Life Tech Industry Manager

2 weeks ago(1/5/2018 4:08 PM)
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Regular Full-Time
Office of Economic Development
ASD-Min & Womens Bus. Office
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The position of Life Tech Industry Manager is a grant-funded position in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development - Business Strategy Unit.


Basic Job Description (essential functions of the job): 


Created by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Economic Development Cabinet’s mission is to make Boston an appealing and accessible place for working families, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors to innovate, grow, and thrive in a way that fosters inclusion, broadens opportunity, and shares prosperity, thereby enhancing the quality of life for Bostonians and the experience for all visitors. The Economic Development Cabinet includes the Office of Economic Development, Office of Workforce Development, Office of Tourism, Special Events, and Entertainment, the Boston Planning and Development Agency, and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing.


The Business Strategy Unit within the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development recognizes the evolving landscape of Boston’s innovation ecosystem. The Life Technology Industry Manager identifies, develops, and executes initiatives, programming, and tools for the City of Boston to be a responsive and engaged partner in supporting inclusive business and talent growth as innovation continues to thrive in Boston.


The Manager works closely with the Director of Business Strategy on special projects that further position and strengthen Boston as open for business including but not limited to projects that 1) support business attraction and retention as well as talent retention and empowerment within Boston’s high tech industry including Healthcare and the Life Sciences, Technology, and other growth sectors within the industry and 2) workforce development opportunities in response to business community needs and to enhance connections to local emerging talent for Boston’s high tech industry.


A successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit and creative marketing skills combined with an understanding of data collection, program evaluation, performance measurement.


Duties include, but not limited to:

  • Supports creating and maintaining a menu of options and incentives to attract and retain companies including an aggregate understanding of space needs and availability throughout the City, with a specific focus on the needs of the High Tech Industry including Healthcare and the Life Sciences, Technology, and other growth sectors within this industry.
  • Leads special projects in support of the Director of Business Strategy including enhancing tools to support business marketing; preparing for events, conventions, and large-scale meetings.
  • Manages special projects in coordination with the Director of Business Strategy that supports workforce opportunities including but not limited to: 1) connecting businesses to workforce providers; 2) collaborating with workforce providers on programmers such as the IT/Tech Consortium, Hack Diversity, Tech Apprentice and other initiatives that enhance the talent pipeline and empower STEM related skills for local residents seeking opportunities within the business community; and 3) explore new workforce and talent development initiatives, activities, and communication within the business community.
  • Participates in high level meetings with the Director of Business Strategy, Chief of Economic Development, business leaders, and other key stakeholders to present Boston as the ideal place to do business.
  • Makes recommendations to the Director of Business Strategy and other city officials to remove any barriers or perceived barriers to do business in the City of Boston.
  • Tracks and produces analytical research about local issues and national trends within the High Tech Industry to inform decision making about economic development policy related to business growth.
  • Researches leads of new businesses and emerging sectors within the High Tech Industry that will contribute to Boston’s thriving, healthy, and innovative economic ecosystem.
  • Provides additional support to the Director of Business Strategy, as needed, on developing resources to promote and strengthen inclusive business growth and access to quality jobs.
  • Performs related work as required.


Minimum Entrance Qualifications:


  • At least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in work which included communications, marketing, policy implementation, or business development.
  • A bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, management, communications, marketing or related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including entrepreneur and investors.
  • Knowledge of business strategies, including marketing, to promote workforce opportunities and business attraction and retention.
  • Familiarity with state and local government operations and processes a plus.
  • Understanding of data collection, program evaluation, and performance measurement.
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy and working in the public sector highly preferred.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

Boston Residency is required.


Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Nonunion/Annual Salary Range: $65,000 - $75,000

Hours per week: 35


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