Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer

DURATION: No less than 18 months (Phase I project period)

Please apply via and/or email

The Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor Coalition has been awarded an Economic Development Administration (EDA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge Phase I grant. This grant is designed to assist communities in accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks. The Coalition will create a new position – Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer – to be filled in January 2022. The Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer will be a senior-level position employed by the New Orleans BioInnovation Center.

The Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer will be tasked with serving as the central coordinator of new and existing resources to the benefit of regional competitiveness – convening public, private, academic, and civic leaders, and tasked with establishing a coordinated line of communication between regional growth clusters and EDA that accelerates collaboration and support. The Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer will work in both the Baton Rouge and New Orleans regions, with offices at the Baton Rouge Health District (located at Pennington BioMedical Research Center) and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, respectively. Equal effort anticipated in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge hub city offices. Regular presentations are anticipated to the Board(s) of Directors, the greater economic development community, and Committee associated with the eight portfolio projects of the Gulf Coast Health Sciences Coalition.


Central Coordinator of Regional Growth Cluster

  • Collaborate with the Gulf Coast Health Sciences Coalition, a life sciences regional economic development initiative— in developing and submitting proposals to drive equity, sustainable economic competitiveness, and engagement initiatives for Phase II funding in EDA’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge.
  • Coordinate a team of technical consultants and non-profit organizations in working jointly to support executing the proposals and initiatives.
  • Along with the New Orleans Biodistrict and the Baton Rouge Health District lead the development of a multi-year strategic plan for growth and development of the Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor.
  • Continuously evaluate the coalition’s effectiveness against the proposed plan to ensure the milestones, objectives and goals are met.

Partner with EDA & EDA’s Investees

  • Maintain regular communications with the Regional Planning Commission and local and regional EDA officials to ensure BBB Phase 2 is on track to meet the goals of the agency.
  • Build and maintain relationships with a network of Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grantees.
  • Regularly monitor and support EDA grant and technical assistance opportunities and provide timely recommendations to the Coalition Executive Directors and key decision makers.
  • Monitor the distribution of technical assistance awards provided by EDA to ensure they are integrated effectively and equitably within communities and compliant with all rules and regulations.
  • Serve as a conduit to EDA technical assistance and grant opportunities on behalf of the coalition and all partners.
  • Build and maintain relationships with a network of Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grantees.

Community Engagement

  • Work with the Coalition senior staff to establish strong relationships with key stakeholders including the executive committee, board members, coalition members, and local governments
  • Coordinate and facilitate virtual and hybrid coalition meetings (in Baton Rouge and New Orleans) and establish a communication cadence to effectively inform, engage, connect, and collaborate with coalition members & community members.
  • Develop trusted and productive relationships with key coalition members and partners from the private sector, anchor institutions, and regionally significant non-profit and healthcare organizations


  • Establishes, develops, and maintains effective working relationships with coalition members, academic research partners, health systems, EDA, state and city government, businesses, and the broader community.
  • Builds effective processes, reports on project progress and monitors impact.
  • Supports projects that are grant-eligible according to applicable regulations and criteria.
  • Acts as liaison between coalition, executive committee, and sources of match funding, including financial investors and economic development professionals.
  • Collaborates with working committee & legal professionals to assist in the preparation of necessary documents for phase I & phase II planning, implementation, and reporting.
  • Conducts special research and analyzes economic development program activities & impact.
  • Seeks out and applies for funding opportunities to increase the amount of public and private funding for related coalition projects/activities.
  • Continuously seeks out opportunities for coalition to collaborate with community partners on new projects.

All other duties as assigned.


  • Open to candidates with a wide range of academic and work backgrounds. A Bachelor’s Degree or military experience is required. Preference may be given to candidates with a graduate degree in business administration, economic development, real estate development, public policy, or any advanced health-sciences field.
  • A deep and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color & rural communities, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
  • A minimum of 5 year’s experience in project management, leading complex and high-profile initiatives, and creating strategic partnerships is preferred.
  • Experience developing and operationalizing strategic plans and visions into tactical implementation.
  • Strong project management skills & attention to detail.
  • High degree of emotional intelligence with the ability to build trust and buy-in from a wide array of stakeholders.
  • Experience working on a diverse team with different communication styles.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to organize and interpret data, generate insights, and anticipate challenges and opportunities.
  • Self-starter with proven organizational skills, ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously and demonstrated competency in timely and high-quality execution in a dynamic, fast paced environment.

Travel: Position is expected to spend 50% of their time in New Orleans and 50% of their time in Baton Rouge.

Additional Information

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. This job can operate semi-remotely.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This position requires the ability to speak and hear. Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times. This position requires occasional crouching, reaching, standing, walking, grasping and pulling. This position is largely sedentary, but occasionally may require the ability to open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.

In the performance of their respective tasks and duties, all employees are expected to conform to the following:

  • Perform quality work within deadlines, with or without supervision
  • Interact professionally with other employees, customers and suppliers
  • Work effectively as at team contributor on all tasks, projects and assignments
  • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Please apply via and

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $85,000.00 – $125,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Louisiana: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)


  • Project management: 5 years (Required)

Willingness to travel:

  • 50% (Preferred)

Work Location: Multiple Locations

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