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 Research Director is responsible for: (1) monitoring national, state and local socio-economic data that will help inform the EDGE Board and staff, as well as local public and private decision makers; (2) supporting EDGE’s strategic plan, with an emphasis on job creation and retention, community growth and neighborhood revitalization, implementation of the Port masterplan, and workforce development; and (3) EDGE output and impact metrics. The Research Director will identify appropriate public and proprietary databases, perform statistical analysis and data manipulation to turn data into actionable information, and work with the EDGE marketing & communication staff on presentation of information through various mechanisms.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES/JOB FUNCTIONS
• Familiarity with a wide variety of socio-economic, industry, firm, and site-related data sources.
• Identify, synthesize and present appropriate national, state, and local socio-economic data that shows current and projected conditions in Memphis/Shelby County, with comparison to key peer communities.
• Query local, state or federal public and private-sector sources for information, as needed.
• Provide support to EDGE economic development, port, and workforce development staff.
• Respond to inquiries from corporate officials or site selection consultants looking for community or site-specific data required for their investment decisions.
• Assist the EDGE marketing & communication staff with material for website, social media, and other presentations.
• Maintain and where applicable expand and improve existing EDGE impact and output databases.
• Recommend the purchase of proprietary databases to the President/CEO.
• Develop an annual budget to support existing and projected research activity.
• Present EDGE information to public officials, community groups, and others.
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
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• History of ethical and honest behavior, demonstrating a commitment to integrity, respect and teamwork in professional and other activities.
• Demonstrated ability to keep sensitive information confidential.
• Ability to plan, organize and successfully manage multiple activities simultaneously and meet stated deadlines.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills. Compelling and error-free written documents.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, desktop-publishing, basic graphic-design and publication lay-out, including: Adobe Creative Suite (including Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign, GoLive, and Acrobat). Experience with Wordpress is preferred.
• Ability to work before and after regular office hours on an as-needed basis.
• Valid driver’s license and some travel required.