The Economic Development Growth Engine Industrial Development Board of the City of Memphis and County of Shelby, TN (“EDGE”) is a Tennessee industrial development board created in 2011 under Tennessee Code §7-53-101 et seq. EDGE is governed by an 11-member board appointed equally by the City of Memphis and Shelby County, and is a public, non-profit entity that uses property tax abatements, tax increment financing, loans, grants, Foreign-Trade Zone 77, and other tools to spur local economic growth. EDGE also manages the Memphis and Shelby Port Commission, which runs the International Port of Memphis (5th busiest inland port in the nation) and the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce. The EDGE Strategic Plan focuses on: (1) industrial development; (2) the Port of Memphis; (3) neighborhood revitalization; (4) small business growth; and (5) promoting regional collaboration.
The Marketing & Communications Director is responsible for informing key audiences of EDGE’s efforts and successes, by planning, developing and implementing all EDGE communication and marketing initiatives, including print, electronic and social media; public relations; print and electronic materials; advertising; and web sites.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES/JOB FUNCTIONS
NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations that do not cause EDGE undue hardship may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education And Experience
Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations or related field, or equivalent work experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Minimum of five (5) years work-related experience required; must include at least three (3) years in a related position with government and/or non-profit organizations.
Certification and/or awards from recognized local, state, regional and/or national organizations are preferred.
Skills and Abilities
Requires the ability to sit for extended periods at a desk and at meetings. Some mental pressure or stress due to deadlines, internal and external discussion of project or program effectiveness, or during discussions with management. Some local/regional/occasional statewide or national travel. Bending, stooping and lifting file boxes, etc., up to 20 pounds; filing. Some walking and standing. Extended time using a computer.
Work is conducted in typical indoor office environment, though visits to and tours of retail, commercial, manufacturing, distribution, medical, educational and other facilities are a regular part of the work. Outdoor events and programs may also be required. Must be able to travel throughout Shelby County and occasionally to more distant destinations by ground or air.