Missouri State University's Center for Resource Planning and Management is an applied research center for MSU's Geography, Geology, and Planning Department. The Center has a statewide mission in public affairs and administers the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG), a Regional Planning Commission serving a 10-county region with over 60 units of local governments including the City of Springfield and the metro area.
Our office takes pride in cultivating an innovative and diverse work environment and offers great employment benefits through the University including free college credits for the employee, spouse, or dependents; health, vision, dental, and life insurance; and extensive continuing education opportunities.
Our office is looking to fill our Recovery Coordinator position.
The Recovery Coordinator completes tasks to implement long term recovery efforts from disaster events with a focus on economic recovery for the 10-county region served by the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG). The Recovery Coordinator develops local and/or regional long-term recovery plans and coordinates efforts to implement those plans among government agencies, stakeholder organizations, and businesses. The Recovery Coordinator may help oversee a federally-funded Revolving Loan Fund that supports job creation and retention by leveraging public and private investment for specific projects in the region. The Recovery Coordinator identifies public funding sources to implement recovery and resilience projects and works with other staff to develop grant applications and project proposals, such as improving access to broadband, expanding workforce training programs, promoting diversification of local economies, infrastructure improvements, etc. The Recovery Coordinator assists economically distressed communities and stakeholder organizations throughout the SMCOG 10-county region, conducts outreach and education to rural and/or marginalized groups to ensure they take full advantage of available funding opportunities for unmet needs within our communities, prioritizes potential projects, and assists with the grant application process. The Recovery Coordinator provides technical assistance to local governments in administering state and federally-funded grants related to economic development, economic recovery, disaster mitigation, resiliency, public health and safety, transportation, water and wastewater systems, and other planning and implementation projects to include completion of environmental reviews and impact studies, analysis of census and other statistical data, review of project budgets, coordination of assurances, writing project narratives, and reporting to local elected officials or boards on project progress.
The role is tasked with developing a long-term recovery plan in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will primarily focus on pandemic recovery until June 2022 when the role will be reasigned to assist with recovery efforts from other natural disasters such as flooding and severe storms and help create more resilient communities. The Recovery Coordinator may also assist with multiple comprehensive and land use planning projects or zoning code updates.
Education: A bachelor's degree is required. A bachelor's degree in Planning, Economics, Economic Development, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field is preferred.
Experience: At least one year of professional work experience is required. Prior experience in economic development, city or regional planning, economic recovery, disaster recovery, business finance, commercial lending, or a related field is preferred. Experience with programs and agencies such as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Missouri Department of Economic Development (MoDED), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (USDA-RD), or Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is preferred. Experience administering a Revolving Loan Fund or other commercial lending program is preferred. Experience writing and implementing an economic recovery plan is preferred. Experience with broadband planning is preferred.
Skill: Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. The ability to read, interpret, and follow state and federal program guidelines is required. Computer skills, including word processing, database management, document design, and presentation software is required. The ability to work with minimal supervision, meet deadlines, and work efficiently in non-routine situations is required. The ability to work effectively with the public and elected officials is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds is required.
Other: Occasional day travel in a 150-mile radius is required and may include occasional overnight stays. The position requires attending occasional evening meetings. A valid driver's license is required.
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