City of Boston

International Business Strategy Manager

Posted Date 3 months ago(3/16/2022 8:52 AM)
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Off of Eco Opp & Incl
Regular Full-Time
ASD-Min & Womens Bus. Office
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Brief Job Description:


Created in 2014, 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 Small and Local Business Enterprise and Boston Residents Job Policy Units, Business Strategy Unit, Offices for Consumer Affairs and Licensing, Workforce Development, Tourism and Special Events, the Boston Employment Commission, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority/Economic Development Industrial Corporation. As Boston continues to grow and develop, the Economic Development Cabinet is pursuing strategies to maximize the potential for all Bostonians, businesses, and visitors. The Economic Development Cabinet is seeking an International Business Strategy Manager who can leverage this potential.


The International Business Strategy Manager works closely with the Director of Business Strategy to plan and promote trade and investment strategies, economic partnerships, and international business expansions and relocations in the City of Boston and strengthen Boston’s position in the international business market. The International Business Strategy Manager also collaborates in building partnerships internationally in coordination with the City’s Manager of International Partnerships. A successful candidate will demonstrate a plan to coordinate and strengthen Boston’s presence in the international market, with foreign relations experience and management in coordinating multiple activities to achieve goals. The International Business Strategy Manager markets and communicates the strengths and opportunities of doing business in Boston, internationally and manages data collection and metrics to measure success.


  • Develops and presents a clear, coordinated strategy for international economic growth and investment in the City of Boston based on a platform of engagement with businesses and local and international stakeholders.
  • Generates leads to market Boston as a thriving, healthy, and innovative place to do business and partner internationally.
  • Assists new and existing international businesses in efforts to expand in or relocate to Boston.
  • Creates and maintains a menu of options and incentives to attract and retain companies including an aggregate understanding of space needs and availability throughout the City.
  • Attends high level meetings with the Chief of Economic Development, Director of Business Strategy, business leaders, and other key stakeholders to present Boston to international business leaders as the ideal place to do business.
  • Builds relationships focused on business attraction and growth with the local offices for Consul Generals representing countries in partnership with the City of Boston. Makes recommendations to the Chief of Economic Development, Director of Business Strategy, and other city officials to remove any barriers or perceived barriers to attracting international business and talent to grow in the City of Boston.
  • Coordinates international travel including participation in conventions and trade missions designed to attract new businesses, foster international partnerships, and strengthen Boston’s economy.
  • Tracks and produces analytical research about local issues and national trends to inform decision making about international economic development policy.
  • Participates in all economic development Business Strategy team meetings and decision making processes.
  • Manages data collection and metrics to measure success.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in international relations, business development, or government preferably with at least one (1) year in international business or international relations. A bachelor’s degree in International Relations is preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • Understanding of and background in international affairs, with particular focus on likely partnerships for the City of Boston.
  • Ability to collect and interpret data metrics and prepare a variety of reports.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with state and local government operations and processes highly desirable.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and think strategically.
  • Familiarity with state and local government operations and processes encouraged.
  • Knowledge of entrepreneurship as it relates to municipal initiatives.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including employees, Economic Development Cabinet members, and private and public partners.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the position.


Travel abroad may be required in support of the position’s responsibilities.

May be required to work outside of normal business hours and attend periodic evening meetings.


Boston Residency Required.


Union/Salary Plan/Grade: NonUnion/MO-8

Hours per week: 35


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