Economic Development Specialist and Research Associate

Marshall University

Huntington, WV

ID: 7122597
Posted: February 2, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description
The WV Brownfields Assistance Center (WVBAC), operating within the Center
for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) has an
opening for an Economic Development Specialist in community, county and
regional economic development and resiliency. Reporting to the Brownfields
Assistance Center Director, the Economic Development Specialist will assist
with multiple site-specific projects throughout the state with economic
development components related to brownfields while also providing expertise
to CEGAS projects that will include rural community economic development
and resiliency, county-wide economic endeavors, and region-based economic
development activities. The position will also contribute to outreach and
educational services, including conferences, webinars, and training events,
and will include interaction with other departments and Centers within Marshall

The essential duties and responsibilities of the position include:
• Provide input on multiple site-specific brownfield projects and activities throughout WV with
emphasis on economic development
• Contribute to the mission and vision of the organization through developing client relationships
and research projects for the Center
• Collect and analyze relevant data; conduct research; write, prepare and edit documents; and
present findings to various audiences
• Design and conduct analyses such as economic impact, market and industry analyses, strategic and
comprehensive plans
• Participate in business development activities including composing proposals for clients,
responses to requests for proposals and grant opportunities, meeting with potential clients and
preparing informational materials
• Day-to-day interaction / involvement with WVBAC and CEGAS partners to initiate and move
brownfields and CEGAS projects and activities forward
• Local community and regional-based outreach, education, research and related data compilation on brownfield and economic development opportunities, including site and community reviews /
reconnaissance to compile property and community profile data (historical site and
community information, current site and community status, and
economic redevelopment potential)
• Research on latest economic development successes, trends and
innovations that may be utilized across WV and the region
• Manage and participate in brownfields and other related conferences,
webinars, and training events
• Reports to Brownfields Center Director on WVBAC activities, efforts
and needs on a timely basis.

Location MURC - Marshall University Research Corporation
Salary Range Commensurate with qualfications and experience
Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Business
Administration, Economics or related disciplines.
Five years’ experience in the general field of economic
development, with contributions that focus on community-based economic
development, applied economic research, and/or related field,
Three years’ experience in the general field of economic development, with
contributions that focus on community-based economic development, applied
economic research, and/or related field with an MBA or Master’s degree in a
related field.
Preferred Qualifications
MBA or Master’s degree with an emphasis in business analytics, business
information systems, economics, rural and small community economic
development planning, and/or related fields.
Experience with Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.).
Experience with geospatial software.
Experience with economic development on brownfield properties.
Experience with grant writing for federal, state, and/or private funds.