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Economic Development Director - Japan
Alabama Department of Commerce

Under direction of the Alabama Secretary of Commerce, this position plans, organizes and implements economic development functions from conception to completion, including business retention, business attraction and incentive programs; performs a variety of responsible administrative, professional and technical tasks. Implements economic development goals and objectives for the State of Alabama, interfaces and coordinates with the Commerce staff and local development partners.

Education and/or Experience

Must have a Bachelor's degree in public/business administration, urban planning, economics, marketing, finance or related field; Master's Degree desirable.  Must have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in economic development and/or community development. Must communicate effectively in both Japanese and English.


Scope of Services

Commerce hereby anticipates that the Contractor for Japan will perform the following services in accordance with the terms and conditions to be set forth in a Professional Services Agreement:


o   Assist with Japanese companies looking to expand investment into the southeastern United States.


o   Serve as a contact for Japanese-based companies that have facilities in Alabama.


o   Provide “advance” services for official state investment/trade missions to Japan.


o   Identify and maintain liaison with the Japanese embassy, consulate, and foreign commercial offices that relate to Commerce Business Development and International Trade Divisions’ objectives and goals.


o   Serve as Alabama representative for select, targeted trade shows including reports on prospects and follow-up instructions.


o   Gather detailed information about importers in Japan that match Alabama’s targeted industry sectors.


o   Examine buying patterns of Japan to identify potential markets of Alabama products.


o   Develop trade leads from key Japanese organizations and publications for dissemination to Alabama companies.


o   Work with Alabama trade specialists to link sellers and buyers in order to ensure the most expeditious and financially sound combination for the State of Alabama.


o   Assist in identifying trade shows and on a selective basis, assist in organizing, coordinating and participating in Japanese trade events with export-ready manufacturers from Alabama.


o   Inform and promote Alabama’s international trade community to potential buyers in the Japanese market with the final result being foreign buying missions to Alabama.


o   Perform any other duties as identified by the Secretary of Commerce.



Knowledge of operational characteristics, services and activities of an economic development program; management methods and techniques to analyze programs, policies and operational needs; marketing analysis and development; public administration and local government operations; and pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to manage operations, services and activities of the economic development program; use sound judgment; present written and oral reports; design technically complex visual aids such as maps, tables and charts; prepare clear and concise reports; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations; research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques; interpret and apply laws and regulations; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

We ask that all resumes and at least five (5) work-related references including contact numbers be submitted by August 9, 2013, to  Finalists will complete a thorough interview and background investigation process to include verification of all credentials and experience.  References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.

*Resumes must include salary requirements to be considered.

Date Posted: July 24, 2013