The specialist will develop and conduct applied research and
technical assistance projects and participate in the collaborative
design and implementation of projects with a special focus in the
Hampton Roads area. This position, reporting to the director of the
Center for Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) is a restricted
calendar year, administrative and professional faculty
Design and implement projects addressing economic and community
development needs across Virginia on subjects such as research
commercialization, manufacturing extension, distributed research
centers, strategic innovation partnerships, asset-based
development, entrepreneurship, and strategic planning. This
requires the senior specialist to undertake the following:
Conduct diverse forms of research and analysis such as economic
impact and feasibility studies, market analysis, cluster studies,
strategic planning, and program design and evaluation with emphasis
on economically distressed areas in Virginia.
Prepare reports and deliver public presentations to project clients
and other stakeholder's derived from that research.
Write and submit sponsored project proposals, including scope of
work, budget development, and secure funding from national, state,
and local sources to support up a substantial portion of salary and
fringe for this position.
Develop contacts with current and potential clients across the
public, private, and nonprofit sectors through regular travel
around the state, active participation in professional
associations, and other marketing activities of the unit.
Build strong relationships with academic departments at the
university, including faculty as partners in projects.
Participate in internal evaluations and conduct impact assessments
of past projects.
Participate in recruiting, selecting, and managing graduate
assistants and undergraduate interns.
Experience with applied research or technical assistance projects
in a collaborative, interdisciplinary setting.
Experience with research and practice grounded in economic concepts
and their application.
Possess exemplary communication and analytical skills. Demonstrate
capacity as a highly organized, creative, entrepreneurial
self-starter, capable of contributing to a team. Advanced degree in
planning, public administration, business, economics or a related
Willingness to undertake extensive travel, primarily within the
state of Virginia.
An understanding of and interest in contributing to the scholarship
of economic development.
Possess experience with grant writing for federal funding agencies.
Demonstrate the ability to build collaborative teams across
$48,000-$53,000, commensurate with experience
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
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April 1, 2022