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Program Officer - CSIT

Company: New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Location: Camden
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Job Description:


The Program Officer will work with a team of highly motivated professionals who are passionate about developing and executing forward-thinking solutions and programs to support tech / life science based early stage New Jersey companies . He/she will gain first-hand experience working within CSIT and will perform important and meaningful work in helping tech/life science based early stage New Jersey companies to cope with the current economic challenges and creating a stronger and fairer NJ economy. The Program Officer will receive exposure to economic development management policy, project and program analysis, building and maintaining stakeholder relationships, and interacting with numerous government agencies, private sector entities, and non-profit partners.

$76,206 - $84,673


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

CSIT Program Officer will develop and implement CSIT's projects and strategies to including but not limited to:

* Develops, pilots, and scales initiatives and programs that strengthen the state's innovation ecosystem and increase competitiveness in focus industries; these efforts may include: contributing to the development of various sectors including the Clean Technology sector , and issue-focused strategies and programs, identifying and engaging key companies and broader stakeholders, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, defining program implementation plans, impact metrics, budgets, etc.
* The development of a variety of grant and other incentive programs and technical assistance initiatives including the roll out of The Clean Technology Demonstration Pilot Program, management of Clean Technology Seed Grant, and support of and the Catalyst and Clean Technology Research and Development Voucher programs.
* Develops expertise on entrepreneurial eco-systems through project-based research and analysis; these efforts may include: tracking trends at the state, regional, and national level, identifying which key issues state government could help to resolve, providing programmatic and policy updates to internal government stakeholders and CSIT Board
* Conduct market and policy research on entrepreneurial assistance grant programs and related COVID-19 response topic(s);
* Write policy memos to distill research, policy recommendations, and other information;
* Engage in stakeholder outreach to help develop and advance efforts related to CSIT programs
* Develop a strong working knowledge of the impact of COVID-19 on the innovation economy in New Jersey;
* Provide input to update CSIT website with current information on various programs
* Develop outreach information packages to help riase awareness of CSIT programs and create materials that can be used for webinar training sessions
* Work on other CSIT project-specific tasks as assigned;
* Promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers.
* Must complete annual and semiannual self-assessment as required.
* Performs other duties and special projects, as assigned.


Required Skills and Abilities

* Demonstrated proficiency in creative and analytical problem solving, including structuring issues, framing solutions, and executing complex analyses with limited errors and oversight
* Strong ability to synthesize findings and propose actionable solutions
* Strong written (presentation, memos, and emails)
* Ability to work on small project teams tackling complex and challenging work
* Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; proficient in grammar, spelling and editing; and foster communications with business professionals and EDA staff
* Ability to undertake research, disseminate information and summarize in an easily understandable format
* Ability to prioritize workload, must be highly organized, detail-oriented, handle various tasks simultaneously and work independently within limited time constraints with little or no supervision
* Knowledge of the field of public relations; general understanding of finance and experience in business writing; excellent proofreading skills and use of proper grammar and punctuation
* Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with a broad range of audiences including senior management, EDA Board of Directors, staff, government officials, business and industry partners, as well as individual customers and prospects
* Ability to analyze and manipulate report data
* Demonstrate ability to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of CSIT and EDA programs and services
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, ability to competently prepare PowerPoint presentations, database skills, familiarity with graphic design and the ability to learn new software packages, as well as understanding of CRM tool such as Salesforce
* Knowledge of electronic communications techniques such as web casting a plus
* Demonstrates respectful behavior and promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers
* Must be able to maintain confidentiality and deal effectively and diplomatically with business professionals, and CSIT and EDA staff

Required Qualifications

Education and Experience Requirements

* Bachelor Degree with an emphasis in science, technology, economics, policy or public administration
* Minimum seven years of job related experience

Advanced degree or industry specific certification may be substituted for 1 year of experience

Physical Demands

* Minimal
* Ability to work outside normal business hours, as needed


* As necessary to events, meetings, businesses, etc.

Certificates and Licenses Required

* License: Staff are required to possess a valid driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essentials duties of the position.


The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job description. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope, general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

Your employment at NJEDA is voluntary and subject to termination by you or NJEDA at will, with or without cause, or with or without notice, at any time. Nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to conflict, eliminate or modify the employment-at-will status of NJEDA employees.

This position is considered exempt and is excluded from minimum wage, overtime regulations, and other rights and protections afforded nonexempt workers under the FLSA.

NJEDA reserves the right to amend/revise this job description as necessary to meet current and changing business needs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Position Requirements

* Foreign degrees/transcripts must be evaluated by a reputable evaluation service at your own expense and must be submitted prior to a start date. If this cannot be provided within 21 days of an offer the offer will be rescinded.
* Must comply with the "New Jersey First Act" which requires employees hired after September 1, 2011 to reside in New Jersey. Non-New Jersey resident employees must relocate to New Jersey within one year of their date of hire and provide proof of residency to Human Resources.
* Must complete an Outside Activity Questionnaire (disclosure of outside office or employment) on an annual basis.

Keywords: New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Camden , Program Officer - CSIT, Other , Camden, New Jersey

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