE database

  • Coordinate the assignment of BRE target visits for Alliance staff and share targets with local economic developers

  • Build and foster relationships with local, regional, and state organizations engaged in BRE efforts

  • Convene and facilitate regular discussions among local economic developers throughout the Hampton Roads region

  • Conduct analyses of information gathered through BRE visits and surveys, develop research reports, and make presentations on findings of regional information gathering

  • Contribute to recommendations to address regional issues or opportunities uncovered through analyses of BRE information gathering

  • Advance knowledge of BRE best practices on a continuous basis and establish oneself as a through-leader on BRE

  • Compile monthly report of activities on a timely basis


CORE COMPETENCIES AND SPECIAL SKILLS OR QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Five years of economic development experience, business retention and expansion experience a definite plus

  • Selfstarter with a positive attitude able to establish, develop and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of key stakeholders (economic development allies, strategic partners, higher education, industry and government leaders)

  • Superior organizational, written and oral communications skills a must; ability to prioritize and multitask

  • Experience in conducting economic development research – direct economic development experience a definite plus

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects

  • Flexibility to travel and to work nights and weekends as needed

  • Willingness to be a team player and to assist coworkers on an as needed basis

  • Ability to use computerized databases for project management

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Professional Office Suite applications desired

  • Flexibility to assume additional responsibilities as required


EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required with a preference for business, economics, economic development, or planning

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Angela Parsons, Director of Operations, at aparsons@757alliance.com.

A PDF of this job description can be downloaded here:
Director, Business Retention & Expansion


The Alliance is also currently seeking fall interns for its Business Intelligence and Marketing & Communications departments. These internships are made possible through the Alliance’s partnership with Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business and is open to all current Strome College of Business students.

Intern, Business Intelligence

The Hampton Roads Alliance is seeking a fall intern to join its Business Intelligence department. The Alliance is a public-private partnership which serves as a primary economic development organization for international and domestic companies considering the Hampton Roads region for business expansion or relocation. Through this internship, a student will have the opportunity to be exposed to a professional environment through interactions with staff and our key stakeholders, as well as opportunities for academic growth through written and oral communication.

The selected individual will work primarily with the Alliance’s Vice President of Business Intelligence & Communications, and Director of Business Intelligence.  They will play a valuable role in helping to recruit and retain businesses in Hampton Roads by compiling compelling data about the region’s business environment. The ideal candidate should have strong research and writing skills.  A background in economics, statistics, and/or business administration is preferred.

This internship is made possible through the Alliance’s partnership with Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business and is open to all current Strome College of Business students.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist the business intelligence team in researching the business environment of Hampton Roads
  • Collect necessary statistical and demographic data for marketing collateral
  • Research prospective businesses and assist in answering their requests for information
  • Work with the communications department to publish data in relevant publications
  • Assist in website management and upkeep

Preferred Skills:

  • Strome College of Business Student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in research and work with statistical data
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task under minimal supervision

The internship will begin in early September and run through mid-December. Interns will be expected to work 15 hours per week. This is a paid internship through a federal work study with Strome College of Business. If selected for the internship, student’s eligibility will be confirmed through ODU’s Career Development Services.

Currently, Alliance staff is teleworking as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This internship will be remote work to start, but may move to a traditional office environment later in the fall if it is considered safe. The Alliance will gladly provide equipment (laptop, printer, etc.) for the duration of the internship if needed.

To view and apply for this internship, ODU students should log into their Careers4Monarchs account at https://connect.purplebriefcase.com/SSO/saml.php/9e232155. All questions should be directed to Career Development Services at cds@odu.edu or 757-683-4388.

A PDF of this job description can be downloaded here:
Intern, Business Intelligence

Intern, Marketing & Communications

The Hampton Roads Alliance is seeking a fall intern to join its Marketing & Communications team. The Alliance is a public-private partnership which serves as a primary economic development organization for international and domestic companies considering the Hampton Roads region for business expansion or relocation. Through this internship, a student will have the opportunity to be exposed to a professional environment through interactions with staff and our key stakeholders, as well as opportunities for academic growth through written and oral communication.

The selected individual will work primarily with the Alliance’s Director of Marketing & Communications and will be a valuable part of implementing the Alliance’s marketing and communications plan. The ideal candidate should have strong writing skills and be savvy in social media and technology. Experience with blogging, photography and/or graphic design is preferred.

This internship is made possible through the Alliance’s partnership with Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business and is open to all current Strome College of Business students.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the implementation of the Alliance’s marketing and communications plan
  • Contribute to relevant content generation for written communication platforms to include blogs, newsletters, and marketing collateral
  • Assist in social media and website management
  • Support creative content development (photo, video, graphics, etc.)
  • Collect necessary statistical and demographic data for marketing collateral

Preferred Skills:

  • Strome College of Business Student with an interest in Marketing, Digital Marketing, or Communications
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in social media management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task under minimal supervision

The internship will begin in early September and run through mid-December. Interns will be expected to work 15 hours per week. This is a paid internship through a federal work study with Strome College of Business. If selected for the internship, student’s eligibility will be confirmed through ODU’s Career Development Services.

Currently, Alliance staff is teleworking as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This internship will be remote work to start, but may move to a traditional office environment later in the fall if it is considered safe. The Alliance will gladly provide equipment (laptop, printer, etc.) for the duration of the internship if needed.

To view and apply for this internship, ODU students should log into their Careers4Monarchs account at https://connect.purplebriefcase.com/SSO/saml.php/9e232155. All questions should be directed to Career Development Services at cds@odu.edu or 757-683-4388.

A PDF of this job description can be downloaded here:
Intern, Marketing & Communications

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