Manager or Lead of Business Engagement and Strategic Research

Energy Corridor

Houston, TX
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The Energy Corridor District (District) is at an exciting juncture in time. We are building on our past successes and embarking on strategic initiatives that will impact the future of the Energy Corridor for years to come. As such, the District is seeking a results-oriented, energetic, self-motivated, collaborative, and strategic minded professional with a passion for transforming the urban environment to serve as our Manager or Lead of Business Engagement and Research.

About the Energy Corridor District

The Energy Corridor District (District) is an advocate for one of the Houston’s regions most important job centers and destinations. Established in 2001 by the Texas Legislature as Harris County Improvement District #4, The District was created to promote, develop, encourage, maintain employment, commerce, transportation, housing, recreation, arts, entertainment, economic development, safety, and the public welfare within its boundaries.

Home to the headquarters and regional offices of prominent global firms within the energy sector and beyond, the District consists of over 2,000 acres, stretching along IH-10 from Kirkwood Road to west of Barker Cypress Road, and extending south along Eldridge Parkway to south of Briar Forest Drive. The District also offers access to assets such as Buffalo Bayou, Terry Hershey Park, various recreational trails, and adjacency to over 26,000 acres of parks and open space. The Energy Corridor features over 20 million square feet of Class A Office Space, over 8,500 units of Class A apartments, and commercial land available for future development. 


Under the direction of the Executive Director, this role is responsible for leading and strengthening the District’s business retention and recruitment efforts, strategic macro and micro-level research, and targeted stakeholder engagement, including education, outreach, report and presentation preparation, and event coordination.

The individual in this role must have strong skills in both oral and written communication, partnership building, project management, data management, and research and analysis. The responsibilities associated with the role requires collaborative engagement and strategic thinking. The role will work in close coordination with the Executive Director, while maintaining regular collaboration and coordination with the Communication and Marketing Manager to ensure synergy between both roles and their respective responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Business Retention and Recruitment

  • Lead and strengthen business retention and recruitment efforts benefiting the Energy Corridor District, including:
    • Identify, produce, and maintain presentations, collateral, status reports (i.e., land use, demographics, commercial availability, and other key service data points), annual report (i.e., “State of the Energy Corridor”), events, initiatives, and other relevant studies and collateral in partnership with Communications and Marketing Manager
    • Monthly engagements to communicate the benefits of being located within the Energy Corridor District boundaries
      • Monthly engagements should occur with representatives of the commercial real estate and development community, including brokers, property owners and managers, investors, commercial real estate groups, and other interested parties, via meetings and relationship building opportunities
    • Develop initiatives to support implementation of District business retention and recruitment strategies
    • Participate in meetings and committees for relevant national, regional, and statewide economic development related organizations to promote and market the Energy Corridor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    • Support the Executive Director’s external engagement with the business community across the Energy Corridor, Greater Houston Region, and beyond
    • Maintain knowledge of current and future best practices of real estate and economic trends from sources such as the Greater Houston Partnership, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Co-Star, Urban Land Institute, Texas Economic Development Council, International Economic Development Council, Kinder Foundation, etc.   
    • Convey information, research, and assessments to the Communications and Marketing Manager to ensure the District’s messaging is effectively shared and promoted

Strategic Research

  • Conduct strategic research of relevant topics and issues for incorporation into a value proposition, marketing materials, targeted messaging, and business retention and recruitment initiatives
  • Research and maintain current demographic and economic trends information for the Energy Corridor related to the full spectrum of the energy sector, hotels, apartments, small businesses, startup environment (technology, innovation, and acceleration), commercial real estate (investors, developers, brokers, and site selectors), and other prevalent District industries
    • Sources include Texas Comptroller, U.S. Census, ArcGIS tools of ESRI, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Harris County Appraisal District, CoStar, LoopNet, Greater Houston Partnership, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, STR Hotel Data, Apartment Data Service, CBRE Hotel Horizons, Bisnow, Houston Business Journal, and various brokerages’ monthly and quarterly reports
  • Produce quarterly report(s) that presents economic conditions specific to office, residential, retail and hotel growth as well as employment and demographic information
  • Conduct annual and as-needed surveys and ad-hoc focus groups of stakeholders for the purpose of soliciting feedback and input on District core services and to maintain awareness of stakeholder issues and needs
  • Identify and analyze best practices of other special districts and place management organizations (e.g., operations, safety, events, economic development, capital projects, etc.) for benchmarking and organizational strategy purposes

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach

  • Serve as a primary point of contact through regular, proactive, and responsive engagements with District’s employers, commercial real estate and development community, small businesses, hoteliers, apartments, residents, and other key stakeholder groups to facilitate positive two-way communication and resolve concerns
  • Identify, implement, and manage a customer relationship management (CRM) tool for the purposes of continuous relationship building and management
  • Collect, organize, and maintain stakeholder contact database within the developed CRM tool to enable consistent District communications with constituents
  • Orchestrate and coordinate targeted events and initiatives for five (5) to twelve (12) events per year with attendees ranging from 10-250, where applicable
  • Lead coordination for standing and advisory committees
  • Coordinate and partner with staff to obtain easements for sense of place and identity initiatives
  • Meet with business owners/managers and inform them prior to the start of major construction projects, major traffic changes or temporary disruptions, while continually monitoring their concerns throughout the process

This position will also be responsible for performing other related job duties as required.

Essential Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Advanced degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years of experience within a similarly situated organization is preferred.
  • Relevant experience may include public relations, government relations, membership services, business development, or similar experiences at a chamber of commerce, economic development entity, or other public and private entities.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, such as the ability to build and nurture relationships with a diverse of group stakeholders with competing interests.
  • Collaborative and works well in a team environment, well organized, ability to multi-task, act proactively, prioritize work, and meet deadlines, while providing exemplary customer service.
  • Excellent reasoning, strong decision-making skills, and the ability to work independently, while effectively communicating progress, schedules, and issues of concern.
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Accountable with keen attention to details.
  • Advanced skills and proficiency with the suite of Microsoft Office products, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), Constant Contact, and various CRM programs is a plus.

Employment Type



Salary range is contingent upon knowledge and experience. Full benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, and retirement contributions.

How to Apply

A letter of interest and resume/CV is required. At the applicant’s discretion, no more than three work samples may be provided. Please send a complete application package to [email protected]


Posted July 15, 2021, 2:37 PM PDT

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