The Housing and Economic Development department is seeking a Senior Planning Analystto join its Community and Economic Development division. This position will support a variety of economic development programs and projects that facilitate equitable investment in Hennepin County communities, foster an inclusive ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs and growing businesses, and improve the quality of life for residents. The position will primarily support the County’s economic recovery programs and will assist with project management, contract management, financial tracking, data collection and analysis, communications, program monitoring as well as relationship building with program vendors, cities, and agency partners. Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500referral bonus. For more information visit theemployee referral program page.
Location and hours:
This position is hybrid and will be performed both on-site at 701 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis, 55415, and remote as job duties require. Work hours are flexible, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This position will require attending some early morning, evening, and weekend meetings, occasionally in areas with limited public transportation access.
While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin.
New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.
About the position type: This position is a full-time, benefit earning position. This position is internally classified as a Planning Analyst, Senior. Click here to view the job classification specification.
In this position, you will support:
· Hennepin County’s suite of economic recovery initiatives focused on supporting small business resilience and growth, vibrant business districts, and sustainable communities.
· Contract management, including drafting, negotiating and executing contracts; performing due diligence on vendors; tracking contract compliance; and overseeing payments.
· Implementation of the ElevateHennepin.org technical assistance platform, including maintaining relationship with platform vendors, tracking performance, and managing program financials.
· Event and meeting coordination with city partners, chambers of commerce, business associations, and small business owners.
· Other economic development initiatives, including programs that support place-based approaches to enhance business districts, and those that provide technical and financial assistance to entrepreneurs and expanding businesses.
Need to have:
· One of the following:
o Bachelor's degree in one of the fields listed below and one year or more of relevant planning, research, economic development, and/or project management experience.
o Bachelor's degree or higher in any field and a minimum of two courses in research methods, analysis, statistics, project management, planning, or evaluation and 18 months or more of relevant planning, research, economic development, and/or project management experience.
o Master's degree or higher in business administration, public administration; public affairs/public policy, research methods, statistics; behavioral/social science; public health; computer science/MIS, management science; urban/city planning, or a field appropriate to the area of specialization.
· Access to reliable transportation to attend occasional meetings throughout Hennepin County.
Nice to have:
o Researching complex issues, analyzing data, and developing summaries and recommendations.
o Administering contracts, managing vendors, tracking financials, tracking performance, and reporting on outcomes
o Working with agency partners, community and cultural organizations, and small businesses in project work.
o Planning and organizing meetings, setting agendas, taking effective notes, synthesizing information and action items, and tracking decisions and project progress.
· Knowledge of or interest in:
o Developing and implementing strategies to support and grow small businesses.
o Using research and data to inform development and operation of programs.
o Engaging with small business owners, including members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
o Communicating with customers and project partners via newsletters, presentations, workshops, and social media.
o Creating a level playing field so that all residents, including those in communities of color or low-income communities, have opportunities to grow their entrepreneurial skills.
o Advancing place-based strategies to create equitable, compact, vibrant communities.
o Supporting public sector strategies to attract private investment and stimulate redevelopment.
o Creating process documentation and workflows.
· Ability to:
o Take on responsibilities at a variety of levels, including administrative tasks, project management, and strategic thinking.
o Manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
o Demonstrate a strong attention to detail to produce accurate and error-free work.
o Demonstrate a willingness to constantly learn new skills and improve work performance.
o Develop and maintain positive working relationships with team members, municipal governments, community and cultural groups, and business organizations.
o Understand and interpret program materials and concepts, synthesize project information, and deliver presentations at stakeholder and partner meetings.
o Formulate work plans for the assigned area of responsibility; develop and follow through on timelines and work plans to meet deadlines.
o Demonstrate effective writing, spreadsheet, and data management skills.
o Analyze, synthesize and simplify complex economic development issues, data and programs.
Candidates with fluency in another language in addition to English are encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates who pass a language assessment may qualify for additional bilingual pay and duties. About the department: The mission of Community and Economic Development is to empower entrepreneurs, advance inclusive development, and engage partners to create sustainable and livable communities throughout Hennepin County. About Hennepin County: Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (login as Guest). Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here. This posting may be used to fill current and future full-time, limited duration and grant vacancies. This position may have access to systems or other documentation that contains HIPAA data. Note: You must include a cover letter and resume as part of your application materials to be considered for this position. Candidates will be asked to provide a writing sample and those invited to the second interview will be given a data research topic and asked to complete a summary during the interview process designed to simulate related project work. Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates will be required to complete a background check.