POSITION TITLE:         Community and Business Development Specialist

STATUS:                         Full Time, Exempt

REPORTS TO:                Executive Director

Position Description:

Region Nine Development Commission (RNDC) is looking to fill the community and business development specialist position. The community and business development specialist position performs responsible, professional work as a planning generalist for RNDC. Work areas may include providing technical assistance to local units of government, businesses, and the general public on a variety of planning topics, such as city and county comprehensive planning, economic development, workforce development, transportation, and local foods/agriculture. Work areas may also include securing funding for programs through grant writing, comprehensive plan writing, and the coordination, development, and implementation of programs and projects of importance to the region. The community and business development specialist may also assist communities in determining their infrastructure needs and exploring possible funding for potential projects and potentially be responsible for the administration of program grants and loans.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains strong positive working relationships with elected officials and local units of government.
  • Assists communities with the development and writing of planning documents, including city and county comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances.
  • Performs ordinance codifications.
  • Researches and writes special studies related to areas such as renewable energy/climate, housing, and workforce.
  • Provides a cost-conscious approach to the position by working within approved budgets and implementing cost-saving measures.
  • Secures contracts for grant writing and program administration.
  • Assists communities in determining their needs and priorities and assists in obtaining federal, state, or non-profit funding to meet those needs.
  • Administers funding programs and projects for communities, which may include environmental reviews, reports, budget revisions and compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Responds to requests for Census information.
  • Uses GIS to provide data analysis and produce graphic information for planning documents.


  • Four-year degree in community/economic development, public administration, business, or related field is preferred.
  • Three years of related experience required. A Master’s degree may be substituted for two years of experience.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Experience with ArcGIS, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Trimble Sketchup, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret local, state, and federal ordinances or statutes.
  • Knowledge of federal and state public facilities programs, including DEED, USDA-RD, and EDA programs promoting rural development.
  • Considerable knowledge of comprehensive plans and land use regulations.
  • Knowledge of public administration practices, intergovernmental processes, and regional planning techniques.
  • Knowledge of issues surrounding rural community and economic development.
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills. Must be able to write and speak English fluently and follow the plain language initiative.
  • Considerable ability to organize and facilitate meetings on development issues and outreach events.
  • Ability to find advanced Census and other government data sources as well as analyze data and develop charts in Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to maintain and safeguard confidential data in accordance with appropriate state and federal regulations.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.
  • Considerable ability to organize work, set priorities, follow up on assignments and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Forward-thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.
  • Must be available for evening meetings and travel as needed.

Benefits Package:

Employee benefits include health insurance, health savings account with employer contributions, pre-tax flexible spending account, life insurance, PERA retirement benefit, 457 retirement plan, paid holidays and vacation time, sick leave, and additional voluntary benefits available.


  • $44,367 to $73,561 yearly
  • Class C42 to D63
  • Depending on qualifications
  • Utilizes the Decision Band Method

How to Apply:

  • Cover letter, resume, and application should be submitted online at www.rndc.org. Cover letter should be addressed to Executive Director Nicole Griensewic Mickelson. Please contact Corree Johnson at 507-389-8885 with questions.
  • Resumes will not be accepted without a cover letter and completed application.
  • Posting will remain open until the position is filled.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will perform additional reasonably-related job duties as assigned by the executive director.

Region Nine Development Commission reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Region Nine Development Commission is an EOE/ADA Employer.