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Senior Economic Development Specialist

April 25, 2024
Lucas King

Missouri Department of Economic Development

Location: Jefferson City, MO
Position: IARA – Senior Economic Development Specialist
Status: Full Time


The Missouri One Start (MOS) Division provides recruitment, training, and upskilling assistance to Missouri businesses to meet their workforce needs. This important work creates greater opportunities for all Missourians to prosper!  At this time the MOS Division is seeking a Senior Economic Development Specialist to join their team. This individual will conduct due diligence, as well as monitor MOS training projects for Customized Training, New Jobs Training, Job Retention Training, Upskill Credential Training, and the Intern and Apprentice Recruitment Act Program.

Responsibilities – What you’ll do

  • Assist eligible entities in applying for upskilling grants or tax credits earned as a result of increasing the number of inters or apprentices hired during the tax year. Review program applications. Determine eligibility in accordance with regulations and program guidelines.
  • Examine and verify eligibility in accordance with regulations and program guidelines.
  • Monitor and track progress of application phases for entities participating in the programs, troubleshoot and provide assistance that will help entities submit appropriate documentation and complete their application successfully.
  • Provide technical information and assistance regarding tax credits for entities increasing the number of interns or apprentices hired within the tax year.
  • Participate in program policy research and development as trends change and evolve.
  • Design and improve program procedures and processes.
  • Collect, evaluate, and prepare data for internal and external reports for department and legislature.
  • Prepare and present program-specific seminars and workshops to teach entities about available resources to upskill their workforce and grow the number of interns or apprentices in Missouri.
  • Maintain databases and filing of information on programs and results.
  • Perform other related work as assigned.

Qualifications – All you need for success 

  • Seven or more years of professional experience with demonstrated knowledge in the business practices and principles in the Economic Development field.  This can be obtained through a combination of work experience and completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field.

Lack of post-secondary education will not be used as the sole basis for denying consideration to any applicant.

Job Details – More reasons to love this position

  • General knowledge of state rules and regulations applicable to the assigned program area.
  • Considerable knowledge of business math computations; and grammar, composition and spelling.
  • Ability to make arithmetical calculations with speed and accuracy.
  • Some knowledge of financial and tax management, economic development, accounting and auditing principles and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, written and verbal, with all levels of public stakeholders and Department staff.
  • Ability to work independently and carry out assignments without close supervision.
  • Prepare complete and concise reports.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and apply statutes, regulations and agency policies related to tax credit programs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, customers, project managers, public officials, and the general public.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

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