Sector Lead - Director of Food and Beverage

  • Trenton, NJ, USA
  • Nov 12, 2019

Job Description


Job Summary

EDA's Office of Economic Transformation's (OET) accelerates the growth of New Jersey's economy by developing and implementing initiatives that will enhance the state's long-term economic competitiveness within key strategic sectors, including: offshore wind, clean energy, advanced manufacturing, finance and professional services, and technology and life sciences. NJEDA's Sector Lead is responsible for shaping and leading all of the Authority's efforts to accelerate non-retail food and beverage industry growth within New Jersey. He/she is a member of EDA's sector leadership team. He/she will oversee critical advanced policy initiatives and will grow and manage a team that will develop sector-specific policy and programs.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as EDA's industry expert
    • Understands firm-level and industry-level value-drivers and dynamics and will contribute this knowledge and expertise to the methods and processes involved in the analysis and evaluation of public policy.
    • Quantitatively and qualitatively tracks industry progress at the state, regional, and national level
    • Identifies key issues, frames problems, scopes analyses and leads industry analyses / studies
    • Provides regular industry updates to internal and external stakeholders, including local, national, and trade press
    • Provides industry-related policy inputs and guidance to the leadership teams of EDA and the Administration
    • Actively participates in company attraction, expansion, and retention efforts
  • Develops and leads portfolio of initiatives and programs that ensure New Jersey's long-term competitiveness in the industry
    • Identifies potential program and initiatives via conversations with industry stakeholders and monitors successful programs from other states and countries;
    • Works collaboratively with Public Affairs/Marketing, Governor's policy office, counsel and stakeholders to communicate new initiatives and the introduction of new products
    • Prioritizes opportunities based on quantitative and qualitative analyses
    • Pilots and tracks the impact of the highest priority initiatives and programs
    • Responsible for growing and leading a team of Senior Industry Project Officers and Project Officers on portfolio initiatives / programs, including providing direction for development of work plans, timelines, specific analyses to be completed, budgets, and individual responsibilities
    • Works across EDA and with external partners to develop, implement, scale and institutionalize successful programs, and transition them, over time, to Program Managers who will be responsible for their long-term execution
  • Acts an industry advocate and champion within the Authority, within State government, and in the broader business community
    • Work with senior management to understand needs, manage expectations and build long term relationships
    • Engages EDA executives, State government leaders, and leaders from partner organizations on critical outreach and policy advocacy matters
    • Provides input on EDA's response to proposed legislative action which impacts the industry
    • Acts as a public speaker and public relations representative on industry topics, in ways that support the Authority's profile
    • Actively contributes to and oversees the content and messaging for all industry related social media, marketing content, and web content (e.g., reviews and approves all industry related press, posts and tweets and contributes relevant industry sector content)
    • Creates and delivers industry presentations or memos for key stakeholders (e.g., EDA senior staff, State government leaders, external partners)
    • As needed, serves as spokesperson, representative, and ambassador for the EDA and the OET to a wide variety of constituencies
  • Serves as EDA's relationship manager for key industry stakeholders
    • Actively develops and manages a list of priority private sector companies (e.g., larger companies, high potential growth companies and start-ups, etc.) across the industry value chain, within the State and, as appropriate, outside of the State
    • Cultivates, maintains, expands, and serves as lead relationship liaison with private sector partners, industry associations, and relevant academic and government stakeholders
    • Proactively coordinates engagement with priority private sector companies across other State agencies and NGO partners (e.g., NJ Business Action Center and Choose New Jersey)
    • Forms strategic collaborations with partners to develop and drive programmatic initiatives
    • Coordinates and connects resources to available services and support including services and programs provided by EDA as well as those provided by other entities
    • Develops and executes events and programs that facilitate relationship building, engagement, and partnership across the industry
  • Demonstrates a leadership and ownership mindset within the Office of Economic Transformation, supporting other Sector Directors and Program Officers and suggesting new ideas for how to improve the division
  • Promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative, and customer- focused work environment among division, EDA staff, and external customers.
  • Develops, mentors, and coaches the Senior Program Officers and Project Officers within the OET; sets project and development goals and objectives, provides regular feedback to team members, and provides input to semi-annual and annual reviews as well as setting goals, cultivating a productive work environment and team development via various methods including on the job training.
  • Supports the development and execution of Office of Economic Transformation department goals; reviews and evaluates own performance against key metrics
  • Helps to institutionalize best practices; defines and implements needed systems and policies
  • Supports the Senior Vice President on other Office of Economic Transformation strategic initiatives as necessary
  • Ensures department practices and processes are in compliance with EDA policies and guidelines and are consistently applied.
  • Builds, develops, mentors and coaches direct reports to develop skills and behaviors to enhance performance. Sets staff goals and objectives, reviews staff semi-annually and annually against individual plans. Develops and implements training and succession plans for the team.
  • Performs duties to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism