Economic Development Administration Assistant

Economic Development Administration Assistant




Title: Economic Development Administration Assistant
Schedule: Monday through Friday
Location: Longview, WA
Classification: Full time
Opening Date: January 27, 2017
Salary Range: $20.00 to $25.00
Closing Date: February 3, 2017 or until filled

Position Summary: The Economic Development Administration Assistant (EDAA) is responsible for facilitating and supporting governmental functions associated with economic development planning and implementation activities for the Tribe in order to build capacity for administrative oversight for economic and business development; to increase or improve capacity for governmental interface with business development. To support and assist with planning projects and programs of the Tribe.

SCOPE: The EDAA reports to the Chief Operating Officer and works with the COO and the Economic Development Committee (EDC) for facilitating and providing assistance toward community and economic development planning and initiatives. The EDAA is primarily responsible for capacity building for Administrative oversight and assistance to the Tribal Government associated with oversight of Tribal Economic Development projects, planning, and other activities associated with management of Tribal business enterprise as indicated from the Economic Development and Operations Code. The EDAA develops relationships with a variety of organizations, agencies, and businesses. Preparing reports, filing paperwork, assisting in Economic development activities and meetings, and other logistics identified through the Chairman.


1. Conduct community and economic development planning in order to identify and establish economic development opportunities

  1. Participate with and support the Economic Development Committee to identify initiatives, organizations, and public-private partnerships to further the Tribe’s goals toward economic prosperity as well as serving as liaison between the Committee and the Chairman.
  2. Develop and update economic profiles of the Tribe and community.
  3. Assist in the development and maintain (update) the Tribe’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document.
  4. Assist leadership to research and provide recommendations on community economic development opportunities.
  5. Provide assistance in completing tasks associated with Administrative activities associated with Economic Development.
  6. Capacity Building and maintaining an Economic Development and Operations Office through Administration of the Tribe.
  7. Capacity Building and maintaining records and filing systems within an Economic development and Operations office within Administration.

 2. Enhance funding for economic development activities and programs

  1. Research and share information as directed about private and public sector economic development funding opportunities.
  2. Assist leadership to work with industry and government representatives concerning opportunities to partner or invest in identified projects for funding.
  3. Assist in preparing proposals for funding to support community economic development.
  4. Prepare and present data, reports, and applications for federal and other funding to support economic development. 

3. Promote the Tribe to support and expand economic development opportunities

  1. Assist leadership in representation in meetings and conferences on economic development at various scales.
  2. Assist leadership to develop and maintain community and regional networks and enhance Tribal resources supporting economic development.
  3. Assist leadership to Develop communications materials in a variety of media to support or attract business investment and development for the Tribe.
  4. Assist leadership to serve as a liaison to industry and government representatives to support Tribal economic development.

5. Perform other related duties as required

      a) Participate in and assist with other planning and development activities of the Tribe.


The incumbent must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

  1. Ability to identify and promote community economic development projects and Initiatives.
  2. Effective verbal, presentation and listening communications skills.
  3. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with private, nonprofit, or public sector officials.
  4. Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive financial, administrative and activity reports.
  5. Team member and team building skills.
  6. Analytical and problem solving skills.
  7. Decision-making and time management skills.
  8. Computer skills, including proficiency with data analysis programs.
  9. Demonstrate sound work ethics; be honest, trustworthy, respectful, and reliable.
  10. Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  11. Be flexible and willing to learn new approaches.


  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in public/business administration/urban planning/economics related fields and professional experience in community economic development. 
  • Knowledge of community and economic development programs and practices. 
  • Must submit to and pass a criminal background check and drug test. 


The EDAA spends long hours sitting and using office equipment and computers, and travelling to and participating in meetings with small and large groups. The EDAA will do some light lifting of supplies and materials. The EDAA must manage many requests, situations, tasks, and projects both long and short term at the same time with grace and confidence. They may be interrupted frequently and may find the environment to be busy and noisy. They must meet deadlines and due dates for a variety of reports, events, and projects. Stress may be caused by these demands and the EDAA will need excellent organizational and time and stress management skills.

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and a Drug & Alcohol-Free workplace.

Except as provided by Title 25 CFR, Section 472 which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

Please mail resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources Department
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
P.O. Box 2547
Longview, WA 98632



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