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About The Washington DC Economic Partnership

The WDCEP is a public/private partnership dedicated to facilitating economic development in the District of Columbia. We are a nonprofit organization that partners with a variety of community stakeholders to promote business opportunities throughout the District. WDCEP is your first point of contact for development and business opportunities in the District of Columbia. We facilitate economic development through business attraction and business retention programs and activities. Please visit our website www.wdcep.com for more information.

 

WDCEP Job Opportunities

 

Director of Marketing

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) seeks a Director of Marketing who will focus primarily on managing all of WDCEP’s communication and marketing activities to help attract new businesses into the District of Columbia.

The Director of Marketing will lead the development, execution, management and evaluation of an integrated marketing and communications strategy that advances Washington, DC’s identity and broaden awareness within our market and with our target audiences. He/she will collaborate with the leadership team and staff to identify internal and external communications opportunities and challenges, and define and execute strategies to support them.

The ideal candidate will have a proven record of managing creative and proactive marketing and communications campaigns carefully tailored to the objectives of the organization and integrating forward-thinking strategies across a variety of channels.

The Director of Marketing position is a full-time position and will report to the President & CEO.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Marketing will be responsible for the following areas of work:

General Marketing

  • Develop and implement a positive marketing strategy that will raise DC’s profile as a prime business location to local, national, and international audiences, including business owners, C-Suite executives, investors, and talent.
  • Develop marketing pieces for WDCEP & outside economic development partners: annual reports, marketing brochures, informational handouts, PowerPoint presentations, invitations, etc.
  • Contribute to ideas for new program concepts, publications or special events

Communications

  • Create and implement specific marketing, public relations campaigns and media outreach for the promotion of the District of Columbia
  • Strategically manage and update WDCEP’s digital assets and social media accounts (website, Twitter, LinkedIn, e-newsletter, blog, etc.) to maximize effectiveness and support other organizational initiatives.
  • Pursue earned media with local and national publications to showcase economic activity in Washington, DC.
  • Responsible for the measurement and tracking of results for all marketing communications campaigns to determine effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Create all written communications originating from WDCEP including web site content, social media input, press releases, blog posts, and promotional materials.
  • Research, assemble, and maintain media and promotional partner list for public relations and marketing campaigns
  • Responsible for developing and executing a clearly defined social media strategy for WDCEP
  • Develop talking points/scripts for the President & CEO for all speaking engagements, including WDCEP’s Annual Meeting

Event Marketing & Management

  • Develop marketing strategies for tradeshows such as ICSC, CoreNet, SXSW, and other national events.
  • Develop and execute marketing strategies for WDCEP events: event invitation & website creation

QUALIFICATIONS

• Must be outgoing, dynamic, and self-motivated professional with at least seven years’ experience in public relations and/or marketing, preferably in economic development marketing;
• Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Business Administration, or related field; Master’s degree preferred;
• Public speaking, strong written and oral communication skills required;
• Social media skills essential, with experience in online promotions and e-marketing campaigns;
• Direct experience related to economic development, urban planning and/or real estate preferred

START DATE & HOURS: October 2014; Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm

COMPENSATION: $75,000-85,000 (depending on qualifications) + benefits (e.g. health, dental, 401k, life, office gym)

TO APPLY: To apply for this position, please APPLY HERE. Please include a brief writing/marketing sample with your application. (If you receive an error message with our online form, please email your resume to aney@wdcep.com)

 

WDCEP Internship Program

Communications & Marketing  | Business Development

Through the WDCEP internship program, we hope to mentor young individuals who are interested in urban planning, retail, housing and commercial development of the vibrant city of Washington DC. In addition to the critical experience gained at WDCEP, interns are exposed to a variety of projects that are focused as much as possible to their area of interestline break

Communications & Marketing Intern

The WDCEP is looking for an Intern, Communications & Marketing that will assist with office e-communications, marketing, public relations, social media, and engage media outlets and local communities to promote our events, increase awareness of our development tools and small business resources and start conversations about economic development in DC.

