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FELLOWSHIP: Economic Development Recent Graduate Fellowship

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FELLOWSHIP: Economic Development Recent Graduate Fellowship


Gain experience through the Economic Development Board’s Fellowship! Graduating seniors and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

$22.93 Hourly

CLOSING DATE: 03/03/19

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is a small, dynamic public agency involved with a broad range of public policy issues and innovative programs impacting Sonoma County. Our diverse economy includes a world-class wine region, stunning natural resources, a burgeoning craft food and beverage sector, dozens of tourist destinations, a strong manufacturing and tech sector, a growing health care sector, and vibrant small business and creative communities. The EDB is committed to the vitality of Sonoma County, providing services that encourage the startup, retention, and expansion of local businesses and jobs.

The Economic Development Fellowship provides graduating seniors and recent graduates who enjoy networking, value a positive working environment, and are interested in learning the dynamics of public-private partnerships an opportunity to participate in the following focus areas:

Economic Research and Program Development Fellow

Draft and prepare approximately 20 economic reports on industry trends, economic diversification, economic impact analysis, and demographic indicators
Learn economic impact software to analyze data trends and advise on economic policy creation and implementation
Prepare presentations and speeches for the public, local government, and trades groups/interest groups
Help develop and strategize new programs, events, and reports which affect Sonoma County’s economy or workforce
Support EDB staff with special projects, initiatives, and other duties as assigned.

Strategic Initiatives Projects Fellow

Work closely with other EDB staff to implement Year Two of the five-year economic development strategic action plan, Strategic Sonoma.
Develop and support projects recommended in Strategic Sonoma. This may include, the Talent Alignment Council, industry sector partnerships, an annual Business, Retention, and Expansion (BRE) report, and revolving loan fund
Facilitate weekly staff meetings and communicate with external partners, other county staff, and the community through email, social media, presentations, and written documents and materials
Support EDB staff with special projects, initiatives, and other duties as assigned

Tourism and Hospitality Fellow

Plan promotional, digital, organizational and analytical elements of hospitality-related events, including Sonoma County’s Annual Restaurant Week
Collect and interpret tourism industry data. Produce annual and quarterly reports on tourism statistical indicators, hotel taxes and industry development
Conduct surveys, carry out statistical analysis, and present findings regarding specialized tourism research on sporting events, hotel statistics, wineries, breweries, restaurants, etc. as needed
2 days a week are spent working with Marketing Team at Sonoma County Tourism, determining return on investment of marketing campaigns and engaging with partners
Support EDB staff with special projects, initiatives, and other duties as assigned

Workforce Innovation and Public Policy Fellow

Compile, interpret and analyze survey responses from local employers for the Annual Workforce Development Survey, and produce the monthly Job Market Tracker
Collaborate with partners at the Workforce Investment Board on recruiting, education and training programs that connect employers with qualified applicants
Organize conferences or similar events focused on industries with a strong employment presence in Sonoma County
Help organize the EDB’s Annual Manufacturing Day by recruiting participating businesses, working with the event planning committee, and working logistics alongside the EDB’s Event and Communications Coordinator
Support EDB staff with special projects, initiatives, and other duties as assigned

Fellows are primarily responsible for the continued coordination of county-wide programs that support the local economy in addition to:Working both independently and in collaboration with other County Staff, public officials, private industry, the public, and other stakeholders
Conducting research on sectors of the local economy in order to create published reports and recommendations
Coordinating high-level advisory groups comprised of local business, government and community members
Implementing special projects or new initiatives which may be tailored to align with their own professional interests

Applicants should demonstrate:

Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills
An interest in policy research and economic development
The ability to efficiently transition between projects and assignments   
Self-management ability, including the ability to organize and set and keep deadlines for long term projects
The ability to effectively communicate in an office environment as well with public officials, private industry, the public, and other stakeholders
A current understanding of and/or strong willingness to learn Adobe and Microsoft Office Suite
A commitment to public service

The ideal candidate will have an interest or degree in Political Science/Politics, Economics, English, History, International Relations, Law, Business, Public Administration/Policy, Urban Policy, Statistics, Sociology, and Humanities, however, applicants from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

This position is only open to applicants who obtain a Bachelor’s degree between 2018 and 2019. This is an entry-level position and available to undergraduate students only.

For more information regarding the EDB please visit To apply, visit the website link above.