County Of Sonoma

Santa Rosa , CA
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Economic Development Fellowship

County Of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on January 26, 2019

Economic Development Fellowship


Economic Research and Program Development Fellow

  • Draft and prepare approximately 20 economic reports on industry trends, economic diversification, economic impact analysis, and demographic indicators.
  • Learn economic impact software to analyze data trends and advise on economic policy creation and implementation.
  • Prepare presentations and speeches for the public, local government, and trades groups/interest groups.
  • Help develop and strategize new programs, events, and reports which affect Sonoma County's economy or workforce.
  • Support EDB staff with special projects, initiatives, and other duties as assigned.

Strategic Initiatives Projects Fellow

  • Work closely with other EDB staff to implement Year Two of the five-year economic development strategic action plan, Strategic Sonoma.
  • Develop and support projects recommended in Strategic Sonoma. This may include, the Talent Alignment Council, industry sector partnerships, an annual Business, Retention, and Expansion (BRE) report, and revolving loan fund.
  • Facilitate weekly staff meetings and communicate with external partners, other county staff, and the community through email, social media, presentations, and written documents and materials.
  • Support EDB staff with special projects, initiatives, and other duties as assigned.

 Tourism and Hospitality Fellow

  • Plan promotional, digital, organizational and analytical elements of hospitality-related events, including Sonoma County's Annual Restaurant Week.
  • Collect and interpret tourism industry data. Produce annual and quarterly reports on tourism statistical indicators, hotel taxes and industry development.
  • Conduct surveys, carry out statistical analysis, and present findings regarding specialized tourism research on sporting events, hotel statistics, wineries, breweries, restaurants, etc. as needed.
  • 2 days a week are spent working with Marketing Team at Sonoma County Tourism, determining return on investment of marketing campaigns and engaging with partners.
  • Support EDB staff with special projects, initiatives, and other duties as assigned.

Workforce Innovation and Public Policy Fellow

  • Compile, interpret and analyze survey responses from local employers for the Annual Workforce Development Survey, and produce the monthly Job Market Tracker.
  • Collaborate with partners at the Workforce Investment Board on recruiting, education and training programs that connect employers with qualified applicants.
  • Organize conferences or similar events focused on industries with a strong employment presence in Sonoma County.
  • Help organize the EDB's Annual Manufacturing Day by recruiting participating businesses, working with the event planning committee, and working logistics alongside the EDB's Event and Communications Coordinator.
  • Support EDB staff with special projects, initiatives, and other duties as assigned.

Fellows are primarily responsible for the continued coordination of county-wide programs that support the local economy in addition to:

  • Working both independently and in collaboration with other County Staff, public officials, private industry, the public, and other stakeholders.
  • Conducting research on sectors of the local economy in order to create published reports and recommendations.
  • Coordinating high-level advisory groups comprised of local business, government and community members.
  • Implementing special projects or new initiatives which may be tailored to align with their own professional interests.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Graduation within the past year with a Bachelor's degree in fields applicable to the Departmental assignment.

Experience: None required.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary endorsements may be required to perform the essential functions of the position.