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Program Coordinator

Charleston – 07/08/2019

The Program Coordinator supports and helps drive the promotional and project goals of the CDCF, its Board and the Executive Director. The Program Coordinator role requires a gregarious, people-oriented person with a passion for developing professional relationships and providing excellent customer service to all members and constituents. All with the goal of maintaining, expanding and strengthening community perception of the already solid CDC brand. With those goals in mind, the Program Coordinator will be expected to:

General Duties & Expectations (all CDC staff)

  • Fully understand the Digital Corridor mission, it's initiatives and programs, and is able to readily, enthusiastically, accurately and articulately communicate such whether in a formal/planned presentation or extemporaneously
  • Assist the Executive Director, the CDCF Board, other staff, volunteers and consultants in the development and maintenance of CDC initiatives and projects.
  • Assist member companies and residents of the facilities as needed
  • Maintain CDC websites with content updates as required
  • Perform research and writing tasks as they pertain to relevant CDC initiatives
  • Constantly keep up to date with member company activities, local tech news/events, and general awareness with goings-on in Charleston's tech community
  • Assist as needed in the smooth daily operation of the current Flagship - WestEdge facility
  • Maintain a clean and organized work environment
  • Spot check facility common areas for anything requiring attention and attend to it then and there
  • Ensuring a welcome lobby area, eagerly greeting visitors
  • The CDC is and has always been a lean but over-achieving organization and all staffers must carry and live that mentality in every facet of daily work
  • Getting things done efficiently, doing whatever is needed, in the job description or not, and demonstrating a real sense of ownership and accountability to the CDCF mission & its members
  • Engage authentically with diverse audiences sans bias with respect to race, income, or other stereotypical/prejudicial factors

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Marketing, Public Relations, Events

  • Contribute to and participate in the development, planning, logistics and execution of CDC events

Research & Writing

  • Conduct market research to support the development of the CDC's current initiatives and programs along with future goals
  • Summarize research findings to the Executive Director and CDCF Board
  • Archive key research findings for future reference in the CDC Knowledge Base library
  • Assist in the writing of grant applications, compliance outlines and proposals

Qualifications

  • Organized and attentive to detail
  • Mature & highly dependable
  • Motivated, self-starter
  • A collaborative orientation, and a creative problem solver
  • Able to productively work independently and with a team
  • Tech savvy with a strong understanding and usage of office, design and web-based software
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications, including on the phone
  • Experience and understanding of city/local government and political landscapes
  • Passion for the politics of economic development and tech-focused community
  • Some experience with advocacy of any kind
  • Ability and willingness to attend some early morning and night meetings or events, whether on weekdays or even some weekends

The position reports to the Executive Director but will work with many other state and local partners, consultants and volunteers, and will occasionally work closely with CDCF board members. Because this role is at a separate location than the rest of the CDCF team, the ability to work independently is a MUST.

A typical qualifying background would be a bachelor's degree in planning, marketing, business, public administration, or related field AND at least two (2) years of professional level experience in some/all of economic/community development, marketing, research, business development, business operations, and/or event planning. Experience managing budgets and a creative design talent would be a further plus.

About the CDC: The Charleston Digital Corridor is a non-profit grassroots initiative to attract, nurture and promote the regions tech economy through an array of impactful programs, products and events while leveraging Charleston's renowned livability.

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