Business Development Manager, Regional Specialist | World Business Chicago

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01.05.2024

Business Development Manager, Regional Specialist

World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicagoland as a leading global city.

Salary

$55,000/yr – $65,000/yr

Position Summary

The Business Development Manager, Regional Specialist will lead the implementation and execution of the newly formed Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership (GCEP) within World Business Chicago. This full-time position, reporting to the Senior Vice President of Business Development and located at the offices of World Business Chicago, will manage the outcomes of the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership, a seven-county regional economic development initiative launched in January 2023, and housed within World Business Chicago.

The role will be to work with the existing team to support and pitch the regional partners of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will with an intention to produce leads and generate Pro-Chicagoland Decisions for the partnership. The work embodies a wide variety of work, including community and economic development support services; coordination and assistance with projects (attraction and retention), in support of our mission while facilitating the Business Development, Federal Funding, Research and Innovation elements outlined in the partnership agreement.

 

Responsibilities

  • Ensure delivery of all assets, reports, and key performance indicators associated with the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership
  • Travel throughout the seven (7) counties and develop and maintain relationships with key economic development partners
  • In conjunction with the GCEP partners, develop a marketing and outreach plan based on data and information collected by the World Business Chicago Research Center for the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership
  • Work with World Business Chicago colleagues to ensure the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership is represented in appropriate work
  • Participate in community engagement efforts, placemaking, and assist with special projects throughout the GCEP region
  • Proactively attend conferences and build relationships with key foreign CEOs, consuls general, and other members of the international community
  • Lead the RFP process from site consultants and other real estate brokers looking for information on Chicagoland
  • Promote Chicago as the ideal location for corporate expansion needs (for instance by initiating and speaking at business seminars, participating in networking events, etc.)
  • Work with GCEP to identify, plan and execute strategic three (3) events to cohost with partners
  • Complete regularly required status reports and maintaining project tracking databases
  • Conduct other related tasks and assignments not specified above

 

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Client-focused
  • Proactive and highly responsive
  • Professional presence and poise in interactions with business and ecosystem leaders
  • Results and goal-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Team player with strong work ethic
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Entrepreneurial spirit to drive results across partnership
  • Familiarity with Salesforce software a plus

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in economic development, strategic partnerships, business development, public administration, marketing, or a related field preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in business, urban planning, public policy or related field or equivalent work experience in a related field

 

Requirements

  • Willingness to work in a hybrid work environment, with an expectation of at least 3 days spent in office/in field per week
  • Willingness to work occasional workday evenings as project and strategic opportunities arise.
  • Access to a personal auto to use for regional travel (mileage reimbursed))

 

If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume to HR@worldbusinesschicago.com

WBC is an equal opportunity employer

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