Economic Development Associate (Part-time)

Memphis Medical District Collaborative
Job Description
OPEN POSITION: Economic Development Associate at the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC)
The Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) seeks a part-time Economic Development Associate to join our growing team. Established in 2016, MMDC is a not-for-profit, community development organization committed to strengthening the communities between and around its anchor institutions – major healthcare and educational institutions – including ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Baptist Health Sciences University, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Regional One Health, Shelby County Health Department, Southern College of Optometry, Southwest Tennessee Community College and University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Together, these institutions have more than 25,000 employees, 8,000 students, collective spend of $1.3 billion, and control more than 300 acres of real estate. The Memphis Medical District is also home to more than 10,000 residents. These institutions, along with local and national philanthropy, area corporations and collaborative community partners, support the work of MMDC to revitalize the Memphis Medical District, and make it a preferred destination to work, live, learn and visit.
Title: Economic Development Associate
Reports To: Program Manager, Economic Development
We are seeking a part-time Economic Development Associate to support the implementation and execution of MMDC’s Strategic Plan, the Economic Development’s annual work plan, and metrics through:
  • Track and report program milestones to internal and external stakeholders, including quarterly MMDC board meetings. For example: key performance indicators (KPIs), effectiveness of marketing and recruitment efforts, and grant and incentive awards to businesses.
  • Maintain business and supplier databases.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of MMDC Economic Development events, including the Annual Holiday Market, Taste of the District, and Christmas in July Market.
  • Represent MMDC at meetings and events with staff, board, partners, community members, prospective clients, etc., as needed.
  • Participate in preparaing, updating, and maintaining MMDC’s Economic Development strategy and metrics.
  • Support fundraising efforts to grow and expand program work.
  • Perform additional assignments as needed.
Experience and Education
The ideal candidate is an energetic, self-starter, with a positive, open, creative, and flexible attitude. They must demonstrate a passion for social, economic and/or civic issues and the desire to make the Medical District a more vibrant, prosperous, and equitable place. Qualified candidates will possess:
Knowledge of:
  • Business development and attraction principles, practices, methods, and techniques for business development.
  • Project/program coordination and implementation.
  • Marketing practices and principles.
  • General understanding of economic development, community development, and local government principles, practices, methods, and techniques.
Ability to:
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct projects and multi-phase programs.
  • Maintain complex program and project records.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Prepare and deliver clear, concise, and effective formal public presentations.
  • Prepare clear, concise written correspondence, reports, and studies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Solve problems and work collaboratively.
  • Work in a Mac environment and with MS Office
$20 - $25 per hour commensurate with experience
Key Benefits
  • 10 Days per calendar year of paid leave after six (6) months of service
  • At least 10 office closing days for public holidays
  • Phone reimbursement
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Support Existing Businesses:
  • Direct organization and coordination of business support programs.
  • Support coordination of “Mind Your Business” Toolkit, including but not limited to business recruitment and scheduling.
  • Support coordination and implementation of the Medical District Business Council.
Support Business Recruitment:
  • Support the development, maintenance, and distribution of business recruitment materials. Ex. distribute “Welcome Business Kits.”
  • Conduct research of new businesses to develop recruitment pipeline.
  • Support Discover the District Tours with information and person-power.
Support Buy Local:
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key Anchor partner departments and local businesses/suppliers to support matchmaking services.
  • Market and promote supplier events.
  • Support Anchor procurement council meetings and vendor presentations.
If you are interested in applying, please submit your resume and cover letter to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis so please submit as soon as possible. In your cover letter, let us know why you are interested in this type of work and specifically, how your past experiences in economic development make you an ideal candidate for our growing not-for-profit, community development organization.
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