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Assistant Director, Operations & Finance Recruitment

Business Oregon has an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished progressive leader to serve as the agency Assistant Director of Operations.

The senior-level position reports to the Director and participates as a member of Business Oregon’s Executive Team in support of the agency mission. This Assistant Director leads the Operations & Finance Division, and provides leadership and operational policy and program direction to the agency.

The position provides operational policy and program leadership as it relates to shared agency functions, including budgeting, accounting, policy, procurement, employee services, information technology, and other shared services. The position also oversees the business finance team, which manages business loan and bonding programs. The successful applicant would demonstrate skills and experience related to preparing budget documents, human resources and employee development, agency engagement and team building, testifying in front of the Legislature, and working closely with elected officials. Although the Assistant Director reports directly to the Director, communication and tasks often occur directly with the Governor’s office, the Legislature, agency commission and board members, other state agencies or officials, and internal teams.

This position assures internal systems efficiently support the Agency’s mission, its five strategic priorities, and related implementation and service delivery. All agency managers are responsible for the success of the organization in achieving its
mission and are expected to be effective, professional leaders who get results; supervise employees for peak performance; and demonstrate positive, effective, interpersonal and communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications for the position include:
Six years of management experience in a public or private organization, which included responsibility for each of the
following:(a) development of program rules and policies,(b) development of long-and short-range goals and plans,(c) program evaluation, and (d) budget preparation.

 

Benefits  Compensation:
Salary Range $89,000-$131,232 annually
Employment with Business Oregon will afford you a comprehensive employee salary and benefits package, which typically includes the following elements:
 Employer-Paid (95-99%) Medical, Vision, Prescription & Dental insurance covering employees and their dependents
 Employer-Paid $5,000 Basic Life Insurance
 Supplemental Life, Long & Short-Term Disability insurance options
 10 Employer-Paid Holidays, Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, and 3 Personal Business Days
 No-Cost Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (Section 125) plan
 Participation in the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) with 6% employee- contribution paid by employer
 Optional participation in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a Deferred Compensation (Section 457) plan offering a wide
variety of investment options.

To Apply:
Principal Executive/Manager G (Assistant Director of Operations)
Closes: Open until filled

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Economic Development and Job Creation Loans and Grants

USDA Rural Development, Oregon

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Economic Development and Job Creation Loans and Grants

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that promote economic development and job creation in rural areas.

Through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program, USDA provides zero-interest loans and some grant funds to rural utilities, which they in turn pass through to local businesses for projects that will retain or create new employment opportunities in their community. The funding may be used to assist with business start-up and expansion costs; business incubators; feasibility studies; advanced telecommunications and computer networks for medical, educational, and job training services; and community facilities that spur economic development.

New this year, the maximum loan amount has been increased to $2 million. The maximum grant amount is $300,000. Awards are made on a competitive basis to utilities that will relend the funds for local economic development efforts.

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. PST on June 30, 2018. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Brandon Doyle
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204


For questions, or to discuss a potential project, contact Brandon Doyle, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, (541) 699-3189. For details on the program and how to apply, see page 23625 of the May 22, 2018, Federal Register.

USDA Offers Loan Guarantees to Support Rural Businesses and Create Jobs

Apply Today for the Business and Industry Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications to support business development and expansion in rural Oregon that will retain or create jobs.

The Business and Industry (B&I) Program assists rural businesses with accessing credit while helping to mitigate risk for lenders. The funds may be used for most business purposes (with the exception of agricultural production), including initial business development or acquisition, expansion, the purchase of land or equipment, and debt refinancing. Up to $485 million is available nationwide.

Eligible borrowers include U.S. citizens who can demonstrate that the business being financed will primarily create or save jobs for U.S. residents in rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less. The borrower’s headquarters may be based within a larger city as long as the project is located in an eligible rural area. Lenders may be located anywhere and may apply to USDA for a loan guarantee of between 80 percent for loans of $5 million or less to 60 percent for loans of more than $10 million up to $25 million.

Through this USDA program, borrowers can benefit from increased access to capital and better pricing and terms than are typically given with conventional loans. Lenders using a B&I loan guarantee can benefit from improved bank profitability and liquidity management, increased loan-making ability as the federally guaranteed portion of the loan does not count toward a bank’s legal lending limit, and risk mitigation.

Contact a local Business and Cooperative Programs staff member in Oregon to begin the application process.