Amazon posted a job on its amazon.jobs board with the title “Manager, Economic Development” for the Washington DC area on July 27.
The post was immediately taken down today by Amazon after several Business Journals posted a shared staff report about this job posting on various city sites, but did not mention the city.
By luck, we downloaded the full job description page and are able to provide the details in the original Amazon posting.
NOTE: We do not know if Amazon deleted the post in response to the job becoming public, if there was an error in the job description, or if the job was filled.
Full Job Posting
We’re looking for an experienced professional to join our public policy team to support our rapidly growing business operations and real estate footprint. This position will develop relationships with state and local governments and create long-term value for our business investments. This role requires that you are commercially aware, target-driven, creative, analytical and a people-person. We prefer prior experience with economic incentives, but also encourage those with primarily business development, legal transactional, and tax experience to apply.
The position will be based in Washington, DC and will require relocation, if applicable, which Amazon supports.
Job responsibilities include:
· Working directly with state and community economic development, workforce and labor, taxation, and other key government agency officials, as well as chambers of commerce, utilities, and other key public/private stakeholder groups.
· Collaborating with Amazon’s operations, infrastructure and corporate real estate teams, legal, tax, HR, finance, corporate communications, and other business partners on new corporate initiatives, site expansion plans and requirements.
· Supporting the site selection process including due diligence, procurement, and execution of economic development, infrastructure, and tax related applications and agreements.
· Supporting on-the-job training, workforce development, and other learning & development related opportunities for public/private partnerships.
· Overseeing matters related to forecasting, benefit realization, commitment tracking, ongoing compliance, and program implementation.
· Managing relationships with outside legal counsel and other professional service providers.
· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
· 8+ years of economic incentive or business development experience within a corporate organization, law firm, legal department, accounting firm, consultancy or government agency.
· Excellent organizational skills, a strong written and verbal communicator, and enthusiasm to work across teams with both junior and senior stakeholders.
· Experience dealing with corporate business leaders, high level government officials, and third-party vendors, contractors and advisors.
· Demonstrated track record of success in developing successful partnerships with state and local governments, public, or private stakeholder groups.
· Ability to travel domestically on a frequent basis and internationally on an occasional basis.
· JD with active state bar admission, CPA, or other recognized professional accreditation or certification.
· 8+ years of recent multistate economic development direct transactional experience and subject matter expertise within a corporate organization, law firm, legal department, accounting firm, consultancy or government agency.
· Significant experience in managing economic development, infrastructure and workforce development issues for large scale construction and expansion development projects.
· Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and/or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certifications preferred.
· Excellent written and oral communication skills including experience making presentations in public forums.
· Previous in-house economic development experience a plus.
· Proficiency with Excel, Salesforce and SharePoint.
· Public policy and government affairs experience.
· Experience collaborating with strategic communication teams.
· Experience supporting international expansion outside of North America.
Does It Mean Anything?
It’s been a bit quiet lately around Amazon HQ2 search and several publications have recently created stories about which cities may still be in the running and who may be out.
So one could easily argue the quiet makes any small news item an immediate big item, but this one may have an angle that is hard to ignore, and the company immediately removed the job listing too!
What to make of this job posting? Hard to say. It is the only one on the Amazon jobs board seeking these qualifications specifically for one of the HQ2 cities.
The Washington DC area is really represented by three bids (Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Montgomery County), which always put it a bit to the front of the list as there appeared to be a significant interest by Amazon to place HQ2 in the greater Washington DC area.
However, Amazon already has facilities in Virginia and Maryland, would they really hire a Manager for Economic Development for Washington DC for a fulfillment center?
There are some serious questions about the viability of Washington DC for Amazon HQ2.
May this hiring be part of a multi-state or multi-district approach to try work out a deal for the greater Washington DC area that could include neighboring counties or states?
In a world starved of Amazon HQ2 news, this one is a bit intriguing as it may indicate the Washington DC area could be a front-runner, especially if one assumes that similar positions already exist in other states in which Amazon operates offices or fulfillment centers. Why need one now?
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