Employment Opportunities


Economic Resiliency Specialist


The position of Economic Resiliency Specialist duties will be in the Community and Economic Development Programs of the Northwest Regional Development Commission.


Responsible to the Executive Director.  Work duties to be performed in a co-worker relationship with other Community and Economic Development staff. Work areas may include providing technical assistance to local units of government, businesses, and the general public on a variety of planning and development topics such as economic disaster recovery/resiliency, economic development, workforce development, entrepreneurial, and community development. Work area may also include securing funding for programs through grant writing and the coordination, development, and implementation of programs and projects of importance to the region.

Desired Qualifications:

Four-year degree in a related field such as: economic development, planning, economics, social sciences, and two years of job experience.  Additional experience may be substituted for education. 

The ability to effectively interact with elected officials, the public and staff is important.  Competency with community development block grants, computers, statistical analysis, priority setting, surveying, grant writing and government programs a plus.

Duties and Essential Functions of the Position:

This position is responsible for the completion of assigned program activities and projects in Economic and Community Development.  The Economic Resiliency Specialist is responsible for professional work focused on Covid-19 response and regional economic recovery for the Commission. The range of items is outlined below:

  • Completion of EDA Planning District activities including grant applications, program narrative reports and other items as required by the contract with EDA.

  • Annual update of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and identifying regional priorities.

  • Completion of  work related to grant writing, community planning, housing, grants administration and other activities.

  • Assisting local communities and businesses in accessing state and federal economic/community development programs or other development resources.

  • Review of community and economic development projects and providing comments to funding agencies.

  • Development of new programs and projects to address resiliency and changing needs in the areas of community and economic development.

  • Provide expertise and facilitation to local units of government and businesses in the planning and management of recovery projects and tasks.

  • Implement various means of stabilizing and expanding employment in the region.

  • Maintain involvement with the UMC EDA Data Center.

  • Maintain good working relationships with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)and other State and Federal economic development agencies.

  • Work collaboratively with other team members across programs to leverage economic development experiences and tools.

  • Participate in Commission and staff activities including staff meetings, Commission meetings, work program/budget development, State Planning reports, professional development and Commission approval of program actions.

  • Participate with other Regional Development Organizations and the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations as appropriate.

  • Other duties as assigned and as time is available.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal communication and group presentation skills.

  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of people and styles.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

  • Knowledge of computers and software, including  Microsoft Office, database management, and related industry applications.

  • Knowledge of issues surrounding rural community and economic development.

  • Considerable ability to organize and facilitate meetings.

  • Considerable ability to organize work, set priorities, follow up on assignments and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to maintain and safeguard confidential data in accordance with appropriate state and federal regulations.

  • Considerable ability to write effectively.

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and have a valid driver license.

  • Must be able to write and speak fluently in English.

Working Conditions and Environment:

This is a diversified position requiring sustained effort related to public contacts, organizational issues, planning, and technical areas. The individual must be able to perform reliable work in both independent and team project settings. This position will require travel throughout the region and occasionally overnights for longer-distance travel. Typical hours are 8:00-4:30 p.m., but meetings are common outside of the workday. 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Benefits Package:

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


Send cover letter and resume, addressed to:

NWRDC Executive Director

Cameron Fanfulik

109 S. Minnesota St.

Warren, MN  56762

or e-mail to:  cfanfulik@nwrdc.org

Please contact Amanda Russell at 218-745-9134 with questions.

  • Posting will remain open until position is filled.

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

  • Northwest Regional 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.

Application deadline:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications submitted by Friday, August 14, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.


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