Responsibilities

  • Write press releases, op-eds, blog posts, newsletter articles and other marketing pieces
  • Assist in developing new public relations & marketing plan
  • Assist in developing marketing campaigns for several of our large initiatives
  • Assist in developing and implementing social media strategy
  • Create content for social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, youtube, LinkedIn)
  • Research economic development issues for communications pieces
  • Develop relationships with bloggers and press

Qualifications

  • Strong writing and editing skills with an attention to detail; will be asked to write in different capacities (email, letters, copy, creative, and 140 character messages)
  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated from undergraduate or graduate degree in business, marketing, public relations, public affairs, or similar programs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment while being a self-starter with effective time management skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Ability to learn and adapt in a fast pace environment
  • Basic Microsoft office experience
  • Previous office experience a plus
  • Knowledge of DC neighborhoods and an interest in the city’s economic development a plus

Privileges

  • Gain experience in marketing and public relations field
  • Gain great understanding of Washington D.C.’s business community and vibrant neighborhoods
  • Make great connections and build a professional network with local media outlets, local business owners, local government officials, real estate professionals, and more.
  • Have a greater understanding of economic development and what is required of economic development professionals
  • Regular brown bag luncheons covering relevant topics on economic development in the District
  • Become well versed in DC’s economic indicators & trends
  • Do meaningful work (no getting coffee)

Part-time and full-time positions are available. This is an unpaid internship.

If you are interested in this position, please APPLY HERE. To be considered, you must upload a 2 page writing sample, resume and cover letter highlighting your availability and why you want to work for WDCEP . (If you receive an error message with our online form, please email your resume to tthacker@wdcep.com)

Salary: unpaid, Academic credit and monthly transportation stipend available.
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Business Development Intern

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Responsibilities

  • Assist the WDCEP’s programming for all business retention and attraction initiatives
  • Assist with speaker series program that coordinates with WDCEP’s Doing Business in Washington DC Guide
  • Collect data from U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other databases
  • Conduct field research for development projects and neighborhoods
  • Assist with Urban Land Institutes (ULI) Conventions; International Council of Shopping Centers RECon Conference, Neighborhood Retail Summits, Restaurant/Retail Site Tours, and WDCEP’s Annual Meeting Luncheon and Development Showcase
  • Update and maintain database of retail sites throughout D.C (www.wdceprss.dc.gov)
  • Assist with organization of WDCEP Annual Meeting and Development Showcase
  • Assist DC’s retail attraction efforts
  • Custom research project opportunities available
  • Present presentation to office staff at end of term on key takeaways and/or research project findings

Qualifications

  • Part -time and full-time positions available; full-time preferred
  • Professional demeanor
  • Ability to learn and adapt in a fast pace environment
  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated from a undergraduate or graduate program in Economics, Economic Development, Urban or Regional Planning, Public Policy, Business, or similar program
  • Preferably enjoy collecting & cataloging data
  • Basic Microsoft office experience
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to pay attention to detail
  • Previous office experience a plus
  • Business professional attire required

Privileges

  • Do meaningful work (no getting coffee)
  • Gain great understanding of Washington D.C.’s business community and vibrant neighborhoods
  • Regular brown bag luncheons covering relevant topics on economic development in the District
  • Make great connections and build a professional network with local business owners, local government officials, real estate professionals, and more.
  • Attend important meetings with government agencies, business improvement districts, policy working groups, and more.
  • Have a greater understanding of what is required for economic development and of economic development professionals
  • Become well verse in DC’s economic indicators & trends
  • Learn how to use ACT! Database and CoStar (a premier database website used by most office and retail brokers)

If you are interested in this position, please APPLY HERE.  Please include your availability and why you want to work for WDCEP in your cover letter.  (If you receive an error message with our online form, please email your resume to ddiawara@wdcep.com)

Salary: unpaid, Academic credit and monthly transportation stipend available